In addition to a previous post concerning festival season I thought I would expand on Godsplash Festival which, like all good things, has been given a make-over and freshened up for 2011.
Introducing Cloud Cuckoo Land, a boutique performing arts festival that will be held in the clouds hopefully somewhere not to far from the original Godsplash feel and furore.
Starting out in the backgarden of the Letts family; who have been regulars at Glastonbury since they could crawl and probably before, Godsplash has spent 3 years gathering pace and interest from the local community over a weekend in early August which is normally filled with sunshine and smiles.
A beautiful blend of local people, performing arts and an eclectic mix of music you can expect everything from chilled reggae, some indie rock, a bit of electro-swing and later into the Friday & Saturday nights some dubstep, drum and bass dreamyness before smoothing back out into something a little more calm for those still bonding round the bonfire in the wee hours of the morning.
In the past during the day you can catch up over a cuppa in the Mad Hatters Tea Party tent, complete with sofas, armchairs and witness an impromptu acoustic set from whoever fancies it really! Later in the afternoon snack on bap from the hog roast with lashings of apple sauce. And for the evening head over to the infamous retro, Red, London Buses for the cabaret cocktail bar or into the main tent for some seriously strong cider.
This year however there are changes to be had and all sound very exciting. The festival formally known as Godsplash has transformed into Cloud Cuckoo Land and it intends to be an environmentally sustainable festival. Totally non-profit (all proceeds will go to Brake the Cycle charity http://www.brakethecycle.org.uk/) it will be held on a totally eco-farm in the Cheddah Gorge which has also hosted such festivals as The Big Green Gathering.
The best news of all, the festival will have hot showers on site!!!
The main tent from Godsplash remains and is set to host their biggest and best line-up to date. The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Tent will be there too but this time you will be entering the Cuckoo Land instead for that impromptu jazz set or acoustic jam. And it seems the intention to turn the cabaret cocktail bar into a speakeasy style affair with the electro-swing DJs getting the Bugsy Malone wannabes tapping their feet to some serious tunes on board those big red buses.
The Tree-House Cafe which can normally be found in Dalston will be feeding the masses with education about what they’re eating and trying to inspire a new nation of home cookers with their exotic, organic and most importantly local produce and recipes.
All in all it looks set to be an awesome weekend to come, Early bird tickets are on sale now and are only £35 so make sure you get yours!