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    TammySeers
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    Hey guy's, just a quick blog.

    I am 15 and currently doing a Creative and Media diploma. At the moment we are planning a festival. It will be held on the 14th January at Hillcrest school and sixth form centre in Bartley Green, Birmingham. It will be between the times of 2pm and 5pm (possibly later) and we are aiming to get an audience of over 200 people.

    We are looking for people to run small stalls at the festival. Its a family friendly festival and there will be a small fee.

    Please mail me if you are interested or need more information.

    Thanks,

    Tammy.

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    So I'm just back from Electric picnic in Ireland.. and I don't like it a bit, I just want to session on for the rest of my life.

    This year I've just finished college so I had no money to buy the ticket but I had just enough money to buy some drugs and get up there with enough left to feed myself for the weekend.

    I went up early on Friday with a small gang of friends and my brother, all of which had tickets. I was going to be sneaking in alone. :ph34r:

    The only word to describe being left outside while your friends go in is misery, and you cannot let them wait for you cause they have paid there money and need to make the most of it. I started at about 3 o'clock and waked from car park B to stradbally village, though the village and out around the south facing side of the park. This diabolically long walk was to scout out all of the entry points and also to see how the security react to my presents {this is important = If you are humming around with out going into the festival eventually the security guards will start talking about you and informing the security up ahead of you that you look like a freak and are trying to sneak in}

    After walking for about 2 and a half hours I was at the point on the road to the south of the park that is closest to the corner of the Jimmy Hendrix camp-site. With patchy knowledge of the lay out of this area from Google earth I picked a place to start going cross country and hopped into the bushes. I crossed a few fields and hopped over a stream and then retreated to the shelter of a patch of bushes because of a low flying police helicopter flying over head. Not knowing whether it was looking for me or people like me I stayed in my bush for an hour an 20 minutes just to be safe and to have a joint.

    Once I was certain that the copter had hoped off I psyched my self up for the next stage of the sneak. I slowly climbed out of the gully that I had dived into an hours previous, quite stoned. I started down the path towards picnic and not 2 steps into my stride two guys walked across the clearing at the end of the path. They froze when they saw me while I walked sheepishly towards them down the path. Knowing that they couldn't be security I gave them the two fingered solute for peace and we introduced ourselves. They had the same plan as me so I was happy to join them and they were sound out. They were two brothers, the older one was a bit of a pussy and the younger one was quite young but very tough.

    I met the brothers just before we reached the bramble forest which is adjacent to the corner of the Hendrix camp site, underestimating the size of this scrub wast area we attempted to cross it. The bramble forest was a huge field lined with dikes and drains that was covered in thick briers. The level of the briers was normally above head hight but there were occasional shallow patches. This took us four hours to get though, it was endless. on the other side of the bramble forest (east side, just to the south west of the Hendrix cam site) there is a very dangerous water way with deep holes full of water and covered by briers. There is a weir crossing this little river that you can walk across if you find it and you will be in a good position for the sneak. We made the choice not to cross the weir and found ourselves feeling very exposed as we approached the park.

    Ok having snuck for five and a half hours a this point we were all ready to brake, give up and go home, had I been alone that is exactly what I would have done but since we were a team we had to go on. We reached a concrete bridge from the north side of the river. The bridge was quite exposed so someone called sketch and we hid staking out the bridge for a patrol. The stake out failed miserably because the second we popped out to dash across a tall and stern looking Scottish security guard got the jump on us and carted us out of the place.

    Dehydrated and morally crushed we wandered down the Timaheo Rd south bound away from the very bad idea of sneaking through the woods. We then approached a house to see if the inhabitants could give us some water. The man living there was a single plumber with a big machine gun sitting on his kitchen table, Ignoring the gun we chatted about sneaking in with him for a while and then he offered to drive us back to the car park.

