You can tell it’s festival season in London purely by the number of glittery faces and flower headbands you see on the tubes. A couple of weeks ago, I was one of them.
I’m normally a Wireless festival goer, being a fan of R’n’B and Hip Hop. So British Summer Time sure was a change to the usual experience I was getting used to year after year. But with Justin Bieber playing, how could you say no? And I can honestly say, I loved it.
We didn’t have to make our way through the usual stampede of festival goers to get in. Or queue for ages at the bar. In fact there was almost no queue at all. Yet it was still really busy.
There were festival dancers on a small stage on the side gathering an audience, a carnival of people dressed in the most amazing animal costumes making their way around the festival space, people queuing for THE photo in front of the BST sign (you know which one I mean) and lots of families and groups chilling on the grass, soaking up the rays whilst listening to the performers. Kim and I were soon to join, with a pint in hand. After a wander round to see everything first of course.
The acts throughout the day were great. Enjoyed a little further back, we caught the end of Naughty Boy, and sat and listened to Anne-Marie, Tove Lo and Martin Garrix. Even from where we were you could hear clearly, and see pretty well too. Obviously helped by the big screens. But it meant we could thoroughly enjoy it, in a more relaxed style. Totally not what I’m used to, but something I would definitely do again.
Justin Bieber was AWESOME. Pulling a few more acoustic tracks out the bag, I think to tackle the critics who say he mimes, it was a great mix of tracks from his latest album, along with a couple of classics. Yes he did Baby, to which I knew every word. Guilty.
As well as the music, and the beer (which wasn’t too badly priced at £5-£6 a pint), I was seriously impressed with how many big names on the street food scene, and even restaurants, were there serving up dishes to the hungry crowd. I spotted Pizza Express, Le Bun, Mac Factory, Patty & Bun and Smokestak, which I’d been dying to try for a while and so won my vote.
The Brisket bun was amazing. Tender and juicy slow cooked rich beef brisket, in a lightly toasted brioche bun, with pickled red chilli, it sure didn’t need any sauce. The fries were pretty good too. And that’s coming from someone who is not usually a fries fan! We definitely made a superb choice as to where to stop.
Overall, a completely different experience to usual, which I thoroughly enjoyed. A way more relaxed way to enjoy a festival! Fab music line-up, great atmosphere, fantastic carnival aspect and delicious food. I’m thinking BST will definitely be on my list for next year!
Have you been to any festivals yet this year?