Thursday, January 31, 2008

Rainbow Serpent Cherry Popped

Hello again. I am back from my first Rainbow Serpent Festival and am having a little trouble adjusting to reality. I'm also having trouble getting used to the fact that 2008 was my first Rainbow. It was a perfect party and I felt completely at home immediately. Bit of a trek getting there given that we flew down and had to bus it into the site with all of our gear, but once there and set up it was just brilliant... and it felt especially like being home given the amount of people The Dreaded One and I knew. We set up in a predominantly Sydney area with loads of people we hadn't seen in ages. Word had gotten out that we closed our shop and so many people expressed sadness... quite moving.

Still, it was all about good times and dancing, and bloody hell did we dance. I've now gone my full journey from clubbing to doofing to learning to let go and dance sober in the daylight to realising that daytime dancing is what really does it for me. Nothing beats getting out of bed after a full night's sleep and joining the dancefloor mayhem when the sun is coming up and dancing all day long. The crazies are all out and it's a total, wonderful, happy freakshow.

And okay, so the being sober bit goes out the window, but so do inhibitions and hangups and thoughts of the real world. Everyone is just there to dance and laugh, and I will never be happier than when I'm stomping with my big dumb grin on my face.

These are a couple of random images. I'll post more in coming posts. The dancefloor was pretty rammed the whole time with an ebb and flow between stages, but the Market stage was a cack. Water trucks and mist pipes sent everyone even more silly.

I sat on my sunnies and was briefly obsessed with the eye patch effect, until I bought a pair of totally not-me sun glasses that I got very attached to. So much so that at one point, lying in a hammock with The Dreaded One, I started flapping about and checking my Pants Of Many Pockets and declaring, "Where are my new glasses? I'm going to be very pissed if I've lost my new glasses." The Dreaded One shook her head in awe and told me that they were on my face. So me.

More party pics later. So much fun.


Anonymous said...

Man, that sounds like how I feel about the Rainbow every year for 11 years. I hope it stays the same for you too. Take some acid and dance even more.

Kathryn said...

Sounds like the atmosphere at Burning Man. So, when are you two going get over here for that? Can you wait until 2009? I can't make it this year due to a wedding but will be there in '09 for sure.

It is brilliant dancing outside in the daylight! I've never experienced that until this year. Can't wait to see the rest of your photos! :)

quick said...

Hello anonymous. I hope it stays that way for me too. And acid is not my friend. The music is though.

Hey Kat. I have a lot to sort out this year before planning anything overseas. Bumpy start to the year - and I think there's an eclipse festival in Japan in 2009 which would take a lot of planning. Would love to make it to Burning Man though. And I'd say I'll definitely be at the next Rainbow.