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A HUGE thank you for Rising with us!

It's now Tuesday morning, and our first opportunity to reflect on the weekend's festival. Our very first event, held at Barlow's Field, Ulnes Walton, Near Leyland in Lancashire.


Leading up to the event, we had plenty of nerves, not nerves about what kind of event we could deliver but about something that is out of our control, and that is the weather. July was one of the wettest July's on record, and the venue, who had recently held their first ever event only 4 weeks previous to ours had real difficulty with the ground cutting up when vehicles were finding their car parking spaces.


Thankfully, the weather did break up and some lovely sunshine recently dried the ground up considerably, and it was all systems go for set up last Friday.


Our marquee had already been erected, as per our previous blog post, and there was no turning back as we would have hired in the necessary rubber mattings to ensure it went ahead if necessary. However, Friday was our real setup day, and we had an incredible team of volunteers getting stuck in from this initial setup period right to the glorious end of clean up time yesterday. All the guys involved from start to finish were amazing, notably Calise and Charmagne who kept everything running smoothly from the ticket office to the cleanliness of the toilets. You guys are just amazing!


Setting up the Festival
Setting up the Festival

It didn't take long after we had marked out the camping areas, for the vendors to start to arrive. Like a Tetris puzzle, we worked on fitting everybody in, which turned out to be an incredible market to visit, with everything from healers to artisan stall holders, to the most wonderful food to purchase.


The PA and Sound engineers arrived on the Friday evening to set up and rig the stage and lighting. And we want to take this opportunity to highly recommend the guys from 'The Little Stage Company' who were incredibly calm, professional, funny and just plain wonderful to work with from start to finish. They even saved the day by providing an extra generator for our bouncy castle, after our original one failed. The sound from their PA was impeccable from start to finish and they were always on hand to help when needed...and always with a smile.


However the weather did change on the Friday, and we had quite a lot of rain through night, which did make the entrance to the ground soft. And we did have a few hairy moments, when cars got stuck, but as we had a wonderful community already creating a high vibe at the ground, everybody got stuck in with pushing the vehicles out of the mud.


The Sun thankfully started to shine early Saturday morning, and the ground soon dried out again as more people arrived to pitch their tents, and park their cars.


We had planned a long list of speakers and fantastic artists for both days, but to get everything started we had the wonderful Unguarded Warrior team providing early morning workshops with breath-work, meditations and cold water therapy. These guys provided a fantastic experience to all our guests, and for that we are ever so grateful.


Unguarded Warrior Workshop
Unguarded Warrior Workshop

Our very powerful talks started at 2.30pm with AJ Roberts, followed by Kali Spell, Debbie Hicks, Andy Woodward, Abi Roberts, Adam White and Fiona Rose Diamond followed by a very short break leading into the music for the Saturday with VVzyk, Daz Nez, Billy Watson, CC, Maiya, Elyse and Matt Hoy.


Powerful Speakers
Powerful Speakers

The following day also had a very tight schedule and everything just flowed beautifully, again starting with the Unguarded Warrior team at 11am. The very informative and powerful talks opened at 1pm with Michael Elton, followed by Chris Nicolson, Mark Steele, Dr Teck Khong and Mark Devlin. Our music opened at 4pm with local talent Rob Jones followed by Tom Byrom, Jane Fraser, Gemma Louise Doyle, Charlotte Newman, John Maguire, Tommy Colye with our entire festival ended perfectly with the incredible Mobius Loop.


Mobius Loop
Mobius Loop

What a weekend, full of love and high vibes. We thank all of you who came out to support us and to enjoy the festival and we hope you all enjoyed the experience as much as we did.

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Charlie Farrell
Charlie Farrell
Aug 23, 2023

Had a fabulous time across the Saturday and Sunday events though I could have done with a much earlier finish on the Sunday, as I had to leave, exhaused, before the final acts on the Sunday. The stalls on the market were great and I was able to make some quality purchases (vitamins & Shungite artifacts mainly).


A big round of aplause for the team looking after the toilets. I have never, ever seen such clean and well stocked toilets at an outdoor festival (and I have been to a few). Its a under-valued and thankless task, but I was blown away at how well they were cared for. It really demonstrated to me how much the organisers and volunteers…


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Drake Michigan
Drake Michigan
Aug 24, 2023
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Hey Charlie, Adam White is doing some amazing work. We had a podcast a few months ago, which is really worth watching. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lOu_TGJ5rc

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Came on the Saturday had an amazing day. Met so many like minded people that gave me a boost, and I left feeling alot more positive. Amazing speakers, music and stalls. You did amazing. Where can I find your events page

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Drake Michigan
Drake Michigan
Aug 23, 2023
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Hey Liz, thanks for your very kind comment. We are delighted you had a great time with us. If you use our main menu (scroll to the top if on a computer, or press the 3 lines menu button on your mobile), you will see a menu item named 'events' Any problems let us know.

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Paul Newton
Paul Newton
Aug 22, 2023

A great vibe; some excellent, open-hearted speakers, and some ace music (apart from the tone-deaf Jock! Did nobody check him out first?) A big shout out to Shane, the lad from Leeds whom we met, but was gone very early doors. If you see this, mate, look me up on Facebook-Paul Lord Bootle Newton. Also, great to finally meet Calise, and the beautiful Jo, from Colne, too. Big up to the organisers; I'd happily return next year. Maybe set up a kitchen to feed people next year, as in other protest camps I've been to. I'd happily put time in there!

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ALEX Charley
ALEX Charley
Aug 27, 2023
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Hi, Paul. I believe that the tone deaf, "singing" of the Jock was done for comedic effect

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Fantastic weekend, there was a great array of speakers, everyone of them interesting and inspiring, wonderful family atmosphere and some good music too, big thanks to Drake for making it happen. Here’s to the next one🙏

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Drake Michigan
Drake Michigan
Aug 23, 2023
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Thank you Andrew, so glad you came and we are delighted you had a great time :)

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Steven Bolton
Steven Bolton
Aug 22, 2023

Looking forward to the next one. Great event.

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Drake Michigan
Drake Michigan
Aug 22, 2023
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Thank you Steven, much appreciated. So glad you enjoyed it. Our next events are a tour of seminars across the North West, which you will find in our events page. Hope to see you there!

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