Lunar Festival 2018 Seven weeks of continuous hot glorious sunshine, an unrelenting heatwave that England hasn’t seen the like of since 1976. What perfect conditions to send a weekend outside and put all that extraordinary weather to good use at Lunar Festival 2018. Friday 27th July is one such day, swelteringly hot, a few tufts of little fluffy white clouds in a brilliant blue sky and the sun super-heating the festival site and festival goers as they unload various bits of camping equipment for the weekend.


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The Dirty Old Folkers Bain of the bankers' bloated bonus, no succor to the politicians' humbug, the pioneers of alt.punk 'Inappropriate Folk', The Dirty Old Folkers, celebrated their fifth year of Yuletide mayhem with a singularly alternative interpretation of the evergreen childrens' pantomime favourite, Dick Whittington - the dramatic conceit being predicated, presumably, on the childish audience comprising mostly of The Midwich Cuckoos. (And, that might explain the Boris Johnson platinum wigs later on!).


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Misty's Big Adventure Were you so inclined to build a nuclear reactor - a basic knowledge in the fissile properties of uranium (plutonium works equally well but tends to messy) is essential. When the uranium reaches a certain density it is known as ‘critical mass’ initiating a chain-reaction: releasing sufficient energy to instantly boil a kettle, your bollocks moments later and, indeed very soon after, the country as a whole (and a very large hole, at that) if - you don’t keep it in manageable separate lumps. In a similar vein, one has to question just what tonight’s promoter, Arthur, was thinking of when he decided to, effectively, double-headline both Misty's Big Adventure and The Dirty Old Folkers on the same stage, on the same evening.


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Misty's Big Adventure Were you so inclined to build a nuclear reactor - a basic knowledge in the fissile properties of uranium (plutonium works equally well but tends to messy) is essential. When the uranium reaches a certain density it is known as ‘critical mass’ initiating a chain-reaction: releasing sufficient energy to instantly boil a kettle, your bollocks moments later and, indeed very soon after, the country as a whole (and a very large hole, at that) if - you don’t keep it in manageable separate lumps. In a similar vein, one has to question just what tonight’s promoter, Arthur, was thinking of when he decided to, effectively, double-headline both Misty's Big Adventure and The Dirty Old Folkers on the same stage, on the same evening.


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Lunar Festival The setting, at Umberslade Farm, whose collaboration and involvement with the event was crucial, was a delight. The drive down the tree-lined avenue, beneath the elliptical arched railway with dangling logo crescent moon was enchanting. So, here’s some snap-shots of the weekend’s events at Lunar Festival 2012.


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