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Festival Preview: The Trip Festival

We profile a brand new festival in Wales, with performances by Django Django, Meic Stevens and The Ruby Suns

Written by Cari Steel

There is something delightful about being present for the birth of something new. It makes Amelia’s Magazine go all misty eyed. And this is why we are especially excited to be welcoming The Trip Festival into our 2010 Festival Previews section; freshly prepared for your enjoyment, salve about it this will be the first Trip ever! Casting our eye over what there is planned for us, more about it’s clear to see that while this little one might still be in its infancy, it is already running alongside the bigger kids with all the confidence and flair of a long-established festival.

The stunning setting of The Trip Festival

Nestled in the lush Welsh hills, (it is situated in the Carregewlyd Estate on the island of Anglesey) and conveniently close to the rugged, unspoilt coastline of the North Wales sea, The Trip Festival has collated the finest folk, psych folk and psychedelica from the four corners of the groovy planet for one long weekend of listening pleasure. Headlining will be musical mavericks Django Django (I love a bit of alliteration), bringing their style of psychedelic art pop to The Trip center stage. Django Django share billing with Welsh folk legend Meic Stevens, teenage pop-folk eccentric Beth Jeans Houghton, Kiwi dream poppers The Ruby Suns, Orkney folk-rockers Erland & The Carnival, and Welsh singer songwriter Cat Le Bon. It’s a United Nations of folk-pop!

Carregewlyd, home of The Trip Festival

Headlining at The Trip, Django Django

Recognising that the spoken word is as relevant as the sung word, The Trip has brought in a host of poets such as Mab Jones, Flossie Paperdoll and Jonny Fluffy Punk who will be sharing thoughts, musings and taking part in poetry workshops, so that we can all get a chance to break out the iambic pentameter and write something transcendental, no doubt inspired by the beautiful surroundings. Then for those who prefer break beats to beatniks, we are promised cosmic vibes and Balearic beats to keep us going into the wee hours…. and then keep us going some more. We counted 32 DJ’s on the set list that will be spinning tunes. 32!!!!! Wales has never had it so large.

The Ruby Suns

Maybe I am showing my age, but a festival makes my ears prick up when I hear words like ‘family friendly’ and ‘laid-back’. Thankfully, The Trip has organised non – musical activities in this vein, so expect workshops on knitting and woodcarving, craft and performance and quite bizarrely; metal casting! And just so you know, I would never send an Amelia’s Magazine reader to a festival where the grub was going to be mass produced fast food. (I’m such a greedy guts, and would honestly give a festival a miss if I thought it was going to be 72 hours of greasy Chinese noodles and burgers) So it’s relieving to hear that all food will be ‘locally-sourced, mainly organic produce’. Not knowing much about Welsh food, perhaps our Welsh readers can enlighten us as to what we might expect?

Erland & The Carnival

Weekend tickets to The Trip cost just £70, which includes a camping pass. Tickets for Friday or Saturday are £30, or £20 for Sunday. Children under 10 go free. The festival will open at 4pm on May 28th and close 4pm Sunday 30th (you will be able to stay on Sunday night to camp, as long as the premises are vacated by 12pm Monday) For all further information, and instructions on how to get to The Trip Festival, check out their website. Now all I have to do is wish all Trip Travellers a Siwrne dda! (I had to get some Welsh in here somewhere!)


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