So your ISA’s in the red, your annual leave is booked and you’re off to Glastonbury. Great, well BBM us from your from Mumford-loo queue, mate coz we’ll be watching it on the telly.
Since camping stopped being fun when you hit five, 2013 is all about one day festivals: FestDayVals, if you like.
This weekend is the first – and best – of FestDayVal season: Field Day, in east london’s Victoria park. And as per, the line-up is ridiculous: Animal Collective, Solange, Bat For Lashes Four Tet, Kurt Vile, Solange Knowles, Everything Everything, John Cooper Clarke, Connan Mockasin, Tim Burgess, Mulatu Wild Nothing and Chvrches? For under 50 pounds? Sure.
That there are tickets left is nothing short of an east end miracle. And yet there are…
If I listed all the reasons FestDayVals are The Best, this post would literally crash my server. I just tried. And it literally just crashed.
So instead, I’m going to list 9. Like you need them…
1. Going to the loo is almost fun
Flushing loos are one thing. One great, game-changing thing. But when that flushing loo is 8 minutes away and located in YOUR ACTUAL HOUSE?
2. The food is better
Obviously the food is better: day festivals are in built-up, urban areas – which means nice, eclectic, posh produce. But also, because it only lasts 12 hours, ambient food isn’t an issue. In keeping with this area of London, Field Day has brought in a raft of really decent ethnic stalls. These include: Yam the Cassava, Popina and Ca Phe VN. Because Field Day simply isn't Field Day without yam.
3. You get better line-ups
Like, HOLD THE FRONT PAGE etc, but if you have less time to showcase your line-up, then the quality of said line-up will improve. Zero indie band padding /dodgy DJ sets and more good music. I don’t want to harp on about Field Day, but I will because LOOK.
4. You can get drunk before you go
Intensive, mid-morning drinking is not something we want to condone at Grazia, but starting and ending the day with a nice G&T is decidedly nicer than waking up on day four to a 6-pack of Crabbies and 'Peanut' playing bongos on your portable barbecue.
5. You can wear a playsuit
Like, don’t, because it’s not 2011, but if you want to you can because of the aforementioned loo situation/you’re in spitting distance of your walk in wardrobe. Wearing what you want at FestDayVals –--> democracy in action.
6. You don’t need a torch
Mainly, because of urban pollution – bright lights, very bloody big bright city all night long! - but also because they’re smaller, better lit and only a baby couldn’t handle being lit by a Bic for 3 hours.
7. You can look good all day
Make-up lasts hours, guys.
8. Your phone won’t die in 12 hours
Bite us, but a dead phone at a festival will ruin your weekend (Hi, Glastonbury 2010).
9. You get less t***s at FestDayVals
God bless gentrification.