Review // Shindig Weekender: A festival of friends and family 

the sold-out pint-sized festival was the perfect weekend getaway from reality

Shindig Weekender has caused quite a stir amongst festival-goers this year. Packed with great music, workshops for all ages and a beautiful community feel, the sold-out pint-sized festival was the perfect weekend getaway from reality. 

the sold-out pint-sized festival was the perfect weekend getaway from reality

Warming up as one of the first festivals of the season, Shindig Weekender was a saviour for many Glasto lovers who have found themselves a little lost this fallow year. Whether you like going to festivals for the music, hanging with your friends, or exploring something new, there’s something for everyone at Shindig. 

After hearing so much hype surrounding Shindig Weekender, I was excited to get through the gates on Friday and find out for myself what makes Shindig so special. On arrival I was pleasantly welcomed by the size of the site. The ‘boutique’ festival was great for navigating your way around and stage hopping between favourite acts. Plus, with a smaller field as our playground, it was the perfect size to bump into friendly faces across the weekend. 

with a smaller field as our playground, it was the perfect size to bump into friendly faces across the weekend

On Friday we were greeted by the booming sounds of house, soul and disco from Mr Scruff and Norman Jay. I welcomed the next day with one (or two) of the festivals scrumptious passion fruit cocktails and I found myself stumbling across Bristol-based trio named Toddler and falling in love with their gentle sound. 

I found myself stumbling across Bristol based 5-piece band named Toddler and falling in love with their gentle sound

Founders of the Shindig Weekender, Ghetto Funk also made their presence known with their Ghetto Funk Nightclub stage, where they proudly hosted the likes of Krafty Kuts & Chali 2na and Jungle Brothers. Other stages like Dig Inn dished out acts like Slamboree, London Posse and Smooth & Terrell, making it an eclectic feast for the ears. 

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Every Shindigger will tell you that the festival is about much more than the lineup, and aside from listening to great live music and DJs, over the course of the weekend I found myself sitting in a stripped-down army helicopter, chilling in the shell of an airplane turbofan and even hanging out in a parked up bumper car. Amongst the madness though was also a lot of peace and tranquillity. After following the path up to the Wellbeing Field, I found myself exploring massage and reiki tents, plus a bunch of health and wellbeing workshops, including the intriguingly titled ‘laughter yoga’…

the lineup was thoughtfully scheduled so that the headline acts were never on too late

On reflection, the main thing that really stood out about Shindig Weekender was how it perfectly catered for the festival family of all ages. Everywhere you looked the festival was packed with activities to keep kids entertained, from hip hop graffiti workshops, climbing walls, craft workshops and even a ‘no adults allowed’ zone for teenagers needing a break from their embarrassing parents. But not only was the festival curated around the festival families wants and needs, the lineup was thoughtfully scheduled so that the headline acts were never on too late, giving mum and dad the chance to still have a rave and make it back in time to the tent to tuck the little ones to bed. 

All in all, Shindig was a brilliant way to kick off the festival season. The weekend was truly a unique experience, with some attendees even calling it ‘the Shambala Festival of the South’. You hear stories of Shindig being like one big festival family, but it’s only when you get there do you truly realise it yourself. 

‘the Shambala Festival of the South’

With word of the lovely little festival spreading fast, tickets sold out way in advance this year. If you’re wanting to join the family next year, we’d cop an early bird ticket for 2019.

Words by Abi Lewis
Photo by Sarah Koury

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