Isle Of White festival 2012 (Friday)

Day one and plans have changed already, there’s nothing like giving yourself time for things to go wrong over festival season! Today, for a start should have been day 2, pitched, acquainted and eagerly awaiting the opening sets – chilled out with a beer on the grass.

Clearly, that is optimistic to the point of stupidity and when I woke up to downpour yesterday morning I admit I wasn’t really feeling it. Having no plus one doesn’t help, and even the whip-up designed to invoke envy in every ticketless music fan wasn’t doing the job.

Logging on to buy ferry tickets for the car I wished I’d booked a B&B long before, only the uncertainty of accreditation held me back (these things are notorious for last minute tweakings). Three hours, I figured, would be enough time for me to unpack my recently-moved possessions and re-pack for the weekend. Another insane estimation on my part! Fortunately the £160 return fee for the ferry, plus petrol and navigation complications were coupled with the realisation that I had a 2 minute window to get to the fest and locate the press office conspired to make me re-think my plans. Chewing this over, my housemate who is off to a stag do in Brussels this weekend made the unaccounted for revelation that he would be staying at his parents house before departure. Carefully patched dog-sitting between my mum and boyfriend came apart at the seams and, opening the door to check that rainfall and increasing wind speed was real I decided there was no option but to stay, re-think mode of travel and plum for a later than anticipated arrival and a battle to pitch up in the mud the following day.

Which brings me to today. With relief that my bf took a bossy turn and made me go through the rigmarole of printing necessary documentation last night (wading through a maze of packed boxes, power tools and leapfrogging attention-deprived dog) and dthat I had compiled a last-minute list of things to pick up en-route I have just hauled what must be nearly 30k of luggage through Stratford to Waterloo station. This is why I would have preferred the car.

Of course, this is probably a ‘girl thing’ but I can, on occasion be a very good packer. The tent is i heavier than I’d have preferred, the Eurohike has evaporated in the sea of packed possessions. I have both a ground sheet and sleep bag. Bare basics. But then I needed to pack for rain, wind, cold, and optimistically maybe even a touch of sun. I’m not sure how I would have motivated myself otherwise. So far it’s been worth it, my legs have had a workout and I have EVERYTHING. (will update on this statement later). I am also enviously eyeing up a co-commuters’ nifty ensemble of lightly packed essentials, aware that he only has to make it to the campsite. I wish very much that I could drop off all my luggage at said camp, however in true un-paid press fashion I must navigate my way to the office with all my worldly goods. This is the biggest pre-occupation right now. Along side silent prayers I will work out what the devil I’m supposed to do about this Hovercraft malarkey.

On the bright side I did all my packing to Bruce Springsteen, after my weather related sulk drove me to pull the plug on Absolute. The only thing that really tempted me to stay tuned in was that their guy was documenting a particularly uncomfortable car journey in some ancient car.

I don’t envy them that, but I can’t see their reporters having to drag two thirds of their own weight across fields of well trodden mud… I will have to be particularly careful tent is well and truly up before I see a beer tent. With any luck I will also manage to find others from the VF crew and maybe even see some bands!

Today’s line-up as follows:

Tom Petty &The Heartbreakers​Groove Armada (DJ Set)
Enter Shikari
Example​DJ Fresh presents Fresh Live
Noah & The Whale​
Lana Del Rey
​Mat Horne (DJ Set 1am – 2am)​
The Garden Stage:
Chrystal Castles
Best Coast
Dry The River
Gretchen Peters



Isle Of White initial line-up thoughts

Initial thoughts on line-up…

Line Up

I may have been a little over-zealous booking Wednesday off work, thinking that may not be needed…

However the Friday HAS to be worth arriving in a timely fashion for! Needless to say it’s not the headliner that has got me going here.

Noah and the Whale jump out for the fact they may just make me shed a tear – ‘5 years time’ was a bad choice for me on my 5th anniversary with ex and it really didn’t go down the way it should have. Two years on I’m thinking that 5 years from that day we may be lucky to still have the odd ‘like’ on each others facebooks. With any luck Example will perk me up somewhat. I like his music, not so keen on him. I follow @Example and get the feeling he’s not so personable, all the same he’s undoubtedly going to throw a PARTY!

Feeder have slipped disturbingly low down the line-up I imagine they will have crowds from across the globe crashing in on the little island depending on how ‘available’ they are. I still sing CD player when I have the roof down in the car! Who knows, this could make me feel 17 again.

Saturday may see me struggle to get up early, but to give Labyrinth his due – he’s worth it. I saw Labyrinth play Oceana, Watford the night my best friend told me she was moving to Glasgow where she has since fallen in love and settled… not a great night but good memories from said artist all the same.

And Madness. You can find other reviews by me on Madness, I’ve seen them several times over the years to sadly waning crowds. I have a good feeling about this though, I suspect they are sneaking a new come-back. Consistently innovative and anxious to please they have never failed to surprise me… creative, fun-loving, crowd-pleasing nostalgia guaranteed. Who knows they may pull out some new tracks.

Another re-review … Jessie J.


Nuff said! LOVE the confidence, the talent and was lucky enough to see her right on the brink of the stardom that now surrounds her.

Tiny Tempah — yup. Looking forward to that but not squealing with excitement, maybe that will come. Biffy? Again, I expect to be entertained but won’t be conducive to that.

And Pearl Jam… I will have to explore my feelings on this one a little closer in time. This takes me back to my very early exposure to music and somehow 1never quite cemented my views here – that was the luxury of being too young to care and just enjoy!

I want to say I’m psyched about Sunday. The Vaccines and Bruce Springsteen… bloody awesome. But Noel Gallagher? This makes me plan to sulk in my tent somewhat… but I will stay open – minded, close my eyes and D/L his High Flying Birds…

Now perhaps there’s some ex-anti-Oasisers that can put me straight, fans or foes of any of the line up share your wisdom and give me some challenges to deal with! Otherwise my one-sided review will go out to the masses in the very near future…

Upcoming festivals – Isle Of White and Reading

For the first year all of my festivals research and consolidation of opinions and expectations will be through WordPress – I will be keen to see what other people are thinking on the festivals and artist as well as camping tips/warnings both general and specific to the event. Final reviews will be through Virtual Festivals and updates on @vitrualfestivals and @anjakins on Twitter…

With Isle of White fast approaching I will begin with some of the smaller (and often my favourite) acts this evening…

Please flag up any of your own blogs relevant to the events and I will link them in for a more diverse base… I will be discussing both the well known and loved as well as unheard of acts – perhaps some of your own thoughts will make me hear things from a different perspective!

Reviews from Virtual Festivals will include the practicalities of location/facilities etc and some of the reviews will be prescribed however I will also update on choice bands and our interviewers and photographers will be out in force!