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Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: JJ (Joanna) on January 14, 2014, 09:29:11 PM
Does anyone know who is at Towersey this year and when they will announce their acts? Trying to make a decision?  ???


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: AnnieD on January 14, 2014, 09:47:47 PM
No! They keep going on about it's their 50th but NO sniff of any acts. Shrewsbury will be sold out soon!


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: blagden on January 14, 2014, 10:53:55 PM
Ditto Cambridge 50th - PR poor, don't think they realise they are in a market place environment!


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: macademis on January 15, 2014, 09:04:18 AM
In the case of Cambridge it may be because they are sold out every year, pretty much irrespective of what the line-up - evidence last year. Still frustrating, even though I've bought my ticket.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: blagden on January 15, 2014, 09:57:56 PM
Did eventually sell-out the week before however still think that it's a bit presumptuous and to be frank the line-up last year was pants!


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on January 16, 2014, 07:03:27 AM
Let me know the next time it doesn't sell out.  With a 60% turn out I might consider it myself.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: ronnie on January 16, 2014, 09:19:13 AM
Re Cambridge, I've asked asked several times on FB and Twitter when the line up will be announced but have had no reply

ronnie


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: GubGub (Al) on April 01, 2014, 11:10:21 AM
An odd phenomena occuring with festivals this year from my own personal perspective. They all seem to be incorporating at least one day when there is nothing that interests me.

Cropredy - Thursday & Friday look good. Saturday not so much.
Wickham - Thursday - Saturday terrific. Sunday I shall be making an early exit.
Moseley - Saturday & Sunday look promising. Friday I am ambivalent.

This is both bad and good news as not attending for entire durations will save me a couple of days leave from work, which I seem to be in short supply of this year.  :-\


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on April 01, 2014, 01:20:59 PM

An odd phenomena occuring with festivals this year from my own personal perspective. They all seem to be incorporating at least one day when there is nothing that interests me.

Cropredy - Thursday & Friday look good. Saturday not so much.
Wickham - Thursday - Saturday terrific. Sunday I shall be making an early exit.
Moseley - Saturday & Sunday look promising. Friday I am ambivalent.

This is both bad and good news as not attending for entire durations will save me a couple of days leave from work, which I seem to be in short supply of this year.  :-\
I quite enjoy a day where I'm not keen on any of the bands. Sometimes you get a nice musical surprise, plus it gives you chance to wander about. One year at Cropredy we spent most of the admittedly sunny afternoon sat outside the van, reading and drinking and just generally chilling. The music and general Cropedy sounds were still there in the background but it was just a lovely relaxing day.  {:-)


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on April 01, 2014, 01:22:51 PM
A day spent pottering along the canal and around the village at Cropredy is a joy.  A day wandering around Moseley?  Hmmmmm.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: GubGub (Al) on April 01, 2014, 01:31:44 PM

A day spent pottering along the canal and around the village at Cropredy is a joy.  A day wandering around Moseley?  Hmmmmm.


 ;D ;D


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Jules Gray on April 01, 2014, 01:40:28 PM

A day spent pottering along the canal and around the village at Cropredy is a joy.  A day wandering around Moseley?  Hmmmmm.


Moseley's alright!  It has some nice pubs and a few hippie shops.  I can take you on a guided tour of flats and houses I've lived in!   :D

Jules


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Gouty (Gary) on April 01, 2014, 02:01:49 PM


A day spent pottering along the canal and around the village at Cropredy is a joy.  A day wandering around Moseley?  Hmmmmm.


Moseley's alright!  It has some nice pubs and a few hippie shops.  I can take you on a guided tour of flats and houses I've lived in!   :D

Jules


Wa-haay! Who needs the National Trust with an offer like that on the table!  ;)


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Will S on April 01, 2014, 03:11:27 PM

An odd phenomena occuring with festivals this year from my own personal perspective. They all seem to be incorporating at least one day when there is nothing that interests me.

Cropredy - Thursday & Friday look good. Saturday not so much.
Wickham - Thursday - Saturday terrific. Sunday I shall be making an early exit.
Moseley - Saturday & Sunday look promising. Friday I am ambivalent.

This is both bad and good news as not attending for entire durations will save me a couple of days leave from work, which I seem to be in short supply of this year.  :-\


For me it's the Friday at Cropredy that doesn't do much for me - apart from the Aussie Pink Floyd at the end of the day.  But that's probably because I don't know most of the bands, and I'm sure some will grab me, even if others leave me snoozing in the sunshine (I was going to write 'leave me cold', but I hope it'll be a warm sunny day!)


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on April 01, 2014, 03:23:30 PM
To me, 'the Thursday - and Fri morning - in the village' (when the festival was just second half Fri and all day Sat) was what made Cropredy different (and better than the rest)...


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: GubGub (Al) on April 01, 2014, 03:46:32 PM
I haven't made it to the village at all during the last couple of Cropredy's that I attended. I agree that I used to find it a very special part of the weekend and would often spend Saturday afternoon sitting somewhere up the canal, reading. But the pressure to find your place on the field now seems to make those simple pleasures so much more difficult.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: hendo (Dave) on April 01, 2014, 05:59:26 PM

To me, 'the Thursday - and Fri morning - in the village' (when the festival was just second half Fri and all day Sat) was what made Cropredy different (and better than the rest)...

We still need that like button. Seconded.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on April 01, 2014, 06:03:34 PM


To me, 'the Thursday - and Fri morning - in the village' (when the festival was just second half Fri and all day Sat) was what made Cropredy different (and better than the rest)...

We still need that like button. Seconded.
blah blah the good old days blah blah   ::)

it's still better than the rest  {:-) and I like it spread over 3 days - you can pack more in!


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: GubGub (Al) on April 01, 2014, 07:53:05 PM


it's still better than the rest


But it isn't imho. I am however willing to concede that it may be me that has changed more than the festival. :(


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Addie on April 01, 2014, 08:29:21 PM


it's still better than the rest  {:-) and I like it spread over 3 days - you can pack more in!


I think you should try more festivals to be honest ;)


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on April 01, 2014, 09:10:22 PM



it's still better than the rest  {:-) and I like it spread over 3 days - you can pack more in!


I think you should try more festivals to be honest ;)
I agree and I will once a few logistical issues are sorted. :)


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Penguin (Dunc) on April 02, 2014, 10:15:14 AM

But the pressure to find your place on the field now seems to make those simple pleasures so much more difficult.


That's one of the reasons we stopped going for a few years.  However, on our return last year we picked up some folding seats about the size of a laptop bag (with a large beer pocket on the back).  Basically just two squares of foam with strapping/material between them to form a backrest, but they work really well.  We then just wandered around and crashed out where ever we fancied, providing there was enough space for two people to sit.  As they are so light you wear them across your back if you are standing down at the front and they don't get in the way of you dancing.

The other advantage is that as you are basically sat on the ground you can sit quite close to the front without one of the stewards trying to move you on.  :)


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Addie on April 02, 2014, 10:22:22 AM


But the pressure to find your place on the field now seems to make those simple pleasures so much more difficult.


That's one of the reasons we stopped going for a few years.  However, on our return last year we picked up some folding seats about the size of a laptop bag (with a large beer pocket on the back).  Basically just two squares of foam with strapping/material between them to form a backrest, but they work really well.  We then just wandered around and crashed out where ever we fancied, providing there was enough space for two people to sit.  As they are so light you wear them across your back if you are standing down at the front and they don't get in the way of you dancing.

The other advantage is that as you are basically sat on the ground you can sit quite close to the front without one of the stewards trying to move you on.  :)


Tried those a few years back bit I couldn't get to grips with them.  Kept falling backwards.  ;D


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Darren_j on April 02, 2014, 08:42:57 PM
Folk by the Oak, Warwick and Cropredy for me this Summer (so far...!)


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: hendo (Dave) on April 03, 2014, 12:05:09 AM



To me, 'the Thursday - and Fri morning - in the village' (when the festival was just second half Fri and all day Sat) was what made Cropredy different (and better than the rest)...

We still need that like button. Seconded.
blah blah the good old days blah blah   ::)

it's still better than the rest  {:-) and I like it spread over 3 days - you can pack more in!

It's not good old days Brij, it was what made it different. Stewarding was different, it was less corporate, more relaxed, no queuing, no rush down/up the field to get 'your'spot Now , with the exception of having only one stage, it is like any other fest and we seem to be preferring  more idiosyncrsatic fests recently, Larmar Tree, Upton, Ely, Warwick, Fest at the Edge, Moira , Ireby. Moseley etc.
I loved our 20 plus yrs at Cropredy. memories, friends, music and a complete retreat from the world of work, I never thought I'd stop going but little attracts me to the main field now. We will be at the v relaxed Festival at the Edge which still has that eccentric/aging hippy vibe (man!) :o ;D  I hope you love every minute. Enjoy.
Sheen has really lost her love of Cropredy. I'll be at the fringe on the Sat but I think we may have done our last Cropredy.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: JeremyRS on April 03, 2014, 09:19:18 AM
Cropredy has changed over the years as the band have chosen to extend it and expand it and I too preferred the more laidback only Friday evening/Saturday ones.  But we can't expect it to remain static forever and I'm perfectly happy to accept that it has moved on and I haven't.

That said, I shall be doing my 29th Cambridge this year.  That too has extended and expanded over the years but while, yes, it's perhaps not quite as laidback as once it was and I'm not blind to the issues it has (principally space) it has still, for me, kept it's soul and essential character.  I'm not entirely sure why this is - certainly retaining the old site and having continuity in style and audience have to do with it - but it seems to have done it better than Cropredy, at least through my (quite possibly rose-tinted) glasses.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Gouty (Gary) on April 03, 2014, 09:21:25 AM
Good article by Ed Vulliamy from the Observer on festivals:

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/mar/30/sex-drugs-jimi-hendrix-my-life-in-festivals-ed-vulliamy-isle-wight

Cropredy gets the thumbs-up  :)


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: hendo (Dave) on April 03, 2014, 09:54:36 AM

Cropredy has changed over the years as the band have chosen to extend it and expand it and I too preferred the more laidback only Friday evening/Saturday ones.  But we can't expect it to remain static forever and I'm perfectly happy to accept that it has moved on and I haven't.

That said, I shall be doing my 29th Cambridge this year.  That too has extended and expanded over the years but while, yes, it's perhaps not quite as laidback as once it was and I'm not blind to the issues it has (principally space) it has still, for me, kept it's soul and essential character.  I'm not entirely sure why this is - certainly retaining the old site and having continuity in style and audience have to do with it - but it seems to have done it better than Cropredy, at least through my (quite possibly rose-tinted) glasses.

Hi Jeremy, I completely accept that it is me who hasn't changed. I am delighted Cropredy continues, I am delighted people still love it. we just seem to have fallen out of love. maybe having the time to go to a whole load more  fests has made the difference. Cropredy is no longer my yearly ritual.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Sandra on April 03, 2014, 10:05:22 AM
Interesting article. I was at most of the early festivals he writes about - bath, Hyde Park, Bickershaw and agree with almost all he he has written.

Both the author and myself living in Glastonbury perhaps colours our attitude to the 'Pilton Pop Festival' up the road (aka Glastonbury) though I'm not sure that Sunrise will ever get back to it's roots as it moves ever more nearer a big city (Bristol).

Speaking to a lot of festival goers it seems that the smaller, focused, non corporate festivals are the way to go. This year our smallest festival will have a max of 500 and the biggest 15,000. That's big enough for me. And none will have any sort of corporate sponsorship, so no big companies waving a big stick either.

I won't, however, be going to Cropredy. Like Jeremy I'm glad others still love it, but it's no longer for me.  :(


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on April 03, 2014, 02:27:25 PM
I only started going to Cropedy in 2004 so maybe I haven't had enough time to get disillusioned yet. For me, it's always been a 3-day festival with around 20,000 people on the Saturday. Plus I'm not overly bothered by corporate involvement - it can a positive thing sometimes. Wadworths :)

We made the decision to miss a year in 2012 as the line-up wasn't to our liking, but as the 2nd weekend in August approached and we weren't going, we realised it's much more than just music. For us, it's 4 days of total relaxation and fun. No work, no driving, no cooking, no deadlines, no pressure. I'm sure I can get all this from other festivals, and next year we will definitely go to at least one other, but for now we're happy with Cropredy and all it has to offer.

 {:-)  [;-)


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: fat Billy(Bill) on April 03, 2014, 02:55:48 PM

I only started going to Cropedy in 2004 so maybe I haven't had enough time to get disillusioned yet. For me, it's always been a 3-day festival with around 20,000 people on the Saturday. Plus I'm not overly bothered by corporate involvement - it can a positive thing sometimes. Wadworths :)

We made the decision to miss a year in 2012 as the line-up wasn't to our liking, but as the 2nd weekend in August approached and we weren't going, we realised it's much more than just music. For us, it's 4 days of total relaxation and fun. No work, no driving, no cooking, no deadlines, no pressure. I'm sure I can get all this from other festivals, and next year we will definitely go to at least one other, but for now we're happy with Cropredy and all it has to offer.

 {:-)  [;-)


what she said


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: hendo (Dave) on April 03, 2014, 04:52:29 PM

Interesting article. I was at most of the early festivals he writes about - bath, Hyde Park, Bickershaw and agree with almost all he he has written.

Both the author and myself living in Glastonbury perhaps colours our attitude to the 'Pilton Pop Festival' up the road (aka Glastonbury) though I'm not sure that Sunrise will ever get back to it's roots as it moves ever more nearer a big city (Bristol).

Speaking to a lot of festival goers it seems that the smaller, focused, non corporate festivals are the way to go. This year our smallest festival will have a max of 500 and the biggest 15,000. That's big enough for me. And none will have any sort of corporate sponsorship, so no big companies waving a big stick either.

I won't, however, be going to Cropredy. Like Jeremy I'm glad others still love it, but it's no longer for me.  :(

Sandra. Bickershaw. I was there and got v wet!! and 6 hrs of the Grateful Dead!!


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: hendo (Dave) on April 03, 2014, 05:30:04 PM

I only started going to Cropedy in 2004 so maybe I haven't had enough time to get disillusioned yet. For me, it's always been a 3-day festival with around 20,000 people on the Saturday. Plus I'm not overly bothered by corporate involvement - it can a positive thing sometimes. Wadworths :)

We made the decision to miss a year in 2012 as the line-up wasn't to our liking, but as the 2nd weekend in August approached and we weren't going, we realised it's much more than just music. For us, it's 4 days of total relaxation and fun. No work, no driving, no cooking, no deadlines, no pressure. I'm sure I can get all this from other festivals, and next year we will definitely go to at least one other, but for now we're happy with Cropredy and all it has to offer.

 {:-)  [;-)

Brij, we're not arguing and I'm very happy to be an old f**t. 2004 was something of a watershed yr for us although we did another 7 yrs. Dave P and Christine had split and there were subtle changes in the organisation, e.g, volunteer stewards went and in came professional security. I completely understand why but it did change the feel of that organically grown fest with Christine as the matriarch. Like you (and Bill), Cropredy was our release from work, that no longer applies and Sheen and I will again wander from small fest to small fest, play at a few and sell some of Sheens paintings.  I will be in the village on the sat, for a pint on the gravestones, music at the brase, a buffalo burger and dingbats from the canoe club.......and a toast to absent friends.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Gouty (Gary) on April 03, 2014, 05:51:29 PM


Brij, we're not arguing and I'm very happy to be an old f**t. 2004 was something of a watershed yr for us although we did another 7 yrs. Dave P and Christine had split and there were subtle changes in the organisation, e.g, volunteer stewards went and in came professional security. I completely understand why but it did change the feel of that organically grown fest with Christine as the matriarch. Like you (and Bill), Cropredy was our release from work, that no longer applies and Sheen and I will again wander from small fest to small fest, play at a few and sell some of Sheens paintings.  I will be in the village on the sat, for a pint on the gravestones, music at the brase, a buffalo burger and dingbats from the canoe club.......and a toast to absent friends.


I always used to like the fact that while the Stones had Hell's Angels doing security at Altamont, Fairport had the boy scouts at Cropredy  :)


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: jude on April 03, 2014, 05:59:00 PM



Brij, we're not arguing and I'm very happy to be an old f**t. 2004 was something of a watershed yr for us although we did another 7 yrs. Dave P and Christine had split and there were subtle changes in the organisation, e.g, volunteer stewards went and in came professional security. I completely understand why but it did change the feel of that organically grown fest with Christine as the matriarch. Like you (and Bill), Cropredy was our release from work, that no longer applies and Sheen and I will again wander from small fest to small fest, play at a few and sell some of Sheens paintings.  I will be in the village on the sat, for a pint on the gravestones, music at the brase, a buffalo burger and dingbats from the canoe club.......and a toast to absent friends.


I always used to like the fact that while the Stones had Hell's Angels doing security at Altamont, Fairport had the boy scouts at Cropredy  :)

They still do  ;D
And I don't think they ever did have voluntary stewards at Cropredy, the teams of people that you see on the gates etc  have been working there for many many years and I believe they have always been paid to do so. Is why they know what they are doing. Although I think they have increased security from outside companies in the latter years, to combat the increased risks of theft and vandalism that now plague all festivals big and small. :)


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Sandra on April 03, 2014, 06:07:46 PM


Sandra. Bickershaw. I was there and got v wet!! and 6 hrs of the Grateful Dead!!


Wet doesn't begin to describe it really, does it! Our tent was floating. However, the boyfriend and I were young and in love and that was enough to see us through.

Yes, an enjoyably long GD set plus many others - Hawkwind with what must have been a very chilled Stacia, Dr John, Capt Beefheart, Country Joe and I don't remember any complaints about the ISB at that event! What I do remember was a large mud slide near the 'chill out' tent that became a slide and a high wire act who dived from what seemed like a great height into a very small but ever filling (thanks to the rain) 'pool'.

A tiny 6'x3' cotton ridge tent, two sleeping bags, a torch and a toothbrush was about all that we took. Ah, those were the days. Now I need a camper van full of 'stuff'.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: hendo (Dave) on April 03, 2014, 06:20:10 PM



Sandra. Bickershaw. I was there and got v wet!! and 6 hrs of the Grateful Dead!!


Wet doesn't begin to describe it really, does it! Our tent was floating. However, the boyfriend and I were young and in love and that was enough to see us through.

Yes, an enjoyably long GD set plus many others - Hawkwind with what must have been a very chilled Stacia, Dr John, Capt Beefheart, Country Joe and I don't remember any complaints about the ISB at that event! What I do remember was a large mud slide near the 'chill out' tent that became a slide and a high wire act who dived from what seemed like a great height into a very small but ever filling (thanks to the rain) 'pool'.

A tiny 6'x3' cotton ridge tent, two sleeping bags, a torch and a toothbrush was about all that we took. Ah, those were the days. Now I need a camper van full of 'stuff'.

I only had a sleeping bag and a plastic sheet!!!!!! and later a piece of corrugated fencing! I remember a lot of people trying to get in for free and a lot of other people trying to get out. I was 19. I thought it was brill!
Ah Stacia, she may well have affected the rest  of my life and yes of course, I loved ISB.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Addie on April 03, 2014, 06:31:54 PM


Ah Stacia, she may well have affected the rest  of my life and yes of course, I loved ISB.


She had her knockers but I thought she was a great dancer.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Sandra on April 03, 2014, 07:59:57 PM


I only had a sleeping bag and a plastic sheet!!!!!! and later a piece of corrugated fencing! I remember a lot of people trying to get in for free and a lot of other people trying to get out. I was 19. I thought it was brill!
Ah Stacia, she may well have affected the rest  of my life and yes of course, I loved ISB.


