But fear not – it’s the 21st century and festivals are no longer the “portaloo and pot noodle” days of long ago. These days you can take your home comforts with you and make it through this festival without resorting to wet wipes under the arms. It all depends on your budget!
For around £150 a night extra, many farms/cottages near festival sights are offering five-star luxury. Lower Hedge Farm near Glasto for example has a hot tub, games room, washing machine and all the mod cons!
Pod Pads offer a luxurious camping experience at most major festivals. They come with mirrors (essential!), secure locking, lights and comfy beds for around £250-300 per festival.
££ (Mid Range!)
Glastonbury offers a special tent village this year. For around £125 you can have pre-pitched two man tent with the use of hot showers, nice toilets and close to all the action.
Or if there’s a few of you why not hire a camper van for a bit extra each. You can have a nice shower, get dry if the inevitable rains come, and wake up to the smell of freshly cooked bacon (providing one of your mates is keen to cook it of course!) Prices vary depending on the level of luxury you want, but after experiencing years of portaloos, you may well decide it’s a good decision. After all, you’re worth it!
However for some, nothing beats the good old camping experience, and many pour scorn on luxury campers spoiling the festival spirit. If that’s you or your discover yourself faced with only this option, there are a few things you can do to make yourself more comfortable.
Talc (to help dry your hands and your smelly trainers!) Toilet Roll (obvious yes!) and Tissues (moist ones preferably. Yes it’s the wet wipes under the arms again, but what other choice do you have!)
If you really can’t do without your home comforts though then the best way to get that “festival experience” is to pitch a tent in your garden and watch the whole thing on the telly. You can’t get more comfortable than that!
By Dan Clay