Today, Karnidale is home to four big tops, an amphitheatre, a converted double decker bus and the Dr Reg Bolton Cabaret Bar, which serve as epic stages for circus and cabaret performers, comedy acts and musicians.
The festival draws around 1500 revellers every year, with family-friendly performances and activities during the day, and adults-only entertainment after dark. There are often acts from Cirque du Soleil, as well as performers on the way to or from Glastonbury Theatre & Circus.
“Apart from Glastonbury Circus, it’s just one of the most unique festival experiences you’ll find,” says Yates. “A lot of people who come once will come back year after year after year.”
Just like Glastonbury, Karnidale showcases the music of extraordinary artists, like The Bambuseae Rhythm Section, who is just one of many bands set to play in 2022. The Aussie band is well loved for live sets brimming with everything a heaving dance floor requires.
Then there’s the eclectic market stalls, laden with curiosities, clothes and wares from talented makers. Not to mention delicious food trucks and hands-on workshops for kids, guided by Karnidale coaches who make learning new skills a blast.
“You’ll come and just go into another world,” says Yates. “There’s music happening everywhere, there’s market stalls, you can have a go at little workshops. There’s loads of great things to do and watch – from all of the family stuff during the day through to the adults only at night, there’s lots of magic this year.”