'Housed in a giant football stadium on the edge of the water (in Europe, looking over at Asia!) - Sonisphere was packed with an enthusiastic audience, rock and roll karaoke and enough black t-shirts to fill a submarine!'
Greetings readers! Katie here having a few days rest before returning to the road for the Trident Perpetual Festival. I've completed six of the 30 festivals that I will be visiting around the globe – and am still having the most incredible time!
Week five of the international jaunt took me to the legendary Sonisphere Festival in Istanbul in Turkey, where myself, two comp winners and 40,000 Turkish fans were treated to three days of incredible heavy metal fun courtesy of Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Rammstein, Alice In Chains and more.
Housed in a giant football stadium on the edge of the water (in Europe, looking over at Asia!) – the amazing event was packed with an enthusiastic audience, rock and roll karaoke, interactive stalls, food, drink and enough black t-shirts to fill a submarine! The festival was pretty slickly organised, and short changeovers between bands meant the metal kept on rolling from 2pm till 11pm each day. Highlight performances include Alice In Chains who were moving and intense, Rammstein's fire-starting stage mania, Antrhax's chaotic mosh pits and Metallica's amazing presence. Add to that three mornings spent wandering the streets of Istanbul and checking out the local mosques and architecture – and you've got yourselves an amazing weekend. Hooray!
Week six had me back in Wales for the extreme sport loving Wakestock Festival. 10,000 music fans gathered in fields just south of Bangor for three days of great live performances, wakeboarding competition events and all-round partying tomfoolery. I managed to meet some pretty amazing celebrities over the course of the weekend – Plan B, N-Dubz and more – and interviewed Mr Hudson, Chase & Status, Huw Stephens, Feeder and The King Blues too! It was a really diverse line-up and I danced to a DJ set from Zane Lowe, indie-rock from Frankie And The Heartstrings, pop fun from The Ting Tings and much more. Winners Courtenay and Georgia had a great time partying in the summer sunshine – and we even took a morning trip to a local beach for pasties and ice cream! A lovely time had by all!
Right now I am pretty tired – but ready and excited for all the forthcoming 24 festivals of fun! Roll on week seven!
For my full blog, photos and videos from the Perpetual Festival – and to be in with a chance of winning tickets to come with me – see www.tridentgum.co.uk