Festivals | Why I Won't Be Attending

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Can we please appreciate how festival-esque I was as a child? Those glasses, that t-shirt - so on trend.

It’s festival season (if you’re not convinced, just head over to Instagram!) and bloggers and celebrities, alongside the rest of the population, seem to be attending some festival or another this summer! I, however, will not be joining them. I’m sure my absence leaves a big hole in their hearts and nowhere seems quite right without me being there because my presence is just so life-changing…hence me writing a blog post to explain myself to all those lost souls missing me this summer…

Of course I’m joking, but my point remains the same: I’ve never been to a festival. And I’m not sure if I will ever end up going to one. It’s not just that I don’t want to, but a few factors dissuade me every year:

The Mud: festivals seem to be very muddy, and I’m not sure how I feel about this. The side of me that is exceptionally aware of other people’s opinions tries to be uber cool and think that the mud is just SO FUN! But the real side of me just doesn’t find it all that appealing. Sure, I might be able to find it SO FUN in the moment, but travelling home with dried mud in every crevice of my body? No thanks!

The Music: apart from being there to be seen and get an awesome “I’m so free-spirited and fun” new profile pic (which I am honestly jealous of), the music is the point of festivals, right? While I love music as much as the next person, I’m honestly not that clued up on the music scene anymore and I can’t think of an artist that I would pay to stand in the mud and sing along to (probably because I wouldn’t know the words to any of their songs other than ones played on mainstream radio and would thus look/feel like a loser).

The Crowd: let’s be honest, I’m just not cool enough to go to a festival. I can’t pull off being muddy: I would genuinely look like Peppa Pig’s big sister. And I don’t know how to pull off festival-style (think Grace and her sister, Charleigh, who looked absolutely NAILED their outfits for wireless festival). Plus, referring back to the music issue, I wouldn’t know the ‘right’ thing to talk about or do. I’m just too uncool, basically.

The Dolla: festivals cost money and having taken the above into consideration, spending money on a festival ticket just doesn’t seem like a smart move for me. I have this vision of me faking a smile all day while feeling like an absolute fool and being super self-conscious, which I can make happen any time I leave the house for free if I want to, so why would I pay to do it?!

I’m hoping you’ve been able to read this post with a bit of light-heartedness and humour! I just am not festival material, though I wish I was! (Grace, can you come and give me a Gok-esque transformation please?!). Having said all of the above, I would like to make it clear *cough cough* that if anyone wished to take me to a festival and help me to have an amazing time I would be more than happy to give it a go! *cough cough*

Are you going to any festivals this summer, or have you already been? Or, like me, are they just not your scene? I'd love to know your thoughts so please leave me a comment so we can chat!

Nicola x


  1. I love this and I'm the same, I think I'll stick to watching festival coverage from home haha!xx

    1. Haha glad I'm not alone then!! :) xx

  2. Nicola! Thank you for making me realise I am not the only one who is SO OVER festivals. I've been to Leeds Fest twice when I was aged 16 and 17 (oh god, when did I get old enough for that to be nearly 8 years ago :|) and believe me I LOVED them. However, recently the line ups at festivals have just NOT appealed to me and I'm not about to drop £100s of pounds on a ticket when there's like 2 bands max I wanna see.

    Also my second Leeds fest was INSANELY muddy and it was horrid, like, not enjoyable at all. I got really stuck when trying to walk from the campsite to the stages - my friends didn't notice so walked off without me. Some big men came over and tried to pull me out but only my legs came out, my wellies remained stuck in the mud. NOT ENJOYABLE.

    1. Haha you're welcome! Glad I'm not the only one who thinks it is a lot of money when the music isn't to your taste! That muddy situation sounds amusing (forgive me!) but horrible at the time I can imagine!! xx

  3. I loved festival when I was younger - 18 year old me had a great time jumping around in mud, rocking out to loud music and not getting any sleep for four days. 35 year old me likes sitting down on a comfy chair and drinking hot tea.

    1. Haha I'm clearly 35 ahead of my time then!! At least you've got some great memories :) x


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