I think the Milton Keynes International Festival took a lot of people by surprise. Not only would they not normally think of Milton Keynes as the natural home for a cultural extravaganza such as this. But those who experienced the first incarnation of this festival two years ago knew there was a lot of work to be done if the organisers were to top that.
I never made the first year but from what I heard from those that had, this year did even more to win the hearts and minds of both those booked up with high expectations and those who spotted the cultural glow on the horizon and turned up to buy tickets on the fly.
Personally I had my wow face on for much of the festival. I had been asked by The Stables to wander Campbell Park and capture snippets to share in real time and to keep for prosperity. This put me in the enviable position of having an access all areas pass and a healthy choice of tickets to the various happenings.
The scale, diversity and quality of acts, installations and events had my soul thoroughly nourished until late into the night, on every night I attended.
If you want a sample of all the recordings above @MCFontaine has kindly edited a single more bite size piece to take you on a journey through some of my festival experiences.