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Mud, rubbish sex, food poisoning and the Quo replacing the headline act you've mortgaged your house to see. Tell us your experiences

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(, Thu 4 Jun 2009, 12:33)
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Only in England
I was at the Leeds Fest riots in 2005. The Foo Fighters had just headlined the mainstage, and we were making our way back to the campsite totally shattered looking forward to a good nights sleep. As we got to the campsite however, it looked like downtown Baghdad. There were huge fires all over the place, with the sound of gas cannisters blowing up every few minutes. People were knocking down telegraph poles, and destroying tents. As I walked back I spotted the biggest looking fire poking up from behind a hill over in orange camp. I decided that would be where the best view would be and where if anything really interesting was to happen, it would happen.

I seated myself at the top of the hill looking down on the most tribal primitive and yet awesome site I had ever seen. There in the clearing were hundreds of people running and dancing around a huge fire made of what was once the cider tent, carling tent and a telegraph pole. One guy was playing the drums using two tent poles and the upturned kettel drum bins while everyone danced around the fire with glowsticks. There were people juggling fire, practising poi, and generally having a really good time. A Carling truck that was nearby had been broken into and was in the process of being relieved of all its goods. It looked like the apocolypse had come.

And yet...there in the middle of all of this chaos, we rioting Brits had formed an orderly queue to pillage the Carling truck. Even in the middle of a riot we had formed a queue as one guy grabbed 24 pack after 24 pack, and offloaded them to the waiting 'soon to be' drunks
(, Thu 4 Jun 2009, 14:45, 10 replies)
I was there
How did I miss this massive fire?
We were even camped nearby!
(, Thu 4 Jun 2009, 14:51, closed)
It was impossible to miss
I saw it, and I was camped in yellow bubble. It was awesome
(, Thu 4 Jun 2009, 14:54, closed)
I really like the mental
Image of the beer truck queue.
(, Thu 4 Jun 2009, 15:01, closed)
Wasn't it 2005 when there were fires and the Carling truck got looted? Nothing happened in 2006 due to rain.
(, Thu 4 Jun 2009, 15:15, closed)
You're right
I knew it sounded wrong. My memories shite
(, Fri 5 Jun 2009, 10:53, closed)
^ what skybluesam said
I was up til about 4am the last night of 2006 consuming the remainder of my stash (for some reason it didn't occur to me to take it home) and I didn't see or hear any of this. It did piss it down fucking mightily though - we had several security guards under our gazebo drying themselves at the fire.
(, Fri 5 Jun 2009, 10:35, closed)
Yeah, I got the year wrong
2006 I legged it for the car like a big wussy
(, Fri 5 Jun 2009, 11:01, closed)
Great post
sums us up as a nation perfectly, that does. Cheers and click
(, Mon 8 Jun 2009, 12:22, closed)
The unbeatable high!
(, Wed 10 Jun 2009, 14:58, closed)

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