I thought it was time we heard from someone else! I hunted about for a willing sacrificial virgin, and found one in the shape of Mamafurfur on twitter, a self confessed festival virgin! Off to Latitude this year and who knows where next year? I asked her a few questions about why she decided to take the plunge...
Tell us a bit about yourself
I'm 32yrs old new Mummy to 1/Wife to 1/Step-Mummy to 3 who sidelines as an IT sales executive during the days. Background in Electronic Engineering, but since having small dude last June, love to write about my experience of life since then and in my world in general. We also share our home with 2 rescue cats.
Do you think of yourself as a country or a city sort?
City girl that enjoys the country, and the freedom/peace/silence it brings
Have you been camping before? If so where and what did you like/dislike about it?
Used to go caravaning as a child with my family, but nope never been camping before in my life. I like running water and electricity too much sometimes...so does my wavy hair like having straighteners as to not frighten people during the day. Love the idea of getting away from all the modern restrictions of life and being "connected" at all times, and just enjoying more relaxed and simplistic living even for a few days. Dislike the thought of my hair without said electricity...
What was the best Music gig you've been to?
Best gig would have to be one recently, The Temperance Movement in the Glasgow QMU, but also got to see my favourite band of the moment Halestorm this year which was amazing due to so many songs being very meaningful to me in the last 2 yrs.
What made you consider a festival this year?
Have always wanted to go and experience it, and this year Husband and I decided to do "things we wish we have done" each month. I took the plunge and booked up for my first festival during a time when our little dude will be looked after for a few nights, so it will be perfect date/first experience combined. Husband also loves music just as much as I do.
Will you be going to the festival alone? With family? With friends?
Going with Husband, who has been to a festival before (Download)
What sort of tent/camper/yurt option have you gone for?
Just a tent option....although hotel might be booked as backup plan if it all goes badly ;O)
What are your packing essentials?
Being Scottish, that means I prepare for rain at all times - wellies, rain coat, suncream, sunglasses, oldish clothes, camera, money
Why did you choose Latitude?
Timing really was the issue this year, and when we had little dude looked after diary confirmed, we choose our festival based on that weekend. Lineup also looked great for those dates, pricing good, so it was the ideal first festival as it has a mixture of comedy, music and arts. Plus it seems to cater for the whole family really well which means we might potentially return in coming year.s
Did you read blogs/media about festivals before you decided?
Read reviews of past Latitude festivals, and the online info, and nothing seemed off putting. Seemed very friendly and less "all about getting drunk" atmosphere. Really seems as if it will be full days value for money with all types of things.....plus they appear to have places that sell fish and chips. Bonus!
What are you looking forward to? What are the positive things about a festival you hope to enjoy?
Mostly being there having never done anything like this before. My hope is to either feel that this is something we will do again, perhaps this one or another music festival, but to have said we have done it and lived out one of my dreams.
What are you dreading? What are the nasty things you worry you might have to brave!
I have to let you into a secret - we have paid for the posh upgraded toilets to use each day as the thought of sharing horrible toilets puts me right off. Don't fancy that one bit - God bless the idea of having nicer toilets! And really hoping the weather is good as I'm not very good in the rain/wind/cold - ironically being Scottish and all....
Is this a test trip to a festival? Do you plan to do more if you like it? Or is it a 'one off' for a bucket list!?
Its kinda started as a one off bucket list idea, but I am really hoping that this potentially turns into a yearly or few years thing for our family. I didn't realise there were "family" festivals out there, and my eyes have been opened. I actually think the dates of the festival played to our advantage and we might end up finding a concept we love for our wee family for years to come.
Will you be blogging about your experiences?
Absolutely! All experiences to be shared with others, and look forward to putting it up online towards end of July time!
Find Jennifer's Blog here!