How to create your own festival playlist

festival tunesLet’s be honest, we haven’t had much sunshine this ‘summer’.
A promising start has given way to the cold or rain or, at times, howling thunder storms.
And as a family who spend a huge part of their time outdoors or in the garden, it’s not been the best.
BUT we did manage to have our own mini festival in the back garden, complete with burgers from the BBQ, buttery corn on the cob and our own very Sticky Fingers (see what I did there) S’mores. They’re not quite the same when it’s not over an open fire, but marshmallows toasted from the open door of the chimnea is almost there!

One thing my children are very much into now they’re older is their music. I’m forced to tune the radio in my car to some station which plays the same 15 tunes over and over and over and over on a loop (I’m told that makes me sound really old) and I’ll often switch the TV on to find it on one of the endless number of music stations playing inappropriate videos very very loudly.

Listen, I’m a child of the eighties. Duran Duran, Human League and Visage were my playlist. I moved on to Depeche Mode (the Violator years), Simple Minds, REM (don’t judge me).
So I asked my kids to come up with a playlist for our garden festival. I threw out the truly awful because that is my right as a mother. And this is what we came up with.

1. Years & Years – Shine

This is one of those tunes that you hear once and think ‘mmm that was OK’ and by the time you hear it again you’re totally addicted and have to listen to it at full volume while inventing your own dance to it. Apparently

2. Calvin Harris & Disciples – How Deep Is Your Love?

I’m told this will get the party started. It makes your hips move, your arms flail in the air and you’ve only got to listen to the chorus once and you pretty much know all the words!

3. The Weekend – Can’t Feel My Face

This gets my vote for the most ridiculous lyrics in a popular song at the moment; “I can’t feel my face when I’m with you. But I love it”. Answers on a postcard please.
Catchy tune though.

4. Sigma – Glitterball

If this sun isn’t out this song will make you feel like it is. It’s like that holiday tune that gets stuck in your head then totally reminds you of your holiday. A bit like Club Tropicana back in the day #showingmyage

5. Taylor Swift – Shake it Off

In the middle you have to have a song which EVERYONE likes and makes them smile and want to dance. So here is our happy, smiley song. And they are spot on. If you put this song on in the car and I’m in a bad mood it instantly lifts me. Could be because of the Facebook post I remember of the American cop singing along to it in his car, but I’m pretty sure it’s actually because it’s an awesome song.

6. Pharrell Williams – Happy

Ah, this the OTHER happy smiley song. Never gets old, always brings a smile to your face. Perfect festival tune.

7. Do I Wanna Know – Arctic Monkeys

Ah ha, my kids do have good taste! This song really reminds us of our holiday in America when we listened to it all the time while driving down the coast in our monster-sized car. A real play it loud in your garden and wait for the neighbours to roll their eyes.

8. Royals – Lourdes

Another holiday favourite. Stand opposite your brother/sister, learn all the words and sing them with attitude to one another. Apparently this is a bit of a chill out tune before you crank it all back up to end the party on a high!

9. Tinie Tempah ft. Jess Glynne – Not Letting Go

Tinie can do no wrong in my kids eyes it seems. What’s most alarming is how they know all the words to this fast-paced rap – HOW can they learn that but can’t remember what homework needs to be in on Monday, eh?

10. Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Snow

It’s my blog so I’m picking the last song. My husband is a big fan of the Peppers and I have such fond memories of the kids when they were little singing along to his favourite tunes and it making him very happy. It’s the little things!
So put your festival hat in your hand, raise it in the air and swaaaaaaaay.

festival in your garden festival wellies

Many thanks to Tesco for supplying us with our festival essentials kit: A lovely tepee, Chinese lantern solar lights, wellies, a straw hat, a flower garland headband and the must have sunglasses.

I won’t ask what your choice of festival tune would be because obviously we’ve picked all the best ones 🙂

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