Hooray!! We survived our first family festival! We only went as day trippers so it doesn’t really count – but we would have camped if it was an option.
In a passed life I was regular ‘Festival-er’ but since setting up a business, getting married and becoming a mum it all kind of went on a back burner and over the years I blotted out the good bits and could only remember the really crappy bits about festivals; the mud, the long drop (infamous glasto toilets), the over priced drinks, the crowds of drunken knobheads. I had totally forgotten that it doesn’t always rain, there are always other toilets (the one’s furthest away are usually cleanest), it’s not always about getting drunk and it is possible stay away from the drunken knobheads, they’re fairly easy to spot!
I was a little more than apprehensive about taking a little one to a festival, but Victorious is a family friendly event, they even had the Grufalo there. Although we didn’t see him as I dragged everyone off to watch Teleman when he was doing the rounds of the Children’s area!
This is us watching Izzy Bizu, we managed to get quite close to the front and the look on our little one’s face watching her sing White Tiger was priceless.
Victorious takes place right on the South Coast, overlooking the sea in the pretty seaside town of Southsea, I think if we go again next year we might even book an Air BnB and stay for the whole weekend.
We visited the festival on a one day ticket and booked to park on-site, this was really convenient and not too far to walk for little legs. Tickets were booked last minute so I paid full price, but the festival is still super cheap in comparison to Reading Festival for example that took place on the same weekend and the headline act on Saturday night was The Manic Street Preachers.
We sort of saw them, they were on quite late and the kids were tired.
However we did see the whole of Editors and were only about 4 people away from the front. They were awesome and I’m not even a proper fan!
I had totally forgotten about the emotional thing watching live music does to a person (I’m sure it’s not just me). It was just amazing to watch Eva going through this for the first time ‘look at the fire/he’s actually singing/they’re actually playing/they’re really famous aaaaand they’re right there just doing their thing!’
If you ever get a chance to take your child to a festival DO IT! You won’t regret it.
We will definitely ‘festival’ again next year and do a camping one too if we can.
If you would like to visit Victorious next year (and I recommend you do) 2017 earlybird tickets are already on sale here.