Battered bed to be reassembled
Their bed broke, their booze was confiscated and their hearts were broken but Queenstown man Eddie Masters and his friends still enjoyed two days of music at the Rhythm and Alps festival at New Year.
Masters has been entertaining Jamie Lyall, of Wellington, Stefan Gardner, of Levin, and Kade Lawson, of Porirua, at his Queenstown house over the holidays.
They have been to many other music festivals so knew to be well prepared for the Cardrona event and take a bed.
‘‘The moment we walked in, we met up with four amazing girls and just lost ourselves,’’ Masters said.
‘‘He’s generous with the stories and selfish with the truth,’’ Lyall retorted.
The quartet didn’t mind that Rhythm and Alps was more subdued and mellower than its big sister, Rhythm and Vines in Gisborne.
‘‘We had a great time,’’ Masters said.
Their bed was bought from the Salvation Army in Queenstown for $30. The Sallies threw in some free sheets and they hung a tarpaulin off the top for shelter.
Masters was so excited about the bed that he bounced up and down on it. That was a bad move.
‘‘I smacked my dome and chipped my tooth,’’ he said displaying his broken front tooth.
The shelter didn’t work. They were soaked during the southerly storm that blasted down the Cardrona Valley just before midnight and had to reconstruct the bunks several times.
Apart from losing their way with the ‘‘beautiful blond girls with long blonde hair and long, long legs’’, Lyall also lost his favourite sweatshirt.
That was about the sum of their troubles.
They also brought the bed back to Queenstown to reassemble at Masters’ place for up to 20 other ‘‘lounge lizards’’ clamouring to take up residence for the summer.
$30 bargain: Eddie Masters, Stefan Gardner and Jamie Lyall (Kade Lawson obscured) arrive with their double bunk bed at Rhythm and Alps.
Well used: Jamie Lyall, Eddie Masters, Stefan Gardner and Kade Lawson with their collapsed bed at the end of the Rhythm and Alps festival.