Saturday, 3 September 2011

Solfest sunshine and showers.

Our first festival morning was bright and sunny. So we set off in shorts and wellies, you just HAVE to wear wellies at a festival. We wandered around the traders tents and were slightly shocked at some of the prices, especially on a stall selling knitted goods. If you want to make money it seems gullible festival goers might just be the way to do it.

 As you can see,  Mike "David Bailey" is a bit obsessed with taking photos of my rear. Is he trying to tell me it's my best side?

Big knitting workshop.

The Hoochie Coochie Moonshine Band
The first act on the main stage was The Hoochie Coochie Moonshine Band and they were fantastic.  By the time they have finished the Cumbrian weather had reverted to type and the grey clouds poured in.

Dogan Mehmet and The Deerhunters.
The real highlight of the day was  the above band. "Dogan Mehmet, along with his backing band the Deerhunters, creates an Anglo-Turkish, Gypsy-Punk style mix of traditions and strong acoustic grooves." He certainly had the crowd in the palm of his hand and us all literally bouncing along and singing in Turkish.

We awoke the next day and oh boy did we know we'd been bouncing. Legs like lead and red raw throats. We dressed up in our costumes, but the weather was so changeable that we spent most of the day in our waterproof capes. So here are our costumes:

Yes I know we're not wearing them, but we forgot to take a photo while it wasn't raining.

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