Location: Carreglwyd, Anglesey
Gottwood returns for its ninth installment in 2018. This mystical little party hidden in the middle of the woods is an independent, boutique, and very intimate underground electronic music festival. Set in a secluded dell in Northern Wales, its adoring disciples come back year after year despite its more remote location; certifying its reputation as an exceptionally memorable, worthwhile experience.
Their aim is to create an event that flows in all that they believe is lacking from other current festivals; to be freethinking, spontaneous, and personal. It describes itself as “an adult playground where all kinds of madness, mischief and high-jinks are always just a footstep away.”
The carefully curated lineup is a who’s who of cutting edge talent spanning a broad range of genres, offering the flavour of the moment to all those who make the journey out to Anglesey on the North West tip of Wales. It’s capped at 4,000 people, and as a result is a joy to wander around solo without the worry of becoming separated from your friends for the rest of the weekend.
With less than ten stages, it retains a closeness that its far-flung and overpopulated relations cannot – and each venue is equally as vibrant and individual. The site is buried in picturesque woods on the stunning Carreglwyd estate and, on top of the audio treats on offer, there is a smörgåsbord of visual arts and beautifully designed decor installations throughout. We’ve been along as punters many times, and have been installing our stretch tents there as Bassline Productions for several years, providing canopies for both stages and dance floors.
Unlike many other festivals, this is all about the music (and décor). Whilst it’s always nice to have lots of distractions and options, a real benefit of only concentrating on one thing is that it allows you to give yourself more freely into it – to throw everything you’ve got into appreciating all the tiny details that might otherwise go unnoticed. It also means you’re not spending your time panicking at what you might be missing – giving you time to soak it all in, both the acts that you’ve been waiting for – and the ones you didn’t know you were missing till now. The programme is shaped in such a way that all you need to do is turn up – there’s hardly a decision left to be made.
The crowds at Gottwood are generally considered to be some of the friendliest on the festival circuit, with one reviewer likening it to being at a friend’s particularly big party, that’s just spun on for a few days. New connections are constantly being made, everyone reveling in this free, happy atmosphere. Self-expression and identity exploration are central themes, so fancy dress is an absolute must – adding to the overall visual eruption of colour and creativity.
This, as you might have guessed, is a strictly over 18 event. Anyone under 18 will not be permitted to enter – so come with your family if you will – but let them all be adults. The organizers have also thought carefully about your culinary well being, and aim to provide vendors of the finest food around the country – as well as sourcing some locally grown specialties.
Gottwood glamping is as enchanted as the rest of woodland fairytale – in the stunning scenery of an island forest, sleeping under the stars is as magical as it gets. In the boutique campsite, your luxurious, comfortable and private bell tent awaits…