Festival review: The Big Chill 2011
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Last weekend The National Student braved the rain and hit the great outdoors, trekking off the lovely Herefordshire which was playing host to The Big Chill festival, which has to be one of the most underrated weekends in the history of festival hype. This was a festival with a touch of class, proof? No queues for the loos which actually flushed and The Guardian has it’s own tent! I know, wow. The Chill played host to a certain Mr Kanye West, marking his only UK performance this summer. As you can imagine, people were very excited by his imminent arrival, some even calling the weekend ‘Kanye-fest’. Whispers went round the VIP area (yep, we were in there!) that he was going to be late, standard behavior. As it turned out, he was late. Whispers also went round he turned up with a 75 strong-entourage (thank you nosy security man for that slice of goss) and shouted so much backstage he ended up losing his voice. When he finally did appear on stage, I’m not going to lie, it was pretty incredible. Anyone who has watched the magician Dynamo might recognize this little trick, Kanye started his set off in the lighting box, however within ten seconds he magically appeared on the stage, no golf buggy or zip wire in sight. I still don’t know how he managed this, but I do know it was pretty amazing even after 5 mini bottles of Rose.
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