Over The Moon have been out in the Sahara doing an Overland trip in our Land Rover 130 work vehicle.  We took the opportunity to take along a 6x8m Intent and look at developing it for the Overland vehicle market.  We got some very positive feedback from vehicle owners and will be suggesting some feature enhancements to Intent manufacturing back home in South Africa to cater for this growing market.

Weight has to be kept to a minimum for Overlanding in dunes so we took no ground stakes and utilised the roof racks and jerry cans we already had with us.  We also experimented with light weight poles.

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Drove by the site of the Shambala festival today while out and about with a tipi.  Got a touch of butterflies as I looked forward to next week’s festival. Over The Moon Tents will be providing our vintage military green tent for the reggae area.  While looking at the festivals’s website I got to wondering what exactly Shambala means.  Not surprised to find its a meaningful word.  The crew will be onsite to check the festival lives up to its name.

 http://www.shambalafestival.org

Externally, Shambhala was a geographic location, a seat of inspiration where the Buddha taught the Kalachakra Tantra, the Tantra of the Wheel of Time. In the mythology of Bon, the native religion of Tibet, Shambhala was a Central Asian kingdom, the origin and center of the world whence issued all spiritual energies.

Internally, Shambhala is the dharma chakra, located in the heart of all beings. It is the symbol for mind, completing the trinity of body, speech, and mind.

The esoteric meaning of Shambhala is tathagatagarbha, buddha-nature, the essence of all things. It transcends existence and non-existence and is the ground of both samsara and nirvana. According to the Kalachakra Tantra, the Emperor of Shambhala, Rigden, waged war against and subdued the Three Lords of Materialism: the Lord of Form, the Lord of Speech, and the Lord of Mind. In the Dark Age these Three Lords extend their power and seduction, enslaving the human mind with psychological and spiritual materialism. When Shambhala is acknowledged—when buddha-nature shines through—the strategies of the Three Lords become irrelevant and the teachings of the Kalachakra Tantra are realized.

Over The Moon tents has been delighted to get involved with the Blank Canvas project at this years Big Chill Festival.  Inspired by seeing the spectacle of dozens of tents given to the homeless and placed along the Canal Saint Martin in Paris, artist Cedric Christie decided to create a charity project that would echo this gesture.

Over The Moon provided an eight section vintage army marquee and two three section ones as the shelter and backdrop inside which the artist’s pup tents are displayed.

Looking into the marquee at one of the artist decorated tents

Looking into the marquee at one of the artist decorated tents

The boards are assembled inside the marquee

The boards are assembled inside the marquee

More Info on the Big chill site

http://www.bigchill.net/news/2009/06/the-blank-canvas-project/

and here

http://www.blankcanvasproject.org/index.html

Glade Festival

Intent 2x 15x13m Joined together and decorated by Liquid Fairy, Glade Festival 2009

Intent 2x 15x13m Joined together and decorated by Liquid Fairy, Glade Festival 2009

Secret Garden Party, Huntingdon

Intents at the Secret Garden Party, 2009

Intents at the Secret Garden Party, 2009

Americana Show, Newark 2009

Painted Tipi at the Americana Show, July 2009

Painted Tipi at the Americana Show, July 2009


Liquid Faeries And GV at Glade 2009

Liquid Faeries|MySpace Videos

The interior gets the nylon treatment

The interior gets the nylon treatment

We are down in windy Winchester today at Matterley Bowl, a natural amphitheatre sculpted out of the chalk downlands.  We are here for the Glade festival.  On all sides the site is bounded by 50m high downlnd banks. I’m looking down from the crew camping area on the circus big tops, giant tulips by Jigantics.com , festival flags and two chino intents Over The Moon has provided. They look great and have been decorated in fine style by the Liquid Faeries crew. See the link above to their Myspace site and a video of the festival set up.

Behind the IDSpiral area before we put the tent up

Tent behind IDSpiral

Tent behind InSpiral

Over The Moon Tents had an action packed 12 days away in Sunny Somerset to help put up tents for the Glastonbury Festival 2009.  We provided an Intent for the Rabbit Hole area in the Park Zone, a 25x14m Intent for the Glade area’s juice bar and a Yurt for the VIP camping at Windinglake Farm.

It was a lot of fun seeing the site come together and enjoy the buildup, the festival and the aftermath.  The scale of production and work that goes into the festival was staggering, and was matched by a creative flare that made us proud to be a part of.

The decor that Fluffy Mafias’s crew put up in the Intent was a revelation and we made some good contacts and hope to work with them in the future.  Contact them for more info.
http://www.fluffymafia.com
http://www.myspace.com/fluffymafia

Fluffy Mafia's impressive decor inside the Intent, Glastonbury 2009

Outside the Glade areas Intent juice bar

We have been Over The Moon these past few days after installing two Intents at the Glastonbury Festival.  It has been a wonderful experience to be involved with the creation of the festival and see the HUGE site being transformed.  The site has grown massively since we last visited as eager ticket holders in 1997.  The Tipi village along the line of the hill above the site is very impressive, as is the sheer size of the site.  It takes over an hour to walk around the site now and that’s without the masses being here.

 

Looking across at the observation tower in the Park Zone

Looking across at the observation tower in the Park Zone

 

 There are 40,000! people involved in making the festival happen and the atmosphere is a delicious anticipationand easy going meetings and free flowing conversations with strangers bonded in the act of creating the event.  It is strange to be at the festival and see the familiar places but without that zing and white knuckle ride of the event when its underway.

 

Backstage at the Pyramid Stage. No sign of Bruce Sringsteen

Backstage at the Pyramid Stage. No sign of Bruce Sringsteen

 

Intent take shape behind the Giant Kata Tipis

Intent take shape behind the Giant Kata Tipis

We have erected a 15x13m Orange Intent behind 3 Giant Kata Tipis.  They will form the outer part of the Rabbit Hole area, with access to the Intent through a burrow/tunnel which must be navigated after answering a riddle.  All the crew are dressed as characters from the Alice in Wonderland story.  Over The Moon DJ’s will be playing inside the Intent which will be completed with a lit up dancefloor, a la “Saturday Night Fever”.

 

25x14m Intent for the Glade Area at Glastonbury

25x14m Intent for the Glade Area at Glastonbury