    We started drinking in the car park and had some food to get our strength back before attacking again. Its half 8 The number of people around that were trying to sneak in was growing, some were sound and some were dicks but we all had the same goal. Walking from the main entrance up the cork road and back again for a bit of reconnaissance we built our confidence and looked for a way in. Wet tired and very stressed out we approached the main gate and then went right across the field and along the huge green fence that was keeping us out. we walked to the very edge of the field where it was dark and sheltered. Two other sneaks emerged from the dark behind us, wired and up for something crazy.

    The five of us grabbed two stainless steal fences from a quite barrier and rushed at the huge green fence. We jammed the stainless steal fences against the big green one like a ladder and piled over it. I was first over the fence and shimmied down one of the support polls, there were two security guards on the other side not ten feet away from me so I turned and ran. The too guards watched us pile over the fence 7 men strong at this stage and then turned there backs to us while we dispersed into the woods WooPing and screaming with excitement. We came out of the woods into the rave Neutronyx and made

    for the camp site.

    Here reunited with my gram of MDMA and my 18 cans I began to session.. hard. I took a big scoop of it and shoved it right up my nose. Drip Drip Drip lightly buzzing I tried getting into the main arena but was refused and turned around. I wandered back to my tent, not too discouraged and found own of the lads hanging around tripping on acid so I went out and started asking people for acid. With in about five minutes of looking I got my tab and popped it into my mount.

    After a pleasant hour of chatting back at the tents I came up and started staring at lights around the camp site and lost my mind in general. I cant remember the amount of tents I visited that night but it was friend making night and I met about 50 really cool people just up for a laugh.

    The next day I was depressed cause I wanted to be in the arena and I was coming down off the drugs quite hard. Attempting to get into the arena again I was turned around and narrowly avoided getting thrown out by spinning a story about sleeping outside and my wristband getting cut off. Then I went up to the box office and expanded my lie and try and make myself a legitimate festival goer. The manager at the box office was a young woman and she was so sweet and kind that I genuinely felt bad lying to her but I had no other option. My friend had attended with his girlfriend so I brought him with me to vouch for me and my lost wrist band in his girlfriends place. I initialised the conversation but before long it was just my friend coked out of his brain and Buzzing like a mutherf**ker chatting away to the manager about the details of my "ticket".

    Without a bother he got me the wrist band [legend].

    I went back to the tents to celebrate my final completion of sneaking in with a wad of MDMA shoved up my nose. Drip Drip Drip. It was then session time and we were passing joints, drinking vodka, Shit loads of beer and taking drugs.

    I find that Electric Picnic is always a kind of a competition between the indie fans and the techno heads to see who can take the most drugs and who is getting the best laugh out of it, being a simple stoner of simple tastes I sat right in the middle and had a laugh off both sides.

    The recommended drugs I would say to look for are, MDMA, Acid, Yokes and weed.

    If your taking the ecstasy I would say go for the MDMA cause its allot cleaner then yokes but the dosage is undefined making it easier to OD on whereas with a yoke, you take one and BOOM!

    So Iv just got my wrist band and I started the MDMA off with a line snorted to get maximum bang for my buck. Then I drink on and buy a disguise to ware while I'm buzzing, I picked out a stylish hat for €8 with €2 knocked off. The hat wasn't enough though I needed some dasent shades too, I'm in the shops looking for shades and three girls come up and are like let us pick them!!! So they pick me out a smashing pair of green sunglasses and garnish them with a purple flower in the top right corner.

    So were chatting any way and its going good until one of them lets it slip that they are all around 16 years old, I'm 23 :O . I was buzzin and they were so sweet that I just couldn't leave them so I took them all on the Ferris wheel and got them ice-creams :lol: . Ok that was really fun, buzzing is class. I knew there were some real women around not too far away so I got rid of the young pussy but not before one of them talked me into taking her on a date to the silent disco at 10. Which I did and it was class! Took her to Arcade Fire as well which was unreal! I was now hanging with a 16 year old girl her 18 year old {legal ;) } friend and my best friend.

