Category Archives: In The Swamp

A long weekend in a muddy field, taking drugs and listening to music. A look at the festival scene in 2012 with reviews of Pearl Jam, Noel Gallagher, the Stranglers and Primal Scream.

A walk in a falling castle – From Home To End 02 – Birkwood Hospital, Scotland

Originally posted on Journeys Through Pre-World War 3 Britain:
In this instalment of the Highlands adventure we explore the now-collapsed Birkwood Castle, still one of our most exciting finds. 7: 16PM 3.7.14 In the past two days we’ve barely slept. Ben…

Posted in In The Swamp | 1 Comment

In The Swamp – Isle of Wight festival 2012 – Complete

These journals are about music, drugs and the Isle of Wight. They’re about the joy of escape, the catharsis of being lost in a vibration, the comfort of anonymity in a large crowd and the strange things you see when … Continue reading

Posted in In The Swamp | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

08 – Lake District and the Highlands ’13

Exploring the Grampians. Old new discoveries. Checking out an abandoned house, one of many in the Highlands. Light footed on a slowly collapsing bridge.  North of Loch Ness 19.8.12 12:41 am This morning I woke with an Immortal Technique t-shirt … Continue reading

Posted in In The Swamp, Lake District and the Scottish Highlands '13 | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

001 – In The Swamp. Isle of Wight Festival 2012

  In The Swamp. A tale of drugs, mud, piss and strange people at the Isle of Wight Festival 2012. Not so long ago, Yuri and I were music students. That’s how we met. A substantial part of our education wasn’t at college. … Continue reading

Posted in In The Swamp | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

002 – In The Swamp. IoW Festival 2012.

First Day. Arrival. Meeting the neighbours. The Stranglers. Primal Scream. First impressions. To get to the Isle of Wight you can take a hovercraft from Portsmouth. It shakes like a cheap shopping centre massage chair. Novelty value fades quickly. Especially … Continue reading

Posted in In The Swamp | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

003 – In The Swamp – IOW Festival 2012

Second Day.  Elbow. Australian piss fetishists. Depression. Escape from the festival. Recapture.  Friday we went to see Elbow and Tom Petty. More Elbow than Tom Petty. The real festival started today. Day tickets were available, more fields and stalls opened. … Continue reading

Posted in In The Swamp | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

004 – In The Swamp – IOW Festival 2012

Third Day (cont’d). Gazebo CUNT! Ryan’s trip. Recovery Day. Pootopia. Lucy flees. Another weird piss story.  We read a lot during this time. When we returned from our walk, beaten, still quietly hungry, we sat ourselves in the tent and … Continue reading

Posted in In The Swamp | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

005 – In The Swamp – IOW Festival 2012

  Third Day (cont’d) Eddie returns. Ryan takes speed. Pearl Jam. Campsite thefts. Neighbourhood declares the festival a washout and a failure. Exodus.  Ryan was still feeling the comedown. Eddie hadn’t shown yet. He was out there somewhere, past the … Continue reading

Posted in In The Swamp | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

006 – In The Swamp – IOW Festival 2012

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Christian Security Guy. Drying mud. Penalty shoot-out. Fourth Day Every morning here you wake in the sunken mud print of your own body. Usually a slight headache. Lack of sleep and heat combine with the … Continue reading

Posted in In The Swamp | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

007 – In The Swamp – IOW Festival 2012

Last Day The wasteland after the party. Tale of a wellington boot. Going home. Ryan and Eddie’s review.  I was up before Yuri and brushed my teeth. I felt industrious. Or at least, I felt like packing up and getting back as … Continue reading

Posted in In The Swamp | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment