Are you off to Reading and Leeds Festival this year? Running from the 25th-27th August, across the Bank Holiday weekend, the festivals are two of the largest sites in the UK. If you are going, there are a number of things to think about. What are you going to pack? Where are you going to camp? Will you take food and drink or just buy it there? Don't worry, we've got you covered with our Noizze survival guide.
It is essential you take the right items to Reading and Leeds, as you may suffer the consequences….other than the obvious things like your ticket, tent and clothes, the most important things will be the hygiene products. The classic wet wipes will be your best friend at a festival, you have a very sweaty weekend of mosh pits, heat and booze which can result in a very fragrant smell- you will want to bring those wet wipes for your morning wash. Next is the mighty dry shampoo, when you have to go a few days without a shower you are going to want to get rid of that greasy hair and whatever else might be in there. Dry shampoo will solve that, pair it with your wet wipe wash and you will be as fresh as a daisy…well as fresh as you can be. Now lets talk clothes…you are going to want to pack light otherwise you’ll have a very unenjoyable trek from the gates to your campsite. We suggest a maximum of two pairs of shorts, you don’t need more than that and you certainly don’t need jeans or trousers…even if it rains shorts are still a better choice. Tops….pack a few different t-shirts to take as you never know if you are going to covered in some form of liquid during a bands set. Also, add a jumper in your bag as the evenings can feel arctic when you have sunburn (also don't forget the suntan lotion). British weather can be a right bitch, so ensure you've packed wellies for the inevitability of mud- far too many people walk around in trainers covered in bin-bags!
Food and Drink:
We move on to food and drink, now it all depends on whether you decide to bring food and drink or purchase it all there, we will come to later….but if you do decide to bring supplies this is what we suggest. For food you are going to want to bring things that are ’stodgy’ because you are going to want them to fill you up so the less you have to buy. The best types of foods are biscuits, crisps, bread type products (bagels!) and cereal/granola bars. Now that the food is out the way we can talk about the important part….alcohol….one of the hardest parts of festival shopping is deciding what bevs you want to take with you, the battle of tinnies between beer and cider….we all know that whatever you drink is going to be warm and not particularly nice- however if its going to be warm we'd choose cider because warm lager or beer is pretty awful. Of course you can bring vodka or any other spirits as long as they are in plastic bottles but this means you will need to bring mixers, unless you enjoy spirits straight…
If you have decided to purchase food and drink at the festival then you are going to want to bring extra pennies as everything is much more expensive at a festival. We are talking £6 for a cheese burger with no extra bits like onions and lettuce, and when you have to spend that on something for breakfast, lunch and dinner that can soon add up to a costly amount. Out of experience, it is quite efficient to budget for one meal a day purchased, as it will fill you up and be more satisfying than a tube of Pringles. There is a MASSIVE variety of food to choose from- whether it be burritos, vegan food, pancakes, gluten-free or whatever else you can think of your back is covered. Drinks will also set you back, with it costing you a good £5 maybe more for a pint…and thats when you finally make it to the packed bar which may result to you missing part of a bands set. The one upside of buying drinks at the festival is that they will cold unlike your luke-warm cans.
When camping you have either decided to bring and setup your own tents (old school method) in one of the camps or you have decided to go a little bit up market and buy a one of the pre setup up tents or teepees. For those camping old school, Red, Green, Yellow and Purple (Reading Fest) camps seem to be the sites to head for if you want the party aspect of the festival. Think GCSE student's getting their results and celebrating, and this is largely what you will be camping around. On the other hand Orange and Brown are for more of a chilled out vibe were you can sit around your tent with mates and chat without loud music coming out of every tent. White camp is generally for family camping and a good nights sleep, but sits across the river it's beneficial to take a water shuttle to get there).
Last but by no means least we come to the most daunting part of any festival….the portaloos. Now its not something any of us enjoy but it has to be done at least a few times over the weekend, for men it is better as it is not necessary to sit down to wee or have to queue for ages to get a portaloo just to spend two seconds in a toilet. Nonetheless for lads and ladies, bringing your own toilet roll and hand sanitizer from home is key. If you want to avoid the mess then use the facilities early in the morning before everyone is up or to completely avoid it you could try and hold it off till you get home on the Monday (not advised).
monday which could be difficult.