I learnt my lesson at previous festivals that I went to with only a blanket.

I spent the first night at Bath Festival sleeping under a chip van to avoid the rain. Fortunately our GI friends who were in the UK for 'rest and rehabilitation' (read that as 'to get straightened out before they were shipped back to the US - Vietnam did cruel things to them) turned up on the second day with PX tents, sleeping bags and enough fags to keep a chimney going.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: hendo (Dave) on April 03, 2014, 08:53:30 PM



Ah Stacia, she may well have affected the rest  of my life and yes of course, I loved ISB.


She had her knockers but I thought she was a great dancer.

The comedic stylings of Mr Addie. He's here all week folks!


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Field 7 is Heaven (Trev) on April 03, 2014, 10:38:42 PM
When a man is tired of Cropredy , he's tired of life.

Cropredy is more than the music.(Although Capercaillie,Waterboys,Treetop Flyers and Fairports in one weekend is enough, I caught a bit of Reg Meuross at Butlins and was seriously impressed so theres another I want to see). 

For me its:
  • The walk along the canal path
  • A first pint from the Lion in the churchyard.
    • Leatherat at the Brasenose.
    • Ambling up with no chairs and sitting on a spare bit of grass down by the front. Even when it rains you can only get so wet.
    Breakfast at the school
  • The cheerful friendly ( and on our side stewards). Not a problem for me if they are getting paid, these guys are seriously good, and so I hope they are.
  • I like the food , and I don't get to eat a Goan fish Curry at any other time.
  • The crack and the meeting of famous musicians at the bar,
  • The Walk back to Gods own field over the two bridges in a crowd still excited by the evening.


I really don't Know what I would do if there wasn't a Cropredy Festival. I would probably still go and camp on field 7. I would still walk the canal to the village and I would sit under that  Oak and think the world a very good place.

For those of you who don't get to feel like this, my condolences. I am sad for you.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on April 03, 2014, 10:40:00 PM


I only started going to Cropedy in 2004 so maybe I haven't had enough time to get disillusioned yet. For me, it's always been a 3-day festival with around 20,000 people on the Saturday. Plus I'm not overly bothered by corporate involvement - it can a positive thing sometimes. Wadworths :)

We made the decision to miss a year in 2012 as the line-up wasn't to our liking, but as the 2nd weekend in August approached and we weren't going, we realised it's much more than just music. For us, it's 4 days of total relaxation and fun. No work, no driving, no cooking, no deadlines, no pressure. I'm sure I can get all this from other festivals, and next year we will definitely go to at least one other, but for now we're happy with Cropredy and all it has to offer.

 {:-)  [;-)

Brij, we're not arguing and I'm very happy to be an old f**t. 2004 was something of a watershed yr for us although we did another 7 yrs. Dave P and Christine had split and there were subtle changes in the organisation, e.g, volunteer stewards went and in came professional security. I completely understand why but it did change the feel of that organically grown fest with Christine as the matriarch. Like you (and Bill), Cropredy was our release from work, that no longer applies and Sheen and I will again wander from small fest to small fest, play at a few and sell some of Sheens paintings.  I will be in the village on the sat, for a pint on the gravestones, music at the brase, a buffalo burger and dingbats from the canoe club.......and a toast to absent friends.
Maybe see you there :) and enjoy your summer of festivals - sounds idyllic and something I would love to do myself one day


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: hendo (Dave) on April 04, 2014, 09:17:52 AM

When a man is tired of Cropredy , he's tired of life.

Cropredy is more than the music.(Although Capercaillie,Waterboys,Treetop Flyers and Fairports in one weekend is enough, I caught a bit of Reg Meuross at Butlins and was seriously impressed so theres another I want to see). 

For me its:
  • The walk along the canal path
  • A first pint from the Lion in the churchyard.
    • Leatherat at the Brasenose.
    • Ambling up with no chairs and sitting on a spare bit of grass down by the front. Even when it rains you can only get so wet.
    Breakfast at the school
  • The cheerful friendly ( and on our side stewards). Not a problem for me if they are getting paid, these guys are seriously good, and so I hope they are.
  • I like the food , and I don't get to eat a Goan fish Curry at any other time.
  • The crack and the meeting of famous musicians at the bar,
  • The Walk back to Gods own field over the two bridges in a crowd still excited by the evening.



I really don't Know what I would do if there wasn't a Cropredy Festival. I would probably still go and camp on field 7. I would still walk the canal to the village and I would sit under that  Oak and think the world a very good place.

For those of you who don't get to feel like this, my condolences. I am sad for you.

Morning Trev, I'm not completely tired of life yet!! ;D and bless you for feeling sad for me. I am however, lucky enough to be able to pop to Cropredy (about an hr) outside the fest time and do all the things you mention, incl Saturday night gigs at the Brase. Sheen and I will be in Cropredy in June for Oxfordshire Open Studios, some of which are in Cropredy. We live nr the grand union so a walk along the canal is an almost daily occurrence. I go to the fringe on the Sat for most of the things you mention, the 'at, the craic, a pint at the lion and yes I would love to have seen Capercaillie, Blackbeards t Party and Waterboys at Cropredy but i'll see Waterboys and Blackbeards at other fests this yr. I have the excitement I used to have at Cropredy about returning to Festival at the Edge this yr, which gets as close to, as I remember, Cropredy in the early 80's.
Enjoy every minute. We only did Field 7 once , a year of floods, 97? and hated it. Field 2 for yrs and yrs and then you could only get on if you arrived at 5 in the morning, part of an 'in people ' convoy and dressed as a llama. (I lied about the llama). Have a great time. I will be watching the'at and wearing the hat in my avatar. Come and say hello, just to see I'm still alive. :D


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Sandra on April 04, 2014, 10:08:57 AM
Like Hendo I'm by no means done with life yet - I've just moved on.

We can all list our reasons for going to do particular things and none of what you mention is particularly unique. Most festivals, even the big ones, are more than the sum of their parts to those who attend and I respect people's right to choose those they attend.

I'm really glad that you and others still like and enjoy Cropredy, but please don't be sad for those of us that don't. I'm assuming what you have written is said tongue in cheek otherwise it could be read as somewhat patronising. I could just as well turn round and say that I am sad for those who stick to doing the same thing each year without trying something new, but I wouldn't as I know that people have things that mean a lot to them.

The weekend of Cropredy I've chosen to go to see Robert Plant, one of my all time greats, in the grounds of one of the most spectacular abbeys in the country, probably a once in a lifetime experience. I'll be attending at least 5 or 6 festivals this year, all for different experiences, plus having a month long trip round Europe in our camper van (health willing) to some places we've never been before and but revisiting some old favourites, and no doubt picking up the odd festival on the way.  I don't think I can be said to be tired of life yet.

Each to his own my friend, each to his own.  :) :) :)


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Polly Oxford (Andie) on April 04, 2014, 12:59:20 PM
I'm with F7Trev - in a very non-condescending and non aggressive way.
I have been to other festivals - but not having a camper van, most require carting camping gear and having guy ropes pulled up... I have felt uncomfortable and even threatened at several.
Cropredy is in a different league and I wouldn't miss it for worlds.
I prefer the one stage as it means I don't have decisions to make - I just chill out and enjoy, the rest of my life is quite hectic enough, for one weekend I truly relax.
However, I'd gladly listen to recommendations for others that don't involve driving vast distances, have civilised camping and aren't extortionately expensive...


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: rachel barrett on May 27, 2014, 05:18:22 PM
Anyone going to Bath Folk Festival ( August 9th-17th)? It's got a really great vibe. Camping only £30 for the whole week or £20 for the weekend. Lots of cool acts already signed up including Martin Carthy, Sheelanagig, Rory Mcleod, Clive Caroll, Crowd, Tyn Daga and the Balina Whalers. Don't forget to bring your instruments to join in with all the sessions across the city too or join the Summer school for the week and learn lots of new tunes. Early bird deadline June 1st. More details on the website: www.bathfolkfestival.org


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: madsue on May 27, 2014, 06:59:17 PM
After going to Weeley Festival with absolutely nothing except a blanket to sit on, I then spent a long while as a devotee of Cambridge Folk Festival.  A few years back I went to Larmer Tree, Trowbridge and Cambridge back to back and realised there were other festivals better than Cambridge.  I then went on to go to Ely and Beautiful Days and forgot about Cambridge.  Last year was my first at Cropredy and whilst I enjoyed it, and met some lovely people from TAW, it didn't thrill me like other festivals  have done.  This year I am going to Cropredy again (mainly for the lineup), and will be at CFF the weekend before which, I must admit, I am getting very excited about.  What I liked most about Cropredy last year was the camaraderie, as usually I attend festivals on my own.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: featherhead (Dot O) on June 21, 2014, 09:24:21 PM
Went to Gower Folk Festival last weekend for the first time ever, I would recommend it.  Small, very friendly, good sound, brew pub.  What more could you want? Sun, yep we got that and some very good music.
Will definitely go again. :D


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Gouty (Gary) on June 29, 2014, 01:40:25 AM
My neighbour smokes weed like there's no tomorrow.
 
I was sitting in front of the TV tonight, watching Robert Plant at Glastonbury, wishing I was there (without having to make the effort).
 
I got up to put some beer bottles in the recycling bin. It was raining, so I put a waterproof coat on. On the way back to the kitchen door, with the sound of Planty in my ears, dope smoke wafting over the fence, rain trickling down my back and with a sudden need to pee, I was there...!!

Result  :)


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: mickf on July 06, 2014, 12:51:30 PM
I must admit, I haven't been to many other festivals. Been to Cambridge a few times, but not for a while. Other than that it's been the odd one that may have caught my eye. My wife is not a lover of the outdoor life, she went to Croppers with me once, but that was it - she wasn't impressed.

I haven't been to Cropredy every year, just when I can and when I can afford it - I remember the old 2 dayers and I can agree that it's got a bit more 'corporate', for want of a better word. However, it's still where I want to be on the second week of August.

I may not be going this year, due to boring circumstances, but I'd go if I could. If I can't make it I'll be wishing I was there.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Kevin M on July 08, 2014, 08:35:14 PM
Spent a day at Cornbury on Friday, pleasant enough. Highlight was in the comedy tent - Jeremy Hardy tearing away at the rich and privileged which was hilarious given the make up of the audience. As an aside, day ticket cost more than weekend ticket at Bearded Theory. Don't think I'll be back next year.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: gower flower (Shirl) on July 09, 2014, 02:04:15 AM

Went to Gower Folk Festival last weekend for the first time ever, I would recommend it.  Small, very friendly, good sound, brew pub.  What more could you want? Sun, yep we got that and some very good music.
Will definitely go again. :D


Hello there featherhead!  Good to hear that another Talkawhiler attended Gower FF. Good, wasn't it?  ;D. It is my local festival, and therefore very dear to me. Do come along again next year.  {:-)


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Nick on August 25, 2014, 06:55:51 PM
Got back from Purbeck Folk Festival late last night (ran away to miss the rain on a very steep site.) It's a good little festival, full of eclectic surprises. Never been before but we were attracted by a good line up this year - Chris Wood, Idlewild, Turin Brakes, Martha Tilston, Sally Barker among others.

Festival takes place on a farm, with camping in the fields around. The difference is the fields are steep and rolling with views of the sea and Corfe Castle and the stages are in barns, with tatty sofas and straw to sit on. It was fun but everything tended to end up dusty and smelling faintly of sheep.

We really enjoyed the festival, but it's hard work, especially with a small chap in tow. Our friends really struggled with a buggy.

Anyway, it made a fun change from Towersey and Shrewsbury.

Cheers Nick


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on August 25, 2014, 07:05:06 PM

Got back from Purbeck Folk Festival late last night (ran away to miss the rain on a very steep site.) It's a good little festival, full of eclectic surprises. Never been before but we were attracted by a good line up this year - Chris Wood, Idlewild, Turin Brakes, Martha Tilston, Sally Barker among others.




Had no idea Idlewild were back together...good?


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: hendo (Dave) on August 25, 2014, 08:44:06 PM

Got back from Purbeck Folk Festival late last night (ran away to miss the rain on a very steep site.) It's a good little festival, full of eclectic surprises. Never been before but we were attracted by a good line up this year - Chris Wood, Idlewild, Turin Brakes, Martha Tilston, Sally Barker among others.

Festival takes place on a farm, with camping in the fields around. The difference is the fields are steep and rolling with views of the sea and Corfe Castle and the stages are in barns, with tatty sofas and straw to sit on. It was fun but everything tended to end up dusty and smelling faintly of sheep.

We really enjoyed the festival, but it's hard work, especially with a small chap in tow. Our friends really struggled with a buggy.

Anyway, it made a fun change from Towersey and Shrewsbury.

Cheers Nick

Nothing wrong with smelling faintly of sheep!


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Addie on August 25, 2014, 08:49:03 PM
I think the main thing I've noticed at festivals this year is how much the food has gone up. No more £5 a meal, it's now £7-8 a time. Not taking your stove isn't an option any more.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on August 25, 2014, 09:20:53 PM


Got back from Purbeck Folk Festival late last night (ran away to miss the rain on a very steep site.) It's a good little festival, full of eclectic surprises. Never been before but we were attracted by a good line up this year - Chris Wood, Idlewild, Turin Brakes, Martha Tilston, Sally Barker among others.

Festival takes place on a farm, with camping in the fields around. The difference is the fields are steep and rolling with views of the sea and Corfe Castle and the stages are in barns, with tatty sofas and straw to sit on. It was fun but everything tended to end up dusty and smelling faintly of sheep.

We really enjoyed the festival, but it's hard work, especially with a small chap in tow. Our friends really struggled with a buggy.

Anyway, it made a fun change from Towersey and Shrewsbury.

Cheers Nick

Nothing wrong with smelling faintly of sheep!
It's almost the law in Wales!


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Nick on August 25, 2014, 11:08:07 PM


Got back from Purbeck Folk Festival late last night (ran away to miss the rain on a very steep site.) It's a good little festival, full of eclectic surprises. Never been before but we were attracted by a good line up this year - Chris Wood, Idlewild, Turin Brakes, Martha Tilston, Sally Barker among others.




Had no idea Idlewild were back together...good?


Unfortunately we couldn't appreciate them.

It was an acoustic set, they were all seated on a fairly low stage in a long barn with lots of pillars and packed full of people. It was late in the evening and we had a tired 6 year old boy who couldn't see anything and didn't really want to be there - really should have been somewhere where he could be sat down or asleep. We only managed one song then admitted defeat and turned back towards the vans. We walked past the other barn on the way home, saw it had a higher stage, smaller crowd and there was a kick-ass cajun band called Sarah Savoy And The Hellraising Hayride playing. The lead singer had her young daughter onstage playing triangle with whom son immediately fell in love and insisted on watching, so we ended up in there kicking up dust and having a hoot!

That reminds me; it was a great festival for Cajun! Flats and Sharps were pretty special too. If you get the chance to see either, do.

Cheers

Nick


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Nick on September 09, 2014, 11:11:49 PM
Does anyone on here go to End Of The Road festival?

Trying to figure out why no-one seems to mention this one. I have a friend who raves about it but I can't find any substantial mention of it anywhere.

(Not that it's any good for us for the next few years - It would be a tad irresponsible waking up in a field near Salisbury on the day Alex is due back in school  ::) )

Cheers

Nick


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on September 10, 2014, 06:54:56 AM

Does anyone on here go to End Of The Road festival?

Trying to figure out why no-one seems to mention this one. I have a friend who raves about it but I can't find any substantial mention of it anywhere.




No, but several friends who do, and they think it's the hound's gonads.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Nick on September 10, 2014, 06:27:30 PM
Thanks for that, David.

I searched through Talkawhile, and saw you and Addie were the only people to have ever posted about the event. I'm puzzled why there's not been more talk about it  :-\ School parenting issues aside it seems like a really good festival.

Cheers

Nick


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Chris on September 11, 2014, 06:00:35 PM
Guilfest has gone bust again....

http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/guilfest-goes-insolvency-artists-not-7740892


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: abby (tank girl) on September 11, 2014, 06:11:01 PM

Thanks for that, David.

I searched through Talkawhile, and saw you and Addie were the only people to have ever posted about the event. I'm puzzled why there's not been more talk about it  :-\ School parenting issues aside it seems like a really good festival.

Cheers

Nick


didn't Goaty used to go?


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: David W on September 11, 2014, 06:29:22 PM

I think the main thing I've noticed at festivals this year is how much the food has gone up. No more £5 a meal, it's now £7-8 a time. Not taking your stove isn't an option any more.


Combination of factors - ingredients, power and wages all increasing, costs of pitches maybe, fuel to get there ...

Must be a tough job catering at a festie and I applaud those who do it well.

DW


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Nick on September 11, 2014, 07:16:26 PM


Thanks for that, David.

I searched through Talkawhile, and saw you and Addie were the only people to have ever posted about the event. I'm puzzled why there's not been more talk about it  :-\ School parenting issues aside it seems like a really good festival.

Cheers

Nick


didn't Goaty used to go?


Possibly, but he never wrote about it on here  :-\ (At least, there are no posts on the subject by him)

Will find a way to ask him...

Cheers

Nick


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: abby (tank girl) on September 11, 2014, 07:38:04 PM



Thanks for that, David.

I searched through Talkawhile, and saw you and Addie were the only people to have ever posted about the event. I'm puzzled why there's not been more talk about it  :-\ School parenting issues aside it seems like a really good festival.

Cheers

Nick


didn't Goaty used to go?


Possibly, but he never wrote about it on here  :-\ (At least, there are no posts on the subject by him)

Will find a way to ask him...

Cheers

Nick


i may be wrong but it certainly rang a bell, get Fi to FB him!


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Addie on September 11, 2014, 08:40:11 PM


I think the main thing I've noticed at festivals this year is how much the food has gone up. No more £5 a meal, it's now £7-8 a time. Not taking your stove isn't an option any more.


Combination of factors - ingredients, power and wages all increasing, costs of pitches maybe, fuel to get there ...

Must be a tough job catering at a festie and I applaud those who do it well.

DW


I know 3 festival caterers.....it's not a tough job really.   ;D It's pitch fees that are the biggest rises but still, good money can be earned.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Addie on September 11, 2014, 08:42:40 PM

Thanks for that, David.

I searched through Talkawhile, and saw you and Addie were the only people to have ever posted about the event. I'm puzzled why there's not been more talk about it  :-\ School parenting issues aside it seems like a really good festival.

Cheers

Nick


And even I don't remember posting about it!  ;D


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: abby (tank girl) on September 11, 2014, 09:09:14 PM


Thanks for that, David.

I searched through Talkawhile, and saw you and Addie were the only people to have ever posted about the event. I'm puzzled why there's not been more talk about it  :-\ School parenting issues aside it seems like a really good festival.

Cheers

Nick


And even I don't remember posting about it!  ;D


do you remember being there   ::)


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Nick on September 11, 2014, 10:00:43 PM


Thanks for that, David.

I searched through Talkawhile, and saw you and Addie were the only people to have ever posted about the event.


And even I don't remember posting about it!  ;D


You spotted this


End of the Road festival have announced this little gem, hope they play some other dates. Sounds like it could be great.


The Gene Clark No Other Band sees Beach House’s Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold, Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen and ex-Fairport Convention member Iain Matthews come together with members of Wye Oak and Celebration to reconstruct the Byrds’ Gene Clark’s 1974 masterpiece No Other.

http://www.folkradio.co.uk/2014/03/end-of-the-road-announce-gene-clark-no-other-band/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FolkRadioUk+%28Folk+Radio+UK%29


Which is more about the band than the festival anyway!

Cheers

Nick


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: steve c on September 12, 2014, 07:33:28 AM
Quote
Guilfest has gone bust again....


I see Mr Scott is blaming the weather forecasters this time.
I live very close to the festival and most years it was well attended by local people but not this year.
Did you see the line up????  :-[ Look no further for a reason to give it a miss


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Addie on September 12, 2014, 05:57:04 PM
I dunno,  plenty of good stuff on the undercard. Dreadzone, public service broadcasting,  Mr B,   plenty of classic punk,  True Deceivers,  Soulfly, Gallows.  Maybe you should broaden your horizons.   ;)


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Paul on September 12, 2014, 10:21:42 PM

Quote
Guilfest has gone bust again....


I see Mr Scott is blaming the weather forecasters this time.
I live very close to the festival and most years it was well attended by local people but not this year.
Did you see the line up????  :-[ Look no further for a reason to give it a miss


My son's band played Guilfest a few years ago, and were treated appallingly by the organisers. Told to park the van in a car park miles from the stage, and then drag all their own gear over a muddy field.

Paul


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: steve c on September 13, 2014, 12:23:22 PM
Fair point Addie
Finding new bands at a festival is a joy. I agree entirely about Dreadzone they were probably the only band that caught my attention.
I have come across some great bands at Cropredy, the Cropredy village fringe, Trowbridge and Skeggy to name a few
My point was although rather badly made that the thing that sells tickets is the headline acts.
Boomtown Rats, Kool and the Gang and the Human League  ???
The cost of a weekend ticket was rather on the high side as well.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: AnnieD on September 13, 2014, 06:20:50 PM
The last time we went the Madness fans trashed the toilets, and campers were locked in to the campsite and not allowed out. Disgraceful way to treat paying customers.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: MarkV on September 13, 2014, 08:27:33 PM
The only time we went,  the toilets were very grim. Just went for the one day tohugh for Squeeze and RT.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Gouty (Gary) on September 14, 2014, 12:32:22 AM
I went to the first ever Guilfest, except, in those days, it was called something like The Guildford Folk and Blues Festival. It was poorly attended, as I recall. It was a one day event: there were two stages, both under canvas; I remember The Albion Band, Kathryn Tickell Band, Peter Sarstedt and John B Spencer. Johnny 'Jonah' Jones was MC. Lightning blew out the electrics for a while - I saw the flash! - and the beer tent ran out of beer. Later, in the local pub, I discussed the pros and cons of Danny Baker with a group of complete strangers and narrowly avoided a fight with a nutter.

Was it the second year it was held at Loseley House? It was there for one year, certainly, until the neighbours complained. I wasn't one of them. I couldn't go, for some reason, but it was so close to home I remember watering my tomatoes and hearing the strains of RT and Show Of Hands on the breeze and wishing I'd made the effort.

After that, the festival got big and I remember thinking it all looked like a shower of sh*te.



Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Sir Martin on September 14, 2014, 08:28:07 AM

The last time we went the Madness fans trashed the toilets, and campers were locked in to the campsite and not allowed out. Disgraceful way to treat paying customers.


Not sure if it was that year, be we too were 'locked' in the campsite, and when I went to complain the people in the complaints tent laughed at me. Needless to say I have never been back since, and this is probably the only music event in the world that I a glad has gone bankrupt.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: steve c on September 14, 2014, 09:15:34 AM
The Guildford Folk and Blues festival was held at Loseley park August 27th and 28th 1995. It is a shame it was there only the once as it is a stunning location. Great line up including The Oysterband and RT although my lasting memory of that event was a wonderful set by Robin Williamson.
Complaints from far and wide caused it to move back to Stoke Park in 96 when we saw the return of Peter Green. In the early years it was a great little festival but IMHO lost its way trying to be all things to all people, too many rules with heavy handed stewards and generally overpriced on all levels.
I am sure others will try to run a festival on Stoke park, we had Live Nation running quite a successful bash last year so who knows?


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Carl F on September 14, 2014, 11:01:52 AM
Speaking of festivals that nobody seems to have mentioned (to go back a page in the discussion), I'm surprised that there has been no mention of the Derby Folk Festival (Didn't see the point in setting up a whole new thread if nobody else is attending  :P), from October 3rd to 5th. It seems to be very reasonably priced, and there's some big names playing: Show of Hands headlining the Saturday and Kate Rusby the Sunday.

On the Friday night you can go and see Steeleye Span, Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies and assorted other entertainments for less than the price that Steeleye are asking for dates on their own autumn tour. I didn't need to think very hard about that one before I ordered tickets! There's Thornbridge ales on, too.  :)


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: hendo (Dave) on September 14, 2014, 02:44:32 PM

Speaking of festivals that nobody seems to have mentioned (to go back a page in the discussion), I'm surprised that there has been no mention of the Derby Folk Festival (Didn't see the point in setting up a whole new thread if nobody else is attending  :P), from October 3rd to 5th. It seems to be very reasonably priced, and there's some big names playing: Show of Hands headlining the Saturday and Kate Rusby the Sunday.

On the Friday night you can go and see Steeleye Span, Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies and assorted other entertainments for less than the price that Steeleye are asking for dates on their own autumn tour. I didn't need to think very hard about that one before I ordered tickets! There's Thornbridge ales on, too.  :)

It's an excellent event Carl but it's another of those fests that is in inside venues and pubs around the town so can feel like a series of (excellent) concerts , rather than a fest.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: AnnieD on September 14, 2014, 03:13:49 PM
It is normally held all in the Assembly Rooms, so it does feel like a festival with food, bar, stalls and sessions all in the one building.
But this year because of the big fire at the Assembly Rooms, it's going to be in a marquee on the market square, so bits of it are being spread around other venues. We had already bought tickets, but it won't be the same  :(


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Addie on September 14, 2014, 07:58:33 PM
Got tickets for the Show of Hands concert on the Saturday but wondering now if I should try and sell the tickets and just listen outside the marquee  ;D


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: hendo (Dave) on September 15, 2014, 09:14:16 AM

It is normally held all in the Assembly Rooms, so it does feel like a festival with food, bar, stalls and sessions all in the one building.
But this year because of the big fire at the Assembly Rooms, it's going to be in a marquee on the market square, so bits of it are being spread around other venues. We had already bought tickets, but it won't be the same  :(

Hi Annie, even when it was mainly in the Assembly Rooms, it lacked the fest vibe for me. Don't get me wrong, we've always enjoyed it and the standard of music is fabby but you are sitting in a theatre.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Carl F on September 15, 2014, 09:34:46 AM


It is normally held all in the Assembly Rooms, so it does feel like a festival with food, bar, stalls and sessions all in the one building.
But this year because of the big fire at the Assembly Rooms, it's going to be in a marquee on the market square, so bits of it are being spread around other venues. We had already bought tickets, but it won't be the same  :(

Hi Annie, even when it was mainly in the Assembly Rooms, it lacked the fest vibe for me. Don't get me wrong, we've always enjoyed it and the standard of music is fabby but you are sitting in a theatre.

I can certainly see your point. I wonder whether it will, conversely, feel any more "festival-y" with the main stage being outside this year, even with the range of other venues?


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Martin F on September 15, 2014, 12:39:53 PM

Does anyone on here go to End Of The Road festival?

Trying to figure out why no-one seems to mention this one. I have a friend who raves about it but I can't find any substantial mention of it anywhere.

(Not that it's any good for us for the next few years - It would be a tad irresponsible waking up in a field near Salisbury on the day Alex is due back in school  ::) )

Cheers

Nick


It's a weird one, I think they have some memory wipng machine at the exit.
I've been once, I know I enjoyed it at the time, but can I remember anything that happened there... Nope, not a thing!


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: garrypbrooks on September 15, 2014, 12:46:16 PM

The Guildford Folk and Blues festival was held at Loseley park August 27th and 28th 1995. It is a shame it was there only the once as it is a stunning location. Great line up including The Oysterband and RT although my lasting memory of that event was a wonderful set by Robin Williamson.
Complaints from far and wide caused it to move back to Stoke Park in 96 when we saw the return of Peter Green. In the early years it was a great little festival but IMHO lost its way trying to be all things to all people, too many rules with heavy handed stewards and generally overpriced on all levels.
I am sure others will try to run a festival on Stoke park, we had Live Nation running quite a successful bash last year so who knows?



Reading this makes me want to cry in my Darjeeling - I went to the Guildfest probably 7 or 8 times, it was a great smallish fest with an emphasis on folk & blues (tho' some pop/rock bands like the Lightening Seeds & Bjorn Again (!) played and were well-received.) I remember great sets by the likes of Goats Don't Shave, The Oyster Band, Christine Collister, The Blues Band, Alan Hull & Kenny Craddock, Show of Hands, The Arizona Smoke Review, The Pogues, The Men they Couldn't Hang, Wilko Johnson, Peter Green's comeback, Mike Sanchez, the Bushberrys,  .... then it all went wrong. The last one I went to had madness & the Undertones on the bill - they were fine, but the festival was an awful throwback to the 70s, horrible toilets, knee-deep in litter, long queues for lukewarm beer (which didn't seem to stop large numbers from getting completely wasted), Steve Hackett desperately trying to play over horrible noise pollution from several directions - you get the general idea. Me & The Boss said "never again".


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: David W on September 15, 2014, 02:21:16 PM
How can a festival like Guilfest - coting £120 for a ticket ever make any money with s many acts on the bill - six different stages etc. the actual infrastructire costs must be astonishing add to that the cost of bands etc ...

DW


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Sandra on September 15, 2014, 02:40:48 PM
Plenty of festivals do it David. Look at Beautiful Days - 6 stages, amazing site art and installations, good acts, 4 days, tickets £130, no sponsorship. It's a question of building a good reputation and a loyal audience so that you sell tickets and choosing your acts well and budgeting wisely.  

Sadly Guilfest did none of these so far as I can see.





Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Darren_j on September 15, 2014, 04:33:40 PM

Plenty of festivals do it David. Look at Beautiful Days - 6 stages, amazing site art and installations, good acts, 4 days, tickets £130, no sponsorship. It's a question of building a good reputation and a loyal audience so that you sell tickets and choosing your acts well and budgeting wisely.  

Sadly Guilfest did none of these so far as I can see.






I think that's exactly what's gone wrong here. I only went once but looked at the line-up in subsequent years it just seemed so random and eclectic, I don't think they had a clear idea of who they were aiming and what they were offering.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: garrypbrooks on September 15, 2014, 04:47:27 PM

Plenty of festivals do it David. Look at Beautiful Days - 6 stages, amazing site art and installations, good acts, 4 days, tickets £130, no sponsorship. It's a question of building a good reputation and a loyal audience so that you sell tickets and choosing your acts well and budgeting wisely.  

Sadly Guilfest did none of these so far as I can see.


I think Guildfest did it very well for several years and then lost its way - some very poor organisation contributed but IMHO it was also because it became too eclectic, had no clear identity and just didn't find enough good new acts.

The reputation / loyal audience you mention  are key - I'll go to a festival like Southwell, Wimbourne, Ely or Wickham with a good deal of confidence that some of the acts I've not heard before will be good, but it would only take one bad year to shake this confidence.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Sandra on September 15, 2014, 05:07:54 PM


Plenty of festivals do it David. Look at Beautiful Days - 6 stages, amazing site art and installations, good acts, 4 days, tickets £130, no sponsorship. It's a question of building a good reputation and a loyal audience so that you sell tickets and choosing your acts well and budgeting wisely.  

Sadly Guilfest did none of these so far as I can see.




I think that's exactly what's gone wrong here. I only went once but looked at the line-up in subsequent years it just seemed so random and eclectic, I don't think they had a clear idea of who they were aiming and what they were offering.


I think you are right. It lost it's identity and tried to be all things to all men and ended up being a mess.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: dog-nap (Ian) on September 15, 2014, 08:10:49 PM
Sorry to see it go.  I used it as a one-day festival for many years (never tempted to camp - £60 extra for a campervan, on top of the normal camping fee!) and generally enjoyed its eclectic line-ups.  Peter Green’s comeback, Tim Rose, Motorhead, and an almost annual appearance by the Hamsters were the highlights for me.  However, they seemed to be trying to attract X Factor fans with recent line-ups and that obviously changed the vibe of the place.  More importantly, it clashed with Folk by the Oak and, as far as I’m concerned, that was no contest at all.

If we’re talking defunct festivals though, the one I really miss is Walton on the Naze.  Nothing quite like a festival by the seaside.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: hendo (Dave) on September 15, 2014, 10:39:38 PM
Spent the week end at Bo Peep Cider Festival at Bo Peep Farm Adderbury
This is on an  up market campsite, electric hook ups, excellent toilet blocks, etc. Festival cost, Adults £15 kids £8 and £35 for 2 nights camping (per tent/van etc)
This was the first yr of the fest , probably about 2000 people and it is learning what it is. It was beautifully organised and run. Billed as a cider festival (over a hundred ciders) it was also family friendly, kids rides, bouncy castle, climbing wall, circus skills, stilt walkers, story telling, dragons!! (and wonderful they were, they slept in the van next to us) VIP area , for people who'd paid £50a head for the day to drink champagne/ pimms/cider and have a couple of meals and then 2 music stages.
The organisers had pulled together what Simon Niciol referred to as 'the usual suspects', Local(ish) bands,.Chris Leslie playing for his wife's Morris side, Pete Watkins, Linda Watkins band, Ric Sanders and Vo Fletcher, Red Shoes, My Holiday Romance, Rufus Goodlove , Leatherat and many more. Musically a cracking and varied line up .
 So is it a family fest, a music  fest, a cider fest? The answer is.... yes! People who had gone with families listened to the music, people who had gone to drink (a lot) of cider listened to the music.it was a beautifully friendly chilled fest....... which can only grow and improve.
 Food was limited and v expensive. Excellent clothes, cd. books, art stalls. Good , but expensive , coffee  and £2 for a small bottle of water. These are gliches which can be sorted but all in all a really excellent first fest.
It's a 3 day fest next yr and well worth looking out for.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Martin F on September 15, 2014, 11:16:45 PM
I thought the food prices were on a par for festivals this year.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Andy on September 15, 2014, 11:24:27 PM
Was the camping next to people's vehicles, a la Cropredy?


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: hendo (Dave) on September 16, 2014, 09:26:00 AM

I thought the food prices were on a par for festivals this year.

Thanks Martin. I was lucky enough to be given a food ticket cos we were playing but people were talking about £5.20 for a bag of chips, £6.50 for a pork wrap etc and Mrs H's chagrin at paying £3 for a hot chocolate that wasn't hot nor chocolaty!! (actually I paid for it!) There were people wandering around on sat morn looking for breakfast and there was none available. These are very small gliches which can be tweaked and shouldn't marr a lovely event.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: hendo (Dave) on September 16, 2014, 09:31:46 AM

Was the camping next to people's vehicles, a la Cropredy?

Morning Andy. Hope you're feeling better!
The festival is on a campsite which had 117 pitches with electric hook ups and then another couple of fields. I had a walk round v early Sat morn and it was just like a 'normal' campsite. caravans, camper vans, tents with cars next to the tents/caravans.
People were arriving and being directed to a specific pitch number!
If you go on the Bo Peep Camping site there are pictures. Hope this helps. It was a lovely, friendly atmosphere!


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: garrypbrooks on September 16, 2014, 10:57:44 AM
Bookings start early these day - Southwell have named their first acts for next year (4-7 June): They are:
 
The Railsplitters
The Dardanelles
Coco and the Butterfields
We Banjo 3
Manran
 The Young 'Uns
Keith Donnelly
Flossie Malavialle
Anthony John Clarke

Not a bad start, IMO :)


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Andy on September 16, 2014, 10:59:46 AM

Morning Andy. Hope you're feeling better!

Thanks for the info. Yup, moving along...


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Addie on September 16, 2014, 04:34:30 PM
Bo Peep was great and I hope to be back next year. Does need a few tweaks, get the stages next to each other like Moseley and a few more food stalls. Shame a few who couldn't take their cider spoilt Leatherat's set for a lot of people.


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: AlexRobinson on September 25, 2014, 02:44:27 PM
The Guildfest festival sounds a bit like the Galtres festival up near York, which is no more apparently as the organisers have gone into liquidation.
It was always a nice local little festival, fairly cheap with a good line up but the last year or so there was a feeling that it had lost its way a little bit.
The original post in this thread though made me smile, apart from the line 'before being lifted out by on site fire crews and "decontaminated"'.
Oh wow, I really hope I never have to be 'decontaminated'....


Title: Festival Chatter
Post by: Chris on September 25, 2014, 02:56:13 PM
I read yesterday that although the company went bust, the festival was to continue....

http://www.efestivals.co.uk/news/14/140913b.shtml


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: AdrianW on September 26, 2014, 12:43:44 AM
Sounds a bit like Sunrise which, while an excellent festival for the punters, does have some history of leaving a trail of unpaid suppliers behind it.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: macademis on September 26, 2014, 08:29:20 AM
"In an article on The Northern Echo website, (here), it reveals that traders say that the cashless system operated by the festival company, with festival goers putting funds on a G-Card which was used to buy food, drinks and goods on site, meant that each trader was given a statement at the end of the festival saying how much they were owed, many of them have not received the money, and that up to 50 businesses could be affected.

The article also reveals that some of the unpaid traders who provided food and drinks at the event now face going out of business.
Read more at http://www.efestivals.co.uk/news/14/140913b.shtml#2Ww0jRw3csKLv2Be.99"

Maybe they should rename it 'The Guiltless Festival' - closed down the trading company, shedding the debts, irrespective of the consequences to others and blithely continuing on regardless....................Hail this glorious nation and God bless all who fail in her and get away with it


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: macademis on November 19, 2014, 02:14:52 PM
"2015 tickets on sale Monday 1 December
November 17, 2014

Tickets for next year’s Cambridge Folk Festival will go on sale on Monday December 1.

The first artists confirmed for next year’s bill are due to be announced in early 2015."

And the dates are: 30th July - 2nd August


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: StingGB on January 21, 2015, 01:09:34 AM
Hi everyone, I need a bit of local knowledge ..

I live on a canal narrow boat and travel around the UK. I’m looking for a Northern folk festival to travel to this year (2015). I already know about Middlewich. I’m going there again this year. Moira’s too far from the navigable canal (lesson learned in 2014).

I play double bass, so I’m particularly looking for a festival with open jam sessions in local pubs etc. I’ve checked online and I can’t seem to find anywhere near a canal. As long as the festival is walkable from a canal/navigable river, it would be fine.

So to summarise: July to September 2015. Festival must be Northern (Yorkshire or surrounding) and near to a navigable canal/river network, with plenty of lively associated acoustic sessions. I’ve already got the Midlands and South sorted for this year.

Any ideas please?

Thanks, Brian.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: AdrianW on January 26, 2015, 10:21:41 PM
Middlewich Folk and Boat used to be good, but went down badly a few years ago. So much so that I do not go any more, despite it being one of the closest festivals. Perhaps it has improved since.
Another is the Nantwich Words and Music festival - more accurately a series of individually paid for gigs. As far as I know, there is little in the way of sessions.
Cropredy of course is held by a canal, but that is even less "north".


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Nick Reg on January 27, 2015, 08:10:51 AM

Middlewich Folk and Boat used to be good, but went down badly a few years ago. So much so that I do not go any more, despite it being one of the closest festivals. Perhaps it has improved since.
Another is the Nantwich Words and Music festival - more accurately a series of individually paid for gigs. As far as I know, there is little in the way of sessions.
Cropredy of course is held by a canal, but that is even less "north".


We went to the Saturday night at Middlewich in 2014 and saw Headstix, Merry Hell, Moulettes and Men They Couldn't hang for free. It was brilliant and there seemed to be a lot going on in the town bars.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: AdrianW on January 28, 2015, 06:22:55 AM
Sounds like Middlewich Folk and Boat has recovered somewhat. Maybe this year for me again.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: ColinB on April 21, 2015, 04:58:16 PM
The Greenstock2 festival at Rugby which Swarb was due to headline at this Saturday has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales. At least the other Greenstock event in Ulverston earlier in the month did go ahead.



Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: David W on June 04, 2015, 08:41:01 AM
This looks a jolly little event which I plan to attend on Saturday, near Stratford on Avon:

http://www.knittedcharacterfolkfestival.co.uk/

Gerry Colvin, Red Shoes and many others.

DW


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Zoe on June 04, 2015, 09:01:32 AM
will be there, failed to knit anything though  ;D


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on June 04, 2015, 03:14:06 PM
Green Man is sold out.  Can't wait...  :)


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Field 7 is Heaven (Trev) on June 04, 2015, 11:43:11 PM
Really looking forward to Wirral this weekend  ,because of work only there for Sunday , but what a bill.

Kate and the Greenwood,Harvey Andrews, Chris W and Julie M for a lunch time concert.

Morris sides outside , a craft fair and then  Reg Meuross ,Blackbeard's Tea Party and Merry Hell doing an acoustic set with a questions and answers between the music in the small lounge. Non stop floor singers in the bar and a ceilidh in a marquee on the field.

Then ,for me ,an evening concert only to be dreamt of, with Merry Hell,Reg Mueross ,Blackbeards Tea Party and finally Fairport Convention..

If you're there on Sunday say hello. Ill be in last years Cropredy shirt and wearing a  black leather Hat.

Can't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Nick Reg on June 05, 2015, 07:07:34 AM

Really looking forward to Wirral this weekend  ,because of work only there for Sunday , but what a bill.

Kate and the Greenwood,Harvey Andrews, Chris W and Julie M for a lunch time concert.

Morris sides outside , a craft fair and then  Reg Meuross ,Blackbeard's Tea Party and Merry Hell doing an acoustic set with a questions and answers between the music in the small lounge. Non stop floor singers in the bar and a ceilidh in a marquee on the field.

Then ,for me ,an evening concert only to be dreamt of, with Merry Hell,Reg Mueross ,Blackbeards Tea Party and finally Fairport Convention..

If you're there on Sunday say hello. Ill be in last years Cropredy shirt and wearing a  black leather Hat.

Can't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday


We will be there. Great to see Merry Hell on twice , sad that its because someone should know better.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Swamp Donkey (Keith) on June 05, 2015, 10:04:07 AM
See you there Nick and Trev. Full 3days for me :)


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Nick Reg on June 05, 2015, 10:15:26 AM

See you there Nick and Trev. Full 3days for me :)


The bar ? Need I ask?  ;D
My usual accomplice and Mrs Reg will be there.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Field 7 is Heaven (Trev) on June 05, 2015, 10:28:00 AM
The Bar is a big workingmans club one,with good cheap real ale. Nearby is the hatch to the kitchen , food last year was cheap and much better than we  had a right to expect

My wife hates festivals, and doesn't like the concept of a flow of acts. She likes to go and see one band with a support act.
She,s suffering this one because its my birthday. However, her favourite all time song is Harvey Andrews "Soldier".She often sings it to herself. So she's looking forward to seeing him. I doubt he'll do that one as some might find it politically incorrect.

So me , managment (her name is Pam), Daughter (Deanna) and her boyfriend (Ellis) will be there.

Special prize of a free pint for the first person to get Ellis to speak , he's the shyest person I've ever met!!!


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Swamp Donkey (Keith) on June 05, 2015, 10:30:22 AM
I'll be at the bar. You know me too well :)


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: David W on June 08, 2015, 08:40:03 AM

This looks a jolly little event which I plan to attend on Saturday, near Stratford on Avon:

http://www.knittedcharacterfolkfestival.co.uk/

Gerry Colvin, Red Shoes and many others.

DW


Well that was a lot of fun. Was there for a few hours on Saturday afternoon and the set up was simply a couple of gazebos in a pub car park with only 100 or so punters there. Well worth the £20 to see Gerry Colvin Band, Marion Fleetwood and a great band from Cambridgeshire called Fred's House along with a range of other acts. TI even managed a line of knitting!!

If this one happens again give it a whirl.

DW


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Nick Reg on June 09, 2015, 11:21:45 AM
First time we have been to the Wirral and it was very different!
Nice to meet up with Keith and Trev to kick off the merry Hell for Cropredy 2016 campaign. ;D

Nice spacious flat and very secure campsite , good concert hall but no obvious ways in from the campsite , which were well concealed and not signposted. The big downside was the number of rules which you were  made aware of far too often and which were thrust in your face by over officious staff - we even saw a headlining band being forced to sit down when they walked in the door!! Doesn't make for a friendly festival. The average age of the punters must have been at least 60 and the lack of marauding punks and chavs was particularly noticeable.
And if you open a bar in the concert hall don't be surprised when people use it!!
The music on the first two days was largely disappointing but the third was fabulous.

Merry Hell of course were superb and we were delighted they were given 2 sets due to another dropping out for petty reasons.
The biggest surprise was the magnificence of Harvey Andrews set having not seen him for about a hundred years. Could comfortably fill a certain spot at Cropredy.
Excellent sets too from Blackbeards , Reg Meuross(and was left wandering why I didn't enjoy him Cropredy, mind you the same happened once with the Moulettes, the beer probably!!) , Cara Dillon and Chris and Julie.
Another big surprise, not being keen on tribute bands, was Simply Dylan, with a set of lesser performed Dylan songs and very well performed .


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Nick Reg on June 09, 2015, 11:39:59 AM
To the comment don't be surprised when people use the bar I should add dont be surprised if the over 60's want a pee regularly too. ;D


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Field 7 is Heaven (Trev) on June 09, 2015, 12:11:48 PM
My review of a brilliant Sunday coming up when work time allows.

Yes it was good to meet Nick and Keith.

Merry Hell were excellent, song that stood out for me ,(being a balding fat git), was loving the skin you're in.

We really have to get these onto the stage at Cropredy. Great songs,great performances by talented musicians and great stage presence.High octane too.
For me they would be simply brilliant at following after fairport's opening welcoming set. But they'll get the field on its feet at whatever time they were on.

Review a.s.a.p


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: GubGub (Al) on June 09, 2015, 01:30:23 PM

Nice spacious flat and very secure campsite


Which one did you stay in?  ;)


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Nick Reg on June 09, 2015, 01:39:44 PM


Nice spacious flat and very secure campsite


Which one did you stay in?  ;)


The sports fields surrounding the club , surrounded by high fences. I believe the club and fields next door were used at one time though. Both cover a fair area.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: William on June 10, 2015, 10:23:17 PM
I have only limited festival experience. I know Cropredy and Folk East. Would I enjoy Towersey?


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Nick on June 10, 2015, 11:01:13 PM

I have only limited festival experience. I know Cropredy and Folk East. Would I enjoy Towersey?


Yes


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Nick on June 10, 2015, 11:23:00 PM

I have only limited festival experience. I know Cropredy and Folk East. Would I enjoy Towersey?


Sorry, you probably want more detail than that...

Towersey is folky, multiple stages, prone to campfire singarounds and sessions, steeped in English Folk History...

It's a sit-down and dance festival - venues are either lined up with seating or equipped with dance floors (ostensibly for 'proper' dancing but often descending into moshing depending on who's playing). Not really a blanket and chill out festival (but then Cropredy has basically lost its blankets and is lined up with seating these days...)

Music is divided into lunch, afternoon, evening sessions, where 3-4 bands will be scheduled together in a set. This has its plus points in that it gives a good amount of time for exploring the site and grabbing food. On the flip side though it tends to lead to queuing before each session and in my opinion hampers the chance to wander between stages. It creates more opportunities for 'headliners' but of course makes more chance for headline acts to clash. This may or may not be an issue depending on what you think of the line-up, though I'll never forgive them for putting Blowzabella on at the same time as Bellowhead a few years back (nor will about half of Bellowhead for that matter!)

It's a long festival being on the bank holiday, and we've invariably come home knackered from it. Though that's partly self-inflicted due to it following on from 2-3 other festivals we go to in August.

Having said all that, Towersey is in a brand new location this year so everything will probably be different and none of the above will apply.

On the same weekend you could go up to Shrewsbury Festival or down to Purbeck Valley Folk Festival. All three are worth a visit if you fancy a folky weekend out and it's really a shame they clash to be honest.

Hope this helps

Cheers

Nick


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Angela on June 10, 2015, 11:26:48 PM
Not sure about Towersey, as very very different this year. Starts a day later and finishes a lot earlier, different site, but if you've known no different will
 still be good.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: William on June 12, 2015, 08:36:40 PM


I have only limited festival experience. I know Cropredy and Folk East. Would I enjoy Towersey?


Sorry, you probably want more detail than that...

Towersey is folky, multiple stages, prone to campfire singarounds and sessions, steeped in English Folk History...

It's a sit-down and dance festival - venues are either lined up with seating or equipped with dance floors (ostensibly for 'proper' dancing but often descending into moshing depending on who's playing). Not really a blanket and chill out festival (but then Cropredy has basically lost its blankets and is lined up with seating these days...)

Music is divided into lunch, afternoon, evening sessions, where 3-4 bands will be scheduled together in a set. This has its plus points in that it gives a good amount of time for exploring the site and grabbing food. On the flip side though it tends to lead to queuing before each session and in my opinion hampers the chance to wander between stages. It creates more opportunities for 'headliners' but of course makes more chance for headline acts to clash. This may or may not be an issue depending on what you think of the line-up, though I'll never forgive them for putting Blowzabella on at the same time as Bellowhead a few years back (nor will about half of Bellowhead for that matter!)

It's a long festival being on the bank holiday, and we've invariably come home knackered from it. Though that's partly self-inflicted due to it following on from 2-3 other festivals we go to in August.

Having said all that, Towersey is in a brand new location this year so everything will probably be different and none of the above will apply.

On the same weekend you could go up to Shrewsbury Festival or down to Purbeck Valley Folk Festival. All three are worth a visit if you fancy a folky weekend out and it's really a shame they clash to be honest.

Hope this helps

Cheers

Nick


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: William on June 12, 2015, 08:47:27 PM
Thanks for that Nick. Almost an essay. I suspect that clash of bands may be an issue depending on who is on at the same time as Bellowhead. Fatigue may be a problem the following week if we make it back to Oxfordshire to see Blackbeards Teaparty on Friday.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Nick Reg on July 17, 2015, 10:42:20 AM
Acoustic Festival 2015 with plaster cast applied earlier that day. With Adrian W , Mr Whacker, Mallory |Towers and Geoff my chauffeur.

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Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Zoe on August 23, 2015, 12:31:41 PM
Going to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco this year, its free and held in Golden Gate Park, they have released two medleys over the last two weeks of people who have been booked, the full line up will be released soon.

So far we know
Week one medley the boys
1. Paul Weller
2. Boz Scaggs
3. The Stone Foxes
4. Ben Miller Band
5. Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
6. Monophonics
7. Leftover Salmon
8. The Blind Boys of Alabama
9. Chicano Batman
10. Pokey LaFarge

Week two the girls

Gillian Welch
Lera Lynn
Neko Case
Lee Ann Womack
Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds
Angel Olsen
Beth Hart
???
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell  

Not looking bad so far  ;D



Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: ColinB on August 31, 2015, 03:23:56 PM
Sadly this year's Fylde Folk n Roots festival has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales. Show of Hands had been set to headline.

http://www.fyldefolknroots.org/newsfeed/



Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on September 01, 2015, 05:21:17 PM

Going to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco this year, its free and held in Golden Gate Park, they have released two medleys over the last two weeks of people who have been booked, the full line up will be released soon.

So far we know
Week one medley the boys
1. Paul Weller
2. Boz Scaggs
3. The Stone Foxes
4. Ben Miller Band
5. Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
6. Monophonics
7. Leftover Salmon
8. The Blind Boys of Alabama
9. Chicano Batman
10. Pokey LaFarge

Week two the girls

Gillian Welch
Lera Lynn
Neko Case
Lee Ann Womack
Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds
Angel Olsen
Beth Hart
???
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell  

Not looking bad so far  ;D


Some real crackers there!


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: PaulT on February 01, 2016, 11:57:21 AM
...and, playing the Sunday afternoon "legends" slot at Glastonbury 2016 - Jeff Lynne's ELO.  ^-^


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on February 01, 2016, 12:02:28 PM

...and, playing the Sunday afternoon "legends" slot at Glastonbury 2016 - Jeff Lynne's ELO.  ^-^
Excellent - I hope it's televised :)


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: mickf on February 13, 2016, 07:14:21 PM
How about this for a festival line up? And all for 50/- ;D



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Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on February 14, 2016, 11:24:28 AM

How about this for a festival line up? And all for 50/- ;D


They don't do 'em like that any more.... :(


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Field 7 is Heaven (Trev) on February 14, 2016, 09:03:03 PM
The Flock................that brings back memories.

Saw them three times on the first UK tour . They had a hit with a version of the Kinks "So tired of waiting for you". And a compilation LP featured Flocks extremely long haired violinist Jerry Goodman on the front cover. People thought they were going to see a rock band. But they were an experimental  jazz /rock crossover outfit in reality and confused some of their audience a bit.

I loved them and still have a copy of Dinosaur swamps.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: hendo (Dave) on February 14, 2016, 11:56:36 PM
Just heard, Bloxfest is cancelled for this year.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: blagden on March 10, 2016, 12:13:07 PM
Chubby Checker is doing two shows this Saturday at Butlin's 60's festival ... didn't realise he was still amongst us never mind still gigging.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Jules Gray on March 10, 2016, 12:16:17 PM

Chubby Checker is doing two shows this Saturday at Butlin's 60's festival ... didn't realise he was still amongst us never mind still gigging.


Maybe it's a fake Chubby!   ;D

Jules


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: blagden on March 10, 2016, 12:31:09 PM
Wikipedia have him as being aged 74.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: JeremyRS on March 10, 2016, 01:24:04 PM

Maybe it's a fake Chubby!   ;D
Jules

We need a Chubby checker checker.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Jules Gray on March 10, 2016, 01:26:43 PM

We need a Chubby Checker checker.


 ;D

Jules


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: GubGub (Al) on March 10, 2016, 01:52:31 PM


Maybe it's a fake Chubby!   ;D
Jules

We need a Chubby Checker checker.


As long as we don't have a chubby checker. I could be in trouble.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Jules Gray on March 10, 2016, 02:07:28 PM

As long as we don't have a chubby checker. I could be in trouble.


I have no objections to there being a chubby Chubby Checker checker though.

Jules


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: PaulT on March 10, 2016, 05:06:23 PM
I believe there's a chubby Czech Chubby Checker checker, but I'd need to check, mate.

Unlike Chuck Berry, he insists on payment by... bank transfer.  Now there's a twist.  ;)


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Jules Gray on March 10, 2016, 05:10:51 PM

I believe there's a chubby Czech Chubby Checker checker, but I'd need to check, mate.

Unlike Chuck Berry, he insists on payment by... bank transfer.  Now there's a twist.  ;)


I feel sorry for the Desmond Dekker checker, who had to retire early.

Jules


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on March 10, 2016, 05:11:57 PM


I believe there's a chubby Czech Chubby Checker checker, but I'd need to check, mate.

Unlike Chuck Berry, he insists on payment by... bank transfer.  Now there's a twist.  ;)


I feel sorry for the Desmond Dekker checker, who had to retire early.

Jules
It was because his ears were alight...


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: PaulT on March 10, 2016, 06:28:51 PM
Aye, you should have seen the ska tissue.

Deftly dipping a shoulder to avoid the moderators... I've just ordered my ticket for the Fairy Festival at Torpoint (Cornwall) Saturday 18th June - headline act is Corvus Corax. I dare say they'll be heard across the estuary at Plymouth Hoe.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: abby (tank girl) on March 10, 2016, 09:41:15 PM
Elvis and Michael Buble play regularly at the pub up the road here. Not even tributes, according to advertising.
Must make the effort..  ...


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Jules Gray on March 10, 2016, 09:53:40 PM

It was because his ears were alight...


I've been waiting for that one!   ;D

Jules


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: PL (Peter) on March 11, 2016, 07:32:49 AM
Quote
Deftly dipping a shoulder to avoid the moderators... I've just ordered my ticket for the Fairy Festival at Torpoint (Cornwall) Saturday 18th June - headline act is Corvus Corax. I dare say they'll be heard across the estuary at Plymouth Hoe.


@PaulT
some of the other bands at Fairy Fest sound quite interesting as well, so Corvus Corx will be the icing on the cake.
Wishing you a great time there.

We'll be seeing Corvus Corax again at one of the Spectaculums late in May.
Looking forward to it.

 


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: sliprigilio (Al) on March 11, 2016, 09:51:55 AM

Aye, you should have seen the ska tissue.

Deftly dipping a shoulder to avoid the moderators... I've just ordered my ticket for the Fairy Festival at Torpoint (Cornwall) Saturday 18th June - headline act is Corvus Corax. I dare say they'll be heard across the estuary at Plymouth Hoe.



First I've head of this - & this is local to me. I will have to investigate...

Do you need accommodation Paul?

Cheers,

Slippy
 8)


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on March 11, 2016, 12:14:05 PM


It was because his ears were alight...


I've been waiting for that one!   ;D

Jules
I aim to please  ;)


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: PaulT on March 12, 2016, 08:51:10 AM


Aye, you should have seen the ska tissue.

Deftly dipping a shoulder to avoid the moderators... I've just ordered my ticket for the Fairy Festival at Torpoint (Cornwall) Saturday 18th June - headline act is Corvus Corax. I dare say they'll be heard across the estuary at Plymouth Hoe.



First I've head of this - & this is local to me. I will have to investigate...

Do you need accommodation Paul?

Cheers,

Slippy
 8)


I've bought a camping ticket Al, but if RT is a late addition to the bill with the consequent meteorological anomalies... Thanks for the offer - maybe I'll see you at the festival - I won't be dressing up, btw - the world is not ready for the sight of me in a fairy costume.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on April 13, 2016, 01:32:22 PM
Lol!  http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/arts-entertainment/weekend-without-festival-to-be-highlight-of-the-summer-20160413107994



Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Dad Volt on May 31, 2016, 07:33:39 PM
Great value (Especially if you book before Novemebr) lovely start to the festival year.
http://www.theatkinson.co.uk/special-event/love-folk-festival-2-2/


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on May 31, 2016, 07:37:21 PM

Great value (Especially if you book before Novemebr) lovely start to the festival year.
http://www.theatkinson.co.uk/special-event/love-folk-festival-2-2/


That looks really rather tasty indeed (well, the Saturday does, anyway, he whispers)...


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Malcolm on July 03, 2016, 01:00:04 PM
Interesting article here, if somewhat unsettling to read about the 'music festival industry' but I suppose that is the way journalists write!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/07/02/do-the-growing-number-of-music-festivals-actually-make-any-money/
 


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: AdrianW on July 07, 2016, 03:03:55 AM
Yes, an interesting article. I liked the last paragraph quoting the IoW Festival organiser.
Festivals are an industry. Organisations trying to make money, paid workers, customers paying money, ...


