Noisily is a much loved and boutique gathering that does things differently in the heart of the British countryside. It is all about immersive experiences and a trip away from the every day, rather than just big tents with big names. It is a world of wonder and fun from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave.
The Lizard Lounge, for example, was a chai tent featuring some great DJs and there are plenty more surprise stages and pop up acts, including one DJ crew who had a sound system hidden inside a wheelie bin. Food and drink options too are plentiful with exotic veggie offerings, burger vans offering organic meat, wood fired pizza, plenty of bars with different boozes and much more.
We snuck into various different areas and stagehand saw everything from heavy dub from Trojan Soundsystem to psytrance with big LED screens and bass to bath in while high tempo rave came from the likes of Dave Shades and Riffs. Every stage was well designed and looked great as well as serving up heavy beats in great quality.
For those who like their melons melting the more experimental tunes on the Leisure Centre Stage were the one. The live shows were mesmeric and truly took us on a trip. The main draw for us was the Noisily Stage which captured plenty of rave energy from the 90s with its lasers, projectors, giant disco balls, flashing dodecahedrons and more all titillating the senses.
There is so much more to do than the music as Noisily, too. In the morning you can warm up with some yoga, then there are sound baths, massages, and for those who like to get their pulse racing, they can walk on a slackline 100ft in the air. There is also a cabaret stage with comedians, a clothes changing act where outfits came and went in the blink of an eye and a balancing act that defied logic.
People in attendance range from just 20 or so right up to retirement age. They are friendly and warm and even one of the DJs was well into her sixties on the lizard stage but she did a fine job of serving up the sounds. She was one of many highlights we didn’t expect big things from but that is just what makes Noisily so special.