I have just about recovered from a fantastic, exhausting weekend at Lunar Festival 2016, where I was offering drop in hula hoop lessons, a hula hoop play area, selling hula hoops, angel wings, isis wings, ribbons, bubbles, silk veil fans, hula hoop tank tops, tutus and more from my stall, and performing in the Crow Bar on Sunday! And in between all that, enjoying some awesome bands and great food.
If you haven't heard of it, Lunar Festival is a takes place in the spiritual home of Nick Drake, in Umberslade Farm set in the beautiful countryside of Tanworth-in-Arden, near Solihull in the West Midlands. It is a family friendly affair, with an eclectic mix of music, and a magical atmosphere, thanks to the relaxed vibe tinged with psychedelic madness, attention to detail, diverse acts and of course the people! It is a friendly and intimate three day festival, this year the acts ranged from the Mariachi Band (of Doritos ad fame!) to Os Mutantes, to Television, and Brummie legends Bentley Rhythm Ace.
My personal highlight was watching Bentley Rhythm Ace - being a long time fan I couldn't wait to hear the old tunes again and they didn't disappoint. The live show was spectacular with a dazzling laser show, dancing girl and fire performers. My highlight would have been watching the Zombies who I was particularly excited to see, but I had a field full of hula hoopers to look after, so I contented myself with listening to them (and of course hooping to them) from my hula field in the Pink Moon Meadow! The weekend culminates on Sunday in a procession around the main field, with a brass band and stilt walkers, which leads up to setting light to the huge wooden crow sculpture and bonfire.
I can't recommend Lunar Festival enough, equally enjoyed by families and festival goers without children in tow. In a great location, incredible line up of acts, with friendly happy staff, traders and festival goers and a good range of food and drink there really is something for everyone.
I haven't even mentioned the Bimble Inn with other live acts, late night tunes, Swingamajig, or the Crow Bar with Craig Charles, Magic Door, or Sensateria in the Psychemagik tent, or the Northern Soul workshops, laughter yoga, wild hedgerow headdress workshops or morning soundbaths - there really is so much to do and listen to you will often want to be in two places at once.
It was an amazing weekend but make no mistake, trading at a festival is hard work from the moment you get them to when you leave - even more so with a small child! Luckily I had the help of some great friends so I was able to go and watch a couple of bands, perform, and even eat when I remembered to! If you are thinking of trading for the first time, I am putting together some tips i have learned - sometimes the hard way - and especially tips for doing it with young children in tow - subscribe to my blog to get these tips direct to yuor inbox!