Wow have we been busy here at Karma Gear!
So two weekends ago we set up at Glastonbudget Festival in sunny Leicestershire, and left our lovely helpers in charge as we sped off to the Cotswolds for Lechlade festival to set up yet another stall! We were trying a new set up for Glastonbudget, which took a bit longer than usual (even though it was meant to be easier!) and we didn’t have our banner up either, which considering the windy weather over the weekend was probably a good thing!
I think the stall looked pretty good, though, and the felt table looked lovely and bright in the sunshine! Glastonbudget was good clean silly fun as usual, and we had some lovely customers – although I think we were a little out of the way so didn’t see as many people as we would have liked 😉
Lots of covers bands, original bands, and rides and other entertainment too, Glastonbudget is a great friendly festival with an easy to navigate site and party loving crowd. Lechlade festival was a great little event too, Lechlade itself is so picturesque! I think we had all the weathers, boiling hot on Friday, Thunderstorms on Saturday morning (cue me getting absolutely soaked on an early morning trip to the loo!) Lots of high winds, drizzle, even fog! (though thankfully, no ice or snow!) We also had some unexpected guests on our roof
There was some stunning talent at Lechlade, we caught a very young band belting out some incredible covers, check out Insta feed for a peek of their amazing performance. The festival is in a beautiful park right by the river. You can walk into the town in the morning for a delicious brekkie and then get onsite from late morning for music from several stages, a great beer tent with its own stage, comedy tent and lots of workshops for kids too – including yoga, arts & craft, meditation and lots of other treats! Totally family friendly with rides and activities for younger and older kids. They’ve had good lineups this year and in the past, so future events are sure to be great too.
On Bank holiday Monday we were up at the crack of dawn to leg it to Chippenham for the Street Fayre (so, yes, that is three festivals in one weekend!!!) and I think we did a pretty good job with our street market stall
Chippenham is a great friendly little town, and the folk festival is organised by a lovely bunch of people who want to keep this great little event going for the local and the folk community. Morris dancers performed throughout the day, but unfortunately this year there was some torrential downpours and so lots of the dancing was called off early. But no matter – we can’t control the weather – and we had a lovely time chatting to the people who had come especially and to local people as they sheltered in our massive stall from the deluge.
And then to this weekend, when we were at Cheltenham Racecourse for 2017’s Wychwood Festival. And what a corker it was too! This festival is a super chilled family friendly affair, and the crowd keep coming back every year – because they know their guaranteed to have a good time! Some fantastic bands on, highlights for us were CC Smugglers (check out their facebook here https://www.facebook.com/ccsmugglers/ ) with their awesome bluesy, folksy, swinging tunes that are guaranteed to cheer up even the grumpiest of festival goer – they’re at lots of festies over the season, we recommend catching them if you can! East Pointers were really good too, really got me grooving in the summer sunshine and we even bought their record to listen to in the van on our travels. The Dhol Foundation were absolutely killing it with their amazing Folk/Indian fusion – they had a harpist along with the Indian drummer, so cool! – and their show was complete with Bangra Dancers and a field full of middle class, middle aged Brits trying to dance Indian style, priceless!
So all in all and busy couple of weeks, but 4 festivals down and we’re well into the 2017 season now! This weekend it’s Gate to Southwell Folk Festival. We’ve not been before, but we’ve heard good things so we’re looking forward to it.
See you in a field somewhere, Love and Good Karma xxx