“Be More Fucking Empathetic Kate Tempest

I headed down to the Caught by the River Thames Festival last weekend, which was a small, friendly, yet relaxing festival hidden down a quaintly decorated winding path down the back of Fulham Palace Park. My highlight of the experience… without a doubt – was Kate Tempest ‘in conversation’ about her new book  ‘The Bricks That Built The Houses’ with Miranda Sawyer. Not only did she come across as wise and talented.. the confidence Kate exuded in front of a room packed full of people – of all ages was inspirational. She came across as the sort of person I’d like to be friends with. Down to earth, real, creative and thoughtful. 

Kate Tempest

Kate Tempest Caught By The River – photography Becki Burrows

She had some good advice for the room… well. For me anyway… 1) “finish your ideas!”. And 2) “Be more fucking empathetic!”. She touched on various topics such as ‘female artists expected to be young, beautiful and engaged with broken hearts and shoes’. And whilst I love shoes.. I agree there is only a short amount of time one can spend admiring them before it can get boring. Very… boring. She also touched on that creative process. Well I am writing this as if you may know about it. That feeling that you aren’t quite where you want to be and it’s not quite going the way you want. But something she said that was quite interesting was ‘the minute you get it right. It’s the end… right?’.

Kate Tempest

Kate Tempest Caught By The River – Photography Becki Burrows

And how important it is to ‘get out of tunnel vision’. To remember that it’s not just you that is going through whatever it is you’re going through. I believe it’s so important… to try to enjoy life and the imperfect journey placed at our feet. And hearing Kate Tempest reminded me of that. Another inspirational talker at the festival was Chris Packham who spoke about ‘winning being about not giving up.. no matter what happens.. that it’s not always about the finish line… it’s about focusing that anger and doing something creative with it’. So yes. I wasn’t expecting to come away so thoughtful from a festival. And whilst I craved some electro dance music….something I’m not too good at… is relaxing and just being. And remembering the importance of just sitting. And listening.

Rhys Ifans

Rhys Ifans Super Furry Animals – photography Becki Burrows



The Caught by the River Festival exuded a different energy than the burning fast paced rush and the now now NOW culture of festivals that I’m probably more used to. I’m not sure if this festival is running next year.. but I found it a relaxing cultural experience. And worth heading to if you have free time. And here are some short one minute interviews: Oh Ryley Walker… 🙂




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The first festival of the summer (god, us Brits just love sitting in fields) – cue torrential rain, lightening, mud swamps, floods and traffic jams. You leave the house in wellies but the sun puts his hat on and has a little chuckle as he burns red hot at your expense. And feeling the plastic melt into your calves and your winter socks boiling (they were the only thing one could find to pad out the wellie space) you change into your summertime Havianas! YES!!! SUNSHEEEEINE!!!!


But. Not for long. As soon as you put your summer dancing feet on, the sun grins and just as quickly as he appeared, sadistically decides to do his well practiced disappearing act and jumps behind the darkest cloud in sight (yes, I just decided the sun is of male gender). Drenching your singular summer outfit. Cos seriously. What’s the point in owning shorts if it’s going to rain. Ah yes… good ole British Summer time..

Cue: Camp Wildfire Festival – for ‘only the curious’ apparently. An adult only quaint festival set in the bushy woods of St Clere Estate in Kent. It’s run by Bromley-based Lee Denny who is also the organizer of Lee Fest(I know this cos his Mum kindly gave me a lift to the station as I was leaving prematurely on the Saturday afternoon… Lee your Mum’s lovely!)… 


The festival bases its concept around a 1950’s style adventure theme, which proved to be pleasing to the eye and wonderfully imaginative. One might have felt as if one had fallen through an Alice in Wonderland inspired hole, straight into an enchanting village… littered with a few drunks.. of course! (But isn’t everywhere these days?) But falling into a rather jolly atmosphere where learning such skills as sword fighting are still on the curriculum. Hmm. Sounds good right? It is thus a shame that one must wait for Adventure Parks such as this to open to learn such skills.


