In It Together festival made a bold and welcome debut this past weekend, and has now set a new benchmark for festivals in Wales. It is form an experience team who simply wanted a big old party for all the family and all types of people after the challenging covid years and boy is that what they serve up.
The site next to Margam Park at Old Park Farm in Neath Port Talbot is like an endless playground with fire breathers, crazy and colourful characters, hay bail stacks, endless food trucks, plenty of drinks options and loads of extra entertainment. This includes plenty for families, which are a real focus next to proper party people, with a circus tent, kids’ performers, funhouse, a giant Guess Who, Connect 4, beanbags and bouncy castle to give them all a weekend to remember.
As for adults, there is an endless array of musical options to explore. Gabrielle stole the show on Friday with some superb sunset vibes, while the circus came to town and Armand Van Helden touched down on the legendary Panchaia to play his epic set of New York house. The enthusiastic crowd lapped up every beat and the production was superb with great looking sarges back with epic lights, lasers and of course beefy sound systems.
Campsite options are plenty and cater to everyone from families with young ones to those who probably won’t sleep much. It’s comfy, with great amenities, and means you have a good chance to relax before going again on days two and three.
After great weather on day one, wind and rain blighted the rest of the weekend but didn’t do much to dampened spirts. Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds in particular soared with a rapturous crowd singing along all the main choruses and rocking out to Noel’s big riffs. The sound delivered them all loud and clear, too and other standout sets came from the likes of Two Door Cinema Club and a memorable sunset session from the one and only Gabrielle.
One of the great memories will be watching Wales play Ukraine in a vital World Cup qualifier on a huge screen. It was a friendly and community minded moment that really summed up the special togetherness vibe of this new and vital addition to Wales festival landscape.