    I was quite subtle about my drug habits in front of the girls cause they were so young but that all changed when my buddy arrived, first he pulls out a joint and were strolling around listing to music and getting stoned then he takes a bomb (MDMA wrapped up in a skin) and I take an other dab (A fingertip of MDMA sucked). So we were BUZZING :blink:

    Soon the young girls realise that we aren't going to do any thing with them and that we are completely demented and they bolt.

    And I says "Awww Yeah!"

    So me and my buddy head into body and soul to meat a chick that we were talking to the night before and she is f**king nuts but she wasn't up for it on Saturday night so were on the way to The Chemical Brothers f**ked up and loving it.

    Bluer.......

    Don't know when but someone ran off with my hat late that night or I lost it and it killed my buzz so I hit the sack before it got too late, was quite late though.

    Sunday night I did allot of MDMA perfectly timed to produce the most incredible feeling, starting with a line and then dabs from then on. I went around for the night with two friends, one of my closest friends and a chick that we just met. She didn't like the idea of it at first but then wanted to experiment and I was throwing drugs at people at this stage afraid of having to take it home with me. The three of us walk off into the arena floating on air and fall completely in love with each other. This was a night of free love. Then I rang nearly every person in my phone book for a chat and had a weird phone call buzz for a while. Deciding that I needed a new hat I made for the shops, I picked a hat and approached a really sexy girl who worked there. She wanted €16 for it but I just gave her a hit of MDMA and we called it quits.

    The one thing I regret about the whole weekend was not asking her out and giving her more drugs and f**king her brains out like a porn star.

    She would have.. but by the time I though of that her shop had closed and she was gone.. gay!

    Later I get back to my soul mates with my brand new hat and we start getting very mushy in deed. My down fall was suggesting that I go back to the camp site for more alcohol and leaving the other two in body and soul.

    When I got back out the Hendrix and on my own I started to lose my mind. At this stage the yoke heads in my camp had attracted more yoke heads from Dublin and my gazebo got trashed. They were all walking around like headless chickens shouting Alan compulsively as loud as they could and I hand such a laugh off them. I meet two more friends while I'm on the booze mission and crawl into there tent for some cuddling and more drugs. At this point I lose my shades and my bag of MDMA :unsure:

    Really close to losing my buzz on the last night I get back onto my soul mates in body and soul and they say they will give me more MDMA just to finish the night and I find my shades :P

    Now I'm really buzzing and know not what is going on and lose my nodge but I don't care because I was in such a beautiful place with my soul mates.

    I end up trying to get into body and soul again but its closed so I hop the fence. Two security guards get out of a van and start shouting at me from behind I'm in no man's land in between the fences so I walk to the far fence completely ignoring the closing security and start grooving to the beats coming out of the body and soul main stage. 2 minutes pass and I realise that they just gave up and left me there. I'm still trying to find my soul mates now but they are in a tent at it like bunny's so I head to a hut at the very back of body and soul where there is a lock in stoner session on. One of the guys in there gave me an other dab of MDMA and I lose my mind again.

    6 of us total strangers of all different types are in the hut and I find my self telling endless story's that don't go anywhere for the rest of the night while they lap it up like gold. I love hippy's.

    Conclusions

    MDMA is a quality drug B) buy as much as you can and share it around.

    Acid is a very good way of turning down time into trip time, I only take half a tab when I'm on MDMA.

    Don't try to sneak in just buy the ticket, saves you allot of hassle.

    Sneaking in is hard to do and takes balls and allot of luck.

    If your on MDMA try to take hits very 3-4 hours so you don't end up losing your mind or your buzz.

    MDMA is very good for taking with girls cause it makes you feel like a fluffy cuddly porn star

    If your taking MDMA always ware a disguise because its fun and keeps you safe from shouting retarded things like "Alan?". :P .

