Going to festivals and going to the zoo are pretty much two of my favourite things to do. As are hanging out with awesome people and having super amounts of fun – and thanks to Hevy Festival, over the past weekend I did all of the above.
As a group of 23, we’d booked out three of the Safari Tents up in the Elephant Lodge – canvas tents with proper beds, clean toilets, plug sockets, fridges and…ACTUAL SHOWERS. It was such a nice experience – when it comes to festivals, although I love the campsite atmosphere I’m really not a huge fan of the actual camping. Having a real bed and being able to get clean every day just made the whole experience feel much more chilled out and comfortable, and we were also able to cook our own food and drink our own alcohol on a daily basis, which saved quite a lot of money. The tents were really homely, and you can stay in them all year round – I’d definitely go back, festival or not!
On the Friday, some of us went for a visit to the animal park part of Port Lympne – I wasn’t actually expecting there to be as many animals as there were. We saw monkeys doing silly things, I got a selfie with a rhino and…er…there was a bushdog that was sick. Lovely. Although quite a few exhibits made it quite hard to actually see the animals and a lot of uphill walking was involved, there was loads to see and it was a really fun break from the usual straight-up music of a festival!
After exploring the animal park, it was time for checking out some bands. My absolute highlight of the weekend music-wise was definitely Fightstar, where I was actually watching from on the barrier (the teenage girl in me still gets excited about being on the barrier). Despite a few technical issues, they put on an awesome show including the live debut of new track Animal – featured over on my August playlist. It’s really very good. I’m not the hugest of Coheed and Cambria fans but I do enjoy quite a bit of their stuff, so having a dance around to A Favor House Atlantic was pretty cool. Earlier in the day, I also checked out (and enjoyed) Teenage Bottlerocket for the first time, and ticked A Wilhelm Scream (amazingly energetic) off the list of bands I wanted to see.
On the Saturday, I didn’t actually see THAT many bands as I decided to chill back up at the safari tents for a while – but The Get Up Kids were great, and Thrice absolutely blew me away. They’re one of the few bands I’ve really liked since my teenage years but never actually got around to seeing – memories of listening to The Artist In The Ambulance and Stare At The Sun on repeat came to life in a live setting – and definitely lived up to my teenage hopes.
I had such an awesome weekend and it definitely caused major post-festival blues – a special shout out to all the friends I hung out with over the three days. The bands were great, the zoo was fun and the tents were lovely, but the real thing that absolutely made my weekend was the fantastic company. It’s such a huge part of my festival experience, and being able to hang out in relative luxury was so, so awesome!
Did you go to Hevy this year? Like the look of the safari tents?