Completing number 24 off my 40 at 40 list – do a festival

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I’ve always fancied the idea of going to a festival as I love music especially live music. It’s just the whole camping and toilets that has put me off.

Alan a friend I met through twitter,who is a festival veteran suggested Kendal Calling, as we couldn’t make the godfather of festivals Glastonbury. So I bought our tickets, though I cocked up and didn’t buy the camping tickets at the time doh. Then when we checked I hadn’t bought tickets for the Thursday night either. Luckily the Brewery Arts in Kendal had some tickets left. Ticket buying is obviously not my forte hehe.

We had bought a tent for our wild camp (this is still to do) but wasn’t suitable for this so bought a festival special pop up tent. Alan and his friends were setting up camp and we were joining them after we finished work on the Thursday. When Dave had dropped the tent off, luckily Alan took one look at it and asked his friend to bring a proper tent. I’m so grateful to Andy that he did as it poured down on the Saturday night.

So we arrived, I was feeling excited and nervous. I’m not really a rough it kinda girl. The good thing about Kendal Calling is that if I hated it, was only 30 mins from home. Car unpacked and Alan introduced us to his friends and our festival companions for the weekend. There were some more people joining on the Friday morning.

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Time for the loo, ok here we go…Mia(Alan and Cath’s daughter) said I’ll come with you. So off we went, my instructions received and here I go..this was the thing I was dreading but it wasn’t so bad!

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So if I could cope with that, sleeping in a tent was be easy. BBQ, alcohol and good banter and it was time for my first sleep in a tent! Therma rests were actually very comfortable and I survived my first night.

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Festival gear on though I didn’t need my wellies till Sunday!

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Alan and Andy were the BBQ kings, nothing starts the day better than cider and bacon and sausage butties! The rest of the party arrived and it was nearly time for the gates to be opened.
The great thing about Kendal Calling is that it’s spread out and never feels over crowded.

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Plus there was a real ale tent and this went down a treat!

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The highlight of Friday was the headline act, Basement Jaxx they were amazing!
A fab night and night 2 in the tent, getting used to this camping lark now. I must say having fantastic weather certainly helps!
The music at the festival was fantastic, but one of my favourite parts was when we were sat around under the gazebo having a laugh.
A follower on twitter who works at Radio Cumbria asked if she could interview me as was my first festival. Nell was lovely 🙂

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Lots more great bands seen: Tea Street band, London grammar, headliners charlatans. The rain came but didn’t dampen our spirits! It was disappointing that the Charlatans didn’t do an encore. Afterwards we headed off for what turned out to be the best kebab I have ever had!

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The rain came and then the realisation that I was going to be sleeping in a tent in it! It’s fair to say that I didn’t sleep very well. There’s nothing worse than sleeping in a tent in the rain and needing a wee!!
The rain was still bad in the morning and then it started to brighten up! More great bands today, kodaline, Johnny Marr (prob my favourite act) primal scream, Nina Nesbit and 1975’s.

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The weather held out till we headed home and then the heavens opened. I was glad I was heading home to a hot shower and a cup of tea in a proper bed. Having a baby wipe wash is no comparison to a shower!!

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So I survived my first festival, my festinity has been taken. Would I do it again…hell yes!
A huge thank you to Alan and friends for an amazing weekend. Wouldn’t have wanted to do my first festival with anyone else. Music and atmosphere was fantastic but the camping banter and having a laugh really made it an amazing experience 🙂

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