Now in its 16th year, Bunkfest 2017 celebrated yet another successful community and family run folk festival and entertainment event in Wallingford on Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd September.
Named after the famous Bunk Railway Line, the south Oxfordshire festival has gone from strength to strength. From inauspicious beginnings in a pub car park to entertaining families along the banks of the Thames, Bunkfest has become synonymous with a great family day out – and the beer’s not bad either!
Visitors to this year’s main stage were treated to such musical luminaries as The Roving Crows, Rusty Shackle and The Honkin’ Hep Cats. Meanwhile for those with more eclectic tastes, fringe venues around town were the place to check out the likes of Fleur Stevenson, Loosely Blooze and singer songwriter Mark Handley.
Festival goers could also enjoy a diverse range of dance displays as hundreds of dancers converged on the streets of Wallingford. From The Cotswold, Border and Northwest Morris group, Welsh Folk ensemble and Step Clog group to belly dance, Irish dance and even German dance troupes, there was something for everyone’s taste.
Maximon Solutions were tasked with ensuring coverage across the town’s expansive festival sites; from the visitors’ campsite on the outskirts of town to the main stage at Kinecroft Park then out to the fringe venues situated along the banks of the Thames. After a site visit, Maximon engineers suggested a repeater to help relay the signal from one side of the town to the other thus ensuring that all 80 two way radios were in perfect communication.
As Sunday’s rather watery sun set on another successful Bunkfest, planning was already underway for next year’s extravaganza, perhaps however in 2018 we might get a little more of that Indian summer we were all promised!