My first We Love Summer

Events, Fashion


I finally attended my first ever We Love Summer…and it definitely won’t be my last!

This has to be one of my favourite events I have ever been to. Everything about it was so on point and of course the crew I went with…made it even better.

The venue – Bluerock Waterski Club in Somersetwest – was breathtaking and the weather was perfect. The set up was organised and easily accessible. I never stood in the line for the bar longer than 2 minutes. The only hack I found was the line for the ladies bathrooms (though this seems to be a problem at most parties or events).

 

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Dressing up and getting ready for this much anticipated event was a serious glitter-flash tattoo-bindi-face jewels-festival outfit kind of do. The sun was out, the excitement was building, the laughter was on point – We were ready to attend our very first We Love Summer (after waiting a whole year). I would go on and on about the incredible human-beings I went with, but I’ll just leave it at “I wouldn’t have had it any other way.” We were in my little car (My dearly beloved white Toyota Tazz, we call her Tazmin) and on our way. The girls were popping bottles of champagne on the backseat and the deep house tunes were blaring. The exact sort of vibe needed to get seriously keen for a good party.

The arrival was a bit of an anti-climax. Firstly, getting pulled over before we even entered the event parking lot we were told to discard ALL alcohol…might I add, there was a lot. Luckily my alcohol free beers could stay and I was even allowed to take it in with me to the festival area. Then finding out that THIS specific event, they decided to be super strict about the “no-under-21s” (please note that if you know Lauren Cowing, you can just imagine how the stress-pot was reacting) and with pretty much half the crew being under-21, it was a major let down…but of course…the oldies (Danielle and myself) had a plan. After some chatting and giggling like little girls and planning, it worked! We got the youngsters in and we had finally entered “paradise”

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The drinks were expensive (but lucky for me, the water and cold drinks weren’t too bad), the food was pretty average, but the music….Oh the music! After all, that is what we came for right? I hadn’t danced in a while before WLS. All I can say is, I danced my little heart out. Let loose the trance fairy in me and the silly stomper. The day time was cool, but the evening was even better. The lights, the flashes, the music, the fire dancers, the massive bonfire…it was so rad. Im not sure I stopped moving the entire evening (while also not drinking, which is still a huge accomplishment for me). I guess when you haven’t been out or able to party in so long and also know it won’t be for a while again after this…you kind of just take full advantage of it.

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After an evening of receiving a little angel from some random guy( who apparently gives one of these little items to one specific person at every festival he goes to), trying to get rid of the little foreigner who would NOT leave Amy alone, bunting an old man who wanted to “party” with us and searching high and low for Amy’s missing/stolen shoe…

We left the party with sore feet, happy hearts, a million photos and memories I will hold on to forever.

Till next time WLS, the crew will be seeing you again

 

Roxanne!

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Synergy Live 2015

Festivals, Travel

Synergy – one of the best festivals I’ve EVER been to – Seeing as though we are reminiscing about 2015 and all…I’ll tell you a bit about it.

It was myself, Sean, Sean’s brother (Patrick) and 3 of his friends (Mike, Sam, Sim – they are too cool not to be named). The Crew. The Crew ready to kill it at Synergy in celebration of Patricks 21st. Man was it an awesome crowd to jol with at a festival like this.

 

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I would honestly choose this festival over Rocking The Daisies…anytime. Less people. Less pressure. Less fuss. More fun. Nicer people and more…I don’t know…space? I like space…space to dance and do my thing. Daisies has a serious lack of this where Synergy had just the right amount of it.

The campsite is one thing I will most definitely rave about. It had us in awe throughout our time there. Despite the fact that we were trying to set up our tents in gale force winds, the site and positioning of the camp was beautiful. Lot’s of space; so you not camping on top of eachother. We also had an emaculent view of the dam that ran along the side of the festival. Waking up to this in the mornings was more than we could ask for (even if you had a slight hangover).

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The different festival tents were spaced out perfectly…each having their own feel to them with the sickest sounds. From a psychedelic trance tent to a summer vibes beach bar to the ¬†epic Main Stage which had a line up of acts such as Matthew Mole, Al Blairre, Jeremy Loops, Sibot, Shortstraw and Crystal Castles. It was….insane! The only downside, I have to mention, was the fact that you couldn’t bring alcohol into the festival area. This obviously then means that you will be spending money unnecessarily on alcohol you actually already had. It’s not a problem though if you don’t drink, like myself (we’ll get into that later).

 
The vibe was pumping. The music was insane. The people were friendly. The campsite was stunning and not to mention the food was lovely and they even had an awesome Iced Coffee and Fresh Juice van.

This was MY kind of festival. I can’t wait to see what Synergy 2026 has in store for us!

 

Watch this space for my “Surviving the Festival Season” post…coming soon!

Love and Light,

Roxanne

 

 

 

We’ll be Rocking The Daisies

Festivals

Tent. Sleeping bag. Party gear. My Scattered Heart Attire. And we were set. It was finally here… I had been building up to this all year…my first ever Rocking The Daisies experience (or rather my first ever festival experience really).

I am already excited for next year.

The venue, the set up, the festival fairies, the company, the weather and the music was more than I could ask for. It was a weekend I will never forget…(seriously though, I DO remember everything).

Each and every daisy-goer were on their own mission. Dressing, drinking, dancing and doing whatever and however they wanted to. Its not often you get to go to a place and just NOT care what people think…because seriously…they DONT.

Though I did not drink a lot over the weekend (if anything at all), I still danced my heart out. If I am correct, I know I was partying from 5 Saturday afternoon to 5 the next morning. I literally just danced all night. If you had to ask me what my favorite or most memorable moment was, it would be when my friends (Sarah and Hudson) and I were right in the middle of the massive crowd watching MGMT. The song ‘Kids’ started playing, right at that moment…around 20,000 voices were screaming and hands were lifted in the air – It was breathtaking.

All the acts I saw were far from disappointing including The Sakawa Boys (seriously South Africans…watch this space), The Moths, Jeremy Loops (always a pleasure watching Mr Loops), Beatenberg, Goodluck (for various reasons), The Presets, Pascal and Pearce, Rudimental Dj Set, Crystal Fighters (my favorite) and MGMT.

Though I am no Festival Guru yet, I do have some tips to share if you are planning on losing your Daisy Virginity next year. Please, learn from what I learned. This, all in the spirit of becoming a well geared festival fairy.

1. Wetwipes! Wetwipes, wetwipes, wetwipes. Seriously though, wetwipes!
2. Sunscreen (yes I forgot to bring this vital piece with all the other crap I took)
3. Tomy Shoes. I spent 80% of my time there, barefoot. At night – this is a mistake. You also do a hell of a lot of walking. So rock those sneakers and All Stars.
4. Take a lilo. This is one of the first things Ill be packing for the dam on those hot days.
5. If you plan on going the Thursday, go early…like, as soon as the gates open. Otherwise expect to stand a few hours and get a t-shirt tan.
6. Take enough cash. Yes they have snap scan (though a lot of the shopping stalls don’t) and a few times it happened that the atm was not working or ran out of cash)
7. Photos, photos, footage, photos. Really, I didn’t take nearly enough photos and I regret it. If you have a Gopro…even better because you can then swim with it too. I find videos are also really important of your festival experience.

Im sure there are many more tips, but Im sure before next years RTD I’ll post a full “guide” according to my experience.

See you all at Daisies 2015

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