When we found out there was no Glastonbury 2018 we decided to take the Unfairground on tour. Having presented some of the sideshows in the Palace of Wonder (the late night spot at Fuji Rock) in 2012, when Glastonbury last rested the land, It seemed only natural to take the whole motley crew off to Naeba for 2018’s 20th anniversary of Fuji rock !
For our Japanese trip we recruited Unfairground favourites Ben Eine and Inkie on painting duties as well as Local legend Masagon and Myself. We packed Sam Haggerty’s sculptures into a shipping container or two and sent them off to Japan in May.
Pryratrix Circus Joined us to help entertain the crowds, with Born on road, Jagz Kooner and Jack from Children of acid providing the tunes for the weekend. In all a Uncrew of 50 headed off for the mountains of Naeba, taking a slice of site life to fields of Fuji rock.
Ben Eine mixes it up
Masagon went Dotty
And Dotty went freehand.
With the hottest weather on record, the Unfairground crew melted across the old Orange court. Thankfully The Typhoon that hit us Saturday night didn’t cause too much damage. We’d like to Thank Naeba and Yuzawa councils for inviting us, Smash go round for making it all happen and Bryan burton lewis for being so special. Thanks to all who came, threw some shapes and tagged us in those million photos that got taken! Thanks Guys it was real!
The Uncrew were in full effect for this Battle of the bean-field anniversary. The capri’s turned to cop cars and a giant traveler bus was pulled from the field behind Wango Rileys stage.
The Dotmasters High strikers worked a treat with over 90 ringing the bell and getting their name on the Hall of fame. Site beef was overhauled and a new wack a mole game built mostly by George Tomlinson and the miniature beefwood police training center was painted by myself and Webbo
Dressed the part and ready to be the long arm of the law on the Site Beef, police training center
An unlikely winner of a site warrant card for Beeftown was Dangerous Darren
Of course there were Dotmaster Beef prizes
Bean-field cop cars.
The hammers swung both day and night!
I’ve been working on some new surfaces and sub-straights, painting bags on bags and working out some new luxury and necessity brand bags to add to my piles (now that sounds wrong). There’s a few shows coming up the first is those nice guys at the Portobello film festival, This years show features works by myself and Joe Rush, Sickboy, Code FC, Lucy Sparrow, Teddy Baden, Peter Dunne, Solo One, Alex Wreckage, Cosmo, and Red Dog. This years show’s venue is the wonderful space at the Louise T Blouin Foundation. Then its off to Nuart with a whole new set of works for the streets of Stavanger.
With some works in a group show in Cape Town in early September its a hectic August. Oh yes and i forgot, the High strikers going to Bestival so look out for it there accompanied by the gobbler and the crack heads to add a twisted unfair corner to the festival.
Well its been a while since the last post, I’ve been down on Worthy Farm for Glastonbury festival. The Unfairground is under new management and the weather and the wind were behind us on this one! Sam haggerty is the new Unfairground manager…LoL… and other than a brief downpour on the thursday all went according to plan. Loads of new stuff went off in the field this year, Strapper from Wreckon inc made these amazing upright cars that defied gravity and gave us something new to put a mark on, cheers Strapper!
We had the new Acid lounge made by the one and only Shaun, hosting Primal Scream on the saturday and Mad professor on the sunday, amazing to get such big names in such a small field! The horridor was a new attraction..i was too scared to visit but those that did were scared for life.
The 3 high strikers were in full effect and with a great team to run them the bells rung all night! Cheers to all who tried and congratulations to those who managed to prove their
metal and ring the bloody bells.
Bez gave it all he could with those who never stacked boxes back in the day. in all a great week in Somerset, cheers to all who came and tried to win and failed! to those that won, count yourself very very lucky!
So they are OFF, the unfairground uncrew in a fleet of sketchy vans and musty trailers head down to their summer pitch at Worth farm. Roll up Roll up, for the strangest crew on earth!
You’ve seen the julian Temple film, you know we don’t read books, now here’s the Tea shirt! Thanks for Jakey for modelling the various site garbs.
So back in the land of the toilet, a land far far away from the long drop loo. Muddy dirty and tired with a million things to do before i fly to Norway friday.
Much rain made the going underfoot swampy during the build but thankfully the weather cleared and the sun baked the mud into 2 foot waves by the time the festival started. The unfairground is a late night spot with stuff happening in the field starting at midnight. the sideshows were rammed and Old Boney proved a great hit, if you excuse the pun.
We had over 700 customers test their strength, but to be fair its hard to give it your best shot, off your tits at 4am in the morning in a muddy field. We had about 50 really strong guys who managed against the odds to ring the bell each of them receiving a original and unique art work for their efforts.
As you can see there were plenty of girls who attempted to ring the bell, hats off to them, it was a long way up! Thanks to all those who had a go, and congratulations to those truly strong folk who rang the bell.
Months in the making, finally after two weeks install on site the sideshows were ready for the public, The Barking showmen had their costumes, make up and were drunk enough to berate the public, so on first friday of the festival the sideshows opened to huge crowds eager to try their luck on the the unfairest ride in the unfair ground.
All the unfun of the fair, there were steady crowds who lined up to either throw baby doll body parts through the mouths on the gobbler or knock down the heads on the crackheads. The nights rolled on the barkers got horse, some of the heads were smashed clean of their posts (can’t be a lot of love out there for some of these celebrities)
Over 2000 played during the weekend, dead fish prizes were won by all that played and a lucky few won the star prizes of our limited edition dolls. The rides could not of been done without the fantastic help of our crew, thats Caroline, Ruth, Cy, Finbar, Pete, Lizzy, Ross. Thanks guys you made a great weekend! Crack Heads and Gobbler are now touring sideshows available for all your twisted fairgrounds and festivals, use the contact form for inquiries.