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110 Above: The Best Festival of the Year

The 110 Above festival is over a three day period, often at the beginning of August. This year, it was held on Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th. I saw the festival through a few bands I followed on social media last year and was desperate to go from that point forward. My wish finally came true.

If you're a fan of upcoming bands and artists with an indie/alternative vibe than you don't want to miss this event. Bands come from all of the country to a farm in Leicestershire to put on a show and have a fun day. On several occasions bands mentioned to me that this was the 'best festival of the year'. That's got to count for something surely!

Me in front of a cute caravan 

Lucia performing

What's so great about this festival is that is is quite small and intimate - so make sure you like the bands that will be performing or you'll be waiting around for a bit! Bands alternate between two main stages, one after the other so there is never not anything on. There is a third stage with smaller, acoustic artists and comedians which seemed to prove very popular throughout the day.

I arrived at about 10am on the Sunday and had a little wander around, took some photos and made use of the beautiful settings by having multiple mini photoshoots. The first act, Lucia, took to the stage at 11:30 and they got the crowd going quite well.

Throughout the day, plenty of bands and artists performed on the three stages. The previous two days seemed to have been thrilling since most people were hungover and didn't come out of their tents until the afternoon. By then, the music was hotting up, as was the weather and the crowds.

At about 12pm we stopped for some pizza and then went straight back to the stages to see what was going on.

Yummy pizza

Myself enjoying the yummy pizza, trying to avoid the wasps
What was great was that there were drinking taps dotted around the place where you could pour yourself a cup of water with the 110 signature plastic cups (I bought three and have no regrets). I bought an official t-short for the festival too which I ended up changing into since I burnt.

I had a great time watching Sea Girls, Marsicans (who I interviewed later on in the day), Fast Car To Florence, Eliza and the Bear, Sam Martin and Hey Charlie. All of bands and artists that played were phenomenal but I'd been stood next to the speakers most of the day that all the music ended up sounding like a huge noise by the end of the day and I had a banging headache so we left before I could see Blaenavon and Peace perform.

Fast Car To Florence
Eliza and the Bear
The previous days saw the likes of Fickle Friends, Circa Waves, Judas (who I met and are lovely and were hungover like everyone else), Saint Raymond, High Tyde, The Magic Gang and so many more. I wish I could have gone to all three days!

All in all, this was such an intimate festival that it really is Leicester's best kept secret. The crowds were small and controllable, everyone was so nice (shout out to Anna and Kate, you two are lovely!) and the day was generally fun.

Next time though, I'm taking bug repellant!

Watch my cinematic video of the day on Youtube! I should have a vlog up too soon.

Until next time...

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