This year with the welcome addition of an extra day, we arrived in one of the most beautiful parts of the South West for four days of the very best music and vibes that the UK has to offer. As usual, we were blessed with gorgeous weather on arrival despite grim forecast predictions earlier in the week.
The first night kicked off with music at The Ghetto Funk Nightclub, the biggest stage of the festival, this is undoubtedly where I will be spending a large portion of my weekend.
Capacity increased by 3,500 more attendees this year to almost 10,000 in total. As somebody who favours smaller festivals, I was a little worried that this would affect the boutique charm. Shindig coped with the slight influx of people well and had more bars this year and some new attractions.
The Submarine was a great addition, it’s probably the less open of all the stages, resting in between a sloping hill and a gigantic metal submarine shell, the sound quality here is exceptional, probably the best of all the stages, especially at night, drum and bass sounds incredible.
Drag disco remains one of the highlights of my weekend, the dancers are a credit to the festival, consistently high energy and hyping up the crowd for hours and hours.
One of the main headliners due to play Saturday Night at the Dig Inn cancelled last minute due to sickness which fluffed the set times up, luckily Too Many Ts were playing in the Ghetto Funk Night Club around the same time and more than made up for and they put on a high energy show, bouncing around the stage
One of the best sets of the weekend came from The Allergies, they absolutely smashed it from start to finish, with some insane vocals from Marietta Smith. DJ Yoda also played a great set on the Sunday afternoon to a crowd of dishevelled festival goers.
The food was selection was top-class as per, a huge selection of vegetarian options, the service was incredibly friendly, somebody from one of the burrito stalls even gave me some hot sauce to put into my bloody mary.
It must also be said how child friendly this festival is, there’s a separate area for family camping, plenty of entertainment geared towards children including live performances, workshops scattered around the site and a nice little kidz town area.
A little selfishly, I probably wouldn’t like to see Shindig get any busier than in already is, Shindig still has the magic of a pint-sized Glastonbury, all of the best bits mixed together, the vibe is so carefree and the landscape so vibrant I’d hate to see it fall into the pitfalls of some other festivals that have oversold their tickets.
Thank you for a banging weekend Shindig and thank you to all of the people that came down and brought good vibes with them.
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Image credits: Tony Judd