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Love Specs Summer of Love – Festivals 2017

This summer, Love Specs teamed up with Junkyard Golf with a new fundraising festival experience that connected us with so many of you! Thanks to incredible effort and dedication from our team, the support of festival organisers, and you… 

Love Specs sales and donations at festivals have helped to raise £50k for Love Support Unite this year!!!

Here are the stories of those in Malawi whose lives were changed into Sustainable Family Futures, through a farming and enterprise initiative, made possible by your support at last year’s festivals.

Thanks to this year’s sales, Love Specs will help LSU to make more Family Futures sustainable! Below are the stories from the summer and the Love Warriors who roamed around selling specs in rain, wind or shine!… Find all the photos in the Facebook photo album.

Gottwood Festival

Gottwood Festival

The Love Lounge and Junkyard Golf hit Gottwood, Glastonbury, Lovebox & Citadel, Secret Garden Party, Farmfest, Wilderness, Boomtown, Bestival & Shambala. Tribes of Love Specs sellers flooded the Funk and Soul Weekender, Shindig, Love Saves The Day, Eden, Noisily, Wildlife, Love International, Leefest, Forbidden Forest, Samphire, Outlook & Dimensions. Thanks to Harry for selling specs on merch at Parklife, Bluedot and Kendall Calling, and the crew at Knockengorroch and Beautiful Days.

 

Shambala. Photo by George Harrisson.

Shambala. Photo by George Harrisson.

 

We started the season at Gottwood with a brand new shiny Golf Hole, courtesy of the unstoppable Sophie. Add lots of sparkle from Rosa Bloom apparel and MGMA Biodegradable Glitter, which was a fantastic way of raising donations and made you lot dazzle! Twilight Trees LED gave us all something to marvel at.

 

Eden Gathering. Photo Phan Tu.

Eden Gathering. Photo Phan Tu.

 

Phan & Cara had an amazing Summer spreading the Love at 4 festivals, raising almost £3,000 through their passion for the specs and the charity. At Eden, they faced snow, wind and rain, determined to sell all the Love Specs they brought, and they did! They garnered the support of the love pixies who helped them spread the word… Ross, their Eden Fairy GodMother… Sean (Happy Larry)…  John Paul Irvine… The saxophone player from Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5 who wore his specs on stage, thanks Wayne!

 

 

Love Lounge, Glastonbury.

Love Lounge, Glastonbury.

 

As the sun shone its brightest ever in June, we began the pilgrimage to the fields of Glastonbury Festival. We were warmly welcomed by Tara and the Tipi Field crew, where we spent our first year with a fixed base and no better place… We had an amazing Beating Heart/Love Specs takeover at Ancient Futures, thanks to the DJs, especially Drew Moyo, keeping us dancing until the bitter end! Thanks to Rosa Bloom who also sold specs at her very busy stall.

 

At Lovebox and Citadel Love Specs were really well received thanks to our love birds and Junkyard Golf. We also made some special new fans in the main man behind Bonobo, Simon Green, and Toyboy & Robin!

Secret Garden Party

Secret Garden Party

The final Secret Garden Party marked the end of the era that sparked Love Specs, where Olly Wood (Beating Heart) coined the name and many a meetings were had. The Love Lounge took on a new level thanks to Jaques and African Beats and Vibes. They kept everyone dancing all night and playing all day with Daisy May boy/girl band dance workshops, mariarchy band and lots of Junkyard Golf! Sunday was white day and no-one failed to impress, down to the socks. We can happily and sadly say we saw off the final SGP with a true celebration of love.

 

Farmfest.

Farmfest.

We were the lucky charity partner of Farmfest / Party for the People, who donated the booking fee from every ticket sold, guest-list donations and raffle money! They beat their fundraising target, and at the Love Lounge and merch stand we sold all the special Farmfest blue specs! Asked to judge the hat competition, which included a ‘Love Hat’ category, Tiger Lily faced the hardest decision of her life and made some kids cry, but was astounded by the effort put in by ALL entrants! Hands up to you Farmfest family.

 

Wilderness. Photo by Aideen Shannon.

 

The rain not in any way dampening the spirits of Georgia & Roberto, the Love Lounge was whisked off to Wilderness. There were yoga sessions run by the amazing Kelly Brooks (Klub Yoga). We met Val, who after hearing Cara’s stories, decided to plan a trip to Malawionce she retires. Around the firepit, the girls had people so mesmerised by the dancing hearts, that everyone drew hearts on their neighbour’s hand until a full circle of love was complete… Magic.

 

LSU family, Ste & Laura, organisers of Audio Farm and founders of animal protection charity, Green Paw, produced their first One Tribe festival. They did an amazing job representing Love Specs and pulled off a mighty feat of a festival. Definitely check it out next year if you want to get off the beaten track!

Sophie & Lisa @Boomtown.

Sophie & Lisa @Boomtown.

Over one crazy weekend, from the 10-13th August, the team embarked on Boomtown, and Leefest: The Neverland. At Houghton, Nina also managed to coordinate a collection of tents and clothes for delivery to Calais. You can’t stop her. At Boomtown we set up Junkyard Golf at the top of the hill in the gorgeous Whistler’s Green. As the mud dried in the unexpected heatwave, many of you as you discovered the peace of this glorious refuge in the maddest city on the island.

 

 

Burning Man.

Burning Man.

Special Burning Specs were taken to the Nevada Desert for Burning Man. In the UK, we set up the Love Lounge at Shambala under spectacular sunny skies. So many beautiful Shambalans came to buy Love Specs that we saw them everywhere and what a sight it was. Now entirely vegetarian and having banned all disposable cups and bottles, the festival and the people who make it really are being the change. We couldn’t have almost finished the summer of love in any other place than Utopia itself. Last but not least was Bestival, where we and MGMA Glitter sold out of stock within the first day! Thanks to Liam for the amazing spot!

 

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Here’s our favourite photo of the unbelievably photogenic, all-dancing all-singing, Daisy May… Check out her Shambala Girl Band Workshop video.

Daisy May @ Shambala. Photo by George Harrisson.

Daisy May @ Shambala. Photo by George Harrisson.

Find all the photos in the Facebook photo album.

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