After years of battling the British weather in wellies in order to catch a few bands in an open field, I’m opting out of the traditional UK festival trip this year.
Coachella in April opens festival season each year and leaves us dreaming of rocking floaty maxi dresses and studded sandals as we sip ice cold drinks under the sunset.
The reality in the UK is less than idyllic.
T in the Park in particular has a habit of getting the temperatures mixed up – somehow we end up with warm cider as we hide from ice cold torrential rain in the height of summer. Pretty sure it should be the other way around…
So this year I’m evacuating and looking forward to sunbathing by day and partying by night at Spain’s Benicassim festival.
Need convincing? Here’s just a few reasons why festivals are better in the sun…
1. You can wear sunglasses (and not just to hide your hangover)
So it goes without saying that I carry sunglasses with me in all weathers, but even I would admit to feeling like a bit of a dick wearing mirrored wayfarers when it’s 5 degrees and raining buckets in the middle of a muddy field.
Everyone wears shades at a sunny festival, almost like it’s mandatory.
And it kinda is when the skies are always blue and the sun is always shining.
2. Swap your rucksack for a suitcase
One of the worst things about UK festivals is the backbreaking rucksack fiasco.
Yeah sure, we all try and pack light but when you’re trying to fit in four days worth of clothes that are appropriate for hail, rain or shine, it gets slightly tricky.
I’m not sure what’s worse – the way to the campsite where you face a never ending uphill battle with ten tonnes of “lightweight layers” strapped to your back.
Or the long journey home where you’re weighed down by
exhaustion/rain/the hangover and end up chucking half of your festival essentials to stop you from sinking in the mud bath fields.
An overpacked suitcase sounds like heaven in comparison.
3. Take your best bag
You may as well take a plastic carrier bag to hold your lipstick, money and baby wipes when you attend a British festival.
When it comes to arm candy we’re talking more mudberry than Mulberry by the time you’ve battled your way through the overflowing pints. Anything less than waterproof and your banknotes will look like wet leaves, swimming in a pool of cider dregs and raindrops.
Festivals in the sun, however, accommodate your best bag buddies a bit better.
Swinging your Chanel from your shoulder is a good look, especially when you don’t have to sit it down next to a mud puddle at any point in the day.
4. Boho doesn’t look bonkers
Admit it, how many times have you sat watching Glasto, pointing and laughing at the hippie-wannabes as they try and wade through ten inches of mud in embellished maxi dresses?
Sure, Kate Moss looks all boho babe as she floats about festivals in her fringed kimono and denim cutoffs, but she usually gets dropped off at the VIP tent. No 3 mile trek from the carpark to campsite in gladiator sandals for our Mossy.
Boho is a bit more achievable when it’s sunny and even better when it’s near a beach. Suddenly, it all makes sense and we can rock every Coachella cliche because we’re not weighed down by mud. Winning!
5. You don’t have to camp
Festivals in Britain tend to be in the middle of nowhere, so camping really is the only option (unless you happen to live very close by and don’t mind travelling every day).
The first time is always a novelty, sleeping under the stars and drinking cider by the campfire with your mates… so romantic!
But when you’ve experienced an actual river running through your tent during a monsoon in July, that novelty soon wears off. Soggy sleeping bags, muddy socks and freezing midnight trips to the portaloos (always with no toilet roll and never clean) are something that can only be endured when you’re very drunk.
Although you can camp at sunnier festivals, they’re often located next to beach resorts, meaning there’s an array of hotels, apartments and villas nearby.
Beds, showers, clean towels, clean clothes and possibly even a pool to sunbathe beside during the day? Absolute bliss!