FESTIBELLE: 

TESS WARD

 


Chef and author of The Naked Diet

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FAVOURITE FESTIVAL?

Worldwide would be my number one for weather and people. Its in a small fishing village in south of France and is only about 5 thousand people. Its not all immersive and you can escape the madness for the afternoon easilyFor food it would have to be Wilderness. It has what feels like half of London's top restaurants relocating to the Oxfordshire countryside. The setting is great, and its on a lake, but there is nothing more ludicrously middle class than a bunch of hoorahs banqueting in the middle of a field.

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CAMP, GLAMP, HOTEL OR FRIENDS HOUSE?

I like camping, but only when the weather is on point. Too hot and you wake up dripping two hours after you fall asleep and too cold/ rainy you spend the whole time wet and miserable. Like goldilocks it has to be juuuuuust right! If not then friends houses. There is nothing like a hot shower, comfy bed to kip on, bacon butty and a bloody mary to get you back on the festival wagon.

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SIGNATURE LOOK?

I hate all festival clothes and usually end up wearing anything intended for the charity shop or cast offs from the 80s. PVC trousers and bum bags are my must haves! I have learnt my lesson with jumpsuits. They might look good but aint so great for peeing al fresco.

TOP FESTIVAL TIP?

Those foil wrap things that they give to marathon runners after a race make for great hill sliding.

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WORST FESTIVAL MOMENT? 

Being pushed into the lake at Wilderness. It was early and I hadn't been to bed. A heart attack would have been more welcome.

BEST FESTIVAL MOMENT? 

There's nothing like finding the exact music you feel like at precisely the right time. Getting that bang on/ being all on the same vibe with your crowd is what a good festival is all about.

 

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BEST PERFORMANCE YOU'VE EVER SEEN AT A FESTIVAL?

Patty Smith.

DREAM PERFORMANCE (IF YOU COULD PICK ANY TO WATCH AT A FESTIVAL HYPOTHETICALLY?)

Coldplay - i'm bummed I missed out on Glasto this year. Having a job is so annoying.

NEXT ON YOUR FESTIVAL HITLIST?

Sonar. Next year baby. And you're coming with me Festibel!