portugal part 3 - the libertines
So another day at Optimus Alive reporting for Bank Fashion! I was lucky enough to win the opportunity to go to three euro festivals to report for the fashion brand as part of their Destination Unknown campaign. This day was SO WINDY, I literally was covered in dust and sand for most of the day and my dress by the end of the night was in pretty much tatters. I was also surprisingly cold despite the weather being absolutely on point for most of my time in Portugal. Dal was getting sick of me shoving a camera in our face and we both had a bit of end of holiday blues.
We saw Bastille (not a fan, but they have lots of wheyyyy eh oh ehoh’s) and Foster The People (lead singer is hot stuff, although on reflection he looked a bit like Dapper Laughs) I decided to have a cone of the most delicious fries I’ve ever tasted, I have no idea what the sauce was but it was all kinds of incredible.
The main reason I was SUPER exited about this day was seeing The Libertines. The Libertines are one of my favourite band of all time and although I was very VERY sceptical about them when I heard that they were reforming to play some shows… I think the inner music snob was coming out… I was really really excited. I realised that when I was at Kanye West on the Second Day of Wireless I’d made a huge mistake and gone to the wrong thing. Seeing The Libertines just felt right.
The thing I’ve always liked about The Libertines is that anything can go wrong at any time. It was weird as it didn’t feel like that, it felt chaotic but not volatile - which as a huge fan I couldn’t work out of that was a good thing or not. So many people have asked me if I thought that they were good or not and I can’t honestly say. I loved them, every single second they were on stage I cried and sobbed and wailed and dreamed of Albion. It was everything I didn’t really know I needed to see but wanted to see all along. I don’t know if they were actually good or i just wanted them to be good so badly I thought they were. I had the pleasure of seeing The Libertines when they were The Libertines and maybe it wasn’t the same but it still meant so much to me. I realised during the show that The Libertines mean to me what One Direction means to others. Just everything about them excites me and I fangirled and cried till I couldn’t cope anymore.
I loved Optimus Alive for the vibe and the whole festival. The music line up was a bit hit and miss and I didn’t feel like their was enough “recognisable" smaller bands on the bill. Typically when I go to festivals there are a fair few small bands I wanted to check out but I was a bit indifferent. I would recommend Optimus Alive if you wanted a nice chilled out festival but also a holiday at the same time. Im glad we decided to stay in a hotel and explore a little rather than camp as it just made the trip even better.
Im actually off to Benicassim (so yup, seeing The Libertines again!) this weekend so yes… MORE FESTIVAL POSTS. Im sorry if you don’t enjoy them, I realised that from someone who wasn’t there it might be a bit boring to read about. I’ve got a far few weeks off until they start up again, even though I am going on Holiday and New York soon so I hope to get some “normal” and varied content back soon rather than just snaps of me and Dal on our jollies.
I went to Optimus Alive as a guest of Bank Fashion as part of Destination Unknown