This past weekend has been a personal favourite and probably one of the best ones I’ve had this year! I promised myself at the start of 2013 that this year, and especially this summer would be my best one yet and so far it hasn’t failed. Best weather. Best company. Best times. Best fun. Best Wireless.
So Friday started out with a nice warm, sunny day. I left my house with my trusty shorts, leopard print vans and a striped crop top. Accessories of choice were my oversized sunnies and a grey suede bucket bag. I was ready for the weekend completely covered in sun tan lotion.
Once I’d found my friends in Stratford, we started on the longest walk through Westfield to the festival grounds, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. All in all it took about 25 minutes. Once through the gates, we got our bearings. We found out the direction to the main stage and headed over.
Amid many trips to the “party bar” and “Red Bull bar”, we drank lots of drinks (including Tango, Red Bull and Pepsi for those who wondered), ate burgers and danced the day and night away. The walking between stages and dancing certainly helped us to work off any calories we were about to consume so my conscience felt good. We even spotted BBC Radio 1 DJ Jameela Jamil wandering around – always nice to see celebs having fun among the rest of us!
I even surprised myself by going on this MASSIVE ride (apologies to all who heard my screams) but my God I’m well impressed with myself!
Friday gave us the chance to watch Wretch 32, Ke$ha, Waka Flocka Flame (my second time in less than a year), Little Mix (who performed a great medley of old skool classic girl bands), Miguel, John Legend, the end of A*M*E’s set, Trey Songz. These prepared us for the incredible sets by Snoop Dogg (or Lion?!) and the most beautiful man on the planet, Mr Justin Timberlake himself. And boy, I was not disappointed!
Snoop was great for bringing back his infamous tracks and getting the crowd hyped. So much so, even some of the staff with megaphones were joining in singing which really added to the atmosphere. I’d definitely recommend anyone to go watch him perform if they haven’t already and you ever get a chance!
Justin came on and there was not a single person not in awe of his presence on the stage. From performing his greatest singles, Love Stoned, Cry Me A River and some of my faves from his latest LP including Tunnel Vision, I can honestly say I went away from that night a VERY happy girl. With a set that lasted about an hour, JT did us proud by ending the night with his newest partner in crime, Jay Z, as they both stormed the stage singing Suit & Tie dressed as the best gentlemen they are. Our very own little entertainment came from a guy near us in the crowd performing his own version of ballet throughout the entire set. Props to him!
Saturday started off even hotter than Friday so I donned a crochet yellow crop top and shorts with a bright coral bikini – again, smothered in sun cream. At 31 degrees, I was not going to burn!
With the same sort of routine as the previous day, we got to watch the likes of DJ Fresh/Live, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Iggy Azalea (props to your dance moves, girl!), another rendition of Miguel while we sat down to some surprisingly delish Chinese festival noodles, Kendrick Lamar, the not so secret Special Guest who turned out to be Tinie Tempah, followed by a great DJ set by Calvin Harris. The night ended with the king of his genre Jay Z (who has amazing manners btw) performing a variety of songs from his old classics to newer songs from his current album. While we were disappointed he didn’t perform Ni**as in Paris, he surprised us all by bringing out our beloved JT to duet Holy Grail.
Thank God for the free Y!Wireless app for my iPhone which kept us updated about set times and tents (def much more efficient than a lanyard – other fests take note!). It even has a great little interactive bit where you can make postcards of your weekend pics – some of mine are below:
All in all it was an A-MAZ-ING weekend and I wish it hadn’t ended. Same again next year guys? I THINK SO!