10 June 2012

Download 2012

So on Wednesday, me, my boyfriend and my best friend headed over to Download. Something I had been looking forward to, although admittedly, not as much as I have been in the past for other festivals over previous years. 


When we got there, the queue was horrendous, but to be expected. And whilst we were queuing it was actually roasting. The weather was misleading us!! By the time we got through the entrance and to the top of blue camp, the camp I always camp in, it had started pissing it down. And I'll tell you, pitching up a tent as big as ours, was not fun in the rain. But we got it up, eventually. 

Wednesday was chilled, Thursday was chilled. But it kept raining. The whole time. And it got muddy. Very, very muddy. And it was cold. So cold that at night even in clothes, a sleeping bag, a hoody, two blankets, the fella was still trying to have to warm me up through his sleeping bag, because I was shivering so much. Getting around, anywhere, was hell. With hi tops on (which became a Godsend) that soon became caked in mud. I had to have my fella help me walk around because I was constantly slipping or getting my shoes stuck in the mud, which was ankle deep.

Thursday night I got no sleep. I was so cold I was near tears and by Friday morning I was ready to go home. But the bands started Friday, so I couldn't. And everything was fine. Until Friday night when we were in The Prodigy crowd. My phone got stolen out of my bag during the wait for them to come on. And that was the last straw. 

So Saturday morning we got up, packed our shit up, leaving the tent, chairs, double air bed and sleeping bags, and came home. 

I'm not sad we came home, even if the weather gets better. In fact I could not be happier to be home and out of that horrendous situation. I don't care how much the tickets cost, how much we spent, Download this year for me was absolute hell. I've learnt that I never, ever want to camp at a festival again and although I love live music and festivals, I could not care less about missing the bands on Saturday and Sunday. I just couldn't stay in that mud, wind and rain any longer. 

Download showed me one thing though. And that's just how amazing my fella is. Trying to keep me warm when I'm shivering so much I'm shaking. Getting up in the middle of the night to help me walk through the piles of mud to the portaloo's. Dragging me out of The Prodigy pit when we both nearly lost our shoes and got knocked over. And trekking to the 24 hour police station with me to report my phone stolen. That boy looked after me no end. Me, who is usually the one looking after every one else. I quite adore that boy you know.

I hope every one else who manned it out and stayed enjoyed their weekend. But for me, enough was enough. 
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  1. I don't blame you for coming home. i would of, it sounded like hell. i hope you get your phone sorted out. The cold is the worst thing about camping, whatever time of the year I have been camping I have always been freezing and have never slept. xxx

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    1. Usually I'm ok with camping at festivals as it's usually the weather appropriate to the month and time of year! This was just horrendous xo

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  2. I don't blame you either, I've done that, been at festivals and almost been in tears about how cdold/wet/muddy/smelly/unclean the who thing is. I decided I'll watch the festivals online from now on!

    ClaireRebecca.x

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    1. I'm not saying never again to a festival, but if it's Download I'll get day tickets and come from home each day xo

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  3. I could honestly never camp at a festival. As much as I love live music I just know it's something I could never do, you lasted a lot longer than I would have! x

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    1. Well this was my fourth festival and I've been fine at all of the others. This just was too much! xo

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  4. I don't blame you at all for wanting to leave and come home. You clearly had enough of everything and just wanted to be back home with your home comforts and a decent cuppa! Sorry that you had such a shitty time :( xo

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    1. It was my phone that did it. And the worse thing is I'm left with a £50 excess fee for a new one! xo

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  5. Oh god that sounds awful, I'm not the camping type at all so I couldn't have done it! Well done for sticking it out as long as you did :) xx

    Beauty by Emma

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    1. Shame in the process I missed out on two days of bands though haha xo

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  6. It sounds like my idea of hell! I've never been to a festival because I hate camping! I do feel like I'm missing out in a way, but I know how awful I'd b to camp with and don't want to put everyone else through it haha! xo

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    1. I felt bad for missing yesterday and today but mainly for my boyfriend! For me I just had enough. Previous festivals have been fine but it's safe to say I do not bode well with mud, rain and wind xo

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  7. Bless your heart :(! Such a shame you didn't enjoy it but then again as, as you said, it was a learning process for you and your Mr. Thankfully you had someone to look after you!

