For a good few years I've been itching to scratch 'shoot a foreign festival' from my bucket list. I've come awfully close to it in the past - SXSW, Primavera, Lowlands, Sziget, Rock Werchter, Pukkelpop, even Coachella (no thanks to Eyjafjallajökull) - but for one reason or another it just hasn't happened. So when the opportunity arose to shoot Best Kept Secret in the Netherlands, I didn't need asking twice.
Despite only being in it's third year, Best Kept Secret is already building a reputation for punching above it's weight with past appearances from Arctic Monkeys, Elbow, Sigur Ros, Bloc Party and The Pixies, to name a few. This years line up continued this vein of quality acts, with headline sets from Noel Gallagher, Alt-J, as well as the first appearance from The Libertines since their reformation.
Given the relatively small size of the festival site, it gave me a great opportunity to get round the stages to see as many acts as possible - particular highlights included Death Cab For Cutie, Marmozets, First Aid Kit, Wolf Alice, Future Islands, and a truly stonking set from Royal Blood.
The festival site is based on the grounds of the Beekse Bergen Safari Park, around the perimeter of a picturesque lake - one of many aspects that were reminiscent of Latitude back home. Whenever possibly I took half an hour to chill by the lakeside and sort a quick edit - great vibes!
It was a truly awesome weekend, and definitely whet my appetite for 2016. Saw some awesome bands in refreshingly intimate surroundings, and met some truly awesome people from around the globe. Big big love to Glacken, Fogi Bear, T-Dog and 'Arry from ILP for making all us Brits feel at home on foreign shores, and the mightily accomodating folks from Best Kept Secret.