Fes­ti­val fit

Three fes­ti­vals ev­ery week for a year. Mark Gra­ham hops on the bus for a nice falafel

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Re­cently, when tak­ing part in a panel on 2FM dis­cussing fes­ti­val ticket prices and value at fes­ti­vals, I re­alised it was ex­tremely likely that no one else on the panel had bought a ticket, lugged their gear five miles, roughed it or had their cans con­fis­cated in quite a long time. It made me ques­tion whether there is any­one who knows as much about fes­ti­vals as you, the wellied war­riors who buy the tick­ets, pitch the tents, wheel­bar­row the slabs of cans, jump around in the fields, raise your hands, shake your heads and brave what­ever ele­ments the Ir­ish sum­mer can throw at you.

It turns out there might very well be some­one.

Ses­sion ob­ses­sives will be fa­mil­iar with the big red dou­ble-decker Eco Bus Cafe that pops up at fes­ti­vals all over the coun­try. If it’s a de­cent do, Deirdre and Bryce will have been there lash­ing out cur­ries, steak sang-ee-jes and that king of fes­ti­val fod­der, the falafel. This has lent the lads on the bus a unique per­spec­tive on the fes­ti­val land­scape. They in­ter­act with or­gan­is­ers, starv­ing mu­sos and hun­dreds of he­do­nist heads ev­ery work­ing day/night/morn­ing. Their la­tex-gloved fin­ger is on the pulse of how we play.

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