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Festivals

You can probably already tell from the number of galleries on this page that Im a bit of a festival nut & if it werent for other commitments Id go to even more events than I actually do.

I cut my festival teeth at the hippy earth & tree fairs that we used to have all over East Anglia in the late 70s & early 80s. My first major event was Thin Lizzys appearance at the MK Bowl in 1981 and my first proper weekend festival was Reading the following summer. I returned to Reading every year that the festival was held up until 1989 when Mean Fiddler took it over & proceeded to ruin what used to be the highlight of my summer. Ive only been back once when Nirvana played in 92 & hated every minute of it.

Other events I went to during the 80s included a couple of journeys to the South West where I attended the last of the amazing Elephant Fairs in 1986 & also the now legendary Treworgey in 89. But the arrival of the Tortlets in the early 90s put paid to my festival going days for a while and with the exception of 3 visits to the rather soulless Phoenix Festival near Stratford-on-Avon my interests & responsibilities lay elsewhere for a number of years.

That all changed in 1999. One major omission from my previous festival exploits was of course the daddy of them all - Glastonbury. Id been meaning to go for years but for whatever reason never made it until, at the ripe old age of 35, I persuaded a couple of mates to join me in the trek to Somerset. Its fair to say that the experience changed my life & I simply could not imagine a summer nowadays when Glastonbury is on & I'm not at Worthy Farm. Since 1999 Ive met literally hundreds of wonderful people through festival related internet message boards, several of whom I now consider among my best & most trusted friends. And it is through the recommendations of these like-minded souls that I have discovered a whole new world of festival fun.

You wont find any pictures of the Leeds/Reading Weekenders or V Festival or T in the Park among these galleries. I studiously avoid those over-commercialised excuses for festivals where punters seem to accept paying through the nose to be treated like cattle. I like to think that the events I attend represent the true, eclectic festival scene that is to be found and enjoyed in every corner of the UK. Go, seek & discover.

Tort :o)

PS. I get an increasing number of requests from artists and festival organisers to use my photos for their own websites & pages on MySpace etc and also in their promotional literature for future events. I'm more than happy for this to happen. Despite the default option that appears on this website to buy the photos I only do this for a bit of fun & don't expect any payment. If there are any photos that you would like higher resolution copies of then please leave a comment with your contact details and I would be more than happy to oblige. Otherwise, a simple credit to "Tort" is all I ask. Thanks!
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Boomtown Fair 2014
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Glastonbury 2014
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Eden 2014
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Bearded Theory 2014
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Something Else Somewhere Else 2014
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Cosmic Puffin 2014
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Maui Waui 2013
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Boomtown Fair 2013
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Secret Garden Party 2013
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Beat-Herder 2013
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Glastonbury 2013
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Knockengorroch World Ceilidh 2013
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Bearded Theory 2013
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Shambala 2012
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Beautiful Days 2012
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Boomtown Fair 2012
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Secret Garden Party 2012
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Beat-Herder 2012
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Sunrise Celebration 2012
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Knockengorroch World Ceilidh 2012
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Bearded Theory 2012
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Cosmic Puffin 2012
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Shambala 2011
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Endorse It In Dorset 2011
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Secret Garden Party 2011
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Beat Herder 2011
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Glastonbury 2011
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Knockengorroch World Ceilidh 2011
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Bearded Theory 2011
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Alchemy 2010
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Off The Tracks 2010
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Green Man 2010
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Endorse It In Dorset 2010
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Secret Garden Party 2010
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Beat Herder 2010
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Glastonbury 2010
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Bearded Theory 2010
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Harvest At Jimmy's 2009
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Off The Tracks 2009
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Solfest 2009
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Beat Herder 2009
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Glastonbury 2009
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Strawberry Fair 2009
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Knockengorroch World Ceilidh 2009
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Bearded Theory 2009
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Musicport 2008
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Festinho 2008
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Solfest 2008
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Endorse It In Dorset 2008
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Big Chill 2008
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WOMAD 2008
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Lovebox 2008
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Beat Herder 2008
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Glastonbury 2008
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Strawberry Fair 2008
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Wychwood 2008
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Sunrise Celebration 2008
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Knockengorroch World Ceilidh 2008
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Bearded Theory 2008
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Musicport 2007
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Knockengorroch Hairth 2007
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Off The Tracks 2007
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Solfest 2007
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Beautiful Days 2007
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Endorse It In Dorset 2007
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WOMAD 2007
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Eastern Haze 2007
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Glastonbury 2007
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Sunrise Celebration 2007
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Off The Tracks Spring Festival 2007
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Knockengorroch World Ceilidh 2007
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Musicport 2006
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Knockengorroch Hairth 2006
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Off The Tracks 2006
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Solfest 2006
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Beautiful Days 2006
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Glastonbury 2006
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WOMAD 2006
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Rise 2006
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Sunrise Celebration 2006
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Strawberry Fair 2006
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Knockengorroch World Ceilidh 2006
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Musicport 2005
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Off The Tracks 2005
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Solfest 2005
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WOMAD 2005
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Snake In The Grass 2005
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Glastonbury 2005
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Strawberry Fair 2005
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Musicport 2004
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Off The Tracks 2004
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Beautiful Days 2004
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WOMAD 2004
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Glastonbury 2004
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Strawberry Fair 2004
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Off The Tracks 2003
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Canterbury Fayre 2003
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WOMAD 2003
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Glastonbury 2003
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