The Audio Farm @ Llanfyllin Workhouse, 30th August – 1st September 2013
“The Audio Farm is going back to the roots of festival gatherings, where any creative being who can play live instruments, DJ, perform, has circus abilities, talks, comedians, games, fun, has craft to sell, or even volunteer to join our collective and family for this free spirited event.”
The weekend festival begun with the reincarnate band of Hawkwind; The Psychedelic Warlords, who headlined and highlighted the Friday evening. The Workhouse soon allowed visitors into the restored 18th century courtyard if they only wished to spend the evening watching the bands performance. The group consisted of a saxophone, bass, keyboards, a guitarist and a drummer, and their fantastically vivid spectacle was merrily applauded throughout. The impressive visuals accompanied a snazzy saxophone which melded intuitively with the Rock music. In the other rooms Audio Farm was “taking off” with merciless techno supported with excellent moving-visuals assembling upon delicate, spherical screens.
Wandering around the site alongside visitors that arrived from as far as Anglesey and Manchester, we enjoyed the relaxed yet “upbeat atmosphere” surrounded by the equally exuberant and joyous characters that explored the stalls selling beautifully decorated jewelry, “recycled leather outfits” and vintage textiles.
On the Saturday morning it seemed that everyone’s heads were a little sore from the night before, and as the smell of fresh vegan mushroom burgers flooded throughout the camp site everyone was soon ready for another day. The rather more enthusiastic dancers made their way to the dance-hall which was open with sounds of selected volunteer DJ’s, along with undoubtedly some of the greatest visuals that the Workhouse has ever seen. For the more chilled out crowd, there was ‘the healing area’ which offered everything from henna tattoos, massages, to ‘Chakra Gong Meditation’ which left you feeling “amazing”. There was also the courtyard stage, which showcased a number of local musicians that performed to a mellow crowd that were clearly thinking that the weekend had been a £30 certainly well spent.
(lots of love to B. Bowden who contributed her experience of Saturday in writing to me, making this review what it is)