Well what can I say....it was utterly utterly wonderful!! The weekend started on Thursday night with a Moroccan meal (thought since we were going to be spending the weekend listening to world music we should have something suitably appropriate!) which consisted of an orange, date and almond salad (sounds odd but was really yummy) followed by a lamb and olive tagine, hot chickpeas, mediterranean couscous and salad followed by stem ginger chocolates (I ran out of steam by the time we got to pudding). Chris was working from home on Friday (I think it was just so he could weasle out of putting up the tent...sometimes he really is not as daft as he looks!!) so he dropped Tom, Jo and I at the camp site. Oh dear!! An hour and a half later the tent was still flat as a pancake (honestly, I couldn't believe we had spent so much time fighting with the bloody thing and were still no nearer to having anything that looked even vaguely tent shaped!!) Tom had been hit in the knackers with a tent pole, Jo had been in tears from laughing so much and I had fallen and landed in sheep shit....it was safe to say that we lacked the necessary tent putting up skills!! After Tom had had a jump up and down hissy fit at the tent our lovely tent neighbours came to our rescue....Isabelle (age 11) came over and basically put our tent up for us. We spent an hour and a half and trying to put up a tent that an 11 year old put up in under 30 minutes (oh the shame!!)
Right, moving swifly on.....tent errected we then went a meander round the site....it was amazing!! There were five main stages spread out across the site (and countless smaller ones in the beer tents!), a fairground, a wellbeing area (with a spa and everything!!), a children's activity bit and loads and loads of eateries and stalls (My favourite stall was called Prat in a Hat...and yes, we did see a fair few of those!!). The three day programme was absolutely packed and I loved the fact that you not only had the bands playing but there were dance and music workshops running as well as an area where the bands played more acoustic sets whilst introducing the audience to authentic dishes from their part of the world....it was just phenominal!!
I'm not going to bore you with a blow by blow account (to be honest, I'm so knackered that I don't think I would be able to even if I wanted to!) but I will introduce you to some of my festival highlights!! (I'll do a few posts featuring the different bands otherwise I'm going to be here all day and your going to lose the will to live!!)
The first one has to be Nouvelle Vague!! Utterly brilliant....they take cherished punk and new wave songs and offer their own unique twist on them....think bossa nova and easy listening then apply that style to New Order's Blue Monday, Buzzcocks' Ever Fallen In Love and even The Dead Kennedys' Too Drunk To Fuck. It really shouldn't work but it sooooo does!! Here's one of their songs...what do you think?
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