Badgerfest was by far the best party of summer 2016.
Hundreds of festival-lovers descended on the two day festival which was hosted in a large field behind the Monksland pub in Scurlage in The Gower, South Wales on the second weekend of September 2016.
The festival had something for everyone, from a lively main stage in the 'big top' with live music from local bands across the whole weekend, to the 'chocolate orange tent' which offered guests the chance to grab a drink from the pop-up bar and sit and chat around honky-tonk piano. There was also a 'tea and toast station' in the corner of the tent to give those who were flagging a vital boost of life as they recovered on Sunday morning.
Opposite the 'chocolate orange tent' was the 'acoustic tent' where guests could chill out to music in the evening and where kids could get their face painted in the day.
There was also a bouncy castle, a ball pit and the 'kidz zone' with tents the little ones could jump in and out of. There was a 'welfare tent' which the grownups could jump in and out of and crash out on a selection of cushions.
As an invite-only festival, the attendance numbers were relatively small compared to established festivals which meant that the portaloos didn't smell half as bad as they would at a normal festival, but if you felt like you need a pick-me-up after visiting the loos, right next door was the 'pimp palace' where you could freshen up and even get dressed up in an array of outfits.
"Strangest, funniest, most brilliant festival ever! Congratulations."Maggy
What is Badgerfest?
Badgerfest was the vision of Carla and Chris who wanted to throw a party for a couple of hundred of their friends.
It took a team of about 15 friends who had volunteered to help out to set the festival site up in the days leading up to the event. The worked non-stop in the wind and the rain to get the site ready for the weekend, when the sun finally broke through.
Finding enough bands to fill a two-day schedule in a remote corner of South Wales could be tricky, but as a member of a band himself, Chris' connection with the music scene in Bristol and Wales allowed him to pull in an eclectic mix of performers. The live music started at around 4pm each day and went on until late.
Crinkle Cuts closed the first day of Badgerfest, performing to a packed tent. Chris' own band, Jimmy Ringus closed the festival on Sunday night.
The sound system was beefy, the lighting was awesome and the audio engineer Pete, spent the weekend dressed as Bungle from the 80s kids TV show Rainbow... why? Well, why not?