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Review: Color Festival 2014 // Cardiff

Posted by Jackofalltrades from Cardiff - Published on 16/06/2014 at 15:12
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Color Festival 2014,
Splott Market, Cardiff
Saturday 14th June 2014

“Mere colour, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.” - a particularly powerful quote from the late, great Oscar Wilde.

And although I’m sure that very few people went away with such profound thoughts, The Color Festival in Cardiff was a success in its organisation and its content.

For those unfamiliar with what a Color Festival may even be; it’s essentially a gig wherein you buy (or in my case win via The Capital FM tent) bags of powder paint in a plethora of colours and plaster yourselves, friends and complete strangers in the vibrant contents.

The concept itself is exceedingly simple, yet surprisingly satisfying; acting as an ice breaker/conversation starter/form of entertainment all in one without being too annoying or harmful (however, I did come down with an irritating case of ‘Paint In My Eye-tis’ at one stage…).

When at first I discovered that the event was to be held in Splott Market, I was a little dubious about the choice, however, I’m pleased to say that my initial uninformed doubts were blown from the water, as the indoor market acted as a superb setting for a festival. and I hope to see more scheduled there in the future.
As well as this, the main DJs for the event in the form of Redlight, SecondCity, The Golden Boy and, of course, Annie Mac delivered with their trademark sounds - although generally it wouldn’t be my first choice of music, I thoroughly enjoyed dancing along and the atmosphere they created was great.

My only major complaint of the night would be the system in which the bar was operated.

Instead of the obvious "Give me your money and I’ll give you a drink" approach, tokens had to be purchased from a separate stall to exchange for drinks at the bar. Although I understand why they may have done this, and I doubt there was a significant difference in the time it would have taken to get drinks, queuing twice to get drinks felt laboursome and it annoyed me having to buy tokens in advance in order to avoid the queue.

But, that was a relatively small issue and it didn’t really detract from my enjoyment of the festival, especially considering the excellent arrangement of the rest of proceedings (including the boring smelly things, like toilets, of which there were plenty).

The event drew a large and energetic crowd, who were all on a high at the end of Mac’s set, and I’m sure that the success of this year's festival will lead onto even larger venues/acts and crowds in years to come.

If you like a strong bassline, an atmosphere with a buzz and feel like going out to paint the town – keep an eye out for The Color Festival.

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