I was extremely pleased recently to obtain another press pass for V Festival this year after doing a day there last year and having a throughly great time.
This time was even better as I was able to get a weekend pass with camping.
So then it was time to do the usual routine, batteries charged, lenses cleaned, check equipment, check tickets, check start times, check equipment again, buy new 32Gb memory card to ensure I have plenty of storage, check equipment again!!
Up at 6am on the Saturday morning to head to Weston Park and very pleased to find no traffic hold ups and no queues at Weston Park.
In fact got there a bit too early in my excitement so had a bit of hanging around time, but no probs I was here now and raring to go.
Wristbands collected, tent set up (miles away unfortunately, but serves me right for not coming down on the Friday :)
Then I arrive at the VIP area and on with the show as they say......
......now this is where it gets busy!
The media team (cake group) were, as always, very professional and helpful. On the walls of the media tent were all of the acts with the times they were on and what time to be ready to go. You have to be escorted stage side by a media team member at all times. Also they had planned out the best way of covering as many acts as possible by having suggested 'runs' of acts to see with number of songs that could be covered before moving on to the next act.
This proved invaluable as it gave the maximum coverage as possible but you did not have to stick to this if you didn't want to and if you wanted to see act A then act B and as long as the timing was feasible they would always provide somebody to escort you if if you were the only person wanting to see those acts.
I cannot praise them enough for all of the support they provided.
Over the two days I managed to cover 23 acts over 4 stages but boy was it hard work!
In one case there was a non stop run of about 8 acts which involved something like this:
Band A on the Virgin Media Stage for 2 songs then Band B in the undercover stage for 2 songs then back to the Virgin stage for Band C then across the arena to the next stage for Band D
With all this running about and not much time in between I was already exhausted by the star of day two and by the time I got home I felt like an old man but.......
I WOULDN"T HAVE CHANGED IT FOR THE WORLD
It was an awesome couple of days and I feel really privileged to have seen so many great bands up close and the crows and security were all fantastic.
I am boring you by now I know, sorry so here are a few pics
Suggs from Madness