Lunar Festival returns with an eclectic blend of creative culture and magnetic music
After taking a year off in 2017, Lunar Festival returned on 27th July 2018 with a riot of colour, sound and freedom. Based in Tanworth in Arden, Warwickshire, Lunar is an eclectic blend of creative culture that runs from the magnetic stages to the explosive make, create and learning zones.
After over 50 days of glorious sunshine the weather turned, bringing rain and thunderstorms, however it didn’t dampen the mood. Spirits were high throughout the festival site, bringing a magical sense of anticipation to proceedings. The soundtrack of the weekend was about to begin and it wasn’t going to be muted by mother nature.
Friday featured Welsh lads, Boy Azooga, who produced a wall of wavy-sounds, building an atmosphere of intrigue and enjoyment, this was later followed by the energetic set of The Mothers Earth Experiment, guitarist and lead vocalist, Mark Roberts, danced across the stage with purpose and drive. The Half Moon stage saw talents such as, Nabihah Iqbal, who delivered an alternative and electronic set that perfectly complimented her gorgeous vocals.
Saturday dawned and with it brought an abundance of new talents to explore, each one projected by the dramatic thunder that raced through the skies above. Access, Birmingham’s new breed stage was loaded with tons of new music including Coventry’s own Candid who kicked off with their perfectly tuned, indie melodies. The stage also saw other talents from the Midlands including Flares and Lucy Shaw, every act was a true pleasure to witness.
The main stage was graced with the psychedelic and funky sound of The Heliocentrics who produced a vortex of jazz that mesmerised the eyes. French talent, Halo Maud took to Saturday’s half moon stage offering a voice similar to that of Kate Bush, constantly switching lyrics between English and French. Plastic Mermaids brought a wave of electricity to Lunar, the audience dragged closer to the stage whilst showers added an additional sense of magic to proceedings.
The final day of Lunar was headlined by iconic band, The Stranglers, who attracted a tribe of loyal followers. All of which went wild with excitement. Each and every one of them danced and jumped upon the mud that now filled Umberslade Farm. The Stranglers brought nostalgic tracks including “Golden Brown” and “Peaches” to their set, all of which caused roars to ring out across the fans that had camped all weekend. This was the perfect end to a festival that manages to embrace mixed genres, age-ranges and tastes. Lunar is a triumphant celebration of people power, proof that determination and passion result in gloriously satisfying experiences.
Images © Ruby Nixon.