Boomtown Fair was held on the 7th – 10th August 2014, just outside Winchester. The site had been expanded from 2013, and incorporated more camping, more stages, more venues and more amazing city sets and character avenues.
Somersault was a new festival that we were literally asked on the Thursday to come down to it the following Tuesday. It took place in North Devon, just outside Barnstaple, on a beautiful country estate.
This year GAMA ran the Accessible Camping Area for The Sunrise Celebration. The event was held on site at the back of Chepstow Racecourse – it had beautiful views but quite difficult access to and from the main roads.
For the third year running, Gama provided the Access Support for Secret Garden Party 2013. Thankfully the weather was kind and there was no repeat of the 2012 mud-fest!
To help us improve our services and define our future development and work, it is always useful to have as much information as possible about the festivals that are happening in the UK. To help us do this, we have devised a little questionnaire that we would like you to fill in.
Boomtown was as ever; mad, fun, creative, explosive, exhausting, funny, and brilliant – and we had our largest Gama area at the festival yet. Read about it here.
Gosh – after a really busy, warm and sunny summer, Sunrise seems like a very long time ago. Here’s what Gama got up to this year at the festival.
As well as our regular duties at Sunrise, we also worked for the first time with
“Action On Hearing Loss” – formerly known as the Royal National Institute for the Deaf.
Marion has compiled the WOW awards. WOW stands for Wild/Wacky/Wonderful/Whatever-you-like Old(er) Woman. It’s an off-beat perspective on the festival experience, from a solo traveller with mobility problems (‘I’ve got Parkinson’s disease but it hasn’t got me’), who eats vegetarian food, and who enjoys the ‘incidentals’ of festivals, such as cafes, conversations and small-scale performances more than the main stage events. She decided to mark the high-spots of her festival summer and share her recommendations.
GAMA has had a really busy year. We have actively been involved in about 8 festivals, and have been on the sidelines and consulted for about another 3. Here’s a quick resume of some of the festivals we have been to & ran areas at.