Underage Festival, Victoria Park, London

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As a teenager, I found that the greatest thing about Underage Festival is that no adults can bother you because nobody over 18 is allowed in.

At adult-friendly festivals, I always also seem to get stuck behind a six-foot man, blocking my view – but not at Underage Festival.

On my list as I arrived at London's Victoria Park was the hot new Chiddy Bang, Scorcher, Talay Riley, the DJ set by Xample & Lomax, Caspa featuring MC Rod Azlan, Devlin, Daisy Dares You, as well as Ellie Goulding and the headline act, MIA. Everybody sang along to every word of Tinie Tempah's and Tinchy Stryder's songs. The rapper Professor Green was a highlight – his songs including "Just Be Good to Green", which he released with Lily Allen, a cover of the 1990s track "Dub Be Good to Me" that really got the crowd going. There was even a silent disco where everybody wore headphones. The DJ set by Jakwob was absolutely amazing. He remixes other artists' music really well and even if you are not quite a fan of dubstep, he still managed to get everyone dancing. Hadouken!, a new-rave band, were put on centre stage and impressively got more than 3,000 teenagers under their spell, who were throwing their shoes and going wild.

It was really good for everyone because of the different genres of music, varying from pop, rock, indie, electro, dubstep and hip-hop. There was everything from the experimental electro of Crystal Castles to the indie-pop of Lightspeed Champion.

The festival was laid out really well and there was a lot going on, such as basketball, a modelling competition, free music samples, loads of different food stalls, and even a fairground ride. The vibe was so special because you were surrounded by teenagers everywhere you looked, without any adults getting in your way. PS: Please get Dizzee Rascal on stage next year!

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