Top 5 festival Dates
Festival season is upon us once again. The Isle of Wight Festival was last weekend with Pulp's triumphant return apparently being the best set of the weekend and Glastonbury is looming on the horizon like a cumulus cloud about to rain on your disposable barbecue. We'll be looking at various festivals in a bit more detail as they occur but for now here are our top 5 festival dates.
1. Blind date
Loads of MSFers will be going to festivals this year so why not find someone who's going to the same festival as you and have your first date there? You'll have to arrange to meet somewhere you'll actually be able to find each other; the designated meeting point is going to be a lot easier than 'to the left of the main stage'. It's perfect for a first date, loads to do and see and talk about and, if it doesn't go too well, the likelihood of bumping into them the next day is pretty small.
2. Mosh pit
If you want to be at the very front of the stage when the headline acts play, within spitting distance of Bono or Beyonce, you'll have to stake your place early in the day. This is a great place for a date: you'll hear some amazing music, have plenty of time for a chat between bands and form that special bond that can only be formed between people who spend all day saving a space in the mosh pit whilst their date goes for a wee.
3. Not going in the mosh pit
You would never usually spend a date with your face in a strangers armpit whilst 3,000 people jumped up and down on your feet (although you'd come pretty close if you went dating on the London Underground) so why do it at a festival? If crowds aren't your thing and you can live without being spat on by Bono or Beyonce, then the best way to spend your festival date is chilling at the back of the crowd. You can have a sit down, hold a conversation and still enjoy the music.
4. Don't watch your favourite band
Counter-intuitive perhaps, because you've probably based your festival choice on which bands are playing, but often the best times to be had at festivals are those which you trip over without planning. Instead of fighting through crowds of people all trying to be the first to reach the main stage, take your date to the circus or cabaret tents. Stress free and more intimate than standing in a field with 25,000 lairy strangers. Infinitely dryer too if the weather is inclement.
5. Create your own festival
For those of you who feel faint and need a sit down at the thought of four sweaty days in a tent with no flushing sanitary hardware and your hair do slowly forming into a matted bird's nest (possibly with an actual bird in), why not do watching live music the civilised way? Take your date out to see a band in a proper venue where you won't be knee deep in effluence and then go for a delicious meal that isn't served in polystyrene.You'll be clean, dry, well-fed and sipping a properly chilled Sauvignon Blanc from an actual glass instead of cheap vodka from a cup made of recycled trainers. You'll probably get a better view of the bands too.
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