The Swamp Shack

Bestival, Isle Of Wight

September 2011, 2012, 2013

Bestival approached Block9 to create a new festival venue based on a concept by Ruth 'Ruby Blues' Powell for a haunted, Louisiana Shack.

The tumbledown, wooden building is modelled on an abandoned swamplands house – built on stilts – that appears to be collapsing into the surrounding bayou. Soiled overalls still hang outside the mosquito net door and period bottles and jars gather dust inside the rotting, dirty windows.

The front porch stage is programmed with live music and cabaret. Making your way through the scrap-yard garden and corrugated fencing you find yourself in a large afterhours music venue with space for 1000 revellers.