Latitude. What words would describe Latitude 2023 as a review?
Fabulous. Wet. Expensive. Muddy. Joyous. Family orientated. Big!
To make the most of going to Latitude…
– Make sure you have comfortable walking boots. Not shoes. Boots. Why? Because when it’s wet and muddy you’ll appreciate them having more grip than wellies. And coming higher up your leg will prevent wet sockage which then results in trench foot.
– Have a great breakfast each morning. It look us an hour to do bacon butties for 7 people with a brew but it was so worth it. Filled us up, started us off and was proper camping.
– Get your co op card for £1 and put a meal deal in your rucksack. Why? Because otherwise you’ll have what should usually count as a filling, proper lunch for four of you, at a significant cost and then decide an hour later that you still want food! And that food is expensive, so you don’t want to be buying it throughout the day. Individual portions cost the following: Fish and chips – £13. Mac and cheese in a small pot – £8. Chocolate brownie with cream and sprinkles – £9.50. Chinese noodles – £13. Ice cream in a cone – £4.50. Small veg spring rolls – £7.
– If you’re there with mates, get yourselves comedy bucket hats in advance. 7 cost £70. They were so useful. You could find each other in a crowd when a band was about to begin. You could keep the sun or rain away. They started conversations with people – someone came to have his photo taken with us as he was wearing an identical one – and does all over the world, much to his family’s embarrassment.
– Be ready with glow sticks, and wrist bands. They’re great for when you’re out at night and decide to go dancing in the forest.
– Take vitamins for the two weeks before. Do anything you can to psych yourself up for the festival flu that you’ll catch. Elder teen is coughing up crap over a week later and sounds like he has a 40 a day smoking habit. For those of us who are older, it’s even more unpleasant – my pelvic floor can’t cope with it.
– Print off a map. Write a list of all you definitely want to do. Why? Because there is little service except for when you are in the arena. When you’re at your campervan / tent you need to get your plan sorted for the day ahead. And that’s tricky to do when there’s no signal!
– Download books, and films in advance. Take books with you. When you’re in the campervan / tent alone you’ll be grateful for them.
– Ear plugs. Blessed ear plugs.
– Check that your airbed works. Don’t trust your best mate who has a fancy, king size, super pricey aerobed that they’ve only had up for an hour. It will be a pain in the butt when it deflates on your first night. Apparently.