With less than a week to go, the adrenalin is pumping and we're just working on putting the finishing touches to what is sure to be one of the best Easter weekends ever. This is just a quick blog-post to give you an update as to what we've been up to over the past week or so, and give you a couple of bits of insider info :)
The Silent Disco
There are a lot of people out there who don't quite understand the idea of a silent disco, so we're going to break it down for you... Once upon a time in a land far far away, a certain gentleman decided to start a local music festival and call it HippyHaze. He had big plans of playing loud music on into the early hours of the mornings for each night. However, the evil Law got involved and decided to impose a rule which said that loud music could only be played until 12am. The kind gentleman pondered for hours and hours over how he could make sure that each guest who attended the festival would be able to continue dancing until 3am. Eventually, his lovely princess daughter suggested a Silent Disco. Soon after, the headphones were ordered, the DJ's were hired and the venue was built. And they all lived happily ever after.
Nice story huh? So basically, once the bands have finished performing on the Saturday night and maybe the next two nights also if you guys are up for it, our guests will have the opportunity to join us in our VIP Silent Disco Party! Upon arrival, each VIP will be handed a set of headphones, and then for the next couple of hours they'll be able to choose one of our live Sub Faction DJ's to tune into and dance the night away! Entry to the VIP party costs just £3 per person and all of the proceeds will be donated to a cause close to our hearts, The Joe Gilligan Trust, which supports youngsters fighting cancer and young musicians. Our DJ's are top-notch and the Silent Disco should be a really cool and exclusive event at HippyHaze as there will only be 150 headsets. Make sure you sign up for your headset as early in the day as you can to avoid disappointment. You can sign up in the Band Merch, Joe Gilligan Trust and The Hippy Hippy Shake Giftwares tent.
This is an idea which the organizer came up with since there is quite clearly more local musical talent than performance spaces at HippyHaze. Basically we'd like to encourage anyone who can perform acoustically to bring along their instruments and voices and get involved. This is one of the only elements of the festival which will be 'weather permitting' as the Open-Mic Busking will be taking place outdoors in the Market area where food, drinks, clothes and jewelry will be sold, in order to ensure that the buskers get the 'in-between bands' crowd. If you're interested in playing, each morning of HippyHaze just head over to the Band Merch, Joe Gilligan Trust and The Hippy Hippy Shake Giftwares tent and let them know that you'd like to perform. They'll soon find you a slot in between the other bands. Who knows, HippyHaze 2012 may be where we scout new talent for HippyHaze 2013 so bring your best game!
Finally, as expected, the Great British weather is proving to be as unpredictable as we expected it might... With snow warnings, heat-waves, heavy winds and drizzles all gracing the Stoke area in the past week or so, it really is very important to make sure you pack for all occasions! Luckily, we have organized for the performances and Silent Disco to take place in a marquee, so when we're watching the bands and boogie-ing away we will be plenty warm and protected from winds, rains and snow. However, you will need to wrap up nice and warm for the nights inside your tents! Don't forget hoodies, thick joggers, cosy socks, all-weather sleeping bags and warm duvets. By the same token, make sure you remember your sun-tan lotion because when you're grabbing a bite to eat you don't want to be caught in the baking sun.
Just to confirm, HippyHaze will not be cancelled due to weather. Unless there's a hurricane or an avalanche. Which is highly unlikely.
As usual we'll keep you updated on all things Hippy and we definitely have at least another couple of band profiles and interviews scheduled too so be sure to keep an eye out!
TICKETS ARE SELLING OUT RAPIDLY NOW. MAKE SURE YOU HEAD INTO MUSIC MANIA OR THE HIPPY HIPPY SHAKE COMPANY IN NEWCASTLE OR HANLEY AND GET YOURS NOW. A COUPLE OF THE BANDS ARE STILL FLOGGING TICKETS, BUT THEY'RE RAPIDLY RUNNING OUT NOW SO GET THEM WHILE YOU CAN! THERE WILL BE A HANDFUL OF TICKETS KEPT ON THE GATE BUT WE CAN'T CONFIRM JUST HOW MANY, SO BUY YOUR TICKETS BEFORE IF YOU CAN. £14 FOR A DAY PASS INCLUDING ONE NIGHT CAMPING AND JUST £33 FOR A THREE-NIGHT CAMPING TICKET. See you there :)
Love and milkshakes
The Hippy Hippy Shake Company