Playgroup 2010

near Tunbridge Wells, 13-15 August 2010
When the yellow eco buses drew up to the secret location just outside Tunbridge Wells, no one knew exactly what was in store for them at the first music and arts festival to be hosted by the Brighton collective Playgroup. What unfolded was a superb array of performers, musicians and artists who defied the downpours and brought the sights, sounds and tastes of Brighton to a hidden country park.
Highlights from the 60 bands and 20 DJs included memorable sets from 40-piece samba band Barulho, King Porter Stomp, Malarki, Black Cat Bone and The Correspondents – which ended in possibly the world’s first rap delivered from the shoulders of an audience member. Other delightful nuggets included appearances from the sinfully talented Darius Alexander and a Victorian-style carnival show from vintage lingerie specialists Ophelia Fancy.
As the sun eventually fought through the clouds, everyone knew they’d experienced something vibrant, new and exciting and that looks set to become a must-attend event in any Brightonian’s calendar.
Words by Rhianna Pratchett

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25th August 2010 8:20 pm

Can Gin Fix It? Yes it can!
Shambush! Featured in this photo!

6th September 2010 2:38 pm

This is terrible! They would not let me come to this festival! I had fearsome metal blades attached to my arms and legs and was going to slash at passers by!