V Festival 2015 (Chelmsford)


I don't know if i've mentioned it, but I went to V Festival this year (Whaaaat? No? Really? You should have said! I know, I know, sorry).

And although I've already done a review of the "Guide to a festival" post, I haven't got round to doing a post on the event itself. And so, here we are.

Now, I don't have anything to compare it with, it being my first festival and all, but I have to say, it's quite impressive how they can organise something so massive (although I'm aware it's not a massive festival by any means. Hi Glasto fans).

That being said, I felt like there were a few issues with the organisation of it all. First off, the queue each day to get through security to the arena was ridiculous. We'd made friends with a group who had been going for several years and they had said it was never that bad in previous years. And honestly, that was the biggest issue for me as I had a panic attack both days.

The other issue was the lack of water points. I counted two throughout the arena. When you consider the rough idea of people there (Chelmsford) was around 180,000 over the weekend, you can imagine the queues. So a lot of the time we bought bottles of water which cost £2.50 each.

However, as far as the acts I saw, there were no technical issues and everything ran smoothly. Not a fan of being in a crowd, I was slightly worried about how I was going to cope with the volume of people. Luckily for me, I was with a friend who didn't care about being right at the front and would happily either stand back a bit with me or we would sit on the grass and just chill.

(Note to self - practice using disposable cameras)

James Bay - This was the first act that we saw of the weekend and I as quite looking forward to it as I adore his album. His voice is delightful and I loved his set. However, I can imagine that if you weren't familiar with his album then you might get a little bored as he didn't play his well known songs (Hold Back The River and Let It Go) until the end of the set.

Annie Mac - Now before this weekend I wasn't much of a fan of electronic dance music (totally am now though, because I'm so mainstream) but this woman's set was amazing!! She really gets the crowd going and we had so much fun dancing like idiots. Definitely need to see her again.

Jess Glynne - Ahh Jess. What a voice. She really has some powerful vocals that suit the genre of music she has found herself in (apparently she prefers to sing jazz). By this point the sun was scorching and I felt faint so we sat in the shade and listened to her instead of dancing about. But when Not Letting Go started and Tinie Tempah came on stage me and Bekah were in our element. I was rapping along while she sang along with Jess' parts. The looks we got were hilarious but hey, we're superstars!

Sam Smith - Oh boy. I love this man. He is so adorable with his little lisp. And he's lost a lot of weight. His voice was incredible and definitely didn't disappoint. And honestly, you forget how many songs are his. We also made friends with some guy in the crowd who turned around and said "I ditched my friends to be here, it was the best decision I've made today!" which I think perfectly sums up how amazing Sam is. I'm so sad that he won't be performing In The Lonely Hour anymore but I'm excited to see what he comes up with next.

Tom Jones - We only briefly caught some of this and only because the MTV stage was near the Wifi point. But he's definitely still got it. Legend.

Olly Murs - I've been to see Olly about 4 times now (he called me cute #ClaimToFame) so I wasn't overly fussed about seeing him but Bekah suggested it and he was still as good as always. He's still got that Essex charm.

Ella Henderson - How we ended up seeing this woman I don't know. But I'm glad we did because she was actually really great! Her vocals are so powerful and when she said she was only 19 I almost fell to the floor in shock! Keep on killing it girl!

George Ezra - I don't know why but his voice makes me go all tingly. It's incredible. He has a serious talent and I'm glad he discovered it. Again though, unless you know his album, there are only a handful of recognisable songs.

Ellie Goulding - I love this woman. But her voice is quite annoying. Her talking voice that is. Her singing voice is great. She really knows how to warm up a crowd and get them going and keep them captivated throughout. She is definitely headline material.

Clean Bandit - If you love dancing then you'd love their sets. The crowd was really going for it and even just walking through to get to the main stage you can't help but dance (or bump into some guy like I did).

Calvin Harris - Again, I wasn't a fan but I definitely need to see him again. I did have moments where I felt too crowded in but I just had to breathe and look at Bekah and I was just about okay. If crowds aren't for you then I would recommend either being on the side or standing back because everyone near the front will be dancing away in close proximity.

During Ella Henderson's set.
(Again with the disposable camera.)

So, the all important question - Would I go again?

I would go again tomorrow if I could. I loved every second of it.

Did you go to V fest this year?
What were your thoughts?

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  1. I always think you look like you've got a parachute on in that last picture :') xx