This year’s wonderfully rare blue moon found itself smack bang in the middle of summer and it was the perfect excuse to throw our first Summer Party. We transformed 1775, a venue in the heart of Bristol’s quirky Old Market district that holds the logo ‘If you don’t know, then you don’t need to know’, into something best described as tropical paradise meets bohemian nomadic cafe!
Alongside a smoking Barbecue, we offered our guests an all you can eat buffet including fresh organic salads, homemade humous, hand twisted cheese straws and spicy samosas (which we were up all night making!) We even brought some special Jerk Sauce all the way from Peckham, London – the heart of British Afro-Carribean cuisine, to accompany our BBQ Jerk Chicken and corn on the cob.
Highlights included our now infamous GAMES hosted by a wizard, with tropical themes such as eating a mango with no hands, how many grapes can you fit in your mouth and ‘the kiwi challenge’. People were absolutely going for it!
Throughout the day we had lunar live art from Ellie Bruce and Daniel Bowler from Lunart – who kept us entertained all night with their ever-evolving artistic talents and splendid pieces that were created.
As it got late into the night, we had the pleasure of hosting Danny K, Curly Waters, Bedlam and PXM (https://www.mixcloud.com/OnceInABlueMoonRadio/) on the decks – which provided some great indoor raving in 1775’s club space. These DJs drawn from all over the UK provided a great mix of different styles of reggae, breaks, house, world, funk/soul and drum & bass. Outside we also got the Open Mic well and truly running with some surprisingly poetic talent and seriously great acoustic blues appearance from our friends and oxford-based stoner metal rockers Desert Storm (https://desertstorm.bandcamp.com/).
By the end of the night I found myself drifting off in a pile of comfy cushions in the cosy little tipi we had planted at the bottom of the garden, kindly donated to us by one of our friends. Look out for it at future festivals, it might be hard to find but will be worth the visit once you get there. The next blue moon is destined for May 26th 2016, so watch this space! Thanks to everyone who came 🙂