Bat­tered bed to be re­assem­bled

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By MAR­JORIE COOK

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.

Photo: FACE­BOOK/RHYTH­MAND ALPS

$30 bar­gain: Ed­die Masters, Ste­fan Gard­ner and Jamie Lyall (Kade Law­son ob­scured) ar­rive with their dou­ble bunk bed at Rhythm and Alps.

Photo: MAR­JORIE COOK/FAIR­FAX NZ

Well used: Jamie Lyall, Ed­die Masters, Ste­fan Gard­ner and Kade Law­son with their col­lapsed bed at the end of the Rhythm and Alps fes­ti­val.

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