I needed a festival. It's been a couple years. I also needed the break from work.Tags: events
Wilderness did not disappoint.
I'm glad we dressed up, which is odd for me to say. Something about having the vision, about my girlfriend making the outfit and bringing the vision to life, and playing around in a field as a Satyr with my Nymph. And it does add to the atmosphere to see others' creativity in how they've dressed.
Speaking of girlfriend... to me, this has pushed my relationship with her forward. Camping, spending that much time together, drinking and talking about Stuff, and of course all the shared experiences of what she and I both enjoy. It's one of the things that makes her special, and she feels the same about me. She's so open and appreciates art, music, experiences and people for what they are.
I've never been to anything which such variety of music. Bjork played a challenging set. I didn't catch the other headliners on the main stage, but I understand whatever went on late after (or with?) George Clinton was crazy - some sort of giant marionette from cranes. Highlights for me were Asgeir, Nils Frahm, Opera North's Devil's Jukebox, Hannah Sanders, Beats & Pieces, Isfar Sarabski Trio.
The perfume making workshop was great and I love the scent I made. It smells of Satyr and Wilderness :) White oudh, Orris, rosewood, leaf oil and the special no. 1 molecule base she calls unicorn juice. The Niklas Ekstedt banquet was also well worth taking my gf to. The food, the atmosphere, the experience all something special to savour. And as for the rest of the food, I didn't eat a single thing over the festival that was meh; all the vendors were excellent.
I was excited about going to some talks, and it turned out to be an important part of the festival for me. Highlights were Paul Dolan on happiness and Dr Tamara Russell on the art of mindfulness in everyday life. One of my favourite events of the weekend was Spark London's sessions, with audience members telling their worst relationship stories and a general open mic with stories and poetry.
Then there was the dancing gazebo. How it started and how many hours it went, we'll never know. When we ducked in, there was a man crowd surfing. It will go down in legend.
There's more for sure (like the outdoor spa) and things I missed out on (gong bath). There's no way to do it all, which just means I'll have to go back. :)
And as I say, I needed that.
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