    If you insist on sneaking in here is what to do:-

    From when ever you arrive till 10 o'clock on Friday night you should be drinking and getting a gang together. As soon as its ten, security loosens and its already dark so rush the fence with your new buddy's and pile into the woods, safety in numbers. Any other way and your in danger of getting in trouble with the guards or beaten up.

    once your in, stay out of the arena till Saturday and lie your ass off to get a band at the box office. Your usually going to need a legitimate friend for this as well. And BOOM your in.

    Electric Picnic is an amazing festival and you should consider taking drugs at it.

    From this weekend on I'm changed and I'll never be the same again

    Go BUZZING :D

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    So yesterday I got confirmation that I’ll have press access to NASS Festival 2011. I’ve been the past few years as a punter and it has never failed to disappoint. This year looks even crazier than before!

    The festival has certainly upped its game in terms of music and sports. With Nero and Sub Focus- two of the biggest dubstep and drum and bass producers playing the main stage on the Friday night and then Tinie Tempah fronting the main stage on the Saturday night. With Millencolin, Cancer Bats and We are the Ocean playing the Kerrang Stage over the weekend there’s something to keep everyone partying long into the early hours of the morning!

    However, my highlight of the weekend has got to be the absolutely nuts line up on the Drum and Bass Arena. You have the who’s who of drum and bass and dubstep on this stage across the weekend. Not many festivals can boast having acts the calibre of Dirty Phonics Live, DJ Fresh, DJ Hype, Breakage, Netsky, Loadstar, and Flux Pavilion all on one stage over two nights. Having witnessed this stage the past few years I’ve attended the atmosphere will definitely be absolutely electric in there!

    If you’re going for the sports you are definitely not going to be disappointed. The World Cup of Street skateboarding competition will be rolling into town again for NASS with big names such as Mike Vallely, Rodolfo Ramos and Ben Grove all competing. The World Rolling Series which is inline skating’s international league will be at Relentless NASS for it’s 3rd year running and is bound to be another massive hit with riders such as Sam Tufnell, Nick Lomax and Chaz Sands in attendance.

    However, year on year the festivals highlight is always the BMX park competition with riders putting their bodies on the line to win the cash prize. This year is not going to be any different with an increased prize purse and a brand new park. With riders such as Mark Webb, Harry Main and Ben Wallace all fighting for the top prize of £5,000 this year is going to be one of the best yet.

    Other sports on offer are FMX, which this year has a brand new competition format, King of Dirt MTB Championship, slalom skating and many more.

    I will be covering all aspects of the festival so keep an eye out for photos, ramblings and general goings on about the Relentless NASS Festival 2011. Photos will be published throughout the weekend so even if you’re not at the festival (and if so why the hell not?) you will be kept up to date with what is happening.

    There’s so much more to this festival that I can’t fit into this release so if you want even more information on the festival then please visit www.relentlessnass.co.uk. The festival runs from 8th-10th July at Bath and West Showground.

    Nice one,

    Richard Cook

    www.richardcookmedia.co.uk

    Photo Credits – www.relentlessnass.co.uk

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    clareframe
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    I went to TITP last year and it literally was the best weekend of my life. Anyone else agree? Since last year I have moved to Australia with my family but I am returning to Scotland in July for TITP 2011. I was informed that my ticket would probably not get to me before I leave to go to Scotland so I am now collecting it at the box office. Has anyone else had to do this? What must I bring as confirmation and will I be able to line up with my friends as normal etc or will I have to go to a different entrance or something?? Any information on this would be much appreciated. I am really freaking out that I won't have my ticket in advance!

