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Forfey Festival 2010

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Amy McGarrigle | 01:24 UK time, Monday, 9 August 2010

IMG_6207.jpgForfey Festival has built it's name over the last five years, as a unique experience in the local summer music festival calender. With a few hundred people descending on a small family farm outside Lisnaskea in Co. Fermanagh, it's not the most obvious location for the likes of Adebisi Shank, Axis Of, Lafaro or Not Squares to be playing. But mixed it all with acoustic acts, DJ sets, art exhibitions, culinary workshops and film screenings, and you've got one of the most diverse and relaxing weekend's entertainment about.

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map.jpgGetting There:
Tip: Print off and follow the instructions from the website.
Me, I had my trusty GPS enabled phone, so I just took the Post Code. Unfortunately, I didn't account for the fact that the coverage is somewhat dodgy around the Lisnaskea area... Picture driving round country roads aimlessly for a bit...

Location:

IMG_6181.JPGThe festival literally takes over a family farm. One field for camping. One field for parking. Two sheds for venues, a tiny cottage attic for venue number three. Then numerous little out houses for exhibitions and movie screenings. All of which empty out onto the one court yard so there's no getting lost here! 
 
Family Feel:
There's a distinct family feel about this festival, that takes shape in two ways...

1) The Minfords - Organisers and generally smiley bunch throughout the festival. The whole family chip in, with lots of help from volunteers, and it gives the festival a unique friendly atmosphere.

2) The festival is definitely child friendly. It's small, and people - although having a good time - are fairly responsible, and you could see the crowd making sure any kids got to see and dance away safely. Plus there's the visiting donkeys!

IMG_6192.JPGMusic:

What a line up! Rams' Pocket Radio, More Than Conquerors, Clown Parlour, Silhouette, Axis Of, Lafaro, Not Squares, Six Star Hotel... the list goes on. And what's even better is that there are few overlaps, meaning you can catch just about everything you want to see. Even the sound was surprisingly decent for corrugated sheds. Highlights of the weekend go to Six Star Hotel and Not Squares!

Relaxed Atmosphere:
The usual festival madness is mainly absent at Forfey. The schedule isn't as packed, so there's time for afternoon naps or lounging in the scenic festival gardens.

IMG_6148.JPGFood:
£2 bacon butties! Good way to start the day. Tea and traybakes later on. It's all a bit twee but ya gotta love it!

Workshops & Art:
Forfey, although mainly about the music, had plenty to be at between the bands. Art exhibitions and films in the yard buildings, and workshops in animation, home brewing, composing etc.

IMG_6178.JPGSaturday Night:
While Friday night is an early night for most, the festival ends with a bang on the Saturday. After all the bands finish up, Crooksy's Guilty Pleasures is the end disco dedicated to truly ciminal records played to a packed out shed and alot of crowd surfing. After that, the camp fire is lit, the guitar comes out and Forfey 2010 gets a proper send off.

Conclusion:
Great festival for those wanting a more laid back and relaxed vibe.

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