As a virgin festival goer, I was expecting crowds of drunken messes, blaring music and knee-high mud, basically everyone’s idea of a typical British festival. But this summer, I was pretty lucky that I booked myself a ticket to London’s Lovebox because this festival proved far from the worst.We rocked up with not a spot of dirt on us and our glitter still perfectly dusted on our faces.
Entering Victoria Park, we are hit with a wave of some funky smell of you know what. That soon was no issue as you remember it is a festival, so obviously you expect it.
Queuing up, you here a mumbo-jumbo of different music that’s leaking from within the festival’s walls . When we were eagerly waiting, it was a mix of Tom Misch, Jessie Ware and Soul Clap. It was as if each stage was in competition with each other, playing a game of who could blare it loudest. But that just adds to the buzz of it all.
As soon as you turn the corner of the entry, you are bombarded with lights from the Ferris wheel, smells from all the food stands and of course happy festival goers who are all making their way across the campus in search of their must-see act, might that be Flume (a firm favourite), Annie Mac or a good ol’ DJ.
The crowd for Jessie Ware was overwhelming, so we thought it would be a good idea to see her from above, literally.
Thank god for the chairoplanes.
We started to get a little peckish, and since we had a very strict timetable of ALL the performers we wanted to see, we thought it would be good if we ate sooner rather than later.
You have every type of food available for you to choose from. From Mexican to a Hog Roast. We were coaxed by the glorious smells from the Thoroughly Wild Meat Co.
I went for the lamb burger, and it was Y-U-M!
We enjoyed some great tunes played by the Radio 1 DJ, Annie Mac, whilst licking our lips of tzatziki and spicy harissa.
Fuelled up, it was time to venture into the Big Top tent.
Once you’re in, you’re in. There’s no escaping from the fans of Flume.
The Australian producer/musician/DJ played some old favourites, and even mixed up a few new ones which everyone enjoyed.
The clouds started to gather over the park, and whilst in the queue for some choccy Churros, it started to pelt it down.
Once the rain had cleared, everyone retreated from their cover and headed toward the Main Stage for a very special guest.
Snoopy was fashionably late, and quite disappointing surprisingly. So we decided it was best to head home before the Lovebox attendees started to pour out onto the streets, blocking up the tube.
If your ever get the chance to bag yourself an all-weekender or day ticket to Lovebox, do! I can imagine other festivals to be more tacky and busy, but Lovebox is the perfect boutique festival with a great range of music and food. I can’t wait for next year’s lineup, and if any of you went this year, feel free to comment what you thought.
But before I say goodbye…
Some of you might be wondering what my idea of festival attire is, and as you know I’m no up-the-bum shorts paired with a boob-tube kind of girl. So here’s what I wore:
I would have featured my shoes in this but they are currently in the wash since they turned a black colour from all the dust. I paired this out with some Blue Dip Dye Lace Toms.
And of course this is the only time you can go out in public wearing whatever make up…
So I decided to sprinkle some glitter on my eye lids (which ended up to be sprinkled all over me) and funk-up my locks with shades of blue and pink. Tip: to get the hair chalk to stand out and stay on throughout the day, spritz your hair with water just so it’s damp then scrub on and put heat on the coloured area to keep it on.
Let me know about your festival experiences in the comments.
Till next time, Lovebox!
Jemima Plume Xx