There are few things in the UK at the moment that can get close to that summer festival experience, especially when the country has essentially ground to a halt with some of the worst weather we have seen in 6/60/600 years (I forget).
With thousands stranded on the floor of BAA’s “hotels” in Heathrow, Gatwick and others – it would be easy to dismiss the prospect of:
1) traveling abroad right now
2) experiencing a music festival in November next to the warm Caribbean ocean with an ice cold rum cocktail…
Well, the Virgin Atlantic sponsored Barbados Music Festival pulled it off this year once again with an eclectic mix of local talent and international bands including the Dub Pistols Soundsystem, The Martin Harley Band, Rodney P and upcoming Bajan talent Alex Mills to name but a few.
Based at Surfer’s Bay on the South coast and the whole trip priced at a reasonable £600 (which includes flights, hotels, transfer and tickets into festival) it’s easy to see how so many decided to let the UK to lick it’s winter weather wounds and head off into the Caribbean sunset whilst enjoying the delight of Barbados’ national treasure: Mount Gay Rum. It’s organised by Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Montgomery who lived in Barbados for almost a decade and Steve Campbell who runs the Surfer’s Cafe just down the road from the festival venue.
Tickets each day are a snip at BB $25 (about £8) with warm-up and post festival parties happening either side and if you’ve ever been to the island and searched out Harbour Lights or the Boatyard – our Bajan friends are no strangers in partying well into the night…
I wonder how many of us will be tempted for next year, or shall we stay and watch the “Big Freeze” 3rd time round…?