This Summer I’ll be in Cloud Cuckoo Land…

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 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.

Big Red Bus Image

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!

Wellies at the ready…Festival Season is imminent

Unless you are living under a very large rock; and even if you are living under said rock it will probably be picked up and moved within the next few months so some drunk teenager can, poorly, erect a tent its place; you should be aware that tickets for the summer’s 10,000 festivals are starting to go on sale and selling out in ooh probably the time it took me to type this sentence.

So I figured I would add my two cents on which Festivals I will be trudging to in, sadly not Jimmy Choo, snake-skin hunter but still very nice all the same, floral wellies.

Had I all the money/weekends/organisation skills in the world, my summer festival 2011 list would probably look something like;

Glastonbury – Somerset

The Garden Festival – Croatia

Bestival – Isle of White

Exit – Serbia

Outlook – Croatia

Creamfields – Liverpool

However, unfortunately I do have time/money constraints and am also not one for planning in advance so don’t often get around to buying a ticket for something that doesn’t register in my calendar for the next 4months. I mean what ever happened to just showing up on the day?! Why does ‘fun’ have to be so bloody organised and pre-arranged these days?

I guess what I’m really moaning about is the fact that I always seem to miss the boat with ticket sales and they all seem to have sold out before I have even realised they were on sale! Annoying.

So in lieu of the above list I am recommending the following festivals…

GodSplash – Dorset

Gottwood – Wales

Both are relatively small and unheard of which means tickets are easy to come by and you can camp close to the action! Plus my mate runs Godsplash (not a bible bashing, jesus, cult fest, I promise!) so of course it is a winner and like Charlie Sheen I’m bi-winning.

Although you don’t get to see the big names, I see this as a bonus! Yes Jessie J will be incredible at V and Beyonce irreplaceable at Glasto but I always like to discover new acts and perhaps even get the chance to have a chat with them after.

At Godsplash last year I saw Dutty MoonShine who I was, to be quite honest, blown away by. Their eclectic mix of electo-swing was just what I didn’t even realise I was looking for and dropping the Bare Necessities into their set made my weekend. These guys played everywhere last year from Glastonbury, to Secret Garden Party and Bestival and hopefully their hectic summer schedules will see them at Godsplash again this year.

I also saw human beatbox machine Bass 6…who at first listen I naively thought was a CD. Super fast and super slick his ability to make some ridiculous noises with nothing but his god given mouth is unreal.

Here he is doing his ting…