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It’s again time for us to ask: ‘Are you ready for Meraki?’

PUBLISHED: 14:00 08 August 2018

Festival goers enjoy Jason Donovan's performance at the Meraki Festival. Picture: Danny Loo

Festival goers enjoy Jason Donovan's performance at the Meraki Festival. Picture: Danny Loo

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The wait is almost over, the stage is ready and the first campers will be putting up their tents tomorrow afternoon - St Albans’ second Meraki Festival arrives this weekend, and it’s not too late to join in the fun.

The sun goes down on the Friday night of the first ever Meraki Festival. Picture: Danny LooThe sun goes down on the Friday night of the first ever Meraki Festival. Picture: Danny Loo

From Friday through to Sunday, Herts County Showground will be hosting the district’s only major music fest, with the line-up of acts including All Saints, Nik Kershaw, 10CC, Pixie Lott, Morcheeba and Gabrielle, plus DJs ranging from Judge Jules and Tall Paul to Seb Fontaine and Freemasons.

Just announced for the Saturday night are special guests The Soul Brothers, who will be joining The Meraki All-Stars and vocalists Emily Holligan and Annabel Williams for a set of songs paying tribute to the King of Pop himself - Michael Jackson!

Expect jaw-dropping vocals, sharp suits and slick choreography all the way, as they bring classic soul and modern pop classics to round off the evening’s festivities.

But apart from a stellar array of performers, there’s plenty more to enjoy, and as an all-inclusive festival, all activities throughout the weekend are included in the ticket price.

Festival goers enjoy Odyssey's performance at the Meraki Festival. Picture: Danny LooFestival goers enjoy Odyssey's performance at the Meraki Festival. Picture: Danny Loo

Favourites from last year like Laser Tag and Rockaoke will be returning but there also are heaps of amazing new attractions to explore.

One not to miss at Meraki is one of the UK’s first interactive mobile caving system. It provides a realistic artificial caving experience and with over 90ft tunnelling inside, featuring stalagmites, sumps and squeezes, there’s plenty of space for kids and adults to wriggle around in.

Meraki hasn’t just got great music but great comedy as well, showcasing many fresh and experienced comics, including the fantastic Joe Bar and a hilarious set from Kojo.

For tired souls or those drawn to the silver screen, the movie house will be running reels all weekend. Whatever your fancy, from feel-good family flicks to culture favourites, you’re sure find it there.

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No festival would be complete without a silent disco, and Meraki is no exception. Lights flashing, beats thumping, dance yourself into a trance - that is, until you take your headphones off and hear nothing but stamping feet and bad singing!

Or if that’s not your thing, the House of Neon Dance igloo is back, bigger and better than ever! With a line-up of international playing, Ibiza-headlining DJs, laying down the hardest beats and mixing some classic dance floor anthems, this is a vibe you won’t want to miss out on.

You don’t have to be a dancer to show off some fancy footwork. Meraki’s roller disco is the perfect place to get moving to some groovy tunes, whether you’re a beginner or experienced skater.

As the heat wave carries on without end, it seems the festival weekend is going to be a scorcher.

However, with a number of swimming pools, water slides and hot tubs, changing rooms on site, Meraki has various ways to cool off and splashabout in the midday sun or settle down for a late night soak with some bubbles.

Meraki will be packed with all the attractions of the fairground. Whether you’re looking for wild rides on the Ferris wheel and dodgems, amazing stunts at the circus or crazy tricks and displays from the magicians and street performers in the crowd, there’s no shortage of weird and wonderful performances or edge-of-your-seat thrills.

For the kids desperate to run away to the circus, there’ll be a number of performers running workshops teaching kids the ins-and-outs and ups-and-downs of juggling, plate-spinning and tight-rope walking to name a few.

For kids, or parents, who need to escape for a while, there is wide variety of activities for children to have fun learning and playing together.

Arts and crafts, face-painting, kids films, crazy science experiments, pirate adventures – the list goes on and on when it comes to fun for kids.

Needless to say, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a music or comedy fan, magic lover, adult, child or even a caving enthusiast, there’s going to be something for everyone at Meraki.

For ticket, visit https://merakifestival.com/ and for the latest Meraki news from the Herts Ad, see here.

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