Festival season is finally upon us!! What with the recent heatwave, it's safe to say this summer is turning out to be good one.
Last week I went to MTV's Ocean City Sounds in Plymouth. I wasn't intending on writing a blog post about it, however I was so impressed with the access that I couldn't leave it go unnoticed.
As we all know, I love a good gig. You can always count on me to crack out a floral shirt and rock some dodgy dance moves.
This year's headlining act was Bastille, which pretty much had me sold from the start. This was now my 5th time seeing them live, so I guess you could say I'm a bit of a fan... especially after meeting them in person last year.
In comparison to other festival's I've been to over the years, this one was relatively small in terms of performers. Unfortunately I was running a bit late on the day and missed Professor Green, however Ella Eyre was amazing!
Plymouth Hoe was the perfect outdoor venue. Even though I was dressed for summer, my backpack was fully prepared for winter. I had a few dodgy looks from security when they found my secret stash of hot water bottles and blankets... #WINNING
From an access point of view, I cannot find fault.
For the best part of the evening, I was down in the thick of the crowds. This was my choice and I love the fact that nobody questioned it. I was fully prepared to be removed by security, which has happened numerous times at other venues for "safety" purposes.
I was there just like everyone else, having a great time and feeling the buzz. Not one drunk person approached me or tried to grab me - which also makes a great change!
Later on in the evening, I joined the wheelchair viewing platform and it was great to catch up with some friends I've not seen for a while.
I was so impressed with the platform. It was was one of the biggest I have ever seen, long and spacious, allowing you room to move about and most importantly throw some shapes!! haha.
It's sad that we live in a world where I'm shocked at how good the access is for once. I've become so used to expecting the worst and having the battle for everything, that it makes such a nice change to feel fully included. So credit where credit is due, thank you Ocean City.
Overall, I am giving the event a 4★ review. My only feedback for next time would be to have the disabled parking a bit closer to the venue, and a few more acts added to the lineup!
Next weekend I'm off to Boardmasters, so keep your eyes peeled for that one!