News - May 24, 2012

‘You experience some kind of natural high'

What? Start of the festival season
Who? Pinkpop, then Lowlands, Rock Werchter, Sziget and countless other names.
When? Pinkpop starts 26 May, after that there are festivals all summer long.
Tip given by: Milena Banic, second-year Nutrition and Health at Wageningen UR

‘People should go to festivals for the relaxed and sociable atmosphere. People start talking to each other and you can have a beer with anyone, people you know and people you don't. And the people you get to know keep on coming back year after year, even if the line-up isn't as good as it was. This year I'm going with 30 friends to Metalcamp, a festival in Slovenia. It is cheap; five days for 150 euros. The swimming is fabulous and you can paraglide and you can even get good beer. It is a totally different experience from Pinkpop. That is way too big and expensive for my liking.
At a good festival you experience some kind of natural high. You can't tell one day from the other and you find you can party on just a few hours' sleep a night. You don't have a thought in the world; you get no email and there's nothing you have to do. And everyone there has the same feeling, they have come together to make the festival into a great party. It is a pity that I can't go to more festivals this year. I'd love to go to Graspop, Wacken or Lowlands but I am really skint.'