But this year I had to miss Glastonbury - on my birthday! - and Hop Farm, even though I was all organised to go. Oh well, I'll just have to make an extra special effort for the one I have remaining!
Reading Festival, which I've been attending since I was 17, takes place again over this coming Bank Holiday weekend. And I'll be there for some well-deserved fun and frolics, with a hefty dose of good ol' rock 'n' roll.
We leave on Thursday, so I'm starting to put some serious thought into what wardrobe to take. I've got a good idea of the look I'm going for. I'm thinking eccentric and pretty hardcore woman, embodying rock sexiness and chic, who accepts her age but doesn't always act it. So you know exactly what I'm aiming at, right??
As I'm sure you can imagine, a decade of partying in a field has afforded me numerous opportunities to dress up. From my days as a proper little punk-rock* teen running around, wide-eyed and clueless in fishnets, studs and safetypins, to the discovery of red lipstick, glitter and lace to ensure one remains well turned-out even when relying mainly on wet-wipes and dry shampoo to maintain one's cleanliness.
Naturally, I've built up a fabulous festival wardrobe. It evolves as the years go by and certain old staples head for the Great Charity Shop In The Sky, and items that used to be 'for best' are downgraded to festival favourites. But it's always nice to get some new inspiration, and perhaps purchase a couple of new bits and pieces to pull it all together.
This year, I'm after a chunky cardigan (something like the one Alexa Chung is wearing below) or maybe a jumper like this one from Topshop. I've already got myself a couple of pairs of knee socks, in navy and mink, to wear under my boots.
V Festival isn't one I've ever wanted to attend. The line-up always seems a bit trendy Top 20 for me, and when I see pictures everyone always looks so clean. It's not natural! But Vogue.com has a gallery of the best outfits from the celebrities at V Festival 2010. There are a few looks that I really love:
^ Billie Piper. Her white vest, denim shorts and knee-highs, with her natural hair, are so simple and effortless and she makes it look perfect. Lucky if the weather's nice!
^ Florence Welch. More difficult to replicate than the look that Billie Piper chose, and something you could only get away with if you were dry and comfy in the VIP area - a little risky if there's even a rumour of mud. I mean, that top looks like pure silk to me, and there's a reason denim is a festival staple! I do love the hat, the colour of her blouse and the animal print gesture.
^ Keisha Buchanan. Classic. Denim shorts, leather, tassles, lace-up and buckled boots. This would translate perfectly to Reading Festival, which is higher up the RAWK scale than V.
^ Alexa Chung. I really want a pair of these lace-up wellies. As I said above, I'm looking for a cardigan similar to this to pack for Reading. And I wouldn't mind a Kurt Cobain t-shirt either. In fact, I'll just have one of each please!
I'll keep you up to date with my sartorial planning for Reading.
* I'm using the term 'punk' loosely, as I don't want to make out that I was an anarchist to any level close to the groundbreaking likes of Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood in the 1970s. I guess really it was just my appreciation of the music and embrace of the anti-establishment style that went along with it. Put it this way, I never had a mohican, but my hair was some pretty amazing colours.