A wristed development

Nowadays, festival goers are more than familiar with the process of getting a wristband for the event to give you free access across the activities. When tickets were sold for ‘Welcome To The Dark Ages’, the 400 participants were informed that they would need to visit the Dead Perch (a.k.a Static Gallery) in Liverpool to swap their tickets for the tribal bracelets. All sounds fairly straightforward, organised and civilised – but we are not attending a festival and The Jams do not operate within the confines of rules or contemporary protocol…

By the way, the Dead Perch resides at number… you guessed it, 23…

Upon arriving at the venue on Wednesday morning, the art space is buzzing and there is a vibrancy to the atmosphere.

As soon as I enter I am bombarded by yellow…

The K2 merchandise had gone on sale and was clearly sparking a lot of interest.

K2 Merchandise

Within the range are posters, mugs, t-shirts, high-viz vests and the ‘Starbucks War Is Over’ cup. Of course, the pricing is unconventional – all items retail for £20.23 (or at multiples of that amount). Are you a mug for buying a mug at that price? Maybe – but we will see what your opinions on money are later today…

Opposite the merchandise stall is a cafe / bar area that is brimming with brews and banter.

I head downstairs and join the queue in anticipation of officially becoming a part of this moment. As I approach the table, it soon becomes evident that more is expected of me than just presenting my ticket and verifying that I am the said holder. A list is being presented to everybody in the queue and we are getting asked to pick a number from it…

pick 1 number - peter robinson - pop justice

We had been warned…

When buying tickets, part of the transaction was clear that everybody involved will act as a ‘volunteer’ – but no further details were given as to what that meant.

Unsurprisingly, when presented with the choices, no context was given, nor was there any kind of guidance as to the skill level that may or may not be required. Quite how these skills will refer to tasks in the bigger picture is hard to tell at this point as there are far more pieces to this jigsaw to uncover… But the intrigue is now sky high… (and judging by the Facebook groups there is also a healthy mix of excitement and fear as to what the fuuk is going on).

I trade my ticket for a wristband. I select my number. I am given the K4L booklet which acts as an itinerary. There are also copies of the excellent Bido Lito #80 for those taking part.

wristband - k4l

So far, The Jams have managed to flip what it means to launch a book and obtain a wristband. Just what else will be radically converted over the coming days…

Merchandise Photo courtesy of: Miss Pokeno‏ @MissPokeno

Pick A Number Photo courtesy of: P. Robinson / Pop Justice

Wristband Photo courtesy of: Bishop Wool.‏ @JustSomeWool

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