Bangface Weekender 2018 + Iceland trip

April 9, 2018 at 1:41 am | Posted in Bangface, Photos | Leave a comment

I flew out to England for this year’s Bangface Weekender festival, because some of my friends were going and I kept seeing the lineups every year and saying I’d go someday. So I finally did, and it had its ups and downs. The music itself was mostly incredible, the soundsystems were top notch, the visuals were crazy, and there were people playing from early afternoon until late at night on most days. However, Dillinja and A Guy Called Gerald didn’t play, which was a bummer, and the location itself was kind of a hellhole. It takes place at some cheap family resort that I can’t imagine anyone would actually want to take their family to, and it was cold and wet because it was in the middle of March. British food is notoriously disgusting, and being a vegetarian, I basically had to live on chips (fries) and Pop Tarts and candy. But it was fun, it definitely felt like a once in a lifetime experience. I probably won’t go back to this festival but I do want to come back to England as soon as possible, and explore some of the cities this time. After England I flew to Reykjavik with some friends, which was truly wonderful. Very expensive, but everything I saw was gorgeous. The city itself isn’t that big but there still wasn’t enough time to explore everything. We did get to go on a guided tour and see some nature. Of course it was very cold but there were some beautiful sights to see.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

loading up on krónur (pictured here) and pounds for the trip


Moroccan breakfast at the London airport (by far the best meal I ate in England)


flying over England


Manchester train station


arriving at the chalet at Pontins Southport

Friday, March 16, 2018

Ainsdale train station


cycle cafe


Bar Mio


downtown Ainsdale


not actually a coffee shop but the artist entrance building


entrance to the main venue building


Gabba the Hutt


convenience store mostly filled with candy, toys, and unbelievably gross-looking food products


giant toy synth (partially functional)


Northern Hard Crew showcase at the Queen Vic room


Bang Shop


Acid in Wonderland


mini golf course at Pontins


outside the chalet


outside the swimming pool and TV studio


I took a step outside the madness and walked out to the beach which was right near the Pontins. This was easily one of the best parts of the trip, and if it wasn’t so cold I would’ve spent a lot more time out here. I walked pretty far in and didn’t seem to come close to the actual shore.

abandoned house near the beach


























Ok, back inside for the opening ceremony in the main room

inside the Chinstroke TV studio


main room just starting to fill up


dinos in the crowd



opening ceremony








Altern-8


yes, Napalm Death played at a rave, and it went over really well


sparkly raver and skeleton


the soundsystem in the Face Room


skeleton ravers


Current Value


Lenny Dee & ISR, and a giant beachball about to hit me


Industrial Strength Records flag



Lenny Dee & ISR


inflatable city during Hellfish’s 5AM set


Hellfish

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Aphex Bugs warning children about the unsteady ground


go-karts


afternoon hula raver


Calum Gunn @ Algorave


Chemical Adam @ Algorave


empty dancefloor of the just-opened main room


Slugabed


Spinscott (live jungle MPC choppage)


Ceephax Acid Crew


ravehammer


Helena Hauff


Helena Hauff



Champion


Ben Sims


shark and light suits during Friction’s set


palm tree lasers


End.user


Somatic Responses


Somatic Responses


The DJ Producer

Sunday, March 18, 2018

soundsystem in the main room


Posthuman


Posthuman


I’m not sure if 2 Bad Mice actually played but this mascot of sorts was there


Barrington (in the oldskool jungle soundclash room)


light hula raver


Liquid


someone on Bangface staff must be from Detroit because Breakcore Pancakes is totally a Detroit thing


Speedy J

Monday, March 19, 2018
This was a travel day. We checked out of the chalet, and myself and three friends flew to Iceland and checked into an Airbnb in Reykjavik.

cleaning up the chalet



checking out


waiting for the train


Southport train station


“Way out”


Westhoughton train station


comic mural in Reykjavik airport


giant puffin crashing through the baggage claim area


exchange rates


downtown Reykjavik


ice cream vikings


after-dinner group photo

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

view from our Airbnb


art at the cafe downstairs from our Airbnb


downtown Reykjavik


clothing store w/ a cat logo


communal nachos


incredibly good veggie burger (which was called the “meat lovers” burger)



Arcade & Toy Museum which we didn’t go into


desserts at a random coffee shop


the basement of 12 Tónar


12 Tónar


street art


street art


downtown Reykjavik


street art


Lucky Records


Lucky Records


Lucky Records


Lucky Records


Lucky Records


polar bears


downtown Reykjavik


Harpa concert hall


viking ship sculpture?


inside the Airbnb


inside the Airbnb

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
We went on a guided tour outside of the city and visited some nature trails, geysers, and waterfalls.


















directly following a geyser burst






nature does not care for your money










pizza with rocket (arugula) and potatoes


Mikkeller & Friends (where we had pizza)

Thursday, March 22, 2018
This was the day we flew back to the States. It also happened to be the only sunny day when we were in Reykjavik. We took one last drive through downtown and then went back to the airport.

view from the Airbnb


view from the Airbnb


flower planting in downtown Reykjavik


one last look at downtown Reykjavik


checking in and getting through security was not easy or fun


Omnom Chocolate


stained glass at airport


Reykjavik airport


Think twice, you’re sweet enough

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