In pictures: Sunrise Celebration 2014
- 3 June 2014
- From the section In Pictures
After relocating across the Severn Estuary from the west of England into south Wales, the Sunrise Celebration, one of the earliest of the UK's major summer outdoor music festivals, weathered a storm on its opening night to reach maximum capacity by its fourth afternoon.
It took three people two days to reconstruct on the festival site a 50ft (15m) fabric statue of Celtic sea god Manannan, created by artists from the Isle of Man. The Irish name Manannan derives from an earlier name for the Isle of Man, and festival organisers said they wanted "a Celtic connection with the move to Wales".
After torrential rain on the opening night of the festival, crew members and volunteers worked hard to ensure the site stayed as dry as possible.
South London electro-swing-hop band The Correspondents (DJ Chucks and MC Mr Bruce), headlining Friday night, have remained firm festival favourites since making the Daily Telegraph's "top 10 Glastonbury highlights" list in both 2010 and 2011.
For the past two years, volunteers from the Edventure social enterprise in Frome, Somerset, have brought their unique brand of "ridiculous games and foolery" to the festival. This year, they recreated the French Revolution through the medium of slow-motion invisible murder ball, cheerleader rock-paper-scissors and human skittles.
Pole dancer Amirah Omran took time off from her job as an instructor at the LA Dance Studios in Trowbridge to provide some "aerial instruction" in the kids' field.
Sunrise boasts "the most comprehensive sustainability policy and strategy of all music festivals in the UK". And every public toilet at the festival was a "compost loo" - even the children's.
From 19:00 BST on each night of the festival, the children were treated to open-air bedtime stories. On Saturday, they heard "the oldest tale ever told" - Aborigine Dreamtime creation myth The Rainbow Serpent.
Reggae singer Little Roy's number one, Bongo Nyah - written and recorded when he was 16 years old - was the first Jamaican hit to champion the Rastafari movement. On Saturday night, 45 years later, he rocked the crowd at the Chai Wallahs main stage.
After the sun finally broke through the clouds on the fourth day of the festival, organiser Kat Ritchie said of the sell-out: "It was the weather today that did it. We've had a huge influx of locals joining us and everyone is having a lovely Sunday afternoon in the sun. This has been one of the best sunrises yet and we are so happy to now be in Wales."
The ninth annual Sunrise Celebration was held, for the first time, in Piercefield Park, between the River Wye and Chepstow Racecourse. Race days on the Wednesday before and Monday after the four-day festival necessitated the suspension of all on-site activity - so as not to frighten the horses. After the event, organiser Kat Ritchie said: "We would like to thank the racecourse and local authorities who have worked closely with us to make sure everything went off without a hitch."
Sugar planter Col Valentine Morris bought the Piercefield Estate for £8,250 in 1740 but died three years later. His son, also Valentine - who named two of the slaves on the family's Antigua plantation Piercefield and Chepstow - sold the estate to pay gambling debts. It was bought by Nathaniel Wells, who was the mixed-race son of another sugar planter, from Cardiff, and one of his house slaves, Juggy.
Nelson is believed to have spent a night at Piercefield House in 1802. But in the 1920s the estate was sold to the Chepstow Racecourse Company and the house fell into disrepair. During World War Two, the racecourse was requisitioned for the construction of Lancaster bombers, and what remained of Piercefield House was used by US troops for target practice prior to the D-Day landings.