U Know Fairestival Charity Success
Taking place through 17th to the 19th of August U know Fairestival returned for its third instalment.
The festival welcomed a sellout crowd of 1,500 party goers to its previous home, the Sportsman Arms, which can be found nestled in the Denbigh Moors, for asecond time.
“U know 2018 was a huge success! Thinking back I’m filledwith pride.
[Annie Lloyd - Event Organiser]
Featuring a unique line up, the family-friendly festival boasted a diverse finest home-grown talent from across the region of North Wales’, with a sprinklecoming from rather a field.
Featuring a blend of Reggae, World Music, Soul, Funk, Jungle, DnB, Swing, garage, Hip-Hopand Breakbeat.
Indulgingin the regions heavy links to reggae music the main stage, ‘Trench Town’; a rasta’s fairytale, powered by the regions legendary root Soundsystem.
This headline stage was purpose build for the weekend, giving festival goers a safehaven from the often-unforgiving welsh weather.
Trench Town hosted 3 days of chilled reggae, soul and world music before delving deeper intime with the sunset to heaver hitting sounds of swing, jungle and drum &bass.
Not to be limited to the decks, turntables and MCs the festival’s second stage, ‘KnowersArc’ provided the perfect setting for all those seeking a more traditional musical filling with 3 days of live bands and artists including the likes ofBig Love & The Fuzz, Mobius Loop, and Fred Merlin, each having crowds inawe of their incredible talents.
The stage was built to be a replica of its namesake, a large wooden boat which crowdsenjoyed throughout the weekend.
Later each evening the arc witnessed a change in tides as the stage transformed and DJ’s took the helm, notably on Saturday night the Ritual Collective, an up and coming group providing events across Conwy and Denbighshire the collective provided the show-stopping second night.
The final stage could be found hidden in the nearby woods, James Flower AKA Jaraffe has been making a name for himself supplying his unique blend of old school funk with modern hip-hop and drum and bass provided a show stopping set on the Friday night, crowds flocked to see what would be remembered as a highlight of theweekend for many.
“I really enjoyed U Know as Everywhere you looked there were friends. The Organizers, volunteers, DJs and party goers. It had a real sense of community and it felt like a home from home.
I was over the moon with the turn out for my performance in the dome tent. I had put a lot of effort into this set and to see so many friends and friendly faces dancing mad ethe weekend even more special.”
[James Flower AKA Jaraffe - @jaraffemusic]
Music was very much at the heart of U Know fairestival, however, additional entertainment was provided throughout the weekend by even more local talent.
Breath taking fire shows held throughout the weekend by Circopyro and the Gounded Circus’s death-defying circus show amazed friends and families alike, party goers could even find themselves a new look with the array of shops and even face painting .
However, all of this music, fun and entertainment was not solely for the enjoyment of the wonderful collection of people found at the festival, but very much centered around a good cause, Ty Gobaith Charity, raising £2,130 for the charity.
Festival organizer Annie Lloyd had this to say;
We are super blessed to have an amazing hard-working team behind us. Everyone went above and beyond to make that weekend the best it could be! From decor to Djs the display of local talent was hard to ignore.
The structures built (made from all recycled materials) were an absolute credit to our construction team who worked in some awful weather conditions to make the site look as beautiful as it did.
Over the weekend everything ran smoothly thanks to our well thought out operating system - that’s not to say there weren’t a few hiccups, but we were prepared and everything was dealt with as quickly and efficiently as possible.
The icing on the cake for me as an organiser was getting the thumbs up from the council, who were even caught them taking selfies in front of the ark.
Everyone’s impeccable efforts and hard work allowed us toraise £2130 for local charity Ty Gobiath, who we worked closely with throughoutthis project.
An incredible collection of selfless people that dedicatetheir lives to bettering the lives of others - a true inspiration to us all!
[Annie Lloyd - Event Organiser]
After the mammoth undertaking of bringing a small grassroots festival to a sellout audience of 1,500 people the U know team have decided to take a year off for 2019, giving themselves time to reevaluate and return better than ever in 2020.