Unite in Paradise... (I'm going to Iran)
Apr 09, 2009
Aug 01, 2009
Where I stayed
Earlier me and new Tim hitched to the near by vity of we still cant remember the name and got a lift with a lorry driver who bought us lunch. We litterally had no money with us, we were going so as to go to a bank so we couldn't offer him anything.
Anyway, ıt was wicked and my Iranian visa code came through today to I'm hitching to Ankara tomorrow, or maybe Konya as it's midway, to go to the embassy and get the visa and away!
RIDDIM IS LOVE! I've just finished 4 days of reggae at the Unite in Paradise festival in Adrasan near Olympos, hitching the 18k out in the afternoon and then back at 6am the next morning. I got the bus back here from Capadoccia, arriving wed morning to find Tim, who was here when I left, was still here, a long weekend turned into a 10 night holiday. Met loads more cool people, a finnish guy called Antti who was only 13 days older thn me (youngest person I've me so far) and an Aussie called Dan in the hostel, and 2 english girls and one canadian down the road. We discovered chocolate biscuits called ''Negros''. Hours of fun! The reggae started on sat night, the free night, only Georgie and Roz (english gırls) were still here, Tim had at long last gone home and the others went on a boat tour .We went to the festival with a dutch guy who spoke englısh wıth a yourshire/dutch accent whch was really cool sounding. That night we got lifts but by the time we arrived there was only a really shitty turkish rapper guy left on and the headlining act never turned up (disorganization all the way). But they played loads of music all night and it was awesome! On sunday I did my first ever bit of hitching, very exciting, but after buying my weekend ticket at the festivel (at the reduced price of 100ytl) I only had 1.15 YTL left, enough for a pack of crackers, but luckıly in my bag (left there the night before but hapily reurned) there was the Negros, half a bottle of water,440ml of coke, an almost full pack of mentos and a small bag of toased sunflower seeds wıth the shells on. I managed to make it through, sleeping wrapped up in a big piece of canvas I found on the beach, woke at sunrise and hitched home. Not a drop of drink and still had the best time! There wern't many people tough, there couldn't have been more than 1-200 and they wanted 2500! the securıty was daft aswell, they just had the stage on the beach wıth a netting fence around that you had to pay to get ın or you could stand outsıde, whıch lots of people were doing. They improved it in the end but it was all a bit late. The next day went pretty much the same, but with the notable addition of a geman guy who runs a reggae cloths lıne called Jah Army who I met in the hostel and Channel One Soundsystem who were the best act I saw but had to finish at 4.30am because the generator was about to run out of fuel so I retired again to my canvas. The first night sleeping on the beach had been bitter so I had trousers and stuff so it was rather toasty! I met the same turkısh woman on the road who had walked wıth me for a good 40 mın the day before, and we pıcked beans and mulberries from the side of the road and I trıed to eat an orange but I think it was a marmalade one. The whole festival was so poorly organized and badly attended that by the last night (last night) in the middle of Skarra Mucci's set some guys interrupted to say that they were going to turn the generator off and Skarra Mucci went mental, apparently because of the shortage of money artists weren't getting payed, and everyone was being asked to give money to the generator people so that they would let us use it. even though it had enough fuel to go all night they gave him 10 min and everyone got really excited, not angry as such, but he was really cool and got the crowd on his side and the security all go up and stood on the stage and a fat man in a white suit was gettin angry and and Skarra just kept singing and talking and playing music, it was awesome! They half heartedly tryed to move everyone back from the stage but everyone just danced around them and through the red tape. I don't know what happened but ın the end the music was officially able to go on, mostly I think because Don Carlos was yet to play, but they had no music whilst setting up so as to save power, so Skarra came to the front un miked and sang for a while which was tres cool! The mane lesson to be leaned here appart from that they didn't advertise very well is use frigging solar panels, if they can manage to power the whole of Bıg Green Gathering on wind and solar then in hot hot turkey at least some should be possible. Anyway, Don Carlos played and it was ace, they did a great set butit felt a little lıke it was great because it was Don Carlos and everyone was very excited about it, if that makes sense...