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Festival round up 2011

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A summer-long frantic feast of frenzied festival fun saw Area 51 performers out and about throughout Europe.

An army of Area 51 artists wowed punters at a host of diverse events in Britain and on the continent to keep Area 51 right at the pinnacle of performance art during the festival season.

Hundreds of stunning shows and walkabout spots were staged at iconic and big name events on the festival calendar as well as new upstart events starting to create their own headlines.

Glastonbury, Bestival, the Secret Garden Party, Run To The Sun, Glade, Play, Wilderness, Skyfest and Exit were among the festivals which featured Area 51 performers.A

At GLASTONBURY Area 51 transported a legion of eclectic acts to provide a suitably fun-filled and leftfield diversion to the festival's many treasures. The ever-popular Fish & Tits late-night cabaret bar left revellers goggle-eyed as live and DJ entertainment combined with remarkable decor and a topless body-painted mermaid to cause a nocturnal cornucopia of conviviality!

Outside at the same festival Area 51 stage-managed its hilarious and show-stopping Quarantine Arena where members of the public were chained to a medical table and subjected to a frenetic and side-splitting "examination" by freaks dressed in lab coats.

GLASTONBURY also marked the début of Area 51' steampunk warp-athon travelling show that is Igor Rasputin's Caravan of Lost Souls which received a tummultous reaction.

Among the Area 51's legionaires on the front line at this most famous of British festivals were contortionists, stilt-walkers, globots, musicians, DJs, dancers and many other disparate performance artists.

Meanwhile on the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England, another Area 51 troupe of merry-makers magically helped make BESTIVAL another rip-roaring success. A large number of walkabout acts (both on stilts and foot) were unleashed at the event and this marked the début of the Area 51 KISS characters and also our pop idols (including Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse).
The costumed characters on show also included Ozzy Osbourne, Jimi Hendrix, Sid Vicious, Elvis Presley and many more.

Area 51 also happily took part and enjoyed the PLAY festival held at Llanfyllin in Mid-Wales at the end of July where the nation's community of juggling experts gathered to show off their array of skills and new routines.

Among the characters dispatched to Llanfyllin Workhouse set among the glorious Welsh countryside were demons, penguins and outrageous grannies!

A sextet of skilled artists hopped in to a van and headed over the Channel to mainland Europe before weaving their way across Europe to Serbia in the former country of Yugoslavia at the beginning of July to be on show at EXIT Festival.
Held at the Petrovaradin Fortress on the right bank of the famous Danube river at Novi Sad, EXIT is one of Europe's biggest and most popular festivals and has been running annually since 2001.
Globot and Illuminatus were joined by TV Heads, steampunks and glow girl characters from Area 51.

At the start of the festival season back in May Area 51 unleashed an 18-strong collection of stage show and walkabout performers at the hugely popular RUN TO THE SUN festival in Newquay, Cornwall including fire performers, stiltwalkers, globot, dancers and much, much more.

In mid July Area 51 had six performers entertaining the crowds at the SECRET GARDEN PARTY staged in Huntington in Cambridgeshire.

This fascinating event is set in a ten-acre landscape garden and is described as a "garden party gone crazy" which suits the Area 51 style perfectly as outrageous grannies, steampunks, pirates and snow explorer characters enchanted those present.

Steampunks and grannies were equally popular at the smaller scale event WILDERNESS which was held at Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire in the middle of August.

The Area 51 army of acts were perfectly attuned to the underground electronica vibes at GLADE held at Houghton Hall near Kings Lynn in Norfolk where a theme of elements was taken on board by the performance artists with gusto and imagination culminating in the Area 51 fire performance acts burning a huge pyramid in one of the fields.

And Area 51 were represented at SKYFEST in Osterley on the outskirts of London on July 15 with one of the firm's globots and other artists helping to mesmerise punters.