Just before any big adventure, I get jittery. Especially when it’s a last minute thing. On Wednesday evening an email from www.notitlemagazine.com casually informed me that I’d won a pair of tickets for Limetree Festival, via a ‘in 30 words or less’ competition. I did my excited face.
Eirene, is convinced that the more I flap, procrastinate or object to the up-and-coming adventure, the better it is. It’s not so bad towards the back end of summer – when I’ve had several outings to prep. Charge batteries. Find that. Do I take this one or that one? Shall I see about getting one of them? Do I need one of them? Etcetera.
The plus side to this hyper-tension is that it keeps me busy. If I stopped to think about the festival too much, the wind would change and I’d be stuck with my excited face on. An incredible collection of artists has been assembled – well done to the musical director types involved – just short of 170 confirmed acts from techno to afro, celtic to punk, ska to funk, folk to rock and a bunch of those kinds of acts who flatly refuse to conform to a genre label. Dare I say, something for everyone – although – one thing that all the acts do have in common is that most appear to be distinctly off the mainstream path. I like that.
I’ve not been to Limetree Farm for a couple of years. I’m done Limetree Festival before – we took FIRE up there for a night. Loved it. Loved the site. I’d done all the Thornboroughs – a festival that used the farm prior to the Limetree festivals presence. Peter, the farmer is a top bloke. I had the pleasure of going for a walk with him around the outer grounds of his farm once – around the outside perimeters of the festival site. There’s a whole bunch of nature out there and he’s passionate about it. There’s a badger reserve. There’s a magical overhanging tree where he’s got an ace story about seeing a wild white rabbit there once (quite a rare thing, attributed to a fair portion of folklore). The site itself has the standing stones and some incredible nooks and crannies. A lot of character – reminds me of a small Glastonbury festival site.
Anyway – I’m hoping that the pre festival up-in-the-air factors iron themselves out soon. I’m going to try blogging from the field again I think – as per this post from the 2008 festival.