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Download Festival 2013

The raters

The raters of Blue Camp

I am back from my holidays and yes, a festival can be classed as a holiday.

Last week I returned from Download Festival with sunburn and a cold which got quite bad which is why I have only just managed to blog.

Returning to the tent

Luckily our tent wasn’t too muddy after last year and we were able to use it again. I was also a lot more prepared for all festival eventualities.

Two things had changed from my experience last year. I was now the driver, transporting an overfilled Ford KA and three other festival-goers – including my boyfriend Tom.

My low rider KA

My low rider KA

The second change was the weather. Good news is It rained less. Last year we were up to our knees in mud but this year we had a few light showers, one major downpour and then two days of sun.

You look familiar. Weren't you here last year?

You look familiar. Weren’t you here last year?

Of course the baby wipes and dry shampoo were my precious possessions throughout the week but this year was much better in the camp. No need to stop drinking because you’re terrified of drowning in mud on your way to the toilet.

Tom and Tom cooking dinner

Tom and Tom cooking dinner

Everyone from last year was back and with beers in hand we had some fun nights in Blue Camp. In fact we became quite popular amongst the campers after we invented a rating game (see top photo). It began with just three of the guys but grew when campers started deliberately walking past us and doing tricks to get their ratings. Even the stewards joined in. By the end of it all 10 of us had rate cards. I decided to have a smiley face and sad face but I only gave the sad face when somebody flashed us. It happened way too often…

Me dressed for Download

Me dressed for Download

The music

The main reason you go to a festival is for the music. The line up for Download 2013 included Slipknot, Rammstein and Iron Maiden.

In the arena

In the arena

On the first day we went to the second stage to see Uriah Heep, Dragonforce and Europe who last year had to cancel right at the last minute after their plane was delayed. Then we made a b-line for Korn on the main stage and then stayed there for Bullet for my Valentine and Slipknot where we got absolutely crushed. I expect to be crushed and pushed in the festival crowds but this got to a point where people had to be carried over barriers to get air. The main problem was too many people went into the front part and then decided they didn’t want to be there. To get out they pushed their way through until everything got so tight barriers started breaking and Slipknot had to stop the show several times so security could sort it out.

Lidl's shoppers like Korn

Lidl’s shoppers like Korn

The second day I went to see Young Guns nice and early on the main stage and then had a little break before going to see one of my favourite acts of the festival, Katatonia who I’ve been dying to see for ages.

Katatonia

Katatonia

Then back to the main stage for Alice in Chains, Motorhead and the first half of Queens of the Stone Age before going over to the second stage for a little bit of Enter Shikari. Then we went to see legends Iron Maiden who put on a great show complete with a Spitfire fly past.

Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden

On the third day we had a little lie in and then headed over to the main stage for Five Finger Death Punch who half way through decided to bring the children up on stage for a song. It was brilliant, especially when some of the children could sing it word for word.

People, people everywhere!

People, people everywhere!

I went to see Ghost on the second stage who you won’t forget if you saw them. All the members wear robes except the main singer who dresses in cardinal attire and a skull mask.

Ghost

Ghost

Then we finished the festival on a massive high note with the best live performance I have ever seen. I have been told Rammstein put on a good show but I was not prepared for what I saw. Fireworks, flame throwers, crazy costumes and a foam cannon shaped like a..um…never bring your children to a Rammstein gig.

Rammstein

Rammstein

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2013 in Personal

 

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A night with the ghosts

In the cellar of Avenue House

In the cellar of Avenue House

On Friday, four friends joined a group of thirty budding ghost hunters and a small team from Haunted Happenings, to see if they could make contact with the spirits that reside at Avenue House, a Victorian house in Finchley, London. The experience left them both confused and terrified.

10am

There were a mixture of people in our group including genuine ghost hunters who brought their own equipment and sceptics, like us.

We started the night by being broken up into smaller groups. Gemma, Gillian, Richard and I had a workshop where we got to look at the equipment used in ghost hunting. We all tried our hands at dowsing rods, two L-shaped rods which can supposedly answer your questions and find things you’ve lost. These worked really well when we knew the answer but then Richard and I were asked to find our belongings which had been hidden in the room. It took a very long time to find them and I literally walked around the whole room before I came across my keys.

Then we went on a tour of the house. First went into the cellar and it was like stepping into the set of a horror movie. Creepy, no windows and endless dark tunnels. We all went into one room and turned out the lights. Then someone started playing some chanting music and nothing happened at first but then I saw some mist on one side of the room. Then suddenly it floated away.

Can you see the face?

Can you see the face?

Midnight

We then went upstairs into several rooms which all had stories of ghost sightings. The room we found most interesting was a large room near the very top of the house. We conducted a seance and then they moved the four of us on to a smaller table for some “table tipping”. You put two fingers from each hand under the rim of the table and wait for the spirits to move it. Believing there were children in the room we used sweets as bait. Every time we asked if they wanted the sweet the table tipped and the sweets fell off. We asked a few more questions like their age and gender and came to the conclusion it was a teenage boy. We also discovered he really did not like Richard and the table kept tipping his side to knock him off. Then we did an energy circle (you stand in a circle in the dark, holding hands and ask for the spirits to join you) and Richard felt as though he was being pushed. It was very funny to watch at least.

Then we went back down to the cellar. I accidentally volunteered to be put into a room on my own and quickly change my mind when a door closed on us without anybody pushing it. I swapped places with someone else and went back to try the Ouija board. When we got no response we tried an energy circle. This is when things got really creepy. Hoping to see the white mist, I stared at the wall where I had seen it before. Nothing happened but then it went dark, really dark, and then I realised this dark shadow was actually really close to me. It was going around the circle and I wasn’t the only one who had seen it. Both Gemma and another girl in our circle saw it. I was so happy when the lights came back on.

2pm

Then we got some time to ourselves and decided to go back to the top room where we’d spoke to the teenage boy. Perseverance was key but eventually the glass started moving. Then when it stopped abruptly I saw Gemma staring towards the other side of the room, she jolted and we all scattered.Gemma explained she had seen a white mist go from one side of the room to the other, like what I had seen in the cellar.

Then Richard had the bright idea to go back into the cellar and do an energy circle in another room. Noises could be heard on command and Gillian felt like she was being pushed but by this point I was passed laughing. Just very freaked out.

Lastly, we had a group seance in the cellar room. Several people claimed there arms were being moved, some in very uncomfortable positions and they had to be removed from the circle.

Goodbye ghosts

Before we knew it was 4am on Saturday morning and it was time to leave Avenue House and its spirits to rest.

I went for the entertainment and it was very entertaining. Everything can be explained really, such as our eyes played tricks on us in the dark, the glass and table moved because subconsciously and collectively we probably were moving it. The only bit I can’t explain is why certain people felt they were being pushed.

When I got back home I uploaded all my footage to make a fun video but came across two strange noises on the recording. One of a low howl and another of what seems to be cackling. Richard also found something when he made one of our photos sepia. It appears to be a face. It’s up to you what you make of it.

Haunted Happenings do ghost hunts in many different locations across the UK. See if there’s one near you by going here.

Scary noise?

Cackling?

WARNING: Some strong language

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Personal

 

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Project 365: Day 168

This photo was taken in the early hours of this morning in the basement of Avenue House, London. My friends Gillian, Gemma, Richard and I went on a ghost hunt for the night.

Full post and videos coming soon!

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2012 in project 365

 

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