Redfest is a really small festival, with three stages - a main stage, the Hype stage (metal/rock bands) and the Boileroom stage, which seemed to be smaller or unsigned artists. There were also several food stalls, a cocktail bar (selling frozen mojitos - yum!) and a couple of little clothes stalls. We got settled into the Boiler Room tent for the afternoon, drank copious cans of cider and enjoyed the sunshine. Nicole had a crew pass as she was with the band and reported that the burger van in the VIP area was too good to miss. Cue us spending some time negotiating with the guy on the gate to let us in. I was finally allowed five minutes in VIP to grab a burger when I did my super sad face! They were definitely worth it - we had chicken and chorizo burgers slathered in pesto with a big box of chips, mega yum!
The one great thing about having the van at a festival is you can make routine trips back to the fridge for ice cold cider - just what you need on a blisteringly hot day like it was last Saturday! After a few more cans of cider we visited some of Nicole's friends in the campsite. We were in the campervan field so it was good to get some views of the site just as the sun was setting. Here is the main stage, just so you can appreciate how small it is!
This was the view from the campervan field. It was a beautiful evening, so lovely to watch the sun go down above all the trees and fields.
There was a stunning sunset....
After watching the sun go down it was time to actually watch some music! Tom and I were both excited to watch Bury Tomorrow as we hadn't actually seen them live before. We caught about half an hour of their set before heading over to the main stage, they put on an amazing show! At one point they got everyone to get people on their shoulders and jump around which was quite a sight!
After they'd played we ended up just going back to the van and chilling. I must say, after a long day at a festival it's pretty awesome to be able to go back to somewhere with a full width double bed and pile of comfy quilts and cushions! We were going to stay on the Saturday and watch Bastille but in the end we decided to head back and crack on with the conservatory renovation. Though not before stopping at my parents' for a delicious feast of chicken, cous cous and garlic bread (and to collect Bodhi of course, who'd been enjoying a little sleepover with his pal Henry whilst we were festivalling!)
I'd definitely go to Redfest again if the lineup were good, it was predominantly teenagers there to be honest but the small size of the festival meant it was quite chilled out, and it was nice to know there were only two stages to worry about seeing bands on rather than trying to plan your itinerary for some of the much larger ones!
Have you been to any festivals in the last few weeks? Are you going to any this year? We usually go to End of the Road festival but we couldn't really afford tickets this year so we've given it a miss, I feel a little sad now as it really is an amazing festival set in beautiful surroundings. You can read my review of the 2011 End of the Road on the blog, I didn't review it last year as I jetted off to Florida a few days later, now that was a good September!