By Anne-Marie Wardle Rosher
Brownstock is often referred to as the UK’s best small music festival and now we can see why!
This year the festival had its 12th Birthday and ran from 8th July – 11th July 2016 at Morris Farm in Essex, while opening its gates to over 6,000 keen festival goers. It was the first time we had attended, and it definitely lived up to expectations and was certainly worth the three and a half hour drive each way! The buzzing atmosphere and quirky touches made an unforgettable weekend.
The festival is comprised of 6 stages, therefore ensuring that Essex is firmly on the festival map! It also means there is something for everyone, no matter what sort of music you’re into. The Stumble Inn plays strictly house music only compared to The Good Shed for example which welcomes some of the best drum and bass DJs in the world, such as Crissy Criss and Drumsound & Bassline Smith. The Main Stage is found further through the festival grounds with one of the best sound systems we have ever heard! Tinie Tempah headlined on Saturday night with an incredible set, as well as Lady Leshuur on Sunday and Mark Ronson on Friday along with a huge array of famous musicians throughout the weekend. For early risers BSTK is great as the music starts at 11:00am everyday going all the way through to 2:00am, so there is no excuse to be sat at your tent! One of the highlights for us was also the silent disco and paint party; we believe it’s these extras which set BSTK apart from other festivals. We also had a whale of a time dancing to some all-time classics played at the Treehouse such as Biggie Smalls and Missy Elliot.
Throughout the festival grounds there were endless food shacks selling some of the best smelling food ever. Whether your taste buds were craving something sweet, savoury, sour or alcoholic you were catered for. The food stalls covered an array of things including candy floss, aromatic curry, stone baked pizza and delicious cheesy chips. For those feeling brave, ostrich burgers were even on offer! Personally we were a fan of the creamy mash and gravy, and the scrumptious maple syrup hot waffles. Unlike some other festivals that we have been to the bar at BSTK was a great surprise, it was hugeeeeee, which consequently meant there were no queues so buying alcohol between music sets couldn’t have been any easier. We would also highly recommend bringing your own portable camping stove so that you can cook eggs and bacon in the morning – yum!
We were happy to see that BSTK had supplied a great number of portaloos, again also meaning that there were no queues of desperate festival goers. The VIP toilets were even nicer than ours at home, and they were always stocked up with toilet roll. The campsite was split up into family camping, general camping and VIP camping, which was great as you could get a general idea of what to expect, regarding the level of noise and litter. We did get to the festival at around 4:00pm on Friday, and considering the gates opened at 12:00 midday we found it a little difficult to find a suitable space, but that was most likely our fault, so we would recommend getting there early. The festival was easy to navigate your way around and the paths were lit up with lights once it got dark, which made such a big difference compared to trying to find your tent in the pitch black and tripping over endless guide ropes. There were also water points scattered throughout, which is a much cheaper way than being forced into buying bottled water. By Sunday the campsite was pretty messy but what else do you expect when you go to a festival these days?! – and in a weird way it even added to the atmosphere. In areas such as the car park and the festival grounds there were workers constantly keeping it clean which was lovely to see. There was also a selection of fairground rides pumping out music, such as The Waltzers and Oxygen (only for the brave!). Whenever we wanted a break from dancing there were plenty of places to sit back and relax, there were bales of hay scattered around and benches as well as a big circle of banana hammocks – although you were lucky to find a free one!
As true festival fashion lovers ourselves we were constantly on the lookout for cool and wacky outfits, and there were definitely some around. We firmly believe that fashion is such an important element of any festival and that you can never have too many sparkles, sequins or funky patterns. For the latest festival trends and for some of the best UK independent festival fashion brands check out our website and social media pages below!
Website – https://www.wildthing.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/festivalfashion
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/wildthing.com/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/festivalwear
Festival Faces Group
Glitter is a big thing at BSTK and Festival Faces Group were sure to satisfy everyone’s needs, including makeup, massages, face painting, hair and glitter – what more could you wish for?! Festival Faces Group is made up of a fantastic professionally trained team who can make anyone sparkle. It was started by Hannah in 2009 and since then their services have spread and they have worked with big brands on bespoke projects such as Google, Channel 4 and Tesco! As well as being able to come to your own home they are also often found at places including festivals across the country, birthdays and hen parties, so keep your eyes peeled! The team are all so friendly and have the best imagination, so even if you’re struggling to think of a design yourself they will always be able to come up with a show stopper! On Friday Rosie Enright and Sophie Glew made our faces sparkle with petals and glitter and also added our requested Eat Brain drum and bass logo as well. We were over the moon with the end result, their tent really was a heaven for any festival lover and we highly recommend checking out their website and social media pages below or contacting them on 07833045588 for any general enquiries.
Website – http://www.festivalfacesgroup.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/festivalfacesgroup/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/festivalfacesgroup/
THE END RESULTS
We really did have an unforgettable weekend; we can’t believe how cheap the tickets are for what you get in return, it’s an absolute bargain! So make sure to follow BSTK Festival on social media to keep updated with all of the latest information and professional photos from this year’s festival.
BSTK 2017 weekend camping tickets are already on sale now via the official website, for just £79 or a payment play of £8.18 per month, secure yours now before you forget.
Have a great summer!
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