The Big Two-Oh of V Festival

The Big Two-Oh of V Festival


On the 22nd and 23rd of August 2015, Weston park and Hylands park will be transformed from a peaceful camping field to a no stopping, booming, possibly muddy, festival. V festival will be celebrating two decades of their incredible variety of music put on in two fields across England. Don’t be put off by the word ‘field’, especially if it’s a sunny day; what better place to be then in a dry field dancing with a cold beverage in your hand? Even if it is raining, pack your wellingtons and pack-a-mac and get out to experience.

Headlining this year is global platinum-selling artist Calvin Harris, who travels around the world all summer playing in the most exclusive places. Fellow Brits Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, The Script, Clean Bandit and Ella Henderson also join Harris up on the stage over the two days. The one thing I’ve noticed about V festival is the artists are always varied so there’s something to suit all moods. Welsh legend Tom Jones is performing on the same day as emerging DJ, Hannah Wants. Not many other festivals offer this wide range of music; you definitely get your money’s worth.

There are a few tips that are good to know before you set off with your backpack and sleeping bag. Don’t bring what you don’t need. Festivals attract criminals and you don’t want your card and phone swiped on the first day. Take a disposable camera and a £10 phone instead of your brand new iPhone 6.  Also, drink plenty of water; you’d be surprised how dehydrated you get, it’s best to take a litre bottle on the way that you can fill up around the campsite. Paying for the toilets in the arena is the one thing I was glad I did when I attended V festival. They are clean, you get toilet paper and you can wash your hands. Sounds so simple but it’s a luxury compared to the port a loos you’ll be using in the middle of the night. Nevertheless, it’s all part of the experience.

If you’re desperate to go, but are reluctant to sleep in a tent, on the floor, possibly one metre from some snoring kid you’ve never met in your life, there are other options. V festival offer luxury huts and tents that are worth the extra pennies on top of the tickets if it means you’ll enjoy the festival a lot more.

So if you have no plans for the dates and have a big of extra cash, grab some friends and drive to V festival in August, you won’t regret it. I had to time of my life two years ago and I guarantee you would too.


By Hannah Williams