The Swamp Shack at Bestival

Swamp Shack

Stage Management, Artist Liaison, Artist Booking and Management


The Swamp Shack: An interactive music and performance venue in the style of a ramshackle Louisiana bayou juke joint, created in collaboration by Ruby Blues (Trash City) and set-design pioneers Block9. By day the venue played host to Deliverance-meets-Oh Brother Where Art Thou inspired immersive theatre and acoustic bands playing everything from country blues to bluegrass, by night turning into a late night party venue featuring big name acts and DJ’s till the wee hours.

“I first worked with Brita many years ago when she came on board as a Production Assistant for the Trash City show at the Roundhouse. From the first day she started work on the project Brita became an indispensable member of the team. Extremely capable and untiringly upbeat, willing and focused, she was an utter delight to work with, something that was commented on by various members of the cast and crew. When we launched The Swamp Shack at Bestival I initially employed Brita as Production Assistant and Artist Liaison but by the third year I had handed over the reigns to her as Production Manager for the whole project. I have total trust in Brita’s abilities – she thinks of everything before you have time to – and handles every possible aspect of production with utter professionalism, efficiency and buckets of personal charm. I can’t recommend her highly enough.”
– Ruby Blues, Co-creative Director and Programmer