This year is 10 years since my first festival; V Festival in 2007! I went with a group of close friends (one of who is now married with three children to a friend she got together with after this festival!) We were totally unprepared, queued in traffic for hours and arrived at about 2am. We then had to walk miles in the dark and rain with way too much luggage and 5L bottles of water while we tried to find a spot to camp. We eventually found somewhere (in the centre meeting area of a circle of tents) and set up about setting up our tents... my friend Hayley had brought her dads old school tent with metal poles that you have to put together, which she had never set up before... it was hilarious and a memory we still talk about now!
V Festival was very mainstream and quite different to festivals I might choose now, but the music was brilliant. I got to see more big bands and live music than I could have dreamed of and this fuelled my love of live music from then onwards. I'm so glad the rain and toilets never put me off! Here's to many more rainy, muddy festivals shared with friends in the years to come! :-)