The calls to the wilds of Lincolnshire were loud and inviting so my bank holiday weekend plans were set, I was off to the Lincolnshire Showground for my first Call of the Wild Festival!
From my arrival to my departure, all event staff were helpful, friendly and welcoming. From the security, to the bar staff and the superb cleaning team. The facilities were fabulous and there was thankfully nothing wild about the camping. There was plenty of space in the field which was full of respectful, amenable and joyous festival goers.
After parking up and a quick dash to the main arena, I was able to catch Mercia, who at the early hour of 11am were festival ready for sure! Before ending with Forever, they wished a crowd member Happy Birthday, and put smiles on all of the faces of the crowd. They were definitely worthy of my super early departure from Kent that morning.
As I needed to pitch my tent and set up camp, I missed a few of the bands that followed, as I did at various stages of the weekend, mostly due to catching up with friends, as is often the way at festivals, especially early on in the year. Apologies to those artists that do not get a mention.
Upon returning to the arena ready for Ashen Reach, a school field trip to the festival was underway and by the reactions from these teenagers, a fair few new fans were made and it was great to hear ERB single of the month Ghosts close the set.
The set up at COTW was two alternating and adjoining stages with a third stage attached to the bar, so it was very easy to pitch a spot and swivel between the 2 arena stages, and then time your trip to the bar to coincide with the performances on the third stage. This is the theory! There are of course many distractions at a festival including trade stalls which I also spent a fair amount of time frequenting.