Now that our plans for this BIG year to come are out in the open, and before you all need to prepare for an influx on exciting To-do’s and the Best of …’s, we would like to roll things back a year and bring you with us to give you all an insight into what took place through 2016 for us.
One thing that we can all agree on loving is music. No matter where you come from, what language you speak or what style you listen to, we are all influenced in so many ways by the music we are surrounded by. With ourselves being big fans of going places and having love for music in abundance we decided it would be a great idea to take ourselves to a few festivals throughout the year.
First off we decided to take things further afield, into unknown territory. A country neither of us had visited, nor majorly considered heading to in a rush.. we found ourselves at Hideout Festival on the beautiful Zrce Beach in Croatia. A large group of 18 of our friends took on 5 days/nights of almost non-stop music and funky lights erupting across the beach until the early hours of the morning. The setting here is indescribable and photos could not do this place justice. If you’re a fan of high energy environments, the scorching sun, drinks available from all directions with the top electronic music varying from heart-racing techno, uplifting house music, the relaxing vibes of tropical house or even the underground scene of grunge/grime, then Hideout is a hidden gem which should definitely take a place in your list of To-Do’s. To end things a handful of us moved towards Split where we spent 4 days in a secluded villa with a pool to completely relax. What a relief that was!
Arriving home midweek it was the day before Rhianne’s big 21st birthday in which she was treated to a day-ticket to Scotland’s very famous festival, T in the Park. Thankfully for us this festival is about an hour from home so I managed to get a last-minute ticket so we could both go and experience the festival together. For the past 4 years I have camped the full 4 nights at T in the Park, but due to the miserable Scottish weather and us still not having acclimatised from our Croatian heatwave I am so thankful that were only spending the day visiting (Swamp is about the only word that’ll give you an idea what the conditions were like). We had a brilliant time up at T in the Park seeing a massive variety of performers such as Calvin Harris, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Jess Glyne, The Kaiser Chiefs and Nina Kraviz, to name a few. It was safe to say that we were well and truly danced-out after our short-lived rest between the festivals (but we wouldn’t have it any other way).
In August, we got our dancing shoes on again and took things South of the border to the UK’s biggest dance festival, Creamfields. Although only 3-4 hours drive down South, we found ourselves with remarkable weather, greatly beating the forecast of rain. Standard procedure as usual, and with plenty experience on our shoulders we set off for 4 nights of fun, loud music, plenty of drinking and camping. This was both our second visit down to Creamfields, low-and-behold for me and Rhianne this is where we first become good friends having travelled down together with our own girl and boy groups of friends (always eyeing up money-saving strategies), a year prior to this visit. So for us both it was lovely to share and create many new memories together where it all started. You would be here forever if I were to list most of the people we went to see and you’d certainly need more than 1 sets of hands-and feet-to count them all on. A very cool and unique way to start the weekend off was a silent-disco, -oh the irony of going to a festival for music!
A few performances I loved seeing would have to include Sven Vath, Tiesto, Alan Fitzpatrick, Kölsch, Oliver Heldens, and far too many more. Here is a wee snapshot of Rhianne and I before the first night of Creamfields (Does John and Yoko ring a bell?)
If you were at any of the above 3 festivals or even went to any other ones through 2016 be sure to drop a comment below and let us know where, and who your highlight performances were. We love to hear stories from other experiences and places we have never been to!