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Last year was the first ever time we’d been to Just So Festival (I know, I can’t believe it either!) and we absolutely LOVED it, so we are so excited to have been invited back for Just So, 2019! Wild Rumpus have announced the line-up for this year and, oh my goodness, it looks like it’s going to be amazing.
ABOUT JUST SO FESTIVAL
Just So is an internationally renowned, multi award winning weekend of adventure; focused around families having an incredible time outdoors, enjoying live music, art and magical and unique family experiences. This year’s festival is their 10th anniversary and it looks like it’s going to be better than ever!
WHAT’S RETURNING FOR JUST SO, 2019?
We are so pleased to see that Just So‘s Ten Favourite Acts (ten acts that have brought the most to Just So across the decade) includes the awesome Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers, David Gibb and Ian Douglas who are 3 of our favourite festival acts!
We’re also really excited to see that the Flamingo Lounge will be back again for 2019 as we had great fun perfecting our dance moves in there last year – we’re most looking forward to the Ragroof Tea Dance (featuring 1920s-1950s music, vintage costumes, glorious dance displays and dance classes) which sounds like it’s going to be great fun!
The Spellbound Forest will of course be returning for bush crafts, tree climbing, campfire tales and more! The children are looking forward to seeing the giant Marble Run suspended between the trees and building forest dens with Hammer and Chisel. We will also definitely be heading to Roll Up, Roll Up to test out our circus skills and get some tips from Strong Lady Betty Brawn and Hocus Pocus Theatre’s Clown About Town.
The High Seas, Ministry of Games, Footlights, The Village Green and Peekaboo Garden will all be returning too and, of course, no Just So would be complete without the Lantern Parade and the Tribal Tournament – we were part of the Fox Tribe last year and still haven’t decided whether we’re going to stay loyal to the Foxes or defect to another tribe for 2019! This year families can prepare their costumes with Wintercroft, a family-run design company known for helping people make fantastical animal masks from sustainable materials.
SOME OF THE NEW ADDITIONS FOR THE JUST SO, 2019 LINE-UP
There will be lots of new theatrical adventures at this year’s Just So, including: Absolute Opera’s Hurrah for the Pirate King, an opera, ballet and art-song show designed for children; a theatrical wellness experience Vespaqua from Dutch company Swoolish Garage which promises to provide a bath with a view; and festival favourite, The Fabularium who are back with The Hare and the Moon, a story all the way from Far East Asia.
Joining Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers and David Gibb in the Just So music line-up will be The Zing Zong Allstars, The Baghdaddies, Mr Tea and the Minions, Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies, Old Man Luedecke and The Hallé Children’s Choir. There will also be world-class circus and dance and Just So are thrilled to welcome poet, comic, singer and ukulele player John Hegley to the Footlights stage.
For the animation lovers among us, the Just So cinema will return to the Woodland Theatre with the oldest surviving animated film from 1926, The Adventures of Prince Achmed, accompanied by an original new live score by Chris Davis; the 30th anniversary of Aardman’s A Grand Day Out; and the 10th birthday of Pixar’s modern classic Up. Also, Aardman Animations (creators of Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Morph) are giving festival goers the chance to bring their very own characters to life in a series of fun clay modelling workshops whilst learning about the tricks of the trade from the Aardman studio – I can’t wait for that!
NEW AREAS AT JUST SO, 2019
Alongside the old favourites, there will be several new and exciting areas at Just So, 2019. A stunning Fire Garden, a pyrotechnic marvel of light will be set amongst the trees of a new orchard – we saw the Fire Garden at Timber Festival last year and it was absolutely beautiful. A Garden of Delight will be opened in beautiful intimate glade where we will have the chance to meet animal characters, see intimate puppetry, hear live music and songs, and experience a brand new trail. Also new for 2019 will be Wonderland, for author talks, music workshops and night-time DJ sets, and the New Curiosity Shop will be where we can learn amazing art, animation, digital and journalism skills.
Rowan Hoban and Sarah Bird, the directors of Just So say that this 10th year anniversary festival will be the “most incredible Just So ever,” and they have “some plans that are really going to knock our audiences socks off!” We certainly cannot wait for what looks like it’s going to be the best weekend of 2019!
Just So Festival takes place on 16/17/18 of August 2019 at Rode Hall Estate, Scholar Green, Cheshire ST7 3QT , one of the most stunning landscapes in the UK, with limited public access the rest of the year. For more information and to book tickets, visit the Just So website.
Disclosure: We are very kindly being gifted tickets to Just So, 2019 in return for covering the festival on our blog/social media channels.
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