Festival Expectations Vs Reality

Coachella seems to be the most popular festival of the year and with tickets the price of a small house most of us have to settle with second best, which for us was Carfest North. Year in year out pictures are shared on tumblr and  of what Coachella and similar festivals entail, but on the other side of the pond, here in the UK festivals are completely different to what many would expect@

Expectation vs Reality 1
So most people would expect to see many intricate and colouful crowns floating around the festival field. Over in California, flower crowns seem to be in high demand and everyone wears them during festival season. However over here the sighting of a flower crown is as rare as catching a Pikachu on pokemon go. So to try and look the part we are subject to turning to snapchat to give us that all desirable flower crown. But lets be real its not the same thing is it?! 🙂IMG_8741coachella crowns

Expectation vs Reality 2

The pretty fairy lights that illuminate Coachella and Lollapalooza alike are always worthy of a reblog. The pictures, classically captioned with #nofilter usually get promoted to being coverphotos on Facebook and Twitter and your most liked photo on Instagram. Palm Trees twinned with the pretty iridescent glow of the lights is apparently the recipe for a viral photograph. On the other hand when the lights are usually from B&Q and fitted by a cheap local labourer they don’t acquire the same kind of attention! So for us 25 filters and upping the saturation is pretty the only option. For some photos I was even forced to use my sunglasses as an extra filter!IMG_9633-1

Expectation vs Reality 3

Of course fashion is like the biggest part of festivals with high end and highstreet brands taking advantage of the current hot trend and nicely providing us with skimpy clothing which would be PERFECT for the hot climate here in the UK as during summer, you know, we sometimes reach 15 degrees which is just certainly shorts weather (oh wait..). Tumblr and pinterest just set our expectations way too high and festivals in the UK are NOTHING like the parties thrown by our American Buddies. So what I’m trying to say is, you are going to have to rock a plastic bag over 14 layers of clothes because it will be cold and it will rain!

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Lastly, thank you Coachella and Lollapalooza for setting standards high since 1999

I really want to got to Coachella sometime and Lollapalooza if you have been, please tweet me pics my name is over there ————>

Ellie x


A young blogger from the North West of England, blogging about everything from Fashion and Beauty to Education and Travel. Hoping to start a career in the language industry very soon!

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  1. Chloe says:

    Love this

  2. Ellie says:

    Thank you so much!!

  3. This is so funny and so true!! I absolutely love reality vs expectations posts – they’re so relatable 😛

  4. Ellie says:

    Aw thank you I’m glad you enjoyed it! I had good fun writing it

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