On Wednesday 12th June I head to the Isle of Wight with The Gypsy Shrine girls to work The Isle of Wight Festival. It was an early start as the first part of the journey was getting to Southampton Port so we could then get a ferry across to the island.

After much confusion about where we were supposed to be, health and safety tests and accreditation… we FINALLY made it to our pitch in the main arena. (In the pouring rain may I add). By this point it was about 4 o’clock in the afternoon, so we got straight to setting up the Gypsy Shrine tent; this takes about 3 hours to fully complete!! In the evening we treated ourselves to a team cheese and wine night… this was much needed and well deserved I think!

Thankfully, we were based in the main arena, which didn’t open until Friday. Other parts of the festival remained open for the campers that arrived that day which meant we were able to explore and chill out for the evening before the full on weekend we knew was coming up! The festival had such a good feel and there was so much going on, Thursday night was still very lively and there were a few music tents to get us through the night.

Friday was day 1 of the festival. Performing today were the likes of Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds, Lily Allen and The Courteeners. We were so lucky with our location as we were right in front of the main stage so could always hear/see what was going on even when we were working. Today was very steady, we didn’t close until 10pm so it was a very long day but also a good way to ease us in.

Saturday I was woken up to George Ezra sound check on the main stage! It was a LOVELY way to start my day. Today was our busiest of the whole weekend; we were non-stop from 11am until 10pm. Performing was Bastille, Anne-Marie, Rick Astley and lots more. Once we all finished our shift we were able to catch Fatboy Slim on the main stage, he was amazing!

Sunday was the last day of the festival, headlining was Biffy Clyro along with Madness, Sigrid, Tom Walker. We weren’t so busy today, which gave us all a chance to go off and explore a bit more and listen to a few more acts. We closed a little earlier so we could have one last team night out before packing down Monday morning and heading back home.

I really enjoyed working at the Isle of Wight Festival, we had a lovely team, we all got along so well and the atmosphere in general was great. However, after 5 days camping I was VERY happy to get back to my own bed, and catch up on Love Island of course.

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Ella X