Wales 25th of August 2007
I wanted to go to Reading and Leeds festival to see The Streets, Haven’t seen them since August last year, my best friend Ozzy needed a proper summer holiday. We decide to plan that holiday in England, around this festival. The Streets never played at that festival this year, but
luckily, the same weekend they were playing at Carling metro weekender in Cardiff & London. Great because we already took time off work for these 2 weeks.
Day 1: We drove by car from Hillegom, to Duinkerken (France). We took the boat to Dover. We stayed at Tony’s house, he’s Ozzy’s friend/Old colleague. He lives in Hastings with his wife Donna and their 3 kids. We also celebrated their son’s birthday. We teached him and his friends some bad Dutch words.
Day 2: We went to Brighton, the “beach”, the pier and the town. We spend the night in Hastings again. at Tony’s house.
Day 3: We went to Wool. That’s near Bournemouth. We stayed in a B&B, yep, still no camping. This two weeks it hasn’t been raining at all, well we didn’t see any rain, but we could see wet roads. It must have been raining after all. The camping was still too wet, so there was no dry space for us, so no other choice then the B&B.
Day 4: We went to Monkey World. Known from tv as Monkey Business. At 9.30 we were there, the park didn’t open until 10, but it was sunny, so we enjoyed the sun. By noon. two hours after it opened, we had seen the whole park twice already. It was getting busier with school kids. Time to leave.
We spend the rest of the afternoon in Bournemouth. Although it took us like two hours to get to Bournemouth, even though it is very close, but we got lost and were driving round and round and round. finally we found it.
Day 5: We went to Bath. On our way we stopped at the Stonehenge. That evening we watched England play in the pub of the camping.
Day 6: We went shopping in Bristol.
Day 7: We went to Cardiff, today The Streets were having a show in Amsterdam, Why are we here? What did we do wrong? Anyway, We were going to see the boys tomorrow in Cardiff, and the day after tomorrow in London. We don’t want to think about what we’re missing. We checked in at Nomad Backpacker Hostel. Then we went shopping in the city center and we went to have a look where the festival was.
We arrived at Bute park, where the festival is, at 11am. The doors won’t open until noon, so we enjoyed the sun for a while. Then finally the doors opened, but there was no band that we knew, so it was basically waiting until The Streets came on, for 9 ½ hours. The weather was great, about 25 degrees, it definitely felt warmer, so we were just laying in the sun, watching the thousands of Welshmen/women.
We had no idea how popular The Streets were over there so we decided to get to try to get our space at the front at about 4.30pm. Still five more hours to go until Mike and the boys came on. Kate Nash was on… so we decided to wait and give it a try when she finished…
When she finished most of the people left except from the 1st row… until we stood behind a guy who left. That was my chance to get to the front. YEY I managed to get to the 1st row again… the 4th time… Ozzy squeezed in as well, but… then that guy came back with food. Sorry mate, but thanks!!
Dizzee Rascal came on (We saw Mike dancing on (back)stage) Had never heard of Dizzee before, but he was brilliant!!! Although we enjoyed seeing Mike dancing on the side of the stage more then Dizzee himself!
Then after him, guess it were the Automatic who came on stage…. What the fuck was that? what a horrible music, oh we know this song!… “Monster” Didn’t know it was from them tho. We met two funny guys … YEAH! (One of them yelled to Ozzy a couple of times) After that horrible band, we met a couple more blokes who were there for the Super Furry Animals. “SFA OK!, SFA OK!, Super Furry Animals are SFA OK!”… That’s what they were singing/screaming….
But OH MY! They were even worse then The Automatic… How are we supposed to survive in the cold… (It got cold, cos the sun went down) until Mike came on?!… Oh well… fourty more minutes to go…
Then I thought, “OK… He doesn’t recognize me just yet” (well, he did, but I thought he didn’t), so I took off my tshirt, and I was wearing THE Bikini (again)… Mike saw it and pointed at me again and had a face like “Hey, I remember you”.
After a While, when Johnny stood up, he wanted everybody to go Low, and when Johnny sat down, everybody had to jump. Before he was going to do this… he said to me “You know what I’m going to do, right?!” I nodded, but wasn’t really sure if I knew to be honest.
When Mike finished his performance.. Ozzy and I went to the backstage area… after waiting for fifteen minutes outside the area, while he was filming for Beat Stevie number 18 with Kate Nash and Example. We were watching this from the fence. We were like… nah its too cold lets go back to the hostel. We’ll see them tomorrow anyway.