This past weekend Marianne, Miss Daria Lanz and I travelled down from London to just outside Andover to perform at this year’s Barnival. It was awesome! It was an up and down adventure getting there and back! We hired a car from a place called Greenmotion at Heathrow airport which wasn’t one of our brightest ideas, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. The rental only cost 31 quid, but it was all of the other things (like the 300 pound deposit, nightmarish weekend tfl works, and seemingly endless queue at the rental shop) that made it all a little more daunting. After we three hit the road, we were ecstatic, but also hungry! We stopped at a service station off the M4 and remedied that as well as grabbing some snacks for the evening. When we returned to the M4, driving for a few miles we missed our exit and ended up on a small tour of Hampshire, which being beautiful and having amazing little towns, was still difficult to navigate with little signal on our phones and a completely new approach to Barnival. Eventually, Sound Refuge arrived!
As for the festival itself, it had two stages (we performed on the outdoor stage which I loved); it had a homemade time machine; all manner of games happening; a tent city for us to sleep; and loads of great people dressed all space themed! After performing we had drinks and eats including a giant stew created by a guy named Ed (who had his own adventure arriving at Barnival) in a giant cauldron over some fire! Better yet it was vegan! Daria was extremely happy. The stew was a thank you for the bands who performed as well as for anyone who wanted some food. We drank into the night enjoyed all of the other bands and enjoyed a massive camp fire until we went to sleep in the tent city.
It was a wonderful weekend and we’re now all back safe here in London. Next stop for myself is in and along the way to Minehead on the West Coast for a folk festival there! See you soon!