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Fusion - Our First Festival in the Van

The Hajji is Upon Us

As you may have noticed, the life of indulgence seems to trump the effort involved in maintaining a blog. We're sorry for being so selfish. Here is a post about Fusino festival that was written a couple weeks ago, we are camped out in Macedonia for the next few days and will try our darndest to catch everything up. I hope all is well my friends......


June 27th, 2009
Fusion Festival: June 24th to 26th
Finding time to blog is turning out to be tough, but we have a couple hours tonight in Berlin so me and Cous are taking a two pronged approach to maximize our creative output. Life is grand, but before we get to this lets roll back a couple days....a couple of days which few would describe as normal.....

Everything all began last Wednesday, over a year of planning and careful deliberation leading up to this one day. Conrad and Ben packed up and head off to pick up Tannis at the Amsterdam airport. We found her a little lighter than expected, as her bags had not made the transfer in London, but no time for looking back. After a long trans-atlantic flight, we stuffed her in the van and began the 600km journey to Rostock. The Autobahn is a cinch, and with the calm and reassuring voice of Conrad lapping in my ear we were soon pulling into a parking lot to the much delighted smiles of Marcus and Ren. Other than the bags (and my missing passport which was later found) everything worked out perfectly! Success! Where to....
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The Hajji Crew en Route to Fusion

Fusion Festival is a 4-day music festival held at an abandoned German air force base a couple hundred miles outside of Berlin. Over 30,000 people set up camp and loud music plays around the clock. Although the music is predominently electronic (with a couple 24-hour stages) there are other genres represented. We arrived late on Wednesday night, found a place for our Hajji van and set off into the night. There is people everywhere, all shrouded by darkness, all of which is very disorienting. Our first night we wandered in awe.
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One of many Fusion stages in old Air Force Bunkers

The next day we had a couple pertinent tasks. The first being to co-ordinate the delivery of Tannis's lost bag to an abandoned airforce base in the middle of nowhere Germany. This took a little diligence and time but ended in success. There was also an extended social network which we had to tap into, which worked with some and failed with others. Its quite easy to loose or not find people in such an environment! The time spent at the festival included wandering, massive 20 person ping pong matches, dancing, singing, exploring, cartwheeling, bicycling around, meeting crazy people, etc. etc. etc. Here are some pictures....
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Marcus Ren and Tannis on a overcast afternoon

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Ben on-stage at a pro-sex feminism rap/techno show. Girl in the back is the lead singer....

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Tannis and Ben in one of his crazy costumes....

We focused on more the leisure side and atmosphere of the festival as the majority of the bands were foreign to us. We did manage to catch a bit of hip hop, folk and rock music (albeit much of it in German). Although the techno they were providing did not rely on ones ability to understand German, the artistry in its sound was often lost to us. The festival was truly a wonderful experiance, much thanks to the amazing group of people we spent it with. Through friends of Conrad, and the Landbouwbelang in Maastricht we knew a bunch of people to party and guide us around. After 4 days we were dirty, hungry, tired and much in need of rest. On to Berlin.....
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A Mere Fraction of the total people there - over 30,000 were camping

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Our group right before leaving - its been a LONG weekend!

Ok so this is a start of the catching up...more to come. We have had some ADVENTURES in the past few days and can't wait to write them up so you can enjoy as well.
All the best my feathery friends,
Ben

Posted by rencous 11:29

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