'Wadstock 2ish' was a private party/music festival organised by Daryl of The Invaders. I had no real idea what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised when I arrived at the venue, just outside a Nottinghamshire village. In addition to a decent sized camping area, there was a compact stage, sound desk, and hay bales for seating (not that I got to sit down much) - a real festival atmosphere on an intimate scale.
Although it had rained on Friday night, when a couple of bands played to an audience sheltering under a tarpaulin, the weather for Saturday and Sunday was great. In fact, it was too good at times. Clear skies and the low sun later on in the afternoon made shooting a couple of the bands quite tricky.
As it got dark on Saturday evening, a red spotlight on stage-right caused a few problems. Apart from the usual red light issues (hence some black and white images), it was too close to the guitarists. Light reflecting off shiny guitars caused some over-exposed images.
Story of the weekend came from Empire 35. Their transport had broken down, so they came on the train from Derby. Then, although they had a tent, someone had forgotten the tent poles. Cue a creative use of a cymbal stand and a horse jump. And, they didn't have enough sleeping bags...
I hadn't originally expected to hang around too long on Sunday, but I'm glad Daryl talking me into staying. There was some great acoustic entertainment and a chilled-out atmosphere. And, it finished off with Daryl swapping his bass to play some blues guitar.