· By Dylan Hayes
2022 > Two Tribes Summer Festival Recap (Part 1)
Ahhhh, summer music festivals – we missed you!
After the last couple of years of Covid-related uncertainty, with cancellations becoming the norm – we knew people would be itching to party this year. We were excited to hit the road again and take Two Tribes on tour, with our beer being the brand of choice at some of the best festivals across the UK.
We began our festival season this year at the end of May on the picturesque north Devon coast. Perched on the clifftops of the National Trust’s Baggy Point, we poured Two Tribes beers at Wavelength Magazine’s inaugural Spring Classic Festival. Spring Classic is a celebration of surf, skateboarding, motocross – and electronic music, with Hot Chip and Crazy P headlining. Environmental awareness was at the heart of this festival, with all traders being selected on the basis of their attitudes towards sustainability. Packaging was limited, with draft beer poured into reusable cups across all bars.
Our next destination was The Wildwood Disco, in the Cambridgeshire countryside. The Wildwood Disco is a boutique festival inspired by the classic free-parties associated with the Acid House movement of the late 80s and early 90s. Nestled under a canopy of woodland trees, five intimate stages brought together artists, musicians and DJs to create a truly special celebration of electronic music.
The Wildwood Disco was an opportunity to really showcase everything that matters to us at Two Tribes. Not only did we supply beer in cans and draught across all the bars at the festival; we brought our Fire Kitchen on the road with us, and programmed the DJs at the Sunset Stage over the weekend.
Campfire Head Chef Sam Deighton created a special menu for The Wildwood Disco; featuring a hangover breakfast, mushroom wraps, steak sandwiches – as well as spice baggies filled with his house-rub for a little extra flavour. Like at our Kings Cross Fire Kitchen, everything was cooked over flame on portico grills and drumbecues which we had brought up from London. The festival punters were able to enjoy their food and Two Tribes beers in a recreation of our Campfire taproom, sitting on haybales around Kadai firebowls.
The heavens opened on Saturday night, but it did little to stop the party under our stretch tent. We set up our DJ gear on a Two Tribes mobile bar and invited Kit Lockey (Voices Radio) to kickstart the party. Kit was followed by Leo Zero and Andy Taylor who mixed tracks late into the night. Sunday was our moment to fully takeover the Sunset Stage, with Two Tribes Chief Justin Deighton kicking off things with a Balearic set crafted especially to soothe sore heads. As the day ended and the festival wound down, we were treated to a brilliant sunset over the campsite. A truly unforgettable moment.