Tuesday 21 November 2017

Review: Glamping is the only way to attend festivals for the over twenties

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

Pink Moon camping offers a comfortable - and lazy - camping experience for those getting a little tired of the festival circuit.

Glam Camping - or 'Glamping' - would appear to be the opposite of festival culture, but Pink Moon Camping company have managed to marry the two and come up with the perfect solution for those in their late twenties that like to think they can still attend festivals like they're in their teens.

Taking what could be described as the easy way out and booking into the Pink Moon campsite saves time and muscle aches - no carrying tents across miles of carpark, no struggling to erect an errant tent and less walking to and from the festival site due to the campsite's prime location.

Pink Moon offers a number of options from small, solar-powered cabins to large, roomy tents. The options vary in price depending on the amount of luxury a festival-goer might require - tents start at €170 and all packages come with the use of the Pink Moon private toilets, showers, Pamper Room and charging outlets.

At Electric Picnic, I opted for a roomy Rainbow Tipi, complete with self-inflating double mat and two soft pink sleeping bags.

The check-in process was quick and painless and once I'd located my tent and thrown in my bags, I was ready to party with the best of them.
Returning from the campsite at regular intervals, the private toilets were the highlight of the Pink Moon campsite for me, eliminating queueing time and kept to a much higher standard than many of the other festival stalls.

The Pink Moon Pamper Room was an exciting addition to any festival - especially for those suffering from 'festival hair'. The Pamper Room housed a number of pink guitar cases in which rested a mirror, a hair dryer and a hair straightener. Patrons of the campsite could use these facilities for free and at their own leisure, ensuring the ladies could keep up the ethereal festival look on the second and third day of the festival.

Following the same decor theme, the Pink Moon charging room housed a number of guitar cases fashioned into multi-outlet extension cords. Over ten USB devices could be plugged in to six different guitar cases while seating was provided for the owners to wait with their device.

Best avoided in the morning rush hour due to the queues, the Pink Moon showers were clean and available during the day.

While I, as a mid-to-late twenties millennial, would like to think I can keep up with the best of them at festivals, the provision of clean toilets and showers with short queues made my festival experience so much easier. The Pamper Room, while not necessary, was a welcome addition and a way to feel semi-human after three days of sleeping on the ground, and the charging room was instrumental in making sure I could update all my friends via my Snapchat Story throughout the festivities.

The Rainbow Tipi had an abundance of space and the double mat allowed me to spread myself across the vast space, enjoying not feeling cooped up as I normally would in a self-erected tent. Leaving the festival was also a pleasure as there was no fighting with tents and shovelling sleeping bags into too-small cases wondering how they ever fit in the first place.  I just got up on leaving day, got dressed (popped to the Pamper tent to fix my fringe!) and left.

When my friends were regaling me with stories of rogue tents and erecting mishaps I jokingly referred to my digs as 'lazy camping' but was secretly delighted not to have to deal with any of the annoying aspects of festival living. And having returned to work on Tuesday refreshed and with no back pain I think I'd have to say I'd never go back. Maybe next time I'll even try the solar-powered cabin.

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