Sometimes you just need someone else to remind you.
Photo taken on a stroll by the harbour side today. There is always so much to see and do around Bristol it is impossible to be bored here. If only I could be paid to people watch all day! (Actually isn't that what spies do? Maybe I am the next female James Bond?)
Sorry for the absence - just got back from spending an amazing weekend away at Latitude Festival in Suffolk. The festival setting (a farm with a lake and woodland) was absolutely beautiful and there was so much to see and do! The line up this year included the majority of my favourite bands and I can't even begin to describe how spectacular and moving some of the performances were. There are some seriously talented musicians out there and for me it really highlighted how completely unbeatable live performances are - especially when shared with good friends and other fans.
The weather wasn't the best (what else can you expect in this country?!) and inevitably things got very muddy! However although there were showers on and off - for the most part it remained dry and it definitely could have been a lot worse!
Below are some photos of my favourite performers and features of the festival - some of these are taken from the official Latitude website and some of them are my own.
Bat for Lashes - Photo taken by Pooneh Ghana
Bon Iver - Photo taken by Andy Sheppard
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Photo taken by Andy Sheppard
Elbow - Photo taken by Andy Sheppard
The Lake - Photo taken by Marc Sethi
The Lake Stage - Photo taken by Marc Sethi
Rufus Wainwright - Photo taken by Marc Sethi
Pink and blue sheep!
'Film Postboxes' - These were amazing little post boxes that came in various forms and could be found attached to many trees in the Faraway Forest. Inside them tiny film shorts were projected - often out of the windows of miniature toy cars!
A beautiful acrobatic/ballet performance. The dancer was attached large tethered balloon that changed colours as it floated in the sky over the lake. Truly spellbinding.
The good deed tree. Festival goers wrote down good deeds that they or others had done throughout the festival and hung them in red berry/baubles in the tree!
Latitude was my first proper festival experience and it really was a positive one. Luckily I came pretty well prepared as some of my friends who I went with have been to many festivals! However here are my top tips!
1.Bring wellies! Seriously - at an English festival it is unlikely you will survive without them even if it is a summer festival. The mud was unbelievable - I witnessed several people lose shoes/boots in it and a very upset little boy who was submerged up to his knees!
2. Expect to spend a fair bit of money on drink and food - bring with you what you can but be aware that you may not be allowed to take cans or bottles into the arenas that have not been purchased on the site. We all became pro's at smuggling drink in passed the attendants who would search bags etc at the arena gates.
3. At the beginning of each day note down the times and places of all the performances you want to see. You don't want to miss anything due to lack of organisation!
4.Prepare a fancy dress outfit! Some people go all out at festivals. There are some crazy outfits and hats you can buy but its good to have something that no one else is wearing. Face paint is easy to pack as well as lots of glitter! I would say though don't bring clothes that you would be really disappointed if they got ruined...
5.Baby wipes and anti bacterial hand wash!! Lots of it!
6.Arrange a good meeting place and time in case you get split up from friends. If you have a mobile phone great - but there is not always a signal and batteries will quickly run out. It's also pretty hard to hear your phone ringing at a music festival...
I will most likely do more posts featuring my favourite songs from the festival with some background information on the artists so watch this space. Including a weekly music feature is something I hope to get going regularly on this blog soon! :)