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Bowland is looking to bring the feel of the beach to rainy Lancaster with it’s Castaway theme. Think deserted islands and delicious coconut cocktails, deep blue seas and sunsets. Due to Bowland’s imminent refurbishment, this year the Extrav will be set in County bar. Each room will explore a different scene, giving everyone the opportunity to relax on the beach, venture into the jungle and explore under the sea. There will even be a surf machine for students to try their hand at riding the waves.
In keeping with the beach theme, there will be a BBQ serving up a variety of food, including burgers, skewers and veggie options. In terms of a musical line-up, Bowland appear to have gone all out. Their headline act Shock Parade are described as a cross between Faithless and Underworld, complete with live drums, synths and atmospheric guitar. President Anastasia Rattigan describes them as having ‘spectacular stage presence’ as well as ‘euphoric anthems that will keep you buzzing all night.’ Supporting them will be talented fivesome IamLove, a favourite of Radio 1’s Edith Bowman, as well as talented act DJ&What? playing long into the night. Joining them will be a variety of acoustic acts as well as a steel band playing Bob Marley and UB40 covers, a perfect accompaniment to the laid-back beach atmosphere that Bowland wishes to create.