P’tit Faystival – where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

Located in the tiny village of Petit-Fays, near Bièvre, in the south of the province of Namur in Belgium, the P’tit Faystival is one of the most unlikely places to stumble across a day of alternative rock and indie acts.

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

Now in its 15th year, the action takes place around the village square under the gaze of the 1879 Sainte-Barbe church, and in a large marquee which stays open till 6am.

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

Folk band play under a tree by the village square.

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

The main festival area with the band marquee to the right.

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

The splendid church.

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

On the ‘main’ stage, an experimental artist employs loops and sound effects.

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

Men were instructed to pee… somewhere.

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

The band were put up in the houses of kind locals. This is the scene one minute’s walk away from the festival.

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

This is where the keyboard player and I stayed.

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

Walking back to the festival.

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

This curious game involved spinning a hammer around and then thumping the nail into the log.

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

A huge communal paella was prepared over a log fire, with veggie options available nearby.

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

Late afternoon in the square.

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

Here’s the admin crew keeping things running smoothly!

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

A look around the village.

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

Experimental sound artist.

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

Eating outside.

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

A local artist gets involved.

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

The locals were in a good mood after the World Cup result.

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

Relaxing in the sun.

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

The band stage inside the marquee.

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

Crowd for the Monochrome Set.

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

The audience were amazing. We had a proper mosh pit going for most of the set!

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

The soundcrew were fine chaps.

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

After we finished, the DJ played a wildly eccentric set, which went from the Pixies to sub-Eurovision Belgium oompah, and it sent the crowds into a frenzy!

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

Crowd surfing.

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

Singing along.  The party went on till 6am.

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

The view next morning.

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

Some of the old ladies in the village were selling waffles, home made jam and coffee.

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

Abandoned goods yard at Graide station.

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

Crossing lights.

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

Waiting for the train.

P'tit Faystival - where a tiny village in Belgium goes crazy for music, July 2018

Goodbye Belgium – and thank you to the organisers of P’Tit Faystival – it was amazing!

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