If you’re anything like us, you’ll love the festival spirit, and could have a bloody great time without even listening to a band. The feeling of the outdoors, choosing which fast food you’re going to gorge on next, and then there’s all the interesting folk, doing interesting stuff. That said, I’m not so keen on traipsing through 18 inches of mud, or relieving ourselves in the plastic manifestation of Hell either. Wouldn’t it be good if you could get a bit of the festival feeling, without the pitfalls, and enjoy it all year round? Fanfare please… Camp and Furnace, Liverpool.
This multi-purpose venue has been pitched in the Baltic Triangle by a group of friends from the neighbouring creative firms FVMA Architects, Smiling Wolf and Elevator Studios as “an antidote to the super-slick”, with a strong sense of the outdoors in the cavernous premises – check out the piles of lumber for the huge wood-burning stove. Camp is soon to launch an indoor caravan park hotel, hence the lovely vintage ‘vans parked up there now, done out in a boutique style. Elsewhere the food stalls can pop up and down, the event space is versatile, there are two photographic studios on site and they make their own Brown Bear ale. And if that wasn’t enough, you don’t need to sell an organ for a ticket or climb any fences to get in.