The festival journey can be a long and arduous one. It's often a remorseless trek into the unknown which involves getting hopelessly lost down country B roads, with nary a comfy seat nor the pleasant view of passing fields to get you in the "mental space" for three days of tented revelry.
Imagine, then, a coach service that drops you inside the festival site and then picks you up three days later. A cheap, comfortable and reassuringly green mode of transport, packed with bonhomie-addled festival goers just like yourself. Plus drivers who unlike your mate Jim with his "special local knowledge" and "innate sense of direction" actually know where they're going.
This summer National Express will be ferrying festival revellers to musical beanfests from Leeds to Latitude. Not only that, but they're also offering one lucky Q reader (plus four of his/her chums) the chance to travel by coach to Reading Festival. And on the way they¹ll receive their very own private gig, performed by Swedish garage-rockers The Hives.
Whether you'll be partying with Pelle Almqvist and co or not (The Hives' new album Lex Hives is out 4 June), one thing's certain: National Express is one of the most relaxed ways to reach a festival. "Don't just sit there feeling stressed, take a trip on the National Express," informed The Divine Comedy in 1999. And they were right. On the festival's final day, when everybody else is abstaining in advance of their long slogs home, National Express travellers can imbibe away until their heart is content, secure in the knowledge they'll be delivered safely home by somebody more knowledgeable (and less tired) than them.
To enter our competition simply head to the Q competition page and tell us who is the lead singer of Reading Festival headliners Foo Fighters. Good luck.
10:40 AM | 30/05/2012
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