For the last 12 years a festival called Urkult has been held
in a small village called Näsåker in the
north of Sweden. The village, and the festival ground, is situated
along Ångermanälven (the Ångerman River).
This was my second visit to the festival, but this year I volonteered
as a driver. I got to drive artists/bands like Wakilo (Denmark),
Padik (Sweden/Norway), Swåp (Sweden/Britain), and Baba Blues (Sweden).
I arrived on Tuesday evening (1/8) and put up my caravan. My friend
Wabbit helped me (as last year :-)..
On the Wednesday I met with the organisers, but otherwise had
the day off. (Which meant I got to get a bit more comfortable
living in my caravan.)
On the Thursday I went to Sundsvall to pick up parts of the
band Wakilo (arriving from Denmark). They made me listen to jazz,
music I usually hate, but actually could bare. :-) In the evening
I didn't fall asleep (as last year) so I got to see Eldnatta
On the Friday I went back to Sundsvall to pick up Swåp (who
are from Sweden and Britain) and Padik (from Sweden and Norway).
In the evening I picked Padik up at their guest house only to met
an old school friend from Båstad (him being married to the daughter
of the owner of the guest house). I also got to see Sirqus
Alfon in action, a great and funny group of musical clowns,
while Padik and Swåp where preparing in Danslogen
(the dance barn). At Urkult they usually have some courses as well,
one being on drumming.
And yet again, on the Saturday, I went to Sundsvall to pick up
parts of Baba Blues (from Sweden) while dropping of Salomon
Helperin (Sweden). On the way back we visited a
buddhist temple on Indalsälven (Indal
river). The temple was built (funded) by Thai people to commemorate
a kings visit, and liking, of the place. (Here I ran out of battery,
and living in the parking place of a football ground, I had no
easy way of recharching them.)
On the Sunday I got to drive yet another member of Wakilo to Umeå airport.
On the way back I stopped of at an old furnace south of Umeå.
Not owning a house or not having a job to return to (after a
vacation) I took some time returning to Eskilstuna (where I had
just sold my house). I visited Östersund, Ljusdal, and Mora. (I
also spent a week in Västerås. Staying at camp sites I also had
access to electricity and could recharge my batteries for my