This was no ordinary journey. Virgin had pulled out the stops to make train travel feel as glamorous as air travel did forty years ago. There was on-board entertainment, goody bags, and on the platform at Manchester Piccadilly, the station tannoy blasted not only the usual announcements about not feeding pigeons and having a valid ticket, but a bunch of shout-outs, done in the same flat train announcer monotone. “Welcome… aboard… the… party-train”.

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And now, with the tenth anniversary over, Andy and Ben and everyone on the team would like to take this moment to say a very special thanks.


“From that first tent-pole climbing high-wire act at Abbot Hall Park in Kendal a decade ago, we never believed it would turn into what it has. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to every single person who has, by coming or contributing, made this festival with us.”


See you in the fields for another ten years.


Photographs by Tom Martin, Scott Salt, Lisa Errico, Benjamin Paul, Ian Taylor, Paul Whiteley, Giulia Spadafora and Amy Weightman.
Words by Gavin Haynes. Web development by Andrew Kendall for Digital Photo Gallery. Art direction by Kris Atomic.