Thursday, 1 September 2016

V Festival Round-Up

V Festival Round-Up & Tips For 2017

Photo credit; Marc De Groot 

What an epic time we had at V-Festival last week! From live performances to amazing food, fun-fair rides and much more it's definitely been a highlight from 2016. We were fortunate enough to have V Festival invite us down as press to enjoy the festivities - thank you V Fest!

We decided to head down to Hylands Park in Chelmsford on the Saturday as some our favourite acts were performing including; Katy B, Little Mix, Craig David, David Guetta and of course Rihanna. First though, I'll explain how we found the journey from London.

From London's Liverpool street we hopped on the Greater Anglia train booked just the day before via Virgin Trains. We departed just after 3pm and arrived 40 minutes later, the journey was very smooth! The total for this journey was £23.40 for a duo ticket (super cheap right?). Once we arrived we were sorta clueless as we'd never visited Chelmsford before but were saved by V Festival's bus service. Again another great journey about 10 minutes away from the park only costing a £5 for a return ticket. Departing from the bus was simple however be prepared for a lengthy walk up to the main entrance. Okay not so lengthy, but maybe about 15/20 minutes or so.

We collected our VIP passes and entered the wonderland that is V Festival!

Naturally, we wandered around and familiarised ourselves with the surroundings. There was loads to do and see, from food vendors, to games, popup shops (makeup, vintage clothing etc), comedy tents and of course the fabulous acts. We then headed for the VIP area again just to find out what was on offer, sat down, had some drinks and then went off to see David Guetta's set.

Photo credit: Marc De Groot

After this, we realised that we felt a bit hungry and went on to hunt for some food. I recall coming across a Caribbean jerk shack type spot and decided to try some of their food. Not your typical Caribbean cuisine, but good enough nonetheless. We didn't want to spend too much time eating, so quickly chomped down on our dishes got a slush and went off to see Katy B! 

Photo Credit: Marc De Groot

Katy's performance was absolutely AMAZING with songs Lights On, Katy On A Mission, Lights On (our favourites) and many others performed.

Other performances we got to see were from Little Mix, Years & Years & Rihanna...

Photo Credit: Kennerdeigh Scott

As we had some time until Rihanna was set to preform, we decided to hang out in the VIP area for toilet breaks, some more food and to take some pictures (as us bloggers do). 

I wore a whole outfit by Pretty Little Thing and Bonita featured this amazing backpack which also doubles up as a jacket by Young Brittania - how cool right? 

Photo Credit: Pic PA Via Capital FM

On to Rihanna's performance.... one word EPIC! Although she kept us waiting for around 40 minutes in the rain, I can honestly say seeing Rihanna was like a life goal ticked off my list haha. Her set had me feeling like I'd actually paid to go and see her in concert with songs such as; Umbrella, BBHMM, Man Down, Way You Lie, Pour It Up and the world's current favourite 'Work' performed and a few dark & sassy outfit changes. Her energy was infectious, having the crowd majorly hyped all the way through. As she was late to begin with, her set did go a little over time meaning we had to stay a little longer (I got home at 2am in the end), however, it was all worth it!

You can purchase V Festival 2017 pre-sale tickets here saving £42! Tickets are on sale until 2/09/2016 so be sure to grab a bargain! If you're planning on heading down to V Festival next year here are a few tips... 

  • Dress for the weather - We all know how up and weather can be in the UK so make sure you have some adequate kicks/wellies on and a pac a mac in case it rains! 
  •  Prior to arriving to V-Fest stay hydrated! Whilst on the train we were drinking lots of water and bottled teas by Honest (our fave is the lemon & honey flavour)  
  • Travel light (especially if you're not camping) It isn't so convenient to carry big bags so perhaps consider taking a bum bag, Available via the following links; Asos, La Moda, Urban Outfitters  
  • Bring a portable charger - I can't stress this enough! I brought two with me and lucky I did as my friend's battery died on the day. Remember it's important to have some battery left over for your journey home... Just to be on the safe side. 
  • Bring cash - There are cash machines at V fest but you'll be charged a fee for this.
  • When you arrive at V Festival your bags will be checked - Ensure no liquids that are valuable (such as perfumes etc) are in your bag/s. 
  • As soon as you've been searched etc make sure you connect to the wifi, this way when you've entered the park you won't need to faff about connecting in larger crowds! 
Other than that you'll have a fab time! We're sad to see Summer go, however it's been an amazing one this year so goodbye for now, hello Autumn. 

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