Hello all! Katie P here - I just got back from my 3rd and 4th festivals of a total 30 that I will be reporting back on from around the world.
Hello all! Katie P here – I just got back from my 3rd and 4th festivals of a total 30 that I will be reporting back on from around the world.
For week 3 of the Trident Perpetual Festival Experience I jumped on a short ferry ride for the Isle Of Wight Festival. Taking place over three days in the gorgeous summer sunshine, the festival played host to some of the world's best legendary artists as well as promising newcomers of all genres.
On my first day I was treated to a foot-stomping set from Calvin Harris which got the entire festival dancing in the early evening. The main stage was then graced by the incredible Florence And The Machine, offering up an utterly spine-tingling and angelic performance to the gathered thousands. Headliner for the night was Jay-Z – kicking out the kind of infectious beats and hip-shaking grooves that are impossible to ignore and even harder not to fall for. The sight of thousands of hands bouncing in unison was an exceptional end to the night. Day two was a beautiful blur of The Hold Steady, Paloma Faith, Crowded House, Blondie, Biffy Clyro and The Strokes – a wonderful mix of old and new, happy rock and dirty pop, Scottish riffs and massive hits. Class. The final day at Isle Of Wight was all about three performers for me – Friendly Fires, Pink! and Sir Paul McCartney. An amazingly diverse range of sounds and styles, but all performing with such glee and joy that they were amazing to watch. Add in a large dose of dancing, partying, World Cup matches, terrible fancy dress – and Isle Of Wight was certainly a brilliant weekend of musical fun.
For week four I headed down to Wales for Beach Break Live – a student weekday festival specialising in non-stop entertainment, beautiful surroundings and hoards of happy people. From Plan B to Chase & Status, Beardyman to Toddla T – it was a fun-filled few days of great music and massive beats – along with fake moustaches, powder paint fights, beach volleyball and fairground rides. Whether lounging on the sand, dancing in a tent or playing ping-pong in a field, there was something for everyone at this brilliant week away. A definite must-go for next year!
Right now I'm preparing for a trip to Turkey and Croatia, plus a whole host most festivals on the way. If you fancy the chance of winning tickets to come with me, enter your Trident Gum pack details into the form online on their website. Good luck!
For Katie's full blog, photos and videos from the Perpetual Festival, see www.tridentgum.co.uk