Izzy Lawrence of Storm Models brings us her diary from Wilderness festival...
It was my first ever Wilderness and I certainly wasn't disappointed. As a cereal Secret Garden Party goer, I trusted that the festival organisers knew what they where doing when it came to art, food and festival frolicks. Within two minutes of arriving I bumped into fellow storm model Bip Ling with her little (yet very tall) sister Evangeline at the spa. Yes spa - reason number one I loved Wilderness: you can definitely win my heart with a jacuzzi overlooking a beautiful lake.
That evening, Empire of the Sun performed a festival exclusive that would make Lady Gaga look like a wall flower by comparison. They where certainly full of 'wild love' for the crowd of 'their favourite festival by far'. Another wild excursion saw my friends and I join the banquet for Moro an appetising and equally surreal visit. You can count on the wilderness crowd to take fancy dress to another level by the second day I wouldn't even blinked if accosted by a festival reveller dressed as a transvestite duke with a pet monkey. Backstage indie band Tribes where chilling but equally keen to 'get stuck in, wild style'.
Wilderness pays attention to the small details. One of my favourite being the post boxes and people dressed as post men delivering your post cards to friends around the festival. The setting is exceptional, at one point my friends and I needed to take time out from festival antics and what better place to recharge than over looking the lake (so peaceful until the Shakespeare play rehearsal made our group there new audience - but then this is wilderness so what did we expect!)
All in all wilderness feels like a very surreal dream with good food to boost, back in my London flat I hang up mask from the masked ball - I think next year I will add more feathers.
Follow Izzy at @izzy_lawrence