When a blogger bae of yours (Leigh of Fox & Feather blog) asks if you want to go to Citadel Festival with her as she got free tickets, what do you say?
Why, you say OMG HELL YES PLZ THIS SOUNDS AMAZING and you cancel your previous plans and proceed to go before you know anything more about the festival
Well, that's what I did anyway. I'm sure some of you would do the same
So yeah I ended up going to Citadel Festival with no idea what it was about, who the music acts were, or anything like that. And I ended up having such a great time! Who knew you could go to a festival and enjoy it without knowing any of the music acts. I thought that was the point of a festival. Apparently not. Just the whole vibes here were amazing and enough to enjoy
It was held in Victoria Park on a Sunday, the Sunday right after Lovebox and in the same park as Lovebox (which I thought was a bit odd as I always thought Lovebox was a whole weekend thing)
The first thing we see when entering is this massive Corona section to our left. Corona had built a big arch meant to look like the sun, and they had bars as well as their own stage with music acts playing all day. Hammocks to lounge around in. Face painting going on. They were also having people write down wishes of theirs and hanging them up within the sun arch. Essentially, I wished that 2016 would get better. With the amount of deaths of talented people, the amount of terrible tragedies and terrorist attacks, Brexit, and Donald Trump, we all need 2016 to just get a little better and bring smiles to our faces rather than sadness
Me and Leigh had no set plan for our day really so we proceeded to wander around and see what was going on in various places
We stopped off at the Doom Bar as Leigh saw a sign that said "tasting" thinking they were handing out free beer. We ended up in the bar queue basically which meant we just had to get some beer seeing as we were already in the queue after all. They did have a cute little beachy seating area though so we claimed it as ours for a small while and sat down amongst some sand and pictures of waves just chatting and people watching
There was a section dedicated to Sports. Sunday Sports Day. There was hula hoops just lying around waiting for people to come and swivel their hips and various sports events happening throughout the day such as a Volleyball championship, Disco Dodgeball, badminton, wheel barrow races and many more!
I was a little bit gutted that I missed the mass Yoga session that was happening
One of the coolest things we came across was a yurt that was all made up and decorated and it was run by a company called Love Specs. Love Specs had set up a yurt that you could go into and just chill out in and they handed you a pair of specs when you did go in. These were normal specs until you flipped down another lens and then it turned every light into glorious hearts! They had strung up fairy lights within the yurt so all of these fairy lights turned into floating hearts around the place. A yurt filled with love
They are specs that allow us to glimpse a world we all wish to see. A word full to the brim with love! I know that is something I want to see and can get behind. Love Specs are part of the Love Support Unite foundation so all proceeds from these specs went to supporting their projects in Malawi
We then finally headed off to the Main Stage to go and see Cat's Eyes as this was someone Leigh did want to see. The only person I recognised on Citadel's music lineup was Lianne La Havas, so it was interesting to see other music acts and maybe find something new to love
I also ended up watching Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, and I kinda loved them and their country-ish vibes
This was one of the most eclectic festivals I had really ever been to, and so many places were offering face paint and glitter so I had to join in with the festivities and get all glitzed up too. I have never made myself up with glitter for a festival. Download festival isn't really one for glitzing up at
I am yet to work out the best way of removing glitter though. I am still to this day finding bits of glitter on me. How the hell do all of you remove the glitter from your face?! I just ended up moving it all around my face and into my hair and it ended up on my arms, my cleavage. UGH. Just glitter everywhere
Citadel Festival also had a blimmin' roller disco didn't it!! So cute and exciting. Ever since starting up roller derby I found a love for roller skating (even if I haven't been for a while now...) and roller disco is something I think there should be more of within the UK for sure
I had never seen it offered at a festival before and I think this was such a great addition to the festival lineup and activities on offer
As a sidenote, I really want to visit Margate's roller disco
As well as Corona having their own section titled Corona Sunsets, and Kopparberg having their Urban Forest with music acts, you also had Jose Cuervo having a whole Tequila Town with plenty of tequila on offer and sugar skulls dancing about to live DJ's
Now, I can not stand Tequila any more (sorry Jose Cuervo). When your best friend drinks it like it is water and always orders you 12 shots in one night, I just can't hack it at all any more. I can't even stomach a Margarita. However a TVR I don't mind (Tequila, Vodka, Red Bull) so I didn't get any drinks from Tequila Town, but it didn't mean I couldn't join in and dance along to the Mexican vibes going on around me!
Citadel festival was such a blast! Thank you Leigh for inviting me! It has definitely made me consider festivals I wouldn't normally go to, and also made me realise that it isn't just always about the music playing either. I only saw 2 acts all day and still had such a great day and time flew by because I was having so much fun
Maybe see you next year Citadel!
Had you heard of Citadel Festival?