The full effects of the weekend's indulgences were making themselves felt, so we got out resident chef (big up yourself Andy) to rustle up a 3-starred breakfast and set us on the road to Wellville. Stumbling out of our caravan late in the day, hiphop novelty act the Puppet Mastaz were providing eye candy for the tired masses before Aim started dropping straight up nineties hip hop interspersed with tracks from his new album. People were flagging a bit now and pretty much everyone was sat down with the exception of a few stubborn b-boys spasmodically trying to breakdance while horizontal on the carpet.
The MC/host cajoled people to get up out of their seats for the Souls of Mischief, which they dutifully did and Oakland's finest rewarded us with a wide-ranging trawl through their back-catalogue of classy hip hop gems. By this stage the weekend was running out of steam, as this review is, and so we were forced to tidy up our chalet before checking out. Having swept and cleaned, something you never need to do at Glastonbury, we relaxed in the main bar, chilling with the final funk act, the very polished Soul Destroyers, and the largely underwhelming (bar a couple of killer tunes) LA rap crew People under the Stairs, it was time to collect our deposits, jump in our cars and head out into the rain and the real world.
All in all, Dedbeat was a fantastic weekend - good vibes & atmosphere, friendly staff, cheap booze, comfy accommodation and a great line-up. While the variety of music may have been a bit narrow for some tastes, if any form of funk, soul, hip hop or electronica ever takes your fancy, this was the festival for you. This was a very different, and maybe much better festival experience than the more usual summer fare.
Did I mention we had showers, cooked breakfasts, TV and went swimming? Wicked.
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