BYRON BAY. Day 3. Hot Yoga and Sexy Mustaches

Each morning i cant believe how incredible our view of the beach is,

but i tore myself away at 8 for an intense session of Bikram Yoga at the studio just near our house.

The class is an extremely demanding series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. These exercises are made even more intense as their done in a heated room to between 38 and 40 Deg C and you spent the whole 90 minutes covered in sweat and waiting for it to be over! BUT it’s addictive as the benefits are immense and the sheer amount of endorphins released makes you feel amazing. By the end of a class session, you have worked every muscle, tendon, joint, ligament, internal organ, and gland while systematically moving fresh, oxygenated blood to 100% of the body.

After my intense workout we spent the day relaxing and then were off again in the afternoon to the festival

We made friends with those who surrounded us in the mosh pit and we passed around the fake mo’s (mustaches)

which we wore as tributes to the distinctive mo of Mr Frankenreiter!

Like Jack Johnson, Donavon Frankenreiter is a pro surfer turned musician and took to surfing at a young age. By the age of 13 he had a sponsor — Billabong — and the pursuit of a professional career in surfing led to a move to Hawaii a year later. He had rented a home from the parents of Jack Johnson, a fellow surfer who would become a successful recording artist years later. The two became fast friends, learning guitar together, surfing, and just plain hanging out. Music was always fun to play for Frankenreiter, but it wasn’t until 2002 that he was confident enough to try it professionally. His cruisy music gives a snapshot into his organic and non-contrived lifestyle and there was SOOO much love and admiration for him in the audience that evening. When we all sung along to one of his better known songs “Call me Papa” – that he wrote about his son, you could tell he was genuinely so touched and its that artist-audience connection that you attend live events for

After Donavon had to sadly leave – he was incredible – we went for a wander around then grounds and explored the market stalls

and then returned to the main tent to let down our hair, swings our hips and unwind to the sexy salsa of the Buena Vista Social Club Orchestra. The Buena Vista Social Club was a members club in Havana, Cuba that held dances and musical activities, becoming a popular location for musicians to meet and play during the 1940s. In the 1990s, nearly 50 years after the club was closed, it inspired a recording made by Cuban musician Juan de Marcos González and American guitarist Ry Cooder with traditional Cuban musicians, some of whom were veterans who had performed at the club during the height of its popularity. The recording, named Buena Vista Social Club after the Havana institution, became an international success, and the ensemble was encouraged to perform, becoming a worldwide sensation. Although it doesnt still have all the original members, their classic songs are still carried around the world, thrilling audiences everywhere

After so much singing and dancing we were quite exhausted and were heading for the exit when we heard some bizarre and intriguing sounds coming from one of the smaller tents. We went over and were met by the strange “Barons of Tang”

an eclectic group of musicians who combined to make a wild style of music that make you want to jump about and randomly swing your limbs around. I suppose you would describe it as mix between gypsy and tango feels with a punk ethos. The bass player and leader of the group proceeded to tell the small gathering, whilst swigging from his bottle of wine, “If you don’t dance to the next song, your heads WILL explode“. So dance we did!

For a while that is, then it just got a bit strange and too creepy so we left for the safe haven and normality of home!


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