FESTIVAL SEASON: 2013

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I spent most of this summer working at festivals – half with the intention of somehow learning about festival production, half as a blag to get me past the gates and watch some cool bands. In the end, though, I ended up learning a hell of a lot. It turns out that Emily Eavis is rather partial to a pavlova, and that Secret Garden Party’s secret is really that it just replicates the same spirit of accepting the mad and wonderful that brought such a collaboration of bonkers ideas to Worthy Farm back in the late-70’s, right at the time it’s expansion turned it into not only a commercial enterprise but a home for those that just seem bewildering in the normal confines of society. Anyway, here’s where i made it too and few articles I gone did this summer. Have a browse, have a read and go and explore some of the side projects –

See you in a field next year. 

FIELD DAY

The day before Field Day me and the crew set to be working on the box office and in the press tent did a site visit. During which we were forced into a marquee to avoid the rain that was tearing apart the entire site. We were terrified. Luckily, the next day the sun returned in sterling form and everything ran without a hitch. So a personal thanks goes to Mimi at Eat Your Own Ears, who did a ridiculously amazing job on her first year in press for the festival. BIG UP. 

GLASTONBURY

I got the unbelievable chance to go meet a few of the team about a year on a ridiculously ambitious hitchike to the festival site, which somehow ended up with me working shifts in the press tent. Besides that, here’s what I wrote about the world’s best party: 

http://www.timeout.com/london/music-festivals/five-secret-spots-at-glastonbury-festival

http://www.timeout.com/london/music-festivals/five-weird-and-wonderful-things-to-do-at-glastonbury-festival

http://thefourohfive.com/news/article/the-405-meets-glastonbury-s-shangri-la

Oh and for the best commentary of this year’s festival – go look at VICE The Guardian, or alternatively, the in-house Glastonbury Free Press newspaper they built and printed on site this year. 

BRAINCHILD

Two years down the line, me and a crew of 30 or so other volunteer staff – all aged between 18 and 24 – helped put together the second Brainchild Festival. Having last year occupied a site just north of London, this year we moved down to Canterbury to bring King Krule, Filthy Boy, Benin City and a whole host of other young talent to a audience that’s strapped for cash. Tickets were £50. For that, we had tie-dying t-shirt workshops, 13 hour jam sessions, live theatre and spoken word, and a self-run bar that meant cheap pints all weekend. See, young people aren’t half bad when they get ambitious? Plans revealed for next year soon. 

http://brainchildfestival.co.uk/line-up

SECRET GARDEN PARTY

Thanks to Nick Bateson of SGP’s great press team, I was at my second Garden Party. It was wonderful as ever. The highlights? Faithless and their fire show they proceeded, the beautiful addition of a brand-spanking new lake, and SGP’s just full-blown charisma in putting on one of the best parties of the summer. Words supplied to LOBF –

http://thelineofbestfit.com/news/previews/secret-garden-party-festival-2013-131450

http://thelineofbestfit.com/reviews/live/secret-garden-party-2013-132203

BOOMTOWN

It was my 19th birthday weekend – thus, I can’t tell you much about the 24 hours I spent there. I’ll admit, the review I did for Artrocker’s a bit dull, as the festival itself is slightly mind-blowing – but it’s the teenagers who feel the need to stuff gunk up their nose every five minutes that come to it that make it questionable.  

http://www.artrocker.tv/news/article/festival-review-boomtown

GREEN MAN

Thanks to Will Slater of The 405, I made it to my first Green Man. It was absolutely staggering and I couldn’t find the words to do it justice, but go have a look at the bountifully brilliant Merlin Jobst’s words on it instead.

Warning: also features photos of four boys in their underpants in a river. 

http://merlinjobst.com/2013/08/23/green-man-festival-2013/

IN THE WOODS

With half the crew who were behind Brainchild Festival on the planning team – this little festival was well worth a trip south for. Choosing not to release the line-up until the day – a real energy and charisma gave the festival a unique charm. One thing I learnt? Ghostpoet is most definitely worth more late night festival bookings next year. It’s well a worth going next year.

BESTIVAL

It was my third year at Bestival thanks to Bruce Hay and the wonderful crew at Get Involved – and blimey has the place stepped up in that time. After the first year I went I wrote about it as being radical, life-changing and a brilliant example of a young festival maturing into an older skin. In the preview I below, I unrightfully questioned whether it could keep it’s integrity. It could. New site redevelopments, new areas, and new bookings made it a spectacular weekend. On the list for next year. 

http://thelineofbestfit.com/news/previews/bestival-2013-136327

To next summer – and thanks to all the brilliant PR’s, production teams, programmers, promoters and people that made it happen.

Big love to you all. 

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