Above band Montrell impress with new material

Whilst the rain had enforced a chaotic start to the festival and supplies were lacking…  I can only see that this festival has hit a niche in the market that will gain strength as it irons out some of its issues.. (Arran: “dont write about handwash Becki…” …. Me: “But why not? I actually need to wash my hands.. Where can I wash my hands?!” sobs in to handerchief)…

Or maybe that’s just my issue.

      Man in woods giving a butcher workshop.

I was rather glad that the festival was not as hedonistic as it’s website perhaps hinted at with terms such as ‘Adult Only’ and ‘Only the Curious’ I didn’t really know what to expect. Maybe lots of naked people perhaps. But thankfully, I witnessed nothing untoward.. just a lot of creatively curious individuals learning how to tie die.. or screen print.. or sword fight. Phew. Because after all. You can’t unsee what you see. As far as I know.


Adventure Film Travel Club meets bushcraft butchering..

The highlight of my weekend, had to be Paddleboarding with the company This was such an incredibly relaxing and rewarding way to spend an hour… and my first experience of the activity. I will definitely be trying this again. And the good news is with paddleboarding – you don’t even have to get wet!




The beauty of the Wildfire Festival is the range of activities on hand..

It was sold out this year and attracts a loyal crowd. This is a small and compact festival so getting around the site is easy. So definitely keep an eye out for it next.. and if you should go. Do take supplies! Apparently one guy had taken his bedside table. Ah.

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This is a date for your diaries people – this new festival looks awesome! If not for the nudist afternoon… never er. Tried that. Well actually when I was at university in Bournemouth.. there is a nudist beach in an area called Sandbanks… which an ex and myself did go to find one day… but (thankfully?) never stumbled upon it… what you see you can’t unsee folks… 

It’s a really unique idea and winner of the AIF’s “Best New Festival” 2015, Wildfire Adventure Camp encourages festival-goers to embrace the world around them, learning new skills and meeting a range of new people across an immersive and thrilling weekend of activities, discoveries and partying!

Looks awesome..

17th to the 19th June.. #onlythecurious




Wow! This festival looks…AMAZING…! It’s the 8th edition of the idyllic Edge Of The Lake Festival in Switzerland bringing the best live, DJ music & visual arts to the heart of the beautiful Summer Alps.
Featuring 40 international and Swiss – Jazz, Funk, Soul, Blues, Hip-Hop, House, and Disco artists plus visual arts across illustration, plastic arts, video, photography and theater
Live & DJ line up just announced:
and many more..
The festival returns to Switzerland it’s stunning Summer alpine lake and beachside
setting in Sierre (City Of Sun) from 27th – 29th June.
With tickets just £25 for a weekend pass and flights currently from just £70 return what’s not to like?
Festival activities include:
Beautiful Alpine vistas
  Idyllic Lake & beachside setting
  World renowned live bands, DJ’s & AV DJ’s
Live visual art programme
 Beach volleyball, lake pedalos, water sports & Petangue
Family friendly activities
Local vineyards & hill walks
 Fully sustainable & eco friendly
More info:
Are you going?

Hey…. so Reading Festival 2013. Pretty awesome stuff huh? Huh? To be honest I might never get over finally FINALLY seeing Green Day live.. And now I can add Eminem to my list too. I saw some pretty awesome acts.. Fenech Soler, people went crazy for Imagine Dragons… The Wytches… Is Tropical.. Sub Focus well there was almost a genre for everyone. Almost.

So here is a mini highlights video I created filmed by cameraman Phil Timm…  of my experience of the festival featuring snatches of interview moments with New Found Glory, Is Tropical, Baby Haim, White Lies and there are a few of you festival goers in there too. Not too many though – we weren’t really allowed to film out front. Just don’t tell anyone ok. Specially the BBC.

Until next time. Be good.

Becki Bx




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