Falalalalalalalalala -- 'tis the season to be jolly in tents/dancing crowds. 'Tis the season to deck heads with boughs of holly and maybe also flower garlands. 'Tis the season to troll the ancient Solstice carol... and maybe also the not-so-ancient Flo and Machine or Alt-J anthem in the middle of a packed-out, screaming, mud-splattered audience facing a thudding stage. 'Tis the season of music festivals and weekend getaways.
Astonishingly, I have not camped before, either staying with friends or attending events such as Field Day (which used to be a single day affair), because my summers tend to be completely packed with travel or work, so finding time out for a long weekend is tricky. Not to mention that most of my friends have different music taste to me -- while Dina's somersaulting on an airborne trampoline about Sufjan Stevens at End of the Road, the rest of the world pees about Kanye at Glasto (although I'd love to pitch myself up in that crowd this week -- no doubt it'll be on all the 'Best of 2015' roundup TV programmes come December). Now, however, for the first time in ages, I have an unplanned summer. I have finished university. I have made it to the other side. And while I haven't confirmed any campervan bookings or shopped for denim cut-offs and fringed kimonos just yet, I might just end up at a fest or two because that sounds kind of ideal right now.
To get my thinking bees buzzing, I have teamed up with Get the Label, who have kindly sent me a bunch of glamping essentials (or simply HUFIs: Highly Useful Festival Items) -- including these lovely Havaianas flip-flops and a Brita water bottle. They are also running a fantastic competition to win a Glamping holiday where you and your friends can stay in a gorgeous Wigwam, away from all the dirt and makeshift tents. That, too, sounds kind of ideal. Race you to enter my details.
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Flip flops, Havaianas c/o Get the Label