(Un)reality bubble

I set up Unorthodox Paradox in 2011, basically because I was dissatisfied with what was on offer at other small festivals around the UK – which invariably offered the same artists year on year, with bookers playing safe to guarantee ticket sales. In my mind there had to be a gap in the market for something a bit more adventurous, where the only thing guaranteed was the quality of the acts and production. I wanted to do something small and manageable, where the people attending would really feel like they were in on something special (because they were!). As luck would have it, the opportunity came up to use a remarkable and unique venue called Fellfoot Wood, a beautiful piece of managed woodland located on the banks of Lake Windermere. So each year, for the last 5 years, for 3 days each year Fellfoot Wood has been home to my particular interpretation of what makes a great weekend. Every year we have commissioned a huge sculpture which has been ceremonially burned at the height of the weekend, adding drama and theatre to the musical proceedings.

Our search for wonderful and unique venues has also taken us to The Bridges in Ratlinghope (2015), and Hollybush in Hay-On-Wye (2016), but we are currently homeless and intend to take a break in 2017 to regroup and find a suitably mindbending new location, where we can relaunch in 2018 even wilder than ever!

We have had fantastic acts every year, with some random highlights including:

> Rose Kemp‘s last ever live performance with her band, incredibly intense!
> We Are The Physics reforming after 3 years especially to play for us
> Anklepants debut UK show outside of London, with no-one there knowing what to expect, least of all a robotic penis-face
> Tim Exile giving an incredible improvised performance using only his voice as source material when half of his software failed to work
> Black Lung travelling all the way from Australia for a very rare UK show

And and a whole host of other mind-blowing performances from artists as diverse as…

Adam Betts, Bob Drake, Ichi, Clowwns, Crayola Lectern, Sproatly Smith, ZOFFF, Modified Toy Orchestra, Worldservice Project, Arch Garrison, Michael Valentine West, The Gathering Doubt, Bellyeyesmile, Mank, Lucky, Right Hand Left Hand, Tube Jerk, Stereoscope, Broken Oak Duet, Ultrasound, Paddy Steer, Cursor Miner, Chris T-T and the Hoodrats, Satelliti, Misty’s Big Adventure, Alpha Male Tea Party, Barberos, STUFF, Evil Blizzard, Poisoned Electrick Head, The Display Team, Let’s Meet Jesus, Mother, Glowpeople, Nick Jonah-Davis, Night Trips, Haress, dbh, Bingo Harry, Tekla, The Monkey Poet, Black Lung, Super Best Friends Club, Dingus Khan, Hot Head Show, Horse Party, 7shades, The Courtesy Group, Henge, Emily & Angeline, Defunkt Dialekt, Ay!, The Nature Centre, Marc Constantine, The Spencers, Micronormous, Vault of Eagles, The Retro Spankees, Modulator ESP, The Scaramanga Six, White Blacula, 100% Beefcock and the Titsburster, Grandmaster Gareth, The Laze, Joel Harries, Plank, Krankschaft, Bruise, 72% Morrissey, Omnia Opera, Colossloth, Damrai Vent, a.P.A.t.T., Tall Ships, Kate Goes, The Retinal Circus, Jim Noir, Dog Food, Vert:x, Circulus, Lifecycle, Windscale, Jo Hamilton, Betty & The Id, Neko Neko, The Higher Craft, The Chinese Burn Society

Here’s some links of interest:

Official 2016 website – https://unorthodoxparadox2016.wordpress.com/
Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/TheUnorthodoxParadox/
Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheUnorthodoxParadox
Twitter – https://twitter.com/ParadoxEvent