Music festivals are one of the best things about summer and quite often one of the easiest ways to sneak in a quick break from work, spend some fun times with friends and listen to lots of music. We are incredibly lucky in the UK to have so many! Glastonbury is probably THE most famous, and one that I have actually never been to, but Oxfordshire has its fair share of them, and this summer I’ve been to Truck Festival and just spent the past weekend at Wilderness, set in the beautiful Cornbury Park.
Wilderness is quite a civilised affair, but that doesn’t make it any less special. I love that there is a lot going on, from wellbeing workshops, daily yoga classes, fine dining banquets, cricket and even a lake to swim in. The park is full of really magical and quirky spots. I loved the more worldly music at the Carousel Bar, or The Valley, which was an actual valley surrounded by very tall trees with late night music and acrobats. On Saturday night there was a spectacle by Spanish group La Fura dels Baus, who have created shows for the Olympics before. Seeing over 40 people suspended from a tall crane and moving to the beat of the music was jaw droppingly beautiful.
Festivals are all about the music and the fun, and they are little oasis where there aren’t mirrors in sight, it is perfectly ok to be a bit grubby and it really doesn’t matter if your hair is behaving or if your clothes match! When it comes down to packing, the best advice anyone can give you is to pack light, as the trek from the car park to the camping site with your tent and belongings is never fun. Having said that, there are a few essentials that make my life a little bit more comfortable.
A good sunscreen (for face and body) and after sun cream are a must. Quite often you will spend long hours by a music stage with no shelter, so it is so important that you take sun cream and reapply regularly.
Make up wipes
I never use make up wipes at home or even on holiday – I find that a bit of coconut oil and a cream cleanser are so much better. However, when you are camping access to running water is hard to come by, so this is the only occasion when I would advocate for using make up wipes for its convenience.
Dry shampoo will be your best friend to refresh your hair in between washes and keep the oil at bay, but also to give your hair a bit of volume and texture. My hair is somewhere in between wavy and frizzy and although I style it quite naturally, the lack of a hair dryer is always a challenge, so I took
by Tony & Guy with me to help me give it a bit of texture and shape and it worked wonders.
As far as make up goes, I do the two ends of the spectrum. During the day I hardly wear any make up (if any). I don’t wear any foundation, which makes reapplying sunscreen a lot easier and lets my skin breathe. I hide my sleepy eyes behind sunglasses and I’m good to go. The evening is another story, and I would feel lost without a black kohl eyeliner, which you can smudge for a more lived in effect. I also take a palette of colourful eye shadows. This one is by MUA and very inexpensive. The colours are not what I usually reach for on a daily basis, but whenever there is fancy dress involved it is quite a handy one to have.
There is no such thing as too much sparkle
Sequins, glitter, you name it! Festivals are over the top and a bit of sparkle is an essential in my book. I bought this rose gold sequined jacket at one of the stalls last weekend and wish I could wear it every day! I also brought with me a glitter nail polish from H&M, which was only £1. However, there are hundreds of others available from the drugstore.
But really, and I know I am going to sound really cheesy, the most essential part of any festival is your friends. The laughter, the silly anecdotes that you will talk about for months, dancing until the early hours of the morning... those are the really important parts.
Hope you have enjoyed this post. What are your festival essentials? I’ve also been thinking about doing some downloadable packing lists for different types of holidays. Let me know if that is something you would find interesting.