Sunday, 15 April 2012

Landed Festival

With Landed Festival so close on the horizon I wanted to upload some photos from last years event to show you how utterly lovely the whole thing was.

Turning left at the clock tower in the middle of the village high street I knew we were close and I started to get very excited, staring like a child at the huge number of trees on either side of the road, then pulling into a side road and onto site to the the friendliest welcome I've had to any festival.
too lovely for words...
The first night we were treated to Dextrous Dexter and The Fingersmiths, a full on funk delight, and a large campfire at night till 3am, sheep staring at me in the morning, a Berlingo on fire, (funnier than it sounds), and generally a very calm atmosphere I felt all the tension from the outside world slip away.

The event is held in Early May. It is possibly the earliest point at which one could reasonably expect to have an outdoor festival, and get away with it, so I guesss the attendees are all waking from their collective winter hibernation, blinking in the light and remembering what it feels like to sit on grass, some of the more daring amongst us even tried wearing shorts, that scared the sheep off.

The true awesomeness of the festival is the location, sited with a huge hill on either side, with trees and everything, and..oh just so much nature it leaves you speechless and refreshed.
Now dear reader, You must understand that our contingency, the Grassroots crew, are all from the Fens, so anything like a bump in the ground, or a collection of more than three trees together, or an ability to walk into a field / forest or natual space without ditches, dykes and fences and 1000 acres of crops in your way and zero public access rights (for more on this check out John Clare and the Enclosure Acts) is an absolute marvel. No really it's like being in a painting for us Fen folk, it might be the only time in a the whole year we see a hill.

being from the Fens this is a very strange feeling....
Last year went small scale, and had the Sunday stage for our Peterborough acts, Sunday morning is kind of a dangerous time to schedule us, as was proven by the rambuctious performances we all put in, delightful in every way of course. More slapstick comedy and bawdy caberet punctuated by music than the finely tuned scheduling of class acts we can occasionally deliver. It was one of the most memorable live gigs i've ever seen.

The view from the tent.
This year however as the festival grows we have a slightly bigger remit for providing our Firebrand of Fenland entertainment-our immersive all-or-nothing casserole of sight & sound entertainment. And like flipping a proverbial coin, we will be hosting the stage on Friday, throughout the day and into the evening so watch out, there be a full-moon too.
We will be bringing music, art, poetry and even Bingo!? 
For a list of our line-up check out

and for all the full festival details the main website is:

 Tickets for Landed;
Contact Paul 'Pablo' Hance directly by e-mailing him at
or by going to their Grassroots @ Landed event page here and leaving him a message:
The first 20 tickets sold by Grassroots come with a token for a free drink at Marvs Bar so get in there early!!!!  
To see the full set of photos go to my Flickr page:
The other view from the tent.

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