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Sonne Mond und Sterne Festival

13 Aug

Our last few days together were spent in a whirlwind of good music, barbecues, swimming, more barbecues and a promotion marathon. Luckily, we were able to bring both the van and the car onto the camp site, which meant no more heavy lifting and more time to befriend our new neighbours!

Also, the Guerilla Army was joined by Dave (yes – we finally got to meet the last member of our group) and Max, one of Marie’s friends from her hometown Karlsruhe.

To our delight, everyone at SMS was extremely social and open-minded. So it didn’t take us long to make a lot of new friends (as you can see).

The creativity with which people decorated their camp sites was also unlike anything we’d ever seen – think pink fairy paradises and imitations of allotment gardens…

At night, we went all-out on the costumes and face paint. The famous “disco ball on a stick” also made an appearance as…

… we spent the night dancing away to the tunes of Moby, Swedish House Mafia, Mr. Oizo, Bloody Beetroots, Frittenbude, Carl Cox, Ricardo Villalobos, Extrawelt, Deichkind, The Chemicals Brothers, Erol Alkan, Chris Liebig, DJ Rush, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Oliver Koletzki and many others.

Unlike the previous festivals we had been to, the DJs didn’t start playing until late at night, which meant we were often able to enjoy the sunrise on our way back to the camp.


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: