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Villagers 'Shocked' As 500 Swingers Arrive For Festival Of Sex And Music

06/07/2015 11:43 BST | Updated 06/07/2015 11:59 BST

Forget Glastonbury, Wireless or Download, a festival with a bit of a difference took over a village in Gloucestershire this weekend - much to the dismay of local residents.

Around 500 people flocked to Flaxley for Swingfields 2015 - the biggest event in the swingers' calendar - for a weekend of debauchery and live music.

The Swingfields festival started in July 2013 and was held in Worcestershire last year. But residents in Flaxley have claimed they received no advance warning about the event, as camper vans and tents began to descend on the village.

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"It was quite a shock when we went down to the gates on Thursday night to ask them to keep the music down," one villager who wished to remain anonymous said, according to The Telegraph.

"Let's just say when we saw a banner with the words 'three is the magic number' and a variety of interesting images we knew this wasn't just your usual music festival."

Festival goers wishing to attend the festival had to buy tickets in advance, but the location of the festival was kept a secret until two days before it began to ensure it remained "discreet and secure".

"With 360 degree panoramic views, a quiet and private countryside location, and a private security firm to deliver the privacy we all want, this year's festival is well situated," the festival's website assured ticket holders.

As well as three days of live music, the festival provided attendees with hot tubs, a sauna, a chill pool, a laser show, workshops and stalls selling adult toys.

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Another villager said: "It is not about the nature of the festival - people can do what they like in private. It's the noise which has just been intolerable. It has been 48 hours of hell. I have had just four hours of sleep since Thursday."

This isn't the first swingers gathering to upset residents in rural Britain.

In 2012 the discreetly named JCT, a club offering "dungeons, gangbangs and torture equipment" for swingers, caused outrage in Hampshire.

Residents and the local council claimed it didn't have planning permission and was disturbing the neighbours.

Commenting at the time, local Conservative councillor Leslie Puttock said: "It's up to them what they do in their own home, but this was a normal domestic dwelling house that was bought and someone thought there's parking and I can black out the windows and this has become a club and it does not have permission to be one.

"The neighbours are not happy. It's a rural area. There is nobody absolutely next door, but there are people across the road that are affected by it and the car movements and also the noise - it's not only inside, it's outside as well."

The club was later ordered to close, but Swingfields doesn't look set to end any time soon - festival goers are already talking about tickets for 2016.

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