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Pop-up Tents and Student Debt

All the buzz for our up and coming IAStival, has reminded me of a few years back when myself and a group of university mates brought the festival fever home and turned our student living room into Glastonbury. Coming out of uni for the summer usually leaves you with an empty purse and a hefty minus sign on your bank account, two factors that prevented three mates and I from joining thousands of festival goers back in 2009. No matter how we tried to persuade the folks that providing their destitute children with money was a parental requirement, or how hard we tried to extend our overdrafts, the chance of rolling around in Glastonbury's mud looked pretty obsolete. Yet the idea of missing out and spending yet another night dining on Pot Noodles and watching Jeremy Kyle repeats, gave us the sudden urge to create our own festival. So we brought Glastonbury to our small student house in Sheffield, tents and all.

If I remember it correctly it was the year Neil Young, Bruce Springstein and Blur took to the stage as the three headlining acts, displaying their musical excellence on the Pyramid stage! There was nothing quite like the three of us all huddled up in our little pop up tent, which was more like a wind shelter than a fancy NorthFace item, enjoying a mixture of musical genres from Pop and Indie to Jazz and Rock n Roll. The BBC showed performances late into the night and although the music wasn't live, and the sights and smells weren't completely true to the festival scene, we didn't feel so defeated by our financial burdens.

I don't know how we managed it, or what possessed us to turn our living room into a festival frenzie and in turn complete mayhem, but our dull student room was transformed and missing out on the real Glastonbury didn't seem such a disappointment. Present on the night was the pop up tent, sleeping bags, cider, bacon butties, and our fuzzy student TV, the kind where you have to take turns to hold the aerial until a picture appears! I'll admit we didn't actually sleep in the tent, but crawling into bed after a satisfactory amount of Magners, seemed a much better option and the best bit of all... there was no portaloo!

So whilst a good percentage of the nation experienced Glastonbury from the frontline, we watched the festival in the comfort of our student abode. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing quite like waking up in your tent surrounded by the actual smells (some not so good) and sounds of a festival, but when your student burdens are rapidly increasing, a festival in your front room is the only option!

It just goes to show that wherever you are, whether it's camping in a field or camping (sort of) in your living room, as long as you have the right ingredients, music, food, drink and good company, you have the recipe for a festival! Something that the IAS team are getting ready to serve up and with a menu to suit all musical taste buds, it's going to be an event that won't disappoint. I've got my pop up tent at the ready!!

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