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Field 7 is Heaven (Trev) on July 31, 2016, 11:14:15 PM
But he goes on to say.

"“The problem with me is that I don’t like gardening or golf, so I have got myself in a position of gambling huge sums of money to put on entertainment in a field. But it’s the best, most satisfying thing I have ever done.”

Cropredy is an established business with professional long term organisation, it will be close to a sell out this year and a sell out certainty next year. As long as they don't indulge themselves with Headline Artists who mainly appeal to musicians and a few regular fans (Joan Armatrading, Emmylou Harris) and have headliners most are keen to see (Alice Cooper,Squeeze,Waterboys) they will always do alright.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Chris on August 31, 2016, 05:56:36 PM
Two festivals in pretty much the same area of Wiltshire aren't happening in 2017 - Larmer Tree & Village Pump. Have we reached the zenith?


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on August 31, 2016, 07:30:44 PM

Have we reached the zenith?


I sort of hope so...too many samey ones...we need something different.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: SandieAnn on September 30, 2016, 07:47:32 AM
I would welcome streaming of festivals, to a certain extent, as it's difficult for me to travel due to health issues. Want to go to the Banbury festival on the 8th October but looks doubtful I'll get there. Knowing I could still see it online would ease the disappointment, though I know nothing beats the atmosphere of a 'live' festival. Just, it'd be better than nothing :(


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: PeterJ on September 30, 2016, 11:53:33 AM

Interesting article here, if somewhat unsettling to read about the 'music festival industry' but I suppose that is the way journalists write!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/07/02/do-the-growing-number-of-music-festivals-actually-make-any-money/
 

Scariest thing in the whole piece is that Glastonbury made "£86,000 in 2014". For all that outlay!


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on September 30, 2016, 12:10:09 PM


Interesting article here, if somewhat unsettling to read about the 'music festival industry' but I suppose that is the way journalists write!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/07/02/do-the-growing-number-of-music-festivals-actually-make-any-money/
 

Scariest thing in the whole piece is that Glastonbury made "£86,000 in 2014". For all that outlay!


Music festivals are like football clubs - massive turnovers, tiny profits.  And they keep paying more and more to headliners and charging more and more for tickets which continues to miss the point.  Entirely.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: blagden on September 30, 2016, 12:54:15 PM



Interesting article here, if somewhat unsettling to read about the 'music festival industry' but I suppose that is the way journalists write!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/07/02/do-the-growing-number-of-music-festivals-actually-make-any-money/
 

Scariest thing in the whole piece is that Glastonbury made "£86,000 in 2014". For all that outlay!


Music festivals are like football clubs - massive turnovers, tiny profits.  And they keep paying more and more to headliners and charging more and more for tickets which continues to miss the point.  Entirely.


Just out curiosity what would an average Crop / Cambridge / Shrewsbury headliner charge?


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on September 30, 2016, 12:58:46 PM




Interesting article here, if somewhat unsettling to read about the 'music festival industry' but I suppose that is the way journalists write!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/07/02/do-the-growing-number-of-music-festivals-actually-make-any-money/
 

Scariest thing in the whole piece is that Glastonbury made "£86,000 in 2014". For all that outlay!


Music festivals are like football clubs - massive turnovers, tiny profits.  And they keep paying more and more to headliners and charging more and more for tickets which continues to miss the point.  Entirely.


Just out curiosity what would an average Crop / Cambridge / Shrewsbury headliner charge?


I suspect the Thursday night headliners at Cropredy  from the last few years cost considerably more than any other headliner on any other day at any of those 3 festivals...?


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: JeremyRS on September 30, 2016, 02:18:34 PM
Definitely, and by a big margin too.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: blagden on September 30, 2016, 02:38:39 PM
Who were they? Emmylou last year and the Pink Floydy people?


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: PeterJ on September 30, 2016, 03:30:11 PM
Floydy people were Friday


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on September 30, 2016, 03:52:45 PM

I suspect the Thursday night headliners at Cropredy  from the last few years cost considerably more than any other headliner on any other day at any of those 3 festivals...?


Five minutes on Bing threw up a minimum fee for Madness of $75,000. Possibly less if they only have to pootle up the M40...  [;-)


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: PeterJ on September 30, 2016, 04:11:28 PM
How much for the Waterboys?


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Jules Gray on September 30, 2016, 04:47:09 PM

How much for the Waterboys?


More than a little, but less than a lot.

Jules


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Martin F on September 30, 2016, 09:34:45 PM


Interesting article here, if somewhat unsettling to read about the 'music festival industry' but I suppose that is the way journalists write!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/07/02/do-the-growing-number-of-music-festivals-actually-make-any-money/
 

Scariest thing in the whole piece is that Glastonbury made "£86,000 in 2014". For all that outlay!


Before or after their contributions to the three charities?


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: PeterJ on October 01, 2016, 02:24:01 AM



Interesting article here, if somewhat unsettling to read about the 'music festival industry' but I suppose that is the way journalists write!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/07/02/do-the-growing-number-of-music-festivals-actually-make-any-money/
 

Scariest thing in the whole piece is that Glastonbury made "£86,000 in 2014". For all that outlay!


Before or after their contributions to the three charities?
]"Glastonbury, meanwhile, saw pre-tax profits fall from £764,000 in 2013 to just £86,000 in 2014, although that was partly due to charitable donations. Other big festivals have been acquired by Live Nation and AEG Live, the industry’s dominant companies."



Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: PeterJ on October 01, 2016, 02:26:55 AM


How much for the Waterboys?


More than a little, but less than a lot.

Jules

Thanks. That's very enlightening. They were worth every penny.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Henry Tompkins (Pete) on December 01, 2016, 01:55:34 PM
Red Rooster Fest in Euston Hall, Euston, Suffolk lineup is looking promising.
Three acts that have been announced that appeal to me are Nick Lowe, Hanging Stars and Cale Tyson.
It's an Americana/Folk/Blues/Rock/Soul kind of hybrid from what I can ascertain, set in the beautiful Suffolk countryside.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: hendo (Dave) on December 22, 2016, 10:59:44 AM
A serious comment hoping to create some discussion.
I am lucky enough to be able to go to a lot of festivals.
Looking at line ups of the'bigger' fests , line ups are becoming homogenised.
Show of Hands, Oysterband, Levellers, Seth Lakeman and several acts on the undercard seem to be doing several fests this year. Please do not get me wrong, I have watched these bands many times and enjoyed( almost) every minute. Oysterband are a fave band of mine and SoH were the best I have ever seen them at the New Forest fest this yr.
I know there are people who won't have seen these acts and it will be a great first fest for them.
I am looking for the upcoming acts.
Yes I know they are there and I always find a couple of new acts I love at most fests but then I am paying a lot of money per fest to see the same bands.
Yes I know most people just do the one fest.
For the last few yrs Sheen and I have done smaller fests, New Forest this year was a treat.
So it's probably me and the stock answer should probably be ,'Dave you're a lucky b....r to be able to go to several fests' but the real question is ......
Who are your up and coming bands?
Blackbeards Tea Party. Banter , Co co and the Butterfields,  3 Daft Monkeys, Ange Hardy, Luke Jackson , Kenneth J Nash, Chapin Wickwar......
So let me know bands I should try to see.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Chris on December 22, 2016, 11:06:07 AM
Those big names are stifling any others making them bigger drawers/higher up on the card as bookers won't take the risk of booking other bands as headliners for fear of not selling the kind of numbers the current big acts do....We need one or two to 'retire' gracefully to allow others through - or for current acts to create something to catch the audience's attention.

Eliza's Wayward Band was the last attempt at creating a festival headliner. Some you win, some you don't - I think the jury's out on this attempt right now, we'll see. Hope they make it big though.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: hendo (Dave) on December 22, 2016, 11:11:52 AM

Those big names are stifling any others making them bigger drawers/higher up on the card as bookers won't take the risk of booking other bands as headliners for fear of not selling the kind of numbers the current big acts do....We need one or two to 'retire' gracefully to allow others through - or for current acts to create something to catch the audience's attention.

Eliza's Wayward Band was the last attempt at creating a festival headliner. Some you win, some you don't - I think the jury's out on this attempt right now, we'll see. Hope they make it big though.

Cheers Chris, thanks. I meant to mention Wayward Band who I felt were designed to be the next Bellowhead.
I personally think the future is small fests but so far I am aware of over 300 small fests around the country.
I think if people just go to Wickham this year that will just about cover it. hell of a line up!


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Andy on December 22, 2016, 11:59:54 AM

... Wayward Band who I felt were designed to be the next Bellowhead.


Spot on and they aren't. Yet.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: garrypbrooks on December 22, 2016, 12:32:27 PM

An odd phenomena occuring with festivals this year from my own personal perspective. They all seem to be incorporating at least one day when there is nothing that interests me.

Cropredy - Thursday & Friday look good. Saturday not so much.
Wickham - Thursday - Saturday terrific. Sunday I shall be making an early exit.
Moseley - Saturday & Sunday look promising. Friday I am ambivalent.

This is both bad and good news as not attending for entire durations will save me a couple of days leave from work, which I seem to be in short supply of this year.  :-\


Where's the info for Moseley? Nowt on their webpage


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Andy Tuck on December 22, 2016, 03:52:41 PM
Slightly off topic, but venues up and down the Country, including me, put on the up and coming bands. Problem is we get the haven't heard of them syndrome, so they play to half a dozen people. Then venues don't book them again and won't take the risk on other new bands. Therefore, these acts never get the chance to grow.

So to get more new acts at Festivals start supporting these new bands at a venue near you and they will have the opportunity to grow and if festival organisers see that they are then pulling good crowds they will book them.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: hendo (Dave) on December 22, 2016, 07:31:20 PM

Slightly off topic, but venues up and down the Country, including me, put on the up and coming bands. Problem is we get the haven't heard of them syndrome, so they play to half a dozen people. Then venues don't book them again and won't take the risk on other new bands. Therefore, these acts never get the chance to grow.

So to get more new acts at Festivals start supporting these new bands at a venue near you and they will have the opportunity to grow and if festival organisers see that they are then pulling good crowds they will book them.

I agree Andy and apologies I haven't been down much this yr. health things haven't helped!


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Chris on December 22, 2016, 08:11:37 PM
Gigs need to be user-friendly these days. Too many think 11pm (or later!) is a reasinable time to finish a gig on week nights. If one knew, for instance, that they'd be on the way home by 10.30, you'd get more custom.

Yes, I realise sometimes that the venue drives this, but promoters could at least try & persuade them otherwise.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on December 27, 2016, 07:22:40 AM

Gigs need to be user-friendly these days. Too many think 11pm (or later!) is a reasinable time to finish a gig on week nights. If one knew, for instance, that they'd be on the way home by 10.30, you'd get more custom.

Yes, I realise sometimes that the venue drives this, but promoters could at least try & persuade them otherwise.


It's all about knowing your audience.  Ask a few 17 year olds.  See if they agree with you, Chris.  Most of them aren't even getting ready to go out until about 10pm.....  I think the Stones had the right idea in the early 70's.  Make 'em wait until 3 am  ;) ;D


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Chris on December 27, 2016, 07:46:37 AM
How many 17yo's go to folk clubs/gigs?....please keep in context


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: garrypbrooks on February 01, 2017, 10:32:17 AM

A serious comment hoping to create some discussion.
I am lucky enough to be able to go to a lot of festivals.
Looking at line ups of the'bigger' fests , line ups are becoming homogenised.
Show of Hands, Oysterband, Levellers, Seth Lakeman and several acts on the undercard seem to be doing several fests this year. Please do not get me wrong, I have watched these bands many times and enjoyed( almost) every minute. Oysterband are a fave band of mine and SoH were the best I have ever seen them at the New Forest fest this yr.
.......


Belated reply: Hendo, I have similar thoughts. I like to go to 3 or 4 festivals a year, and although I'm always happy to see Show of Hands , Fairport or similar headlining, I go at least as much to see some  some new stuff.

There are some excellent new-ish acts around - in the last couple of years I've been very impressed with Ange Hardy & Lucas Drinkwater, Sam Kelly / The Changing Room, The Roving Crows and Lynched, amongst others - and a few new mixings of older talents (False Lights, Martin Simpson & Don Clemens), but  I'm not inspired with festival bills in the way I was a few years ago.

I may be clutching at straws here, but I detect a few major factors:

1. Many major highlights of the festivals I've been to have been from abroad, esp North America - Tanglefoot, The Sojourners, Solas, The Great Big Sea, Le Vent Du Nord, Eric Bogle all come to mind, - It seems to me to be that fewer major international acts are on the festival circuit now.
Maybe the exchange rate isn't helping?

2. Some festivals, particularly Wickham, seem to have got both very predictable in their headliners and reliant on old pop/rock bands to pull in the numbers.

3. a Few good festivals, notably the Trowbridge Village Pump, have disappeared

... or maybe I'm just getting old and diminishing returns are setting in?.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: hendo (Dave) on February 01, 2017, 11:34:06 AM
Hi Garry, no simple answer I think.
Just too many bloody festivals??
Yes the big (folk?) festivals tend to have the usual suspects but that may be because new 'big guns' folk bands are not coming through.
Yes we had Bellowhead but SoH, Levellers. Oysterband etc are still there as there is little to challenge them?Some great fests bands about, 3 Daft Monkeys, Blackbeards T Party, PiercecBrothers, Maia etc etc but hey are not headliners of big fests.
I am slightly disingenuous cos we will go to New forest Folk fest this yr, lovely vibe , a great but not original line up. Strawbs, Show of Hands, Jacqui Mc Shee's Pentangle, joe Broughtons Folk Conservatoire, Reg Meuross, Ken Nicol, Fleetwood Cave and many more!
We will also do tiny fests, where we 'discover' people we have never heard of .
In the last few years, Ange Hardy, Luke Jackson, Kenneth J Nash, Chapin Wickwar.
I am really lucky to be able to go to a lot of fests.....retired.......camper van .....and able to afford to do it but this yr fests like Woodfest, Raunds fest, Folk in the Barn, Folk on the Farm, Looe, etc will be where we go.
£30 a ticket rather than £120.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: garrypbrooks on February 01, 2017, 12:56:22 PM
Agree that there are a lot of VG "mid bill" bands around, but it's been a long time since any such band broke through to be a headliner at the level of SoH, Oysters etc.  Hard to know why, but these things are unpredictable - when I saw a rather unimpressive Oyster Band supporting Billy Bragg c1990 , or when I saw SoH struggling to engage a small crowd at the Guildford Fest 2nd stage a few years after, I wouldn't have guessed either would become stars of the folk / roots world.

Any hot tips for acts likely to break through to folky stardom? I'd plump for Sam Kelly in one band or another, or Blackbeard's Tea Party, which is probably the kiss of death for both as a few years ago my hot tips were Ahab, Wheeler Street and Something Nasty in the Woodshed, all of whom I saw do storming festival sets, but are now no more, as far as I know. Maybe part of the problem is that with the rise of streaming, YouTube etc it's so much harder for bands to make a living? Just a thought.

Maybe I need to try a few different (smaller) festivals - Red Rooster, Folk South East & the Acoustic Fest of GB could all be worth a try  


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: GubGub (Al) on February 01, 2017, 01:12:48 PM
Whatever happened to Wheeler Street? They were really terrific. Are any of them still performing at all?


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Greg on February 01, 2017, 01:57:13 PM
Partly I think the gigging circuit is very much structured around small acoustic acts.  Obviously folk clubs but also the rise in things like house concerts, gigs in 'non-music' venues (bookshops and the like) etc.  If you play in a 'loud' folk band (by which I mean one with drums, electric guitars etc) then there are very few such venues who are able to fit you in.  So, in a lot of cases, you have to try and get what you can on the rock circuit which really does seem to be dying at the moment (at least as an 'earning a living' venture).  So you end up getting a 'real' job and, although you hopefully keep the act going as best you can, you become far more limited in the scope of what you can do.  From my experience of playing in a (definitely second tier but not terrible) 'folk-rock' band in recent times.

For the real pros I can see it's much easier (as per the recent revival of the Albion Band) to concentrate on solo acts/duos etc with greater gigging prospects, less gear to haul around and fewer people to split the proceeds between!


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Greg on February 01, 2017, 01:58:08 PM

Whatever happened to Wheeler Street? They were really terrific. Are any of them still performing at all?


Wheeler Street are no more sadly.  A few of them are around the circuit here in Kent but not really doing anything in the style of the original group.  Shame.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: garrypbrooks on February 01, 2017, 06:38:28 PM


Whatever happened to Wheeler Street? They were really terrific. Are any of them still performing at all?


Wheeler Street are no more sadly.  A few of them are around the circuit here in Kent but not really doing anything in the style of the original group.  Shame.

Shame indeed. I recall them doing a live ssion and interview on a radio show - was it Mike Harding? - and I thought t hey were going places (other than Maidstone)


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: blagden on February 01, 2017, 07:04:54 PM
Whatever to Ahab (not the Scandinavian thrash metallers as once featured in the Butlins Folk Weekend publicity) young, vibrant, fun and talented who deserved to go far?


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Henry Tompkins (Pete) on February 01, 2017, 07:42:37 PM

Whatever to Ahab (not the Scandinavian thrash metallers as once featured in the Butlins Folk Weekend publicity) young, vibrant, fun and talented who deserved to go far?


Ahab are on hold at present.

Dave Burn, the rhythm guitarist and main singer in ahab, has a full length so cd 'Arizona' out next month I believe. He's on tour with Cropredy fave Ben Folke Thomas either this month or in March..

Dave is also guitarist and harmonies in bassist Seebs Llewelyn's newish band Orphan Colours. Seebs plays rhythm and some lead guitar in this band having passed the bass on.
They've got an ep available now, the title of which I've forgotten.  


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Chris on February 01, 2017, 08:25:57 PM
I thought the Cave Brothers were leads in ahab?

Anyway, you'll find Greg in TradArrr. I think his brother has gone quiet?


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Field 7 is Heaven (Trev) on February 01, 2017, 09:26:22 PM
So much talent out there.

Dave if your festival doesn't need mega stars then book some of these ( I am sure you know them all) who have really impressed me in recent years,

If it doesn't clash with mu UEFA football commitments I will come  along and drag Chris and Deanna too..
In no particular order;

Tankus the Henge
Cattle and Cain
The Goat Roper Rodeo Band
Patch and the Giant
The Hawthornes

Would all float my boat.We are all so lucky , so much talent.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on February 01, 2017, 10:50:24 PM
Would love to see Tankus at Cropredy  :)


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: David W on February 02, 2017, 08:59:56 AM
Not exactly folk but great summer time music I would recommedn Freds House - they played Gerry Colvins Knitted Festival  and were brilliant.

DW


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: garrypbrooks on February 02, 2017, 09:05:28 AM

Not exactly folk but great summer time music I would recommedn Freds House - they played Gerry Colvins Knitted Festival  and were brilliant.

DW

Seconded. I saw them at a local Arts Centre last year and they were terrific. More country-rock than folk, but would fit in well on many festival bills. They sertainly know how to connect with an audience.



Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: hendo (Dave) on February 02, 2017, 10:52:22 AM



Any hot tips for acts likely to break through to folky stardom? I'd plump for Sam Kelly in one band or another, or Blackbeard's Tea Party, which is probably the kiss of death for both as a few years ago my hot tips were Ahab, Wheeler Street and Something Nasty in the Woodshed, all of whom I saw do storming festival sets.


I put Something Nasty ITWS on as headliners at our Gloostonbury Fest in 2009,
Stonking set , had a field bouncing. Lovely fellas too.
As I understand it it just became financially unviable, work commitments, travel etc.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: garrypbrooks on March 05, 2017, 06:23:46 AM
Found a couple of small-ish festivals Sept /Oct with pretty good bills (Mighty Doonans, Dougie McLean, Vent du Nord and Vin Garbutt all float my boat):

http://www.banburyfolkfestival.co.uk/
http://www.bromyardfolkfestival.co.uk/

Will probably go to one of these - anyone been to them in previous years?



Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: AdrianW on March 05, 2017, 08:08:36 PM
I went to Banbury a long time ago. I don't remember much, other than enjoying wRants in the rain.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: dog-nap (Ian) on March 07, 2017, 06:33:28 PM

Found a couple of small-ish festivals Sept /Oct with pretty good bills (Mighty Doonans, Dougie McLean, Vent du Nord and Vin Garbutt all float my boat):

http://www.banburyfolkfestival.co.uk/
http://www.bromyardfolkfestival.co.uk/

Will probably go to one of these - anyone been to them in previous years?



I went to Bromyard a few years ago and loved it.  All-seater concert marquee, good food, late-night comedy in the rugby(?) club.  Lots of events in the town, which is very pretty and within easy walking distance.  Huge selection of local ciders (I remember trying one that looked like Guinness).  The only downside was the weather.  It was a bit late in the season, the campsite was rather exposed, and at night it was f-r-e-e-z-i-n-g.  If I was going again, I would probably try and find some indoors accommodation.



Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Jim G on March 08, 2017, 12:29:48 PM
Jurassic Fields Festival in Bridport have announced most of their line up http://jurassicfields.com 14th -15th July

Willie and the Bandits, Steve Knightly, Tankus the Henge, Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer amoung others.

Nice little 2 day festival located in the area where they film Broadchurch , reasonably priced beer, interesting selection of food stalls, no festival camping but the area is awash with b&b , caravan and camping sites.

Best thing for me is I can walk to it from home !


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Nick on April 28, 2017, 01:57:19 PM
"Thank you for bearing with us as we work through the growing pains that every first year event experiences"...  :-\

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/39743303/fyre-festival-turns-from-luxury-to-disaster-with-ticket-holders-stranded-in-bahamas



Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: jude on April 28, 2017, 03:48:35 PM

"Thank you for bearing with us as we work through the growing pains that every first year event experiences"...  :-\

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/39743303/fyre-festival-turns-from-luxury-to-disaster-with-ticket-holders-stranded-in-bahamas



Crikey... :o


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: StephenB on May 04, 2017, 03:23:36 AM
Couldn't find the original post about this one so I thought I'd plonk it here.... Anyone going to the BIG WHISTLE FESTIVAL IN BURY at the weekend?

http://themet.biz/bigwhistle/

Looks more like a bagpipes than a whistle festival, but no harm in that! Luckily my sister lives near a tram stop so I'm coming over to do the weekend on a tram rover ticket. Paid up for Lankum/Lynched (Yaayy +++) in a main gig and a pub session; Skerryvore; Calan; Peatbog Faeries, and a couple more local turns. The Folk Awards best duo winners Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton have unfortunately sold out but I'll try for a cancellation.

Looking good.  Anyone else going - I'd love to meet up for a pre-Cropredy pint or a natter...


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: StephenB on May 08, 2017, 12:06:31 AM
Well I'm back from this and have to say it was a lovely, enjoyable couple of days with a small but committed crowds. Nice venue with very pleasant and helpful staff.

My highlight - (no surprise!) Lankum (ex Lynched) were good as ever - and then after they did a lovely instrument-free (just the songs) informal workshop/performance in the adjacent pub teasing out the history of the music hall songs archive they plunder, and its fascinating relationship with the folk tradition. As well as a sh*t-hot band intensely dedicated to their craft, thoroughly laid back and lovely people.

Then a few I've seen before at Cropredy, but in a different light (light show + smoke vs sunny August afternoon...)

Calan - wow, they've grown up and blossomed - folk-trad music with a very different feel due to a) the heavy Welsh input, and b) the harp as a leading instrument (maybe the only portable harp playing I've ever seen).

Will Pound and Eddie Jay - Bohemian music with a virtuoso harmonica backed by an equally virtuoso accordionist. Incredibly technically brilliant, but ultimately a bit soulless for me.

Then the two headliners - Peatbog Faeries night 1, and Skerryvore night 2. The Peatbogs were intensely energy-laden pulsating acid house throbbing beat double bagpipe mayhem - with a pyrotechnic light and smoke show to match. Ultimately let down IMO by their strange style of sticking to the same dance tune for every different set (ie not building up a number around two or three different dance tunes, key changes, etc). Ultimately that made it for me that, energy-laden as it was, it ultimately all sounded the same.

Skerryvore, on the other hand, had the same amount of energy, the same double-bagpipe power factor, but had an infinitely wider variety in their tunes and within individual sets (and they did a lot of songs as well). As was mentioned, there is a big crossover with Runrig fans for obvious reasons.

So all in all, a lovely weekend with a small but energetic and appreciative crowd. I'm a happy bunny for a while...


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on May 08, 2017, 10:09:33 AM
I love the Peatbogs but I agree their music does tend to sound the same.

I don't know anything about Skerryvore so I'm off to YouTube to do my homework!  :D


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Malcolm on June 03, 2017, 08:00:04 AM
Over here, the Rock am Ring festival at Nuerburgring was evacuated last night for a serious terror threat (last year it was hit by lightning!) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/02/rock-festival-germany-suspended-due-terror-threat/

If you wonder why they were singing 'You'll never walk alone', it is the anthem of Borussia Dortmund football club. Wierd last season when they played Liverpool in the Champions League and the whole stadium was singing it!


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Nick - New Forest Folk Festival on August 19, 2017, 10:48:45 AM
Heading off to Purbeck next Saturday for a look any TAWs going https://www.facebook.com/purbeck.folk/posts/880053195490799


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Field 7 is Heaven (Trev) on August 19, 2017, 11:04:23 AM
Not much on that list that does it for me.

But Patch and the Giant are very very good.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Pugwash on August 27, 2017, 03:04:37 PM
What's left this year then and what are peep's plans?


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Dad Volt on August 27, 2017, 03:34:11 PM

What's left this year then and what are peep's plans?

We are going to Skeggy again!


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Chris on August 27, 2017, 09:41:26 PM
Skeggy for me too....


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: AdrianW on August 29, 2017, 01:10:19 AM
Something Else in the Dean.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Chris on August 29, 2017, 05:19:52 AM
The Unthanks Homecoming too...


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on August 29, 2017, 03:42:50 PM

The Unthanks Homecoming too...


Very jealous, would love to be there...but I'm going to The Good Life Experience instead (which should be fab and is nearby).


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Andy on August 29, 2017, 04:10:17 PM


The Unthanks Homecoming too...


Very jealous, would love to be there...but I'm going to The Good Life Experience instead (which should be fab and is nearby).
In Surbiton (actually Northwood)? Give my regards to Margo.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Ian_ on August 31, 2017, 11:13:26 AM

 Interesting aftermath to the Reading Festival....http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-berkshire-41094374/reading-festival-rubbish-given-to-homeless


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Angela on September 02, 2017, 02:24:10 PM

Something Else in the Dean.


Us too!

As well as Faversham Hop Festival this weekend and Skeggy


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: blagden on September 02, 2017, 03:38:48 PM

Something Else in the Dean.


Are these events still ongoing?

Their website is still listing the dates for 2016?


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: AdrianW on September 02, 2017, 07:19:21 PM
Yes, still going. Something Else in the Dean is sold out. Tickets for other forthcoming events at https://www.tickettailor.com/all-tickets/1162/b307/
Most of the activity takes place on Facebook.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Poor Will (Bill) on September 02, 2017, 09:24:26 PM
Southdown festival is next for us (Get to sleep in my own bed!)
Not yet booked, but will probably go to Skeggy.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: hendo (Dave) on September 03, 2017, 02:18:02 PM
 ;DVery strong fringe lineup announced by the Brasenose for next years Cropredy. I will be going if just for the fringe!
It includes, Clarion, Attila the Stockbroker, Terry and Gerry ( Colvin) , Merry Hell, Fleetwood Cave , And regulars, Red Shoes, Leatherat, ( reunion gig!!!) and Spank the Monkey.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: hendo (Dave) on September 03, 2017, 02:50:36 PM
Plus 15 string trio and Uptown Ska collective!
Who needs the main stage?


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Malcolm on September 03, 2017, 03:26:35 PM
Is that all or part of the original Clarion? 1990 and 1993, two great sets.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: dog-nap (Ian) on September 03, 2017, 03:58:03 PM

Southdown festival is next for us (Get to sleep in my own bed!)
Not yet booked, but will probably go to Skeggy.


I like the Southdowns fest, but it seems to have shrunk.  The first year I went there were loads of free events in a local park, but last year it was limited to the Regis Centre.  Still, I was very impressed by the quality of the acts in the Studio.  Looking forward to seeing Sarah McQuaid again.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on September 03, 2017, 04:08:12 PM

Is that all or part of the original Clarion? 1990 and 1993, two great sets.


I remember both very fondly.  Not entirely sure of the current membership in relationship to the old, I'm afraid.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Col D on September 04, 2017, 10:20:33 AM

Is that all or part of the original Clarion? 1990 and 1993, two great sets.


Might bring back a few memories

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djjzk1u8X7k


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on September 04, 2017, 10:30:12 AM


Is that all or part of the original Clarion? 1990 and 1993, two great sets.


Might bring back a few memories

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djjzk1u8X7k


Nice one  :)


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on September 07, 2017, 07:18:17 PM
Looks like Vikki Clayton has been added to the Fringe bill.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: blagden on September 07, 2017, 07:55:38 PM

Looks like Vikki Clayton has been added to the Fringe bill.


Not managed to make it to the main bill then.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Chris on September 07, 2017, 08:41:00 PM
Who knows? It hasn't been announced has it?


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Andy on September 07, 2017, 09:46:07 PM


Looks like Vikki Clayton has been added to the Fringe bill.


Not managed to make it to the main bill then.
She has the contacts in the band. When she put her pleas onto the Fairporters page to be back on the Cropredy stage, that probably indicated she hadn't had a totally positive response from other contacts. Which is a shame, but there's a lot of people clamouring to be one of only 18 acts on one stage. The fringe is a good compromise and will show whether her appeal is good enough for the Cropredy stage another year.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Malcolm on September 08, 2017, 10:27:39 AM



Looks like Vikki Clayton has been added to the Fringe bill.


Not managed to make it to the main bill then.
She has the contacts in the band. When she put her pleas onto the Fairporters page to be back on the Cropredy stage, that probably indicated she hadn't had a totally positive response from other contacts. Which is a shame, but there's a lot of people clamouring to be one of only 18 acts on one stage. The fringe is a good compromise and will show whether her appeal is good enough for the Cropredy stage another year.


Just looking at her website. It is 16 years since her last album and others here will know the date of her last Cropredy appearance, when there was a regular 'Sandy spot'. I have a very long memory and recall reading, on a programme or a sleeve note, that someone had told her to go solo and 'leave that band' or words to that effect. Maybe there was a bit of friction? It is a long time ago.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Andy Tuck on September 08, 2017, 10:51:48 AM




Looks like Vikki Clayton has been added to the Fringe bill.


Not managed to make it to the main bill then.
She has the contacts in the band. When she put her pleas onto the Fairporters page to be back on the Cropredy stage, that probably indicated she hadn't had a totally positive response from other contacts. Which is a shame, but there's a lot of people clamouring to be one of only 18 acts on one stage. The fringe is a good compromise and will show whether her appeal is good enough for the Cropredy stage another year.




Just looking at her website. It is 16 years since her last album and others here will know the date of her last Cropredy appearance, when there was a regular 'Sandy spot'. I have a very long memory and recall reading, on a programme or a sleeve note, that someone had told her to go solo and 'leave that band' or words to that effect. Maybe there was a bit of friction? It is a long time ago.


She has a new album "Messenger" out at the moment. https://www.vikkiclayton.info/store


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Chris on September 08, 2017, 10:57:03 AM
And its very good!


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: bassline (Mike) on November 06, 2017, 11:31:21 PM




Looks like Vikki Clayton has been added to the Fringe bill.


Not managed to make it to the main bill then.
She has the contacts in the band. When she put her pleas onto the Fairporters page to be back on the Cropredy stage, that probably indicated she hadn't had a totally positive response from other contacts. Which is a shame, but there's a lot of people clamouring to be one of only 18 acts on one stage. The fringe is a good compromise and will show whether her appeal is good enough for the Cropredy stage another year.




Just looking at her website. It is 16 years since her last album and others here will know the date of her last Cropredy appearance, when there was a regular 'Sandy spot'. I have a very long memory and recall reading, on a programme or a sleeve note, that someone had told her to go solo and 'leave that band' or words to that effect. Maybe there was a bit of friction? It is a long time ago.


Was her last appearance with The Nerve ? In other words Fotheringay-ish ? I say that, because the thing about going solo and leaving that band sounds like what Joe Boyd told Sandy after the Fotheringay album. Maybe you're remembering a quote about that in the programme for that year, which may make sense considering the context.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Malcolm on November 07, 2017, 08:26:21 AM
That's possible. I no longer have any old programmes, I'm afraid.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Dan O. on November 07, 2017, 09:06:36 AM
Vikki played with her full band in 2001, guested with FC in 2002 for the 35th anniversary (singing loads) and again in 2007 for the 40th anniversary (singing "One More Chance"). Not sure if she's appeared since.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on November 07, 2017, 10:16:09 AM

Vikki played with her full band in 2001, guested with FC in 2002 for the 35th anniversary (singing loads) and again in 2007 for the 40th anniversary (singing "One More Chance"). Not sure if she's appeared since.


I think her last listing (as a guest) is 2008 http://fclist.org/cropredy-cropredy-line-ups/cropredy-2008


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: PaulT on December 02, 2017, 07:54:10 AM
Lineup for 2018 Folk on the Pier looks tremendous! FC, Morris On, Home Service, Chris and Julie, Edward II and more... Pity l will be abroad...


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: garrypbrooks on December 02, 2017, 08:54:52 AM

Lineup for 2018 Folk on the Pier looks tremendous! FC, Morris On, Home Service, Chris and Julie, Edward II and more... Pity l will be abroad...

To my tastes, looks a middling bill, but I do fancy seeing Edward II & Gerry Colvin again. See Home Service twice at festivals, found them disappointing both times, and I'll always pass on any band with "Morris" in their name. Let's see what else is added.

Can't find anything about Banter, anyone heard them?



Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: garrypbrooks on December 02, 2017, 08:56:52 AM
Just found Banter's website, with samples. Doesn't grab me much


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Will S on January 30, 2018, 04:36:23 PM
Final day of the BST concerts in Hyde Park is announced - Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and others tba.  Sounds great, but a friend says that tickets are about £111 a day - that's almost the same as all three days at Cropredy!  I'd love to see Paul Simon and James Taylor, but at that price I won't be going :(


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on January 30, 2018, 04:41:22 PM

Final day of the BST concerts in Hyde Park is announced - Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and others tba.  Sounds great, but a friend says that tickets are about £111 a day - that's almost the same as all three days at Cropredy!  I'd love to see Paul Simon and James Taylor, but at that price I won't be going :(


1982 Wembley Stadium.  You got Art as well, and it cost you £10 (or £24.68 in today's money).  Only one thing to do...and that's say 'no'.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: blagden on January 30, 2018, 05:32:55 PM
Shrewsbury FF - new names added including RT.

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/2c16fed58006f76a924aba086/images/2580086b-bdfe-482d-a061-4e39b86ab0b0.jpg


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Chris on January 30, 2018, 07:02:41 PM
I am booked already....


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Will S on January 31, 2018, 09:50:19 AM


Final day of the BST concerts in Hyde Park is announced - Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and others tba.  Sounds great, but a friend says that tickets are about £111 a day - that's almost the same as all three days at Cropredy!  I'd love to see Paul Simon and James Taylor, but at that price I won't be going :(


1982 Wembley Stadium.  You got Art as well, and it cost you £10 (or £24.68 in today's money).  Only one thing to do...and that's say 'no'.


It's all very well to tell me now...  35 years too late!  

Had a look this morning, and general admission is £75 (+ a £10 'service charge'!).  If you want to be right up the front, it's a whopping £250!


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Andy on January 31, 2018, 10:57:23 AM
Or buy their greatest hits albums for £6 or less (each) on Amazon. If you haven't already got them.

Since I do have those albums, I'll listen for free, that evening.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on February 01, 2018, 05:28:47 PM
Just saw this talked about elsewhere.  I can imagine one or two around here might be interested?



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Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Jim G on March 20, 2018, 11:41:33 AM
Beautiful Days line up just announced - including Richard Thompson Electric Trio, Suzanne Vega , Manic Street Preachers. 3DM, Feeder, British Sea Power and others.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on March 20, 2018, 11:50:32 AM

Beautiful Days line up just announced - including Richard Thompson Electric Trio, Suzanne Vega , Manic Street Preachers. 3DM, Feeder, British Sea Power and others.


Decent that.

Skids, Dreadzone, Oysterband amongst those others...and one headliner still to come.  Nice.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on March 21, 2018, 08:10:31 AM


Beautiful Days line up just announced - including Richard Thompson Electric Trio, Suzanne Vega , Manic Street Preachers. 3DM, Feeder, British Sea Power and others.


Decent that.

Skids, Dreadzone, Oysterband amongst those others...and one headliner still to come.  Nice.
Cracking line up! Puts Cropredy to shame  :(


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on March 21, 2018, 10:12:36 AM



Beautiful Days line up just announced - including Richard Thompson Electric Trio, Suzanne Vega , Manic Street Preachers. 3DM, Feeder, British Sea Power and others.


Decent that.

Skids, Dreadzone, Oysterband amongst those others...and one headliner still to come.  Nice.
Cracking line up! Puts Cropredy to shame  :(


Multiple stages.  It's not comparing like with like.  Cropredy is very much a beast from the past in that regard.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on March 21, 2018, 10:31:36 AM

Multiple stages.  It's not comparing like with like.  Cropredy is very much a beast from the past in that regard.


Similar capacity, no sponsorship. How do they do it..? :o


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Field 7 is Heaven (Trev) on March 21, 2018, 12:39:56 PM
It's probably just me but I don't go to multi stage festivals.

The clash between the Brasenose and the field is painful enough.I am already causing myself grief by trying to think out a way to be both on the field for Fairport opening the 2018 Cropredy and at The brasenose for one of my favourite Bands ,Merry Hell.

I have a heart condition and I will be risking my life running up the lane to the Brasenose.

It's why I didn't enjoy my one trip to Butlins. Watching one of the best Fairport gigs ever,(imho) was somehow spoiled by knowing I was missing Steeleye Span playing 200 yards away.

The Beautiful Days concept is too Glastonbury ish for me. Please don't ever change Cropredy in that way.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Nick on March 21, 2018, 01:11:17 PM
Apart from Cropredy (and ignoring the fringe), are there any other single stage festivals running?

In my ideal world, Cropredy would give Field 2 over to be a second arena field ... put a marquee or two on there and a further selection of stalls and entertainments. It would add to the diversity of the festival (and would certainly 'alter the dynamic' of the Thursday 5am traffic 'fun' that people like to get involved in!  ::) )

Cheers

Nick


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on March 21, 2018, 01:17:35 PM

Apart from Cropredy (and ignoring the fringe), are there any other single stage festivals running?


I can't think of any (apart from real micro-festivals catering for a couple of hundred or so).



Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Gouty (Gary) on March 21, 2018, 02:33:40 PM
One thing Beautiful Days has that Cropredy - as a single stage festival - now sorely lacks is space. There are loads of places to sit and stretch out, minimal queues at the bars, food stalls and toilets, and more places to shelter from the rain and sun. You may have to make the odd hard decision if acts clash, but, on the plus side, there are no claustrophobia inducing bottlenecks like the one in front of the Radio Oxford tent last year. And without all the rows of chairs and the 'this is our piece of field' mob, the atmosphere is far less attritional than might have been experienced at Cropredy in recent years. Not saying it's better, just different, with the attendant pros and cons. And, unlike Glastonbury, its relatively small scale makes it all very do-able.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Albie on March 21, 2018, 04:14:45 PM

It's probably just me but I don't go to multi stage festivals.

The clash between the Brasenose and the field is painful enough.I am already causing myself grief by trying to think out a way to be both on the field for Fairport opening the 2018 Cropredy and at The brasenose for one of my favourite Bands ,Merry Hell.

I have a heart condition and I will be risking my life running up the lane to the Brasenose.

It's why I didn't enjoy my one trip to Butlins. Watching one of the best Fairport gigs ever,(imho) was somehow spoiled by knowing I was missing Steeleye Span playing 200 yards away.

The Beautiful Days concept is too Glastonbury ish for me. Please don't ever change Cropredy in that way.


I look at it completely the other way. If I go to somewhere like Beautiful Days and miss a band I really like because I'm watching another band I really like, then that means it must be a great festival. The more great bands I miss, the better.  ???  Well, makes sense to me anyhoo.  8)

Clashes can be disappointing maybe, but I'd rather have that than no alternative when the likes of Digance or Bellowhead or 10CC are on stage.  BD is great value for money in my opinion.



Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on March 21, 2018, 05:23:43 PM


It's probably just me but I don't go to multi stage festivals.

The clash between the Brasenose and the field is painful enough.I am already causing myself grief by trying to think out a way to be both on the field for Fairport opening the 2018 Cropredy and at The brasenose for one of my favourite Bands ,Merry Hell.

I have a heart condition and I will be risking my life running up the lane to the Brasenose.

It's why I didn't enjoy my one trip to Butlins. Watching one of the best Fairport gigs ever,(imho) was somehow spoiled by knowing I was missing Steeleye Span playing 200 yards away.

The Beautiful Days concept is too Glastonbury ish for me. Please don't ever change Cropredy in that way.


I look at it completely the other way. If I go to somewhere like Beautiful Days and miss a band I really like because I'm watching another band I really like, then that means it must be a great festival. The more great bands I miss, the better.  ???  Well, makes sense to me anyhoo.  8)

Clashes can be disappointing maybe, but I'd rather have that than no alternative when the likes of Digance or Bellowhead or 10CC are on stage.  BD is great value for money in my opinion.


Ain't it funny! Bellowhead, Digance and 10CC are a few of the reasons I've gone to Cropredy in the past! The Levellers would put me off BDs....


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Nick Reg on March 21, 2018, 07:12:08 PM
One of the pluses at Shrewsbury is that a lot of the acts play twice. (As long as its not Bellowhead  ;D ;) )


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on March 21, 2018, 11:48:02 PM

One of the pluses at Shrewsbury is that a lot of the acts play twice. (As long as its not Bellowhead  ;D ;) )
You're OK NickReg they are no more! You can relax  ;D


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Nick Reg on March 22, 2018, 11:03:06 AM


One of the pluses at Shrewsbury is that a lot of the acts play twice. (As long as its not Bellowhead  ;D ;) )
You're OK NickReg they are no more! You can relax  ;D


Yes but the silly man is on at Shrewsbury! He's even on up the road next month.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Jim G on March 22, 2018, 03:14:44 PM
The thing I like about Cropredy is the single stage. Set yourself down for the day have a wander when there is something you are less fond of performing.  
Only conflict I have ever had is when Kangaroo Moon were playing at the fringe same time as the Travelling Band. K M won.

I would have  had a conflict between Merry Hell and Fairport this year but we going  to Beautiful Days this year as Richard Thompson is there.and I have tickets for Merry Hell at the Lyme Regis folk festival in September and Fairport in Bridport in Juneso I wont miss out.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Albie on March 22, 2018, 04:43:26 PM

The thing I like about Cropredy is the single stage.



I think where Croppers does score for me is with the time bands get on stage. So bands which are new to (the majority of) the audience, Dixie Bee Liners or Travelling Band for instance, get an hour which gives them a chance to really kick bottom in front of a big crowd. At other places "unknowns" might be tucked away on a smaller stage playing to a few hundred, if that, for 30 minutes or sometimes less, and by the time you realise what a spiffing time you are having they are saying "this is our last song".  

So, only at Croppers could The Trav Band, Dixie Bee Liners or Pierce Brothers have made such an impression, because elsewhere a lot of the crowd would have been doing other stuff, and they couldn't really have got into their stride with a longish set, watched by thousands, not as "unknowns".

Does this make sense?


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on March 22, 2018, 05:14:14 PM
I haven't been to Cropredy since 2010, so its possible that this view is entirely out of date and everybody has since developed an attentiveness normally reserved for a performance of 4'33'', but for most artists, most of the time, virtually nobody outside of what might be called the 'mosh pit area' is what Robert Fripp might call acting as an "attentive audient".  It's just background music most of the time.  That's where multi staged festivals win out in my book.  You have more frantic areas (with much less seating so people are generally standing or dancing) and you also have quieter areas where people are more attentive and listening to less frenetic music in a more attentive manner...and in between you have the milling around and the sitting and drinking and talking bollox.  Green Man would be (my) perfect example of this but other examples (BD etc.) are available.  Horses for courses, of course, and I'm not slagging Cropredy off - I just think it rather unusual and the format doesn't help with presenting much music which many of the audience would enjoy (acoustic, quiet etc).  And, sadly, I don't think I know of any other gathering of so many people paying so much money for a music event where so many seem so unengaged with the reason why they are actually there...


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: John From Austin on March 22, 2018, 05:16:30 PM

I don't think I know of any other gathering of so many people paying so much money for a music event where so many seem so unengaged with the reason why they are actually there...


Lately, I've observed this phenomenon at almost every show I've attended, festival or otherwise.  >:(


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on March 22, 2018, 05:19:53 PM


I don't think I know of any other gathering of so many people paying so much money for a music event where so many seem so unengaged with the reason why they are actually there...


Lately, I've observed this phenomenon at almost every show I've attended, festival or otherwise.  >:(


And it seems to be a cast iron rule that the higher the cost of tickets for the event, the less engaged one is!  Odd.  So, yeah, I agree with the generalising of the point...but there is also a very specific issue with Cropredy, with the single stage, with the 'sitting in one space with my enormous chair and my enormous picnic for the whole day' kind of scenario.....I think, anyway.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on March 22, 2018, 05:58:23 PM

I haven't been to Cropredy since 2010, so its possible that this view is entirely out of date and everybody has since developed an attentiveness normally reserved for a performance of 4'33'', but for most artists, most of the time, virtually nobody outside of what might be called the 'mosh pit area' is what Robert Fripp might call acting as an "attentive audient".  It's just background music most of the time.  That's where multi staged festivals win out in my book.  You have more frantic areas (with much less seating so people are generally standing or dancing) and you also have quieter areas where people are more attentive and listening to less frenetic music in a more attentive manner...and in between you have the milling around and the sitting and drinking and talking bollox.  Green Man would be (my) perfect example of this but other examples (BD etc.) are available.  Horses for courses, of course, and I'm not slagging Cropredy off - I just think it rather unusual and the format doesn't help with presenting much music which many of the audience would enjoy (acoustic, quiet etc).  And, sadly, I don't think I know of any other gathering of so many people paying so much money for a music event where so many seem so unengaged with the reason why they are actually there...
I can see where you're coming from with this and it does seem the further you go up the field, the less attention people are playing to the artist. That said, a lot more people are engaged than not. I often see groups dancing from way behind the sound tower, and (I know some won't like this) Digance has the whole crowd going with his humour and "audience participation". If the band on stage is a bit quiet and, well, boring (I won't single anyone out) then the level of conversation does tend to increase. But if the band is a crowd pleaser (Peatbog Faeries doing disco) everyone is on their feet. Same with Dreadzone, Edward II and a few others "daytime" acts.
I do wonder though why some people find their spot on the field and then totally ignore (or seem to) everything that's on the stage. I've seen it in the "trendier" music venues too. I think it's rude!


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Tony Pim on March 22, 2018, 08:15:19 PM
Wow - so many good points going on here.

Talking at gigs.. 2 weeks ago went to see Stereophonics at MEN. 20,000 fully engaged individuals loads of singing and dancing - I love Kelly and the boys and this was the best I've ever seen them.  The next night at a 300 capacity venue a Pink Floyd tribute act,  they were brilliant but almost ruined by a handful,  not talking but shouting at each other through the songs.  Why do they go ??

Single stage v Multi Stage festivals.. I get all the points, generally I prefer the multi stage (BDs and Green Man both excellent but Bearded Theory is the best for me) but you do tend to dip in and out, whereas at Cropredy you either engage or switch off.

I do love the whole village thing at Cropredy, can't wait to see what they do with the scarecrows this year.  Set ourselves the challenge of a drink in every bar to be back on the field by 2pm so that's Brasenose, Red Lion, Cricket Club , Edge, Field , Field 8.  Smashed it ! yet I equally love the more mobile and more friendly feel of the multi stage festivals.

Am thinking of doing the Cerys Matthews festival in North Wales - anyone ever been ?  sounds right up my street.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: John From Austin on March 22, 2018, 09:07:08 PM

I do love the whole village thing at Cropredy, can't wait to see what they do with the scarecrows this year.  


The village thing was one of my favorite experiences last year, excepting only that no one would just give me directions to the church - they instead sold me a map of the scarecrows and the village.  :)


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on March 23, 2018, 07:32:10 AM
Interestingly, for me at least..at the Victorious Festival in Pompey in August, Brian Wilson is third on the bill on the Saturday, pitched between Paloma Faith and the Mondays... https://www.victoriousfestival.co.uk/poster-artwork/


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: blagden on March 23, 2018, 10:02:13 AM

Interestingly, for me at least..at the Victorious Festival in Pompey in August, Brian Wilson is third on the bill on the Saturday, pitched between Paloma Faith and the Mondays... https://www.victoriousfestival.co.uk/poster-artwork/



Doesn't he look a little out of place in that line-up?


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Martin F on March 29, 2018, 12:44:36 AM

Interestingly, for me at least..at the Victorious Festival in Pompey in August, Brian Wilson is third on the bill on the Saturday, pitched between Paloma Faith and the Mondays... https://www.victoriousfestival.co.uk/poster-artwork/


Hmm Maybe not, there's too many acts per day for it to be a one stage festival, I reckon BW will be headlining second stage or second on the bill for main.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: blagden on March 29, 2018, 10:36:03 AM


Interestingly, for me at least..at the Victorious Festival in Pompey in August, Brian Wilson is third on the bill on the Saturday, pitched between Paloma Faith and the Mondays... https://www.victoriousfestival.co.uk/poster-artwork/


Hmm Maybe not, there's too many acts per day for it to be a one stage festival, I reckon BW will be headlining second stage or second on the bill for main.


Old man reviving a 40+year old album on before the Happy Mondays?

I bet he's the only act on the bill who's above 40 year old?



Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Field 7 is Heaven (Trev) on March 29, 2018, 11:18:19 AM
Without wishing to be rude to the Happy Mondays ,

I should think they would be happy to clean Brian Wilson's shoes.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on March 29, 2018, 01:18:56 PM



Interestingly, for me at least..at the Victorious Festival in Pompey in August, Brian Wilson is third on the bill on the Saturday, pitched between Paloma Faith and the Mondays... https://www.victoriousfestival.co.uk/poster-artwork/


Hmm Maybe not, there's too many acts per day for it to be a one stage festival, I reckon BW will be headlining second stage or second on the bill for main.


Old man reviving a 40+year old album on before the Happy Mondays?

I bet he's the only act on the bill who's above 40 year old?




Lol.  How old do you reckon the Mondays are then, ffs  ;) ;D


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on March 29, 2018, 01:44:31 PM




Interestingly, for me at least..at the Victorious Festival in Pompey in August, Brian Wilson is third on the bill on the Saturday, pitched between Paloma Faith and the Mondays... https://www.victoriousfestival.co.uk/poster-artwork/


Hmm Maybe not, there's too many acts per day for it to be a one stage festival, I reckon BW will be headlining second stage or second on the bill for main.


Old man reviving a 40+year old album on before the Happy Mondays?

I bet he's the only act on the bill who's above 40 year old?




Lol.  How old do you reckon the Mondays are then, ffs  ;) ;D


Paul Weller’s first album with The Jam is older than that.  ;D


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: blagden on March 29, 2018, 04:23:42 PM





Interestingly, for me at least..at the Victorious Festival in Pompey in August, Brian Wilson is third on the bill on the Saturday, pitched between Paloma Faith and the Mondays... https://www.victoriousfestival.co.uk/poster-artwork/


Hmm Maybe not, there's too many acts per day for it to be a one stage festival, I reckon BW will be headlining second stage or second on the bill for main.



Old man reviving a 40+year old album on before the Happy Mondays?

I bet he's the only act on the bill who's above 40 year old?




Lol.  How old do you reckon the Mondays are then, ffs  ;) ;D


Paul Weller’s first album with The Jam is older than that.  ;D


OK but this all feels a bit odd, Wilson is 75 playing an album that is 51 years old. The average age of attending punter is likely to have Grand-parents of his age and parents as old as Smile? 75% of them won't have heard of the Beach Boys and 90% will have never heard Smile never mind Pet Sounds and they put him second on the bill on Saturday night at a time that doesn't feel right.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Dan O. on March 29, 2018, 04:46:25 PM
Ok, Victorious is a multi-stage festival, and Brian Wilson's appearance has been billed as playing a more generic "Greatest Hits" set as opposed to his "Pet Sounds" set.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on March 29, 2018, 04:56:03 PM

Ok, Victorious is a multi-stage festival, and Brian Wilson's appearance has been billed as playing a more generic "Greatest Hits" set as opposed to his "Pet Sounds" set.



ie exactly the same set sans the difficult bits of Pet Sounds  ;D


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: blagden on March 29, 2018, 05:07:48 PM


Ok, Victorious is a multi-stage festival, and Brian Wilson's appearance has been billed as playing a more generic "Greatest Hits" set as opposed to his "Pet Sounds" set.



ie exactly the same set sans the difficult bits of Pet Sounds  ;D


Irrespective is it still not odd for him to be programmed between Paloma Faith and the headlining Mondays on Saturday night?


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Jim on March 29, 2018, 09:00:09 PM
The baby brother went to see the Mondays in Carlisle a week or two back. He was not impressed at all.
His actual words were not repeatable on a public forum.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Nick on March 29, 2018, 09:02:00 PM

The baby brother went to see the Mondays in Carlisle a week or two back. He was not impressed at all.
His actual words were not repeatable on a public forum.


'twas ever  thus   ::)  :-X


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Field 7 is Heaven (Trev) on March 30, 2018, 10:47:29 AM
Happy Mondays

3 Albums charted in the UK and one went UK platinum.
2 singles reached No 5 in Britain, (neither made the billboard 100 in the USA),

Awards and honors 
None

Highlight of their fame was meeting Ronnie Biggs in Brazil.
===============================================================================

Brian Wilson

18 US Platinum Albums,
  4 US no 1 singles.

Awards and honours

Monument on the site of the Wilsons' childhood home, now deemed a historic landmark by the state of California. Nine-time Grammy Award nominee, two-time winner.

1988: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Beach Boys.
2000: Songwriters Hall of Fame as "one of the great American geniuses".
2003: Honorary doctorate of music.
2004: BMI Icon at the 52nd annual BMI Pop Awards.
2005: Grammy. Best Rock Instrumental Performance .
2005: MusiCares Person of the Year.
2006: UK Music Hall of Fame .
2007: Kennedy Center lifetime of contributions to American culture.
2011: UCLA George and Ira Gershwin Award .
2013: Grammy. Best Historical Album for The Smile Sessions
2015: Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song .

Highlight of their Career; Would and has filled several books.
======================================================

The Happy Mondays are good, Brian Wilson is great.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: StephenB on March 30, 2018, 10:58:51 AM
"Irrespective is it still not odd for him to be programmed between Paloma Faith and the headlining Mondays on Saturday night?"

-could be worse I suppose.  LIke being programmed between Paloma Faith and the headlining Saturdays on Monday night...
😐 ☺


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on March 30, 2018, 12:05:58 PM



Ok, Victorious is a multi-stage festival, and Brian Wilson's appearance has been billed as playing a more generic "Greatest Hits" set as opposed to his "Pet Sounds" set.



ie exactly the same set sans the difficult bits of Pet Sounds  ;D


Irrespective is it still not odd for him to be programmed between Paloma Faith and the headlining Mondays on Saturday night?


I think so, which is why I originally highlighted the issue.  

I quite like the Mondays in a throwback to youthful indiscretions kind of a way.  They were pretty rubbish 30 years ago, but a good excuse to get loaded and have a good time nonetheless.  PF is just dull.  Don't get the attraction at all.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Jim on March 30, 2018, 12:34:15 PM
The Mondays used to be a good night out, given the right errrrrr......mood, but age, drugs, mutual loathing and Sean's new teeth have turned them into a shell of what they were. To come back after all the baggage they are carrying you need to be pretty top class musicians which they never quite were. ::)


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on April 27, 2018, 10:36:46 AM
If anyone is interested Blues at the Barns in Creeksea Essex on Sunday May 6 looks good with a full day of blues, Americana, and folk. I’m going and yes it is billed as a festival   ;D


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: garrypbrooks on April 27, 2018, 04:58:46 PM

Happy Mondays

3 Albums charted in the UK and one went UK platinum.
2 singles reached No 5 in Britain, (neither made the billboard 100 in the USA),

Awards and honors 
None

Highlight of their fame was meeting Ronnie Biggs in Brazil.
===============================================================================

Brian Wilson

18 US Platinum Albums,
  4 US no 1 singles.

Awards and honours

Monument on the site of the Wilsons' childhood home, now deemed a historic landmark by the state of California. Nine-time Grammy Award nominee, two-time winner.

1988: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Beach Boys.
2000: Songwriters Hall of Fame as "one of the great American geniuses".
2003: Honorary doctorate of music.
2004: BMI Icon at the 52nd annual BMI Pop Awards.
2005: Grammy. Best Rock Instrumental Performance .
2005: MusiCares Person of the Year.
2006: UK Music Hall of Fame .
2007: Kennedy Center lifetime of contributions to American culture.
2011: UCLA George and Ira Gershwin Award .
2013: Grammy. Best Historical Album for The Smile Sessions
2015: Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song .

Highlight of their Career; Would and has filled several books.
======================================================

The Happy Mondays are good, Brian Wilson is great.


