In early September Toast was offered a trip out to celebrate the end of the summer festival season with a feast and some top entertainment … you know us … where do we sign up!?
The guys behind Ghetto Funk records know how to do a party and were hot on the success of the Shindig weekender earlier on in May.
Set in the beautiful surroundings of Critchill Manor near Frome, in the cider county of Somerset, we were met on arrival by a smiling array of Pirates, Mermaids and cheeky Sailors, we knew we were gonna be in for a treat!
The main Banquet was a raucous affair of table dancing cabaret where we instantly met an amazing group of new friends headed up by a lovely lady dressed as a bag of Fish & Chips, and her husband who was a saucy looking sailor. The food was worth the ticket price alone with generous portions of Salt Hake fritters, Roast Chicken done to a turn. All served with chargrilled squash, sprouting broccoli and Pangritata so the veggies in our group were well catered for. The menu was prepared by Matt Elliott who knows his way around a successful kitchen. It really was next level and set us up nicely for the night to come.
The main marquee had a kick arse PA and we were soon in the thick of it dancing to The Allergies blend of breaks, hip-hop funk and disco where we bumped into some old friends from Bristol and the vibes just got a whole lot better.
We caught Manchester’s own top girl Crazy P who had the crowd eating out of her hand and baying for more. We bounced across site and were in time for a very intimate set by the Bad Sister girls, the last time we saw them was in front of a huge crowd at Boomtown, as always they rocked it and even dropped a few jungle bangers at the end to keep the crowd happy!!
All too soon the night was over and we swayed off into the night looking around site for backstage parties and early morning caravan get-togethers chatting to new friends and old.
Nice work Shindig Weekender, we had a ball basically and we’re already talking about next year and what the fancy dress theme will be?
Photo credit: James Hitchcock