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    1. I'm so glad that I was with him when I realised I had lost my phone, because God knows how I would have found him in a crowd of 100,000 people! xo

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  8. I dont blame you! sounds awful! i went to a small festival a few times and after the last time i couldnt do it again to messy! So theres noway i could do downloads as much as i'd like to xx

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    1. Download is just so big that when the weather was how it was, it just becomes unbearable! xo

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  9. Awww that sounds horrific love! I would have came home too, especially after the phone thing! A lot of my friends are at DL this year and Im so glad I chose to go to Rome over the festival, I wouldnt have hacked it. When I was there a couple of years ago it rained on and off during the weekend and it wasted it, I was frozen to the core. Decided next festival I go to Im just buying day tickets and going to a hotel! Some folk say its not the real festival experience but being too cold to move or sleep and feeling damp all weekend isnt fun either xoxo

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    1. If we go to a festival again, we've said we will do day tickets instead! Although we've said next year we may just go on holiday instead! :) xo

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  10. Sucks about the weather and you did great sticking it out as long as you did. I've always wanted to go to a festival but it's the weather that's always up me off. We're seeing System of a Down in August which i'm truly excited about yet it's outside and praying the weather holds out!

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    1. I saw them last year at Download, they were amazing! I hope you enjoy it :) xo

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  11. Omg! It sounds awful! And here is me thinking you had a fab week...

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    1. There were good points too. Just a shame the negatives won over the positives xo

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  12. If the weather was nicer everything might had ended up differently, it's sounds pretty bad. x

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    1. It's a shame yesterday and today we had nice weather. Because we'd already left! xo

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  13. ahhh! I'm no camper so I know how you feel, and would have done exactly the same! Amazing you have such a lovely boy to look after you though :) xxx

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    1. This week really made me appreciate him even more :) xo

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  14. Oh no I'm so sorry that you had crappy weather and shady people stealing phones! :[
    But I'm glad your fella was looking after you! You know it's when you go through hellish moments if he's a keeper or not! (;

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    1. That's exactly what I was thinking :P xo

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  15. OH you poor thing :( as much as I love camping and festivals, the likes of download and reading (and don't get me started on NASS) are really not for me, especially now I'm a bit more grown up! Kudos to your boy for looking after you xox

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    1. I think I am growing out of festivals if I'm honest. And definitely, he's been waited on hand and foot since we got home haha xo

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  16. I did Leeds last year it rained 5 days in a row. I understand the feeling. Glad your home and safe and dry now xx

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  17. Last year it was my friends first time at a festival and he had his wallet stolen while he was asleep then the next night they destroyed his tent so badly that he had to share another 2 man tent with 2 other people!
    It's lovely your boyfriend took good care of you though, a true gentleman :)

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    1. A lot of people had their tents raided this year at Download :( I just don't understand the mentality of some people! And aye, he is :) xo

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  18. sounds like hell , such a shame you had to come home but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do, hope you sort your phone and everything out ok :) x

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    1. I rang Vodafone as soon as I got home yesterday. New one is being delivered on Tuesday. Unfortunately, I have to pay a £50 excess fee :( xo

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  19. this is what puts me off every year *not mentioning the toilets*, I think day tickets are a much better idea if your going to go ha ha It's nice that you can see something positive from it Awwww your bf :)

    Tanesha x
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    1. Definitely, the positive to the hell that was Download is realising just how lucky I am with my fella! xo

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  20. Aw no, such a shame :( Especially about your phone! I ended up in a hotel on the Thursday as my boyfriend was on the verge of hypothermia, but we made it back and managed to stick it out, but I know that the mud and cold definitely put a downer on the weekend for a lot of people. Your boy sounds absoluely adorable though :) x

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    1. I hope you're boyfriend was/is ok!! xo

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  21. This sucks :( I've never been the camping kind of girl either, I feel the cold so much too! Glad you had your boyfriend to take care of you xx

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    1. I love camping, but just in the right conditions! If it had been us in that field alone, the weather wouldn't have got so bad. It was the 100,000 people also camping that made it as bad as it was with the mud etc! xo

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  22. sorry you had such a poo time, I went to download in 08 and 09 and the weather was amazing. My sister went in 2010 and this year and it's been terrible weather, I was looking at her pics and thought screw walking around in that much mud and trying to sleep in weather like that. Hopefully next year will be alot better :) Thing with download now is it's becoming so commercial and there is way too many people there. xxxx

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