Main stage at Leeds Festival 2016 | The Dress Diaries

Leeds Festival has been a favourite of mine particularly as a teenager and for the first time (in a long time) I'll be going for the whole weekend - I am SO ready for it.

I've picked a few of my faves from this year's line up and created a Spotify playlist for you, if you're headed there too or want to hear some new music.

Fickle Friends

If you said you haven't heard of them, you'd be lying. Whether you know it or not you absolutely will have come across their recent single 'Glue' on the radio and I reckon they'll bring a fun show to the festival. It's dance-y and upbeat and if you only see one band in the NME tent this year, it should be these.

Side note: their album art is ACE.

Bear's Den

An example of why I should listen to my friend's music suggestions more often - these guys played a small set at Glastonbury a couple of years ago which a pal attended by herself and I missed out on their melodic Mumford-esque sound.

Since then, they've become a well known indie folk duo and you've probably heard 'Above the clouds of Pompeii' on the radio. It will be one of the more relaxed and atmospheric headliners of the weekend, over at the Festival Republic stage.

The Amazons

These are a boy-next-door band who brought out their first album this year and they've been tipped to be a 'big thing' by Radio 1 this year. So really, you're not getting yourself any street cred by missing them at Leeds Festival this year, are you? 

If you're a fan of Sundara Karma and Spring King (also modern rock band types) then they may just be your cup of tea.

The Hunna

Something to sing to, dance to and sway to. The Friday night headliners at Leeds this year are pretty hard to top. Between Muse, Haim, Neck Deep and these guys - I agree, it's a pretty tough decision. If you opt for The Hunna though, you're sure to have a great time.

Give them a listen and learn some lyrics, they have a lot of sing-alongs and crowd pleasers.


My friends and I have seen these guys a few times before and it's always a great atmosphere and performance. They have the ability to create those kind of lyric-memorising, tune-humming, emo tracks, like we had growing up in the early 2000s.

Despite band member changes earlier in the year (quite rightly so) I'm happy to be able to see them at one of my favourite festivals this Summer.

Black Honey

A touch of Lana Del Ray and a helping of No Doubt, I love their sound. There's a huge lack of female leading artists at Leeds Festival every single year, so these guys (and girl, obvz) are bringing a strong sound and fun vibe to the proceedings.

'Hello Today' is the ultimate 90s film soundtrack vibe.

If my recommendations aren't enough, I've also put together a short but sweet
1 hr Spotify playlist for you here. Let me know what you think!

Will you be heading to Reading or Leeds this year?



GLASTONBURY 2017 // vlog and photo diary

It's my favourite place on Earth. True, I haven't travelled particularly far and wide across the world but as of everywhere I have been at the age of 25, Glastonbury is the most magical place.

Whether you have, or have not been to the UK's biggest festival before, I hope my first foray into a Glastonbury vlog gives a slight indication of what it's like.

From downing a tiny hat of tequila on occasion to drinking cider for breakfast, we enjoyed this Glasto as much our last and I swear there's more to this festival than you may think of any others. Let's be clear: this is not just a music festival. From Kidzfield and Theatre & Circus, to the Greenpeace fields and Stone Circle, it's a haven for a diverse festival experience.

The Killers' secret set was one of the best of the weekend and as well as seeing some old faves (I'm looking at you, Biffy) we got to see some cracking new artists.

If you don't want to check out my impressive thrown together, first EVER Glastonbury video (I'm a little miffed) then check out the few pictures I took.
Flags at Glastonbury in the sun
Friends in the permaculture field at Glastonbury 2017

Fireworks at the Foo Fighters - Glastonbury 2017

 Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2017

Tree Cafe at Glastonbury 2017

Sunset at Glastonbury Festival

Colourful flags at Glastonbury Festival

The Park at night - Glastonbury 2017

Blue skies and colourful flags

Sleeping in the field at Glastonbury 2017

Thanks Eavis family. Till 2019.



Beautiful cafe in Haworth, Yorkshire

Moody, panoramic view of Penistone Hill Country Park

Growing up in Yorkshire, there are plenty of school or family excursions that stick with you - from singing 'Ilkley Moor baht 'at' on the actual moors of Ilkley to making your way through the National Coal Mining Museum without losing your head torch in York.

One place that stands out for me is Haworth, well known for being the home of the Bronte family, the inspiration for Wuthering Heights and somewhere that Northerners are pretty proud to be associated with.  I ventured back to Haworth recently to experience it as what I'd like to pretend is a fully fledged adult and wasn't disappointed.

Haworth, Yorkshire

The Cookhouse cafe in Haworth

Pot of tea in a cafe in Yorkshire

Cabinet of Curiosities shop in Haworth

We found a cosy cafe - of the many that are here - named The Cookhouse for food. I went for a poached egg/beans on toast classic but David, rather adventurously opted for a 'Yorkshire crumpet'. This apparently consists of crumpets covered in onion marmalade and cheese - interesting.

After a hearty breakfast stop, we wandered down the Main Street and into some of the quirky, independent shops. There are a couple of main car parks to choose from in the centre if you're thinking of visiting, or it's easily accessible by train (or even steam train!) should you need public transport.

Note: Remember to bring change for the parking meters. We did not.

We then ventured around Bronte Country. Starting at the bottom of Penistone Hill Country Park, we headed across the fields feeling very much like we were in our own Kathy and Heathcliff 'lost on the moors' situation. It even rained, just for the occasion.

Penistone Hill Country Park | The Dress Diaries

Yorkshire hills

Climbing to dangerous heights in Yorkshire

Selfie on the moors, a modern day Kathy and Heathcliff without the drama

Panoramic view of Penistone Hill Country Park

It was a really lovely day out and even though we didn't quite make it to the top and weren't entirely sure how to find Bronte Falls (a famous but apparently unspectacular feature on this walking route) - we had a fab time. Yorkshire is such a lovely place to live and you're never far away from somewhere beautiful to roam outdoors.

Where's your favourite spot in Yorkshire, or have you ever visited?