Not to mention that the Barenaked Ladies did s great song about him, and there was a great film about him too, "Love and Mercy", featuring a staggering performance by Paul Giamacci as his criminally insane shrink.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: dog-nap (Ian) on May 11, 2018, 10:50:06 PM
The Museums at Night festival from the 16th – 19th May.  Hundreds of evening events in museums and galleries around the country.  Many of them musical, quite a few of them free.  The one that appeals to me is Olivia Chaney playing a set in Jimi Hendrix’s bedroom (not free, sadly).
http://museumsatnight.org.uk/



Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: dog-nap (Ian) on June 17, 2018, 05:42:07 PM
Just checking out the line-up at Leigh next weekend, as they generally manage to come up with something totally unexpected.  This year’s surprise is Stone Angel – the old acid-folk band which released several records on the Kissing Spell label.  Hmm, could be worth a trip down to those mud flats.
http://leighfolkfestival.com/portfolio_page/stone-angel/



Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on June 17, 2018, 05:55:36 PM

Just checking out the line-up at Leigh next weekend, as they generally manage to come up with something totally unexpected.  This year’s surprise is Stone Angel – the old acid-folk band which released several records on the Kissing Spell label.  Hmm, could be worth a trip down to those mud flats.
http://leighfolkfestival.com/portfolio_page/stone-angel/




Yowzer!


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on August 16, 2018, 08:09:47 PM
Quick question...has anybody ever been to the Great British Folk Festival at Butlins in Skegness held at the end of November/start of December? Just wondering what’s it like....how many stages; indoors or outdoors; accommodation; food etc?

Just pondering whether it’s worthwhile trekking up from Essex to see Lindisfarne, Jon Boden, Merry Hell, The Men They Couldn’t Hang, Lau, Ralph McTell, Strawbs, Oysterband etc who are all on the bill this year

Thanks


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Swamp Donkey (Keith) on August 16, 2018, 08:18:35 PM
Chris, see the threads in music festivals area on this board (GBFF 2018 & GBFF 2017) to get a flavour.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on August 16, 2018, 08:40:03 PM

Chris, see the threads in music festivals area on this board (GBFF 2018 & GBFF 2017) to get a flavour.


Ah thanks...didn’t realise those threads were there...ta!


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: GubGub (Al) on September 04, 2018, 11:20:52 AM
Just seen on Facebook that Looe Music Festival has been cancelled and the organising charity put into administration. Gutted for my brother who was attending to celebrate his 60th birthday.  :(


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Chris on September 04, 2018, 11:58:59 AM
Various extracts from their most recent annual report

Quote
Despite the increase in ticket sales year-on-year the event is set to make a profit and this is largely due to the rising operational and infrastructure costs. However, 2016 saw an unjustifiable amount of people demanding free tickets to the event.
The organisation issued 1653 guest tickets in 2016, totaling £147,117 in revenue. This is the difference between the annual music festival becoming a sustainable event and continuing to contribute to the town’s tourism and the event folding.


Quote
However, last year we saw over 15% of people not turn up for their shift. Volunteers who signed in and collected their wristband but failed to fulfill their role not only caused operational challenges but resulted in increased costs and lost revenue.


Their accounts show they started last year with a deficit of £263,000.....


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: neil fatea on September 05, 2018, 09:32:49 PM
Good volunteers are worth their weight in gold. Volunteers can make or break events, particularly in key roles.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: PhilipK on September 18, 2018, 11:21:08 PM
I've just had an email to say that Cambridge Folk Festival 2019 tickets go on sale on 1st October.

Feels very, very early to me - especially as no details of the line-up have been announced yet.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on September 19, 2018, 06:42:55 AM

I've just had an email to say that Cambridge Folk Festival 2019 tickets go on sale on 1st October.

Feels very, very early to me - especially as no details of the line-up have been announced yet.


Welcome to 2018...where promoters like to keep hold of your money for at least a year if they can get away with it.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Chris on September 19, 2018, 08:48:59 AM
Be interesting to see the take up as it no longer is a guaranteed sell out!


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: JJ (Joanna) on October 03, 2018, 08:15:46 PM
Derby Folk Fest anyone? Especially looking forward to 'Sheffield Made'

http://www.derbyfolkfestival.co.uk/events/sheffieldmade/


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Chris on October 08, 2018, 11:13:45 AM
Yes - good to see you there.....

PA problems dogged the main stage in their marquee - seemed to be the bass bins producing very muffled sound. Steve Tilston being the only act I saw that conquered it.

Excellent bill I thought, however more work needed to ensure enough time is provided between acts to get setup & soundchecked in good time - letting 600 people through the doors with 4 minutes to first act was never going to work. If you book a 12 piece band the size of Eliza's Wayward band, soundcheck *will* take over a hour - just 5mins a person is an hour, then the whole band need to run through at least a couple of numbers....qwith two full drumkits, at least 40-mins to set up too. With two other acts on the same bill as well, all requiring setup & at least a line check too, two-and-a-half hours between concerts was never going to work....

But otherwise, an enjoyable weekend.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: JJ (Joanna) on October 08, 2018, 08:02:18 PM

Yes - good to see you there.....

PA problems dogged the main stage in their marquee - seemed to be the bass bins producing very muffled sound. Steve Tilston being the only act I saw that conquered it.

Excellent bill I thought, however more work needed to ensure enough time is provided between acts to get setup & soundchecked in good time - letting 600 people through the doors with 4 minutes to first act was never going to work. If you book a 12 piece band the size of Eliza's Wayward band, soundcheck *will* take over a hour - just 5mins a person is an hour, then the whole band need to run through at least a couple of numbers....qwith two full drumkits, at least 40-mins to set up too. With two other acts on the same bill as well, all requiring setup & at least a line check too, two-and-a-half hours between concerts was never going to work....

But otherwise, an enjoyable weekend.


Agree there Chris and left halfway through Eliza's set.  Really enjoyed 'Sheffield made', at times a bit dogged by sound issues but such a class performance all round.

Have to say Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys were really good, some great songs, one or two non-folkie but they did rock, got to laugh at Ciaran Algar. Enjoyed Jack Rutter on the theatre stage.

John Tams and Barry Coope, wonderful, sound was excellent for those two!

Not too keen on Lucy Ward atm, unsure of which direction she's heading  ???

Plenty of great music though and an enjoyable time in Derby (even managed to walk part of the Tissington trail from Ashbourne!).


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Chris on October 08, 2018, 08:42:45 PM
Ahhh...Lucy. Motherhood seems to have changed her attitude to life....no old numbers & her new stuff totally different. No life angst any more. Gone from solo to 5 piece, hope she can make it pay. Good to see old mate Anna Esselmont on stage as one of the quintet though.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: delfini (Diane) on October 08, 2018, 08:57:02 PM

Ahhh...Lucy. Motherhood seems to have changed her attitude to life....no old numbers & her new stuff totally different. No life angst any more. Gone from solo to 5 piece, hope she can make it pay. Good to see old mate Anna Esselmont on stage as one of the quintet though.


I saw her solo on Saturday. Lots of old stuff, lots of ‘angst’ as you put it, still clearly motivated and powerful. Yes, her new album is different - she says she was looking at traditional songs, and writing some based on the tradition - but, rest assured, she’s lost none of her fire and power.

 


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Chris on October 08, 2018, 09:01:32 PM
That is so good to hear!

Obviously a quintet festival special. I need to hear it all again I think


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: neil fatea on October 11, 2018, 11:32:57 PM
Does look like more of a festival special, though she's playing http://www.fateafestival.co.uk on the 3rd of November solo


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: ColinB on May 17, 2019, 01:36:45 PM
The Highest Point festival is on this weekend in Lancaster. I'm going along tomorrow though to be honest I haven't heard of most of the bands playing apart from headliners The Zutons and Feeder. Tonight it's Sister Sledge and Grandmaster Flash so there's quite a diverse range of acts on. It'll be interesting to see how they use the different parts of Williamson Park as there are five different stages with one titled Gin and Disco.

https://highestpoint.co.uk/line-up/



Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: dog-nap (Ian) on May 17, 2019, 05:19:13 PM
The Idler Festival.  This is an unusual little festival for anyone with easy access to London.  Not that much music (Sam Lee, Chris Difford), but a very intriguing line-up.  https://www.idler.co.uk/product/the-idler-festival-2019-at-fenton-house-weekend-ticket/



Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Chris on May 17, 2019, 05:27:49 PM
Quirky to say the least...:-)


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Field 7 is Heaven (Trev) on August 30, 2019, 11:15:04 AM
WIRRAL FOLK ON THE COAST 2020

The indoor festival with outdoor camping has a brilliant 2020 line up .

"LINDISFARNE" *MERRY HELL *ASHLEY HUTCHINGS & BECKY MILLS present " The beginnings of Fairport" * TRIALS OF CATO* ANTHONY JOHN CLARKE *  THE CHURCHFITTERS * LES BARKER *WINTER WILSON

POLLY, BELLA & THE MAGPIES *

What a line up, That's where I will be on the 4th to 7th of June.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: StephenB on August 30, 2019, 01:29:48 PM
Wow - looks like a good trip home for me...where's my (sadly very empty and un-dog-eared) diary?


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: PaulT on November 18, 2019, 04:23:38 PM
I see Paul McCartney's headlining at Glastonbury next year.  Must set a reminder to be away from the telly that night... I assume he'll murder "Hey Jude" (again...)


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on November 18, 2019, 05:37:41 PM

I see Paul McCartney's headlining at Glastonbury next year.  Must set a reminder to be away from the telly that night... I assume he'll murder "Hey Jude" (again...)


Footage I've seen of him in the last few years has been bloody impressive.  


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: PaulT on November 18, 2019, 07:19:00 PM
Agreed, but not that song..


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on November 18, 2019, 07:52:19 PM

Agreed, but not that song..


Seems a little harsh to call for a boycott based on a bit of overenthusiastic la la la-ing... ;D


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: John From Austin on November 18, 2019, 08:04:23 PM


Agreed, but not that song..


Seems a little harsh to call for a boycott based on a bit of overenthusiastic la la la-ing... ;D


Glastonbury's already sold out, yes?  I'll be in the broader neighborhood right around that time, and this might be worth it if tickets are gettable.  Any information or advice on that score?


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Chris on November 18, 2019, 08:45:36 PM
Sold out currently, I believe, but check their website coz they hold a final sale of tickets I think of those allocated but not taken up or returned


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on November 18, 2019, 08:46:46 PM
If you've got the money, you'll get a ticket.  Rock and roll is just like any other capitalist commodity these days!


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on November 19, 2019, 08:56:11 AM
I prefer to watch it from the comfort of my armchair! That way, I can skip the annoying BBC "look at us on a viewer-funded jolly" presenters  ::)


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: PaulT on November 19, 2019, 01:06:13 PM
And I can skip that song! Macca's rock n roll renditions usually worth watching though!


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on March 23, 2020, 02:35:30 PM
Just in the interests of wider communication, and not intended to cause a mental breakdown anywhere...here's a festival in mid July that is cancelling.. https://supersonicfestival.com/2020/03/23/supersonic-festival-2020-cancelled/?fbclid=IwAR1qQTdRhcvX45bwftc_SFExsXKgucf_8PuosO7UkMtyVXTiud7jX_aLuIQ


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: abby (tank girl) on March 26, 2020, 03:09:37 AM
i will be 47 this year.  i went to my first festival when i was 16.  i  have been to at least 1 festival or bike rally as a punter or as staff or as an organiser every year since then. did 8 on the bounce in 2008,  didn't even go home to do the washing.  with the kids.

i am looking at a season of nothing.
no festivals.
this is greatly saddening.
it's my life.
i spend all winter waiting to get my tent out.  to earn some money.  to spend time with my kids in fields.

for many people, Cropredy is the only festival you have ever been to and it is a special place.  it is special for me too but is one of many each year.
i can't begin to describe how big a hole this is.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on April 01, 2020, 01:01:35 PM
Very different things, of course, and with the same proviso as above...all the Edinburgh festivals in August are now off https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-52121586


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: MarkV on April 01, 2020, 03:48:29 PM
Not sure if there was going to be a Westival and the West End Centre Aldershot this year, but as its not opening at all until the start of the September term for classes, performances etc. it seems very unlikely.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on April 03, 2020, 01:10:30 PM
Sidmouth (31 Jul-7 Aug) has been cancelled


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Tim Fletcher on April 03, 2020, 07:07:52 PM
Underneath the Stars has been cancelled/postponed to 2021.

Folk by the Oak still holding their nerve. https://www.folkbytheoak.com/festival-info/coronavirus-info/


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on April 03, 2020, 07:13:08 PM

 

Folk by the Oak still holding their nerve. https://www.folkbytheoak.com/festival-info/coronavirus-info/



Bold or reckless?  I wonder.  Personally, I've not seen one thing that makes me believe that a large gathering of people will be possible in the UK in July.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Tim Fletcher on April 03, 2020, 07:22:30 PM


 

Folk by the Oak still holding their nerve. https://www.folkbytheoak.com/festival-info/coronavirus-info/



Bold or reckless?  I wonder.  Personally, I've not seen one thing that makes me believe that a large gathering of people will be possible in the UK in July.


Personally I can’t see it happening, especially as the headliner is 69 year old Seasick Steve supported by a 71 year old Richard Thompson. There is also the matter of getting them here from the US.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Martin F on April 05, 2020, 10:33:29 PM



 

Folk by the Oak still holding their nerve. https://www.folkbytheoak.com/festival-info/coronavirus-info/



Bold or reckless?  I wonder.  Personally, I've not seen one thing that makes me believe that a large gathering of people will be possible in the UK in July.


Personally I can’t see it happening, especially as the headliner is 69 year old Seasick Steve supported by a 71 year old Richard Thompson. There is also the matter of getting them here from the US.


Steve lives in Sussex.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Andy on April 05, 2020, 10:39:43 PM
Ol' Stevie Wold, né  Disco Stevie Leach? Does that old fraud still get booked? Why?


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: macafolk ( Jean Lup ) on April 06, 2020, 12:12:58 PM
 in Belgium :
We learn, via the RTBF Info site, that summer festivals could be canceled due to the coronavirus epidemic.


It is the Minister of the Interior, Pieter De Crem, who confirms that the burgomasters of the cities in which some of the biggest festivals will take place, like those of Werchter, have come together and have decided to cancel these events, but that they are still awaiting the opinion of the National Security Council before making an official decision.

Uncomfortable news to confirm in the coming days…





Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Lubiloo (Lorna) on April 06, 2020, 06:57:49 PM

Ol' Stevie Wold, né  Disco Stevie Leach? Does that old fraud still get booked? Why?


I didn’t know about this until you mentioned it, here! Crikey!


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on April 06, 2020, 10:11:16 PM

Ol' Stevie Wold, né  Disco Stevie Leach? Does that old fraud still get booked? Why?
Because he’s entertaining and people like him?


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: GubGub (Al) on April 07, 2020, 08:48:25 AM


Ol' Stevie Wold, né  Disco Stevie Leach? Does that old fraud still get booked? Why?
Because he’s entertaining and people like him?


Quite so. I never got the fuss about his alleged fraudulent behaviour. Plenty of musicians have adopted a character to present their work. Bob Dylan has been doing it for nearly 60 years and had a notoriously invented past for at least the first decade of his career.

Old blues and jazzmen were given to making up fanciful accounts of their past to for the sake of "authenticity".

Spoiler alert. Mike Batt is not a womble.

Every single person who has taken to the stage, without exception, is putting on an act and presenting and adopting a persona, some more than others, some more obviously than others and some more ostentatiously than others.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Paul on April 07, 2020, 09:44:58 PM


Spoiler alert. Mike Batt is not a womble.




Go on, spoil my childhood.  ;D I'm pretty sure Chris Spedding was though. :)

I am the very model of a Modern Major General.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: John From Austin on April 07, 2020, 11:21:35 PM
Here's something I stumbled over that doesn't appear to have been mentioned previously - A "virtual" folk festival called Folks At Home:

https://accessaa.co.uk/virtual-folk-concert-folks-at-home-launches/

Lots of familiar artists in there, including Ric Sanders, Ashley Hutchings, Steeleye, and Jerry Donahue (with Doug Morter) and Fotheringay.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on April 08, 2020, 12:08:09 AM
Quite so. I never got the fuss about his alleged fraudulent behaviour. Plenty of musicians have adopted a character to present their work. Bob Dylan has been doing it for nearly 60 years and had a notoriously invented past for at least the first decade of his career

I get it. The people who thought they’d (re)discovered a neglected artist, who finally got their day in the sunshine. Admittedly, that fits Steve’s CV down to the bone. I wish I hadn’t heard Dave Pegg introduce him (Seasick Steve) with the anecdote that apparently he (Peggy) had tipped a couple of guilders in to his (Steve’s) cup when he’d come across him busking in Amsterdam in the seventies, but I guess that one or the other of them had either misremembered or were outright lying.
There are, as is pointed out, many, many such opportunities to be had. My own personal bugbears are The Monks, of ‘Nice Legs...’ fame. We all do what we can to make a living.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Will S on April 09, 2020, 10:07:00 AM
Towersey Festival (Aug BH weekend) has been cancelled this year  :'(


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Angela on April 09, 2020, 10:19:27 AM
Shrewsbury has as well.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: David V B on April 09, 2020, 11:10:02 AM
WOMAD too


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: DawnG on April 09, 2020, 11:18:52 AM
Folk by the Oak have also cancelled


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: AdrianW on April 09, 2020, 11:28:01 AM
eFestivals have a handy list of known to them cancellations and postponements at https://www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/coronavirus2020.shtml


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: JJ (Joanna) on April 09, 2020, 08:21:49 PM

Shrewsbury has as well.


On the upside our tickets will be valid for 2021  ;D


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: AdrianW on April 09, 2020, 09:47:55 PM
I am actually hoping that a couple of expensive festivals will be cancelled or postponed allowing me to claim a refund, as I am trying to manage on my state pension. My advisor recommended that I stopped drawing on my personal pension as that requires shares be sold at fire sale prices, causing rapid pot depletion.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Tim Fletcher on April 10, 2020, 09:47:12 AM


Shrewsbury has as well.


On the upside our tickets will be valid for 2021  ;D

Same with FbtO - so that’s something to look forward to, and they have already confirmed Seasick Steve and Kate Rusby.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Angela on April 10, 2020, 11:12:44 AM
I wish 'other' big festivals would get on with informing us if they plan to cancel.  It will make a lot of difference in planning my summers annual leave and days off requests, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who has this dilemma.  It must be a nightmare for stallholders trying to plan their summers as well.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: DawnG on April 11, 2020, 11:46:19 AM
Just seen Warwick FF is cancelled


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on April 13, 2020, 08:43:45 PM
How's this for a positive outlook (from US perspective)?   :o

https://www.stereogum.com/2080079/coronavirus-expert-says-concerts-wont-return-until-fall-2021-at-the-earliest/news/?fbclid=IwAR0QCbOFossdKXmyI_Q2C1fktK0zVyoRZvOCZc-npur9wXwxEU2hNl99Vh0


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: blagden on April 13, 2020, 08:49:38 PM
Surely Crops is the only summer festival still planning to go ahead (not that it will)?


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on April 13, 2020, 08:51:27 PM

Surely Crops is the only summer festival still planning to go ahead (not that it will)?


No, others haven't cancelled yet - Green Man, End of the Road etc.  But there won't be any this year...not a chance... (and reports like the one above suggest 2021 might be dodgy too now).


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: DawnG on April 13, 2020, 09:17:35 PM
Wickham, Wimborne, Priddy and Folk East haven't cancelled yet either


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Nick Reg on April 13, 2020, 10:16:18 PM
New Forest is still on and, