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Sequins Chafe

Sequins Chafe

WOW. What a weekend.

I won’t bore you all to death with the ins and outs of what team CheltenhamMaman got up to at The Big Feastival this weekend but here is a list of things I’ve learned between Friday and Monday that you may, at some point in your life, find useful. Let me know if you do!

  1. Everything you take to a festival you will need to carry. Probably for quite a long way. Maybe even in really high temperatures. Packing is key and if you allow your partner to pack the car and randomly sling essential bits of kit (shoes, tent mallet, corkscrew etc) into the boot not in a bag or a rucksack you are likely to have a full on barney before you’ve even got your wristband.
  2. Always listen to your Mum. When she lends you a tent she ‘found’ in her attic and suggests you do a trial run with it before you go – just do the trial run. Then you’ll find out that the inner section isn’t actually in the bag and won’t have to spend three hours fashioning a dodgy fix with cable ties and stay awake all night praying that a) there isn’t a puff of wind and b) one of those mysterious big cats doesn’t realise your child is sleeping under a glorified umbrella.
  3. Take four times as much money as you think you might spend.
  4. The loos are not as bad as you’d imagined. 94% of the time. That 6% though……
  5. Some people take camping/festivalling really bloody seriously. If this is you I want to know how you afford all this kit and where you store it when you’re not festivalling. I mean people take ten foot high flags, complete mobile kitchens, blow up sofas…. On a serious note even though the days were 25 degrees it got so cold at night – I used every necessary item of clothing (that I never wore but lugged two miles from the car to the tent) as extra blankets.
  6. It gets dark really suddenly – usually at exactly the same moment as you have one too many gins in a tin and have zero chance of successfully locating your torch.
  7. The music you love most will surprise you. I don’t remember raving to Faithless first time round but seems they get better with age.
  8. Sleep is for the weak. And me. I really need sleep…. ear plugs- they don’t take up much space and could have made a big difference.
  9. Invest in a statement piece of crazy festival clothing – it does wonders for the soul and everyone wants to be your friend/talk to you in queue/ touch you in a not too weird way (that may have had something to do with the gin.) Also worth noting that sequins chafe – who knew right?
  10. Remember you will walk miles – leave your heels at home and if it’s wet weather – bring good socks for your wellies.
  11. Schedule some time when you get home to a) do 48900 loads of laundry (and we didn’t even encounter mud) and b) sleep/have a little cry cos it’s all a bit much.

It may be a bit late in the festival season for all of this but save this list and join me next year at The Big Feastival? Anyone else have any super helpful tips? Leave them in the comments below.


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  1. Lucie
    August 29, 2017 / 8:00 am

    Love the sequin coat!! We go to green man festival where you have to buy a reusable cup for the weekend. When we get back we put £10 a week in the cup to save up our spending money for the festival next year.

    • Kate Starkey
      August 29, 2017 / 8:31 am

      What an awesome idea! I’m literally off to find a savings cup now! Thanks Lucie. x

  2. Rachael Duggan
    August 29, 2017 / 8:19 am

    I take your Big Feastival and raise you my two first ever Glastonburys in 2013 and 2014 in my mid-thirties. You don’t know festival loos until you’ve experienced the long drops… 😳 … other top tips; baby wipes and something to wee in at night… childbirth has not been kind to my bladder control. Glad you had a great time despite tent traumas! xx

    • Kate Starkey
      August 29, 2017 / 8:31 am

      Thanks Rachael – a quick google tip shows me that portable she wees are easily sourced! xx

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