Behind them marched Spark! five drummers in bright white face paint and silver costumes, who picked up great gaggles of curious followers as they swept through the Lost Eden. A stage-hand walked behind them, perfuming their path with dry ice. They stared, and grinned, as their drums changed colour in time with the dense, complicated rhythms recurring and morphing constantly. As they reached the far end of the Lost Eden, they performed a dazzling forty minute display of drums, lights, intricate choreography, before, in another puff of dry ice, they were beamed back up to whatever planet they’d come from.

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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.