Garance Reggae Festival

27 Jul

First stop of the amazing Guerilla Army Festival Tour: Garance Reggae Festival in Bagnols-sur-Ceze, Southern France. So far, our knowledge of reggae music didn’t stretch much further than Bob Marley, weed-smoking rastafaris and Jamaican flags. Surprisingly enough, all of these stereotypes proved to be true! When we got to Bagnols, it took us quite a while to find the entrance to the festival camping site. One had to climb down a steep pathway next to a bridge, walk under a tunnel and continue down the small road until a small entrance appeared on the left side. There were already quite a few tents pitched, but we managed to close off a pretty large area for ourselves – GO CONTIKI!

Life on the campsite proved to be less like your average festival and more like living in Jamaica… when the weather became too hot to bear, we had a dip in the lake or showered in the „jungle showers“ – water-spurting pipes disguised by bamboo sticks and leaves.

Although we did our best to integrate and adapt a ‚reggae’ lifestyle (or at least what we thought that meant), one could easily spot us amongst other campers. A horde of girls among the mainly male visitors, bobbing blonde heads among dark dreadlocks, the electro pop music blasting from our speakers at night… quite the giveaway. Obviously, our extravagant costumes didn’t help, either.

For a few hours everyday, we donned the fancy dress and took control of one of the main paths on-site. Everybody who intended to pass by was encouraged to pass underneath our limbo stick and showered in Contiki flyers and promotional gifts. At first we were unsure whether our tactic would work, but it turned out to be highly successful. Most of the people at Garance were French, so we couldn’t possibly convince them by speaking English or broken French. Getting people to dance and laugh about our silly costumes, however, always managed to break the ice. Young and old alike, at the end oft he day everybody loved their Contiki hats and shirts, and we managed to make a lot of new friends.

Nightlife at the reggae festival:


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