What’s that sound? It’s the sudden quiet that tells you the last lecture has taken place, the farewell parties have died down, and a hundred cars have departed, laden with excited students, half their possessions, and all of their hangovers. Everyone is headed for the open road, or even just the road they grew up on, to sleep, eat, and regenerate with some good home cooking.
But once the initial high from surviving exam season has died down, sleep has been had, and you’ve re-watched Breaking Bad from start to finish, you’re left with a lot of days. So beyond topping up your funds with a summer job, you need a plan. Ideally one that involves finding adventure, travel, and hazy memories with the uni friends you’ve bonded with over the past year.
The hippies came and went in the 60s, and probably for good reason. Their lifestyle of being hairy, eating badly, and gathering in rainy fields usually ended in trenchfoot. But it’s fun to do in small bursts, in warm weather, with the right people. Which is why festivals are awesome.
It’s a traditional rite of passage these days, from a notoriously rainy Glasto to a sunburnt and Estrella-fuelled adventure in Benicassim. And don’t forget the hundreds of smaller festivals all over the UK. Find a good pair of wellies, gather up your tribe, and invest in a disposable tent (unless you go all out and glamp it up in a wigwam) – and you’re all set to go.
And if your budget is looking like a commune food cupboard, consider signing up as a festival volunteer or worker. Someone has to pour pints into plastic cups, steward cars, and oversee the portaloos – it may as well be you, and you’ll still find plenty of opportunity to see the bands around your tasks.
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