  1. Yes - We had decided we would give Glastonbury a miss this year - but the intention was to do at least a couple of others - not sure how that is going to pan out - we will see - I think my priorities have changed - yes Trudi sort of likes festivals and it has really helped her with dealing with noise and crowds but really she mostly liked them becase she missed a bit of school here and there - plus she is going to be at secondary come September and I dont want her skipping any school there if I can help it - having said that -2013 will be the last chance for her to be "free" at Glastonbury so I think we will have to do that one even if it means going on Friday. By that time she might be well into allsorts of music and begging? - maybe she will have a friend to come too - that would be Great - we shall see - so for now its a holiday to look forward to for us - my Brother moving to Barcelona to run a B & B Boat in the marina - should be nice and then a caravan hol no doubt later in the summer. I fear that maybe well and truly all we can stretch to - still a change is good as a rest - and a rest is good for a change? or something lke that ???

    I did go through a bit of a downer since posting last- I am coming up I think ... I hope... its all a matter of state of mind - its amazing what you can tell yourself and believe lol - am I deceiving myself - well in the end of it who cares as long as we are happy! Health is pretty rubbish - but now the cold weather seems to be finally over - im aiming to jump back on and start back up!

    Another reason for not camping/ festivaling is we have 2 outfits now in our yard and both are in a sorry state - 1 i dont want to part with for sentimental reasons and the other I hate with a passion - a rapido folding caravan hate HATE H A T E !!- I want another Dandy a light blue one with matching awning -I dont mind it being a 5 berth (like our old one but Darren wants a 6 ! it doesnt really matter as long as its in good nic. Once we sort that out then Im sure the festy fever will take hold again.

    Will be strange to watch on TV this year and it will be a 2 year Break but Im thinking 2013 could be AMAzinG after a big gap - maybe we will go without Trudi - No i couldnt do that. Anyway there you go

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    tikitiamy
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    Hay Guys

    Im doing a project for my 4th year at Uni about festivals and there 'Green' policies. If any of you have been to Glastonbury, Bestival, Leefest or Beachbreak it would be great if you could fill in a little survey for me. It will take less than 5 minutes and sorry but those under the age of 16 can't participate.

    Thanks all, i look forwards to hearing your comments

    Please use the following link:

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/greenfestivals

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    Hi all im Mark manager of Portsmouth band what is lfe for? the band have been booked to play at this years Guil Fest on Friday 15th July on the Rocksound stage. The band also release their new double a side single on the 16th April on the new Quay West Records which i am running check out www.mltmanagement@live.co.uk for up to date information

