Two Fridays ago, Mr F & I donned our wellies, packed a car picnic and made our way to the Wellbeck Estate, for the first four hours of the very first “No Direction Home” Festival, created by our favorite festival makers End of the Road.
Spirits were not dampened by the rain, and we were warmed by mulled cider, and beautiful music that greeted us
Mr F was playing for the delightful ‘Diagrams’ (here is their tumblr and NDH playlist: http://diagramsmusic.tumblr.com/post/24611950795/the-no-direction-home-festival-playlist) who played their set on The lake stage (which, you guessed it, is situated beside a lovely lake) and they brightened up grey skies by getting the crowd to blow up and let off loads of brightly coloured balloons.
After their set, we had just about enough time to enjoy a seat on s log, by the lake, share a pie coutesy of Barnaby Sykes Pie maker, and although not quite Pie Minister, their Steak & Ale pie was super tastey
This was all beautifully accompanied by Lanterns on the Lake, who we caught most of before hitting the M1 back home – here they are playing ‘Tricks’ at NDH…
There was a combination of lots that we love about End of the Road, and lots new, it was a lovely size, and gorgeous site, beautifully decorated and an interesting line up. Our only disappointment was that we had to leave so soon. It certainly wetted our appetites for this years End of the Road, and I suspect we might try to make a weekend of No Direction Home (nodirectionhomefestival.com) next year.
My phone died before I was able to take many pics but have found this photo gallery from clash music to give you a peak.