Tuesday, 7 September 2010
Buried in the depths of the New Forest and holding a capacity of only 2000, Festibelly is still a hidden secret just waiting to be discovered. Being a home-grown event and given the seal of approval from Rob Da Bank, it has been given a lot of potential and has become a hot spot for the locals. Surrounded by one main stage and various entertainment stalls, you are given the impression you have entered a school fete with all the usual nooks and crannies on offer.
Despite being a miniature one day festival, they still managed to drag in some major artists along the way including the electro duo, The Big Pink who went down a fighting storm. Joining Muse on their tour this September really comes to no surprise, showing us their exceptional presence, talented skills and addictive rifts and beats.
Not to mention Man Like Me who really brought the early 90’s powerpop back into full swing once again making you want to cringe with horror but really smiling with delight. Hearing them on a regular ipod really does them no justice, they need to be seen live to enjoy their full potential. Their honest outspoken lyrics are teamed up with bongos, comical dance moves and outrageous outfits that flood back the unforgettable memories of fashion you all dared to wear.
With My Tiger My Timing, O’Children and Johnny Flynn were all doing their usual expected performances. I was lured in with some new talent this season such as Lulu and The Lampshades. Bringing exquisite instruments to their routine really brought an all round array to the rustic festival.
Tek-one taking control of the stage became one of the memorable favourites of the day for many. Their dub step electronic skills excited the crowd into an ultimate frenzy leaving people slightly disappointed at the end due to their early slot.
Overall Festibelly was an outright success if you are looking for fun and games, friendly atmosphere and great music and organic food all in one, this is the place to be in 2011.