On Day Two we awoke bright and early considering the late night, and after a lovely breakfast in the hotel we prepared ourselves for the day ahead.
Camera equipment (and the all important card reader) in hand we left for the festival site, armed with killer interview questions and a restored energy.
Throughout the day we interviewed The Vamps, Tom Odell, John Newman, Clean Bandit, Katy B, Cher Lloyd, Passenger and many others – I even managed to get a cheeky snap of some of them!
I was the video producer of the team – the other two members did the reporting and interviewing, as well as taking audio cuts, whilst I focused on the filming and video editing.
It was a close-knit team, and we were succinct in getting content filmed and out on time. It was surreal seeing my content used by all of Bauer’s 80 brands – Kerrang, Kiss FM, Magic FM, Planet Rock and HeatWorld to name but a few.
Evening came round quickly, and that night’s entertainment on the main stage were, The 1975, John Newman, Tom Odell, The Specials and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Everyone was excited and keen to make it to the end of the night since it was our last full day at the festival, before having to make the journey home on Sunday afternoon.
Nabbing our food from the Absolute VIP area, we mingled with famous faces and I reconnected with the people I’d been introduced to on Friday (networking with cocktails in hand!).
I was surrounded by (sloshed) MD’s, DJ’s, famed hip journalists and just all round ‘cool’ people, and as we all stood watching the Red Hot Chili Peppers own the stage – I had to take a moment to breathe it all in.
Watching thousands of people jump around in sync to the music was incroyable.
I truly felt lucky to be there – and I know I’ve made it sound like a holiday but it really wasn’t.
I was running around working my bottom off to try ad get the content together on time.
There was the Monday 9am deadline and with 21 videos to edit together, it was a mean task – but one that had me fretting on Sunday night, especially when we encountered sound problems on the footage.
But seeing my content go up online made it all worth it.
I don’t know what the future holds, but if I ever got the opportunity to cover a festival again, I definitely wouldn’t say no – even the possibility of camping doesn’t scare me anymore.
I’m so delighted to have experienced the festival life, even if it was more ‘glamping’ rather than slumming it hardcore in Strawberry Fields.
One for the memory book!