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    Gig and Festival List

    ------------2006------------

    Give It A Name Festival 2006

    At Earls Court on Sunday 30th April

    Guns N Roses

    At Hammersmith Apollo on Wednesday 7th June

    Foo Fighters

    At London Hyde Park on Saturday 17th June

    Lostprophets

    At Brixton Academy on Friday 7th July

    Red Hot Chili Peppers

    At Earls Court on Friday 14th July

    Aiden Victory Records Tour

    At London Astoria on Saturday 23rd September

    Panic! At The Disco

    At Brixton Academy on Monday 23rd October

    Enter Shikari

    At London Astoria on Saturday 4th November

    Dragonforce

    At London Astoria on Wednesday 13th December

    Iron Maiden

    At Earls Court on Friday 22nd December

    ------------2007------------

    Bullet For My Valentine

    At Hammersmith Apollo on Monday 8th January

    Lostprophets

    At Wembley Arena on Sunday 22nd April

    Give It A Name Festival 2007

    At Earls Court on Friday 27th April until Sunday 29th April

    Aerosmith Hyde Park Calling

    At London Hyde Park on 24th June

    Live Earth

    At Wembley Stadium on 7th July

    Metallica

    At Wembley Stadium on 8th July

    Foo Fighters V Festival 2007

    At Hylands Park Chemlsford on Saturday 18th August

    Reading Festival 2007

    At Little John's Farm on Friday 24th August until Sunday 26th August

    Orson

    At Camden Barfly on Wednesday 26th September

    Mindless Self Indulgence

    At Electric Ballroom on Thursday 11th October

    Black Stone Cherry

    At London Astoria on Wednesday 31st October

    Foo Fighters

    At London O2 Arena on Sunday 18th November

    Atreyu

    At London Astoria on Monday 19th November

    Taste of Chaos Tour 2007

    At Brixton Academy on Wednesday 28th November

    Funeral For A Friend

    At London Astoria on Saturday 8th December

    ------------2008------------

    Avenged Sevenfold

    At Brixton Academy on Thursday 24th January

    Linkin Park

    At London O2 Arena on Monday 28th January

    Aiden

    London Astoria on Wednesday 9th April

    Mindless Self Indulgence

    At London Astoria on Sunday 20th April

    Avril Lavigne

    At London O2 Arena on Wednesday 4th June

    Foo Fighters

    At Wembley Stadium on Saturday 7th June

    Lostprophets

    11th June - Astoria

    Linkin Park & Jay Z

    At Milton Keynes Bowl on Sunday 29th June

    Reading Festival 2008

    At Little John's Farm on Friday 22nd August until Sunday 24th August

    Metallica

    At London O2 Arena on Monday 15th September

    Taste of Chaos Tour 2008

    At London Astoria on Wednesday 15th October

    Lee Evans

    At Wembley Arena on Friday 31st October

    Bullet For My Valentine

    At Alexandra Palace on Saturday 15th November

    Black Stone Cherry

    At Brixton Academy on Sunday 14th December

    ------------2009------------

    AC/DC

    At London O2 Arena on Tuesday 14th April

    Tiesto

    At Privilege, Ibiza on Monday 6th July

    Exit Festival 2009

    At the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, Serbia on Thursday 9th July until Sunday 12th July

    Sonisphere Festival 2009

    At Knebworth House on Saturday 1st until Sunday 2nd August

    The Offspring

    At Brixton Academy on Wednesday 25th August

    Reading Festival 2009

    At Little John's Farm on Friday 28th August until Sunday 30th August

    Lostprophets

    At HMV Forum London on Thursday 22nd October

    Green Day 23rd October

    At London O2 Arena on Friday 23rd October

    Moby (Unplugged)

    At Palace Theatre London on Sunday 15th November

    Them Crooked Vultures

    At O2 Academy Birmingham on Monday 14th December

    ------------2010------------

    Lostprophets

    At DeMontfort Hall Leicester on Thursday 4th February

    Rage Against The Machine

    At Finsbury Park on Sunday 6th June

    Download Festival 2010

    Donnington Park on Friday 11th June until Sunday 13th June

    Glastonbury Festival 2010

    At Worthy Farm on Wednesday 23rd June until Sunday 27th June

    Sonisphere Festival 2010

    At Knebworth House on Saturday 30th July until Sunday 1st August

    Reading Festival 2010

    At Little John's Farm on Friday 27th August until Sunday 29th August

    ------------2011------------

    Foo Fighters

    At Milton Keynes Bowl on Saturday 2nd July

    Foo Fighters

    At Milton Keynes Bowl on Sunday 3rd July

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    Just back from the Limetree Festival and though it was great :D . Now I know this may seem strange - but I've never been to a festival before! - What have I been missing out on !!! It was brill, and will be the first of many to come.

    I'll be going to LT next year for deff, get in touch if your going as I may need some festival buddies next year.

  2. Eclipse Festival is a yearly electronic music festival held in Ste-Therese-de-la-Gatineau, Quebec, Canada during the summer. It's a weekend-long international gathering of visual & musical art, featuring a symbiosis of dance, open philosophies, performance art, human (& spiritual) experiences.

    Links to Eclipse Festival information:

    Official Site

    Facebook Page

    MySpace Page

    Eclipse 2010 10th Anniversary Tribute Video (ft. Takouma)

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    Sooooo; I'm going to Live Oak in the second week of November. Bear creek festival. Music, arts, good company. I'm pretty stoked about seeing Bonobo live. And dead kenny g'sss[:

    early bird special on tickets til september eighth.

    birthday present to muhself[x

    caaan't waaait.

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    Hi -lets hope there is some trust without dismissive paranoia - remember some olduns like music and festival atmosphere - don't forget Stonehenge !

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    Download is going to be awesome, however BOTH my little brothers are going this year, they are of ages 17 and 15, so i shall do my best to not worry about their general safety (by this i mean from self inflicted harms) and make a plea to everyone to respect each other at the festival. And can all the really tall people stand behind me. Seriously. I'm five foot tall. I come up to your belly button. You don't need to stand in front of me to see the stage :0

  3. Hi People! :)

    Carrying out some research into Environmental issues and the festival industry....

    If you have attended a festival in the last 3 years, please feel free to fill out my survey!

    Heres the link:

    http://www.surveypirate.com/Survey.aspx?su...HWOFZdzWA%3d%3d

    Thank you :D

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    One of the most full on festivals that I attended was the gathering in New Zealand, just outside of Christchurch. It is help on a farm up in the hills, and is full of color. dance music, and weird people!!! I had a good time, although I think I pushed it a little too hard you might say, i came down the mountain but not really back to reality for about a week or two.

    :angry:

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    Lilly Baby
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    :angry:

    Hey Gang,

    This is my first post here and luckily I've found this website and hopes to meet more like minded people who love enjoyed festive celebration like me!

    I was hoping my husband would bring my to travel this year but he's too busy with his job lately. My dream locations are:

    Santorini, Greece

    Tokyo, Japan

    The World Tallest Mountain, Everest

    Scandinavia

    ...

    Just too much to talk about it. Will going to show those list to my hubby later.. haha. Hopefull he will not fainted.

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    The Magic of WOMADelaide 2009

    by

    Peter Dawson

    The Kaurna cultural custodians of the South Australia's Adelaide plains were represented by a trio of women elders, who warmly welcomed the festival-goers to the three-day event over the first weekend in March. Wrapped in dark furred cloaks Joan Lamont, Josie Agius and May Turner spoke in both Kaurna and English to welcome locals and visitors alike and explained aspects of the Red Kangaroo Dreaming of the area known as Tarndanyungga.

    Led by Karl Winda Telfer the ochre-painted Paitya dance group came onstage, carrying shields and clacking spear-like sticks to traditional song in a warlike but welcoming manner. Then the mood changed to a contemporary vibe as the graceful girls of the Port Adelaide based Kurruru Youth Performing Arts Company simulated the soaring of a flock of birds. One young dancer, Jessica Gray said that her nerves soon disappeared with the excitement of performing for such a huge crowd.

    First up on the main stage the Bedouin Jerry Can Band sat before a ‘desert shelter’ and sang, played flutes, hand drums, plus an ammunition case and jerry can (salvaged from the 1967 Sinai War). In tune with our own wide, dry land the band’s desert-wandering lifestyle, came through strongly in its music, echoing much of the cultural life of central Australian communities. As the turbaned musicians created such a good groove it was impossible for those in the crowd to sit still, the rhythms and haunting melodies positive and totally invigorating.

    Dan Sultan and his band were in full-tilt boogie mode at the Zoo stage, his fiery delivery backed by the ample force of a tight horn section, while guitarist Scott Wilson played some very tasteful licks, and I loved his version of the Rolling Stones’ ‘Happy’.

    Arte Kanela showed immense passion, as the Tedesco brothers led their Flamenco dancers and musicians through routines so full of precision, yet dripping with ardour.

    Natasha Atlas is an Egyptian-English diva who has collaborated with Transglobal Underground and Jah Wobble, and her grasp of fusion is marvellous, with Middle-Eastern intonation spicing up a cover of soul classic ‘I Put a Spell on You’, along with her exotic compositions.

    Sa Ding Ding thrilled the rapt audience with her well choreographed show, featuring a combination of Hong Kong film costumes, acrobatic male dancers and the lady’s operatic voice; all held together by the fusion of folksong and techno beats.

    Day two dawned sunny with the sky painted with clouds of all shapes and textures, and firing up stage one Nigeria’s grand master of drumkit Tony Allen had the early punters in the mood for some spicy African rhythms with his youthful vibrant band.

    Mikidache had been a guest artist at The Dreaming 2008, and this time he had brought a small ensemble, including two vivacious singers from Madagascar and a Guinean percussionist. His songs were soulful and his intricate and delicate guitar picking style was most impressive; from Mayotte in the Indian Ocean Mikidache was a dynamic entertainer at the All-Star Jam and in his own vibrant sets.

    At the Zoo end of the site Seckou Keita SKQ was in exceptional form as the bandleader tickled the 22-string kora with furious fire; his gorgeous singer Binta Susso warbling angelically through the melodious cadences from the violin of Samy Bishai; Italian bassist Davide Mantovani laying down a solid foundation with percussionist Surahata Susso.

    Heading for a late lunch I was totally sidetracked when I caught the northern English accent of Rachael Unthank & The Winterset, from Tyneside, UK performing traditional ditties, comic scenarios, a clog dance and an often dark and moody dirge.

    The star of the festival was undoubtedly Elcho Island legend Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, having won ARIA and Deadly awards last year, plus being the subject of the winner of the Archibald Prize for Portraiture, who attracted a massive crowd mesmerised by his soaring voice. The Arnhemland saltwater songman is so special his spirituality goes straight to the heart like a spear of love and compassion. His humble delivery and sincerity had the audience spellbound, some with tears in their eyes! Later I sat with Gurrumul and some of his band to hear the equally superb voice of Sa Ding Ding, and he was obviously as entranced by the Chinese diva’s exquisite delivery as we all were!

    Aotearoa (New Zealand) diva Mihirangi was strong in her performance, her voice carried clearly through the cool evening from the cosy Zoo stage with the combination of techno layers and loops adding new dimensions to the traditional aspects of her songs.

    Quite a hot one Sunday and somewhat dusty; my nose feeling like sandpaper on the inside and a chilli for skin! But the music was equally hot, with the Papua New Guinea Tatana Village Choir backed by Melbourne progressive jazz combo VADA. The combination did not appeal to some, however under the direction of virtuoso pianist Aaron Choulai the villagers joyously sang with great gusto and verve; their modal harmonies floated freely juxtaposed with the avant-garde backing.

    Ska Cubano, those suave gents were a big crowd favourite with their reggae flavoured salsa beats, while at the other end of the site Kaki King amazed all with her guitar dexterity and showy finesse.

    Egos Lemos from East Timor is the first international artist to record for Darwin’s indigenous label SkinnyFish, and his is another strong voice for reconciliation, considering the trauma his people underwent in the savage Indonesian colonisation period from 1975 to 1999. His songs are about land, love and life, and as an advocate for permaculture to revitalise the degraded environment and grow sustenance for all, his music reflects his positivity. He also joined Gurrumul onstage to sing an anthemic number with the rousing refrain of ‘Timor Lorosae’, where the two voices intertwined in perfect harmony.

    Internationally renowned Yamitji didjeridu master Mark Atkins has played with Phillip Glass, Sinead O’Connor, London Philharmonic, Jimmy Page and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Looking to re-connect with his own country he has been touring with The Black Arm Band. At WOMADelaide he wowed everyone with his professional virtuosity and solid stamina, cooking up an earthy beat. He was also invited to join the customary All-Star Jam on stage 2 on Sunday where performers from West Africa, England, Papua New Guinea, Europe and the Sahara poured their sounds into a multi-cultural mix.

    WOMADelaide has developed into one of the finest festivals on the planet and is a fabulous showcase for our own Australian musicians, our Australasian neighbours as well as others from all over our world.



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