Phew! Not only did we make it through these last 2 weeks, but we also made the debut of our new WINGS sign. We kept it underwraps because, well, I’m a little paranoid. But it actually worked out! We got it up and running just in time for Leopallooza thanks to our good friend, Luke. When I say ‘just’ I really mean it. We arrived to Bullco (Luke’s company) with our van packed up to the wazoo, went to put the sign in and sadly..we couldn’t get it through the door. Oh no! (Si isn’t the best at measuring or any sort of DIY for that matter) Luke, being an absolute legend, offered to drive the sign an hour away to Bude and we would have to break it down in order to get it home. Voila!
The big unveiling happened as we arrived and set up in time for the first campers arriving at Leo X. It was a tad disheartening to have gone through all the effort to get the WINGS sign up and then, in the end, have one of the worst festival trades we have ever had. We had 6 of us working for an event that could have been done with just Si and me. Leopallooza itself seemed like a pretty cool festival for regular festival goers–I got to experience it more than usual considering the lack of trade happening. Si and I got to nip out and watch Seasick Steve who we love, so that was a plus. We actually saw him walking around near our stall the next day and I offered him wings, but he had the poor excuse of ‘I just ate,’ so we love him a little less now ;).
A few things didn’t go our way; the festival was over-catered, festival goers weren’t allowed alcohol in the food area so they stayed in the campsite, ate and drank then headed straight passed to the main arena- with the stalls on the pathway edge getting the best trade, our area bar closing early on most nights. We have had a seriously great year and you’re always gonna hit a road bump or two, so we headed home to get ready for one of our favourites, Fieldview Festival.
We arrived at Fieldview Thursday morning and had a few hours to set up. Si brought an electric screwdriver with no battery instead of the drill to mount the sign letters(told you his DIY skills were no good), luckily our friendly trader neighbours, Trewhitt’s, lent us theirs’. They were a vegetarian stall run as a cooperative, really good food, killer mushrooms and vegan sausages for breakfast. We were in the main arena which didn’t open until Friday, so we got to have a pretty chill one. Friday started to build momentum throughout the day and the line pretty much went straight through until midnight when the headline main stage act finished. Saturday we woke up to do breakfast and went all day again until around midnight, when we started to close down and enjoyed a few ciders to Dial-A-Rave. They’re the traditional Fieldview late night act, who had just come by for some chicken wings to be prepared for getting onstage, and perhaps sober up… We managed to muster up the little energy we had left and have a wander around; we popped into the barn to see Fish and headed to the Smokin’ Juke Joint. I was surprised to be waking up Sunday morning to hear tunes still pumping out from the late night stage…
Now we’re back at Down End Field for Croyde Beer Festival. Can’t beat the beach view.