Two things that entertain me more than anything in life (keeping it clean) are insane stunts and brilliant live music! The National Adventure Sports Show of 2012 (or NASS to me and you) was packed full of both of these and a few other things…
The day started bright and early on the Friday passing through the queues and pitching a tent in record timing. With the boring tasks out the way it was time to explore. Being as this was our first time at the Relentless Festival (some other members of team PopFodder attended last year) it was an exciting prospect to see what the energy junkies had prepared for us.
Within 5 minutes we had our answer… MAYHEM!! Looking in one direction a couple were catapulted what seemed like miles into the air, we look another way to see a gang of parkour enthusiasts back flipping off a high set scaffolding course and last but certainly not least we witnessed a few athletes warm up on the impressive dirt track which offered some pretty spectacular sights.
With the exploration out of the way, we hit the main stage to catch the end of a B Traits set and half of a lively Benny Banks performance. But having not eaten since the morning we thought we taste the local cuisine (noodle bar) but if that's not your thing, there's a HUGE selection of culinary delights. Upon leaving the noodle bar we were approached by zombies to visit their live action horror maze, thinking it would be a chance to earn a few man points we obliged and quickly discovered man points no longer mattered! The insane nature of the actors was terrifying enough but being chased out of the maze by a bloody mouthed woman revving a chainsaw made me nearly bring up the sweet ‘n’ sour chicken I just ate.
Excitement was building with the prospect of Chiddy Bang and DJ Fresh, full up from the noodles we chugged a few ciders and headed back to the main stage to catch Chiddy performing ‘Ray Charles’. A quick visit to the D&B Arena to see an electric crowd, raving to the liquid drum and bass sound of Fred v & Grafix. But there was no time to stand still, DJ Fresh was hitting the main stage shortly, so a quick jog in the wellies and onesie to stand shoulder to shoulder with a group hard core ravers (probably a mistake, with the current fashion attire) as DJ Fresh performed ‘Hot Right Now’ and my personal favourite ‘Power’ to nail what can only be described as an epic headline set.
After an eventful and thoroughly enjoyable first day we had high hopes for the second. It started nice and early (11.30am... that's early, in festival terms) with a lovely bacon bap and cuppa tea. But today was all about the athletes, as the outdoor tracks were rained out we headed inside to see a big crowd watching a near 30 people on the indoor track. There were some incredible performers, most notably a young lad no more than 10 performing backflips, side flips and I’m sure he invented a new flip all on a scooter! We never knew the popularity of extreme scooting but these guys deserve the credit, pulling off fantastic moves at such a young age.
With the extreme sports getting our blood pumping it was time once more time to head to the main stage with a performance from Lower Than Atlantis and an adrenaline packed Pulled Apart By Horses setting our pulses racing firther and setting us up for what was going to be a badass night.
With the festival nearing its end, there was only one act people were waiting for, everyone was packing into the main stage to see, sing and rock out to SUM 41 playing great hits including ‘Still Waiting’, ‘Fat Lip’ and my personal favourite ‘In Too Deep’. A truly magnificent performance, which we have waited since I was a spotty faced teenager to see.
An adrenaline pumped weekend of mud, rock, bass, zombies and flips!! A great weekend which seemed to fly by, but for the rest of you adrenaline junkies out there... Boardmasters and Freeze are still yet to come this festival season.
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