Anything billed as ‘a refined unwind’ would interest such a hardworking and dilligent person (OK stop laughing you lot!) such as myself. So with tickets booked I took a long weekend break with friends and trotted off to the Magic Loungeabout in Skipton, Yorkshire. The festival took place at the end of July with acts Chic, Inner City and The Charalatans (pictured above) headlining on consecutive nights. The grounds of Broughton Hall looked stunning and this was especially true at night. Incredible mapping technology was used to illuminate and animate the house. The light show spurred on a friendly crowd adding to the healthy atmosphere.
The bands were fantastic with 18 hours of programming a day meaning you had a lot of options. Chic on Friday night were brilliant and had everyone swinging their trousers to disco classics.
The festival is very ‘child friendly’ which dictates an older crowd and there were plenty of activities for the nippers including water zorbing. The ‘bearded kitten’ stage aimed at letting mums and dads participate in 15 or so tailor made games helped keep the upbeat festival spirit. The Yorkshire pudding eating competition was adult only, but new games like ‘fish and chips’ where you simply have to race to wrap someone up like you were to be taken away and eaten, were hilarious. There was also the coal and spoon and sack races, the water slide and my favourite ‘cake face’ where you would decorate a partners face with chocolate sauce, sprinkles and sweets. Marks were given for artistic direction with the final marks given for cleanliness after the removal of decorations via a partners tongue!
The festival always had the option to put your feet up and chill out on the sofas/comfy chairs to lounge about on. Little touches like flags and bunting over the bridges, flowery gates to walk through, separate toilets for the kids, sofas in the beer tent, waste bins a plenty, hay bales to sit on, clean toilets with sanitizer and toilet rolls and a great choice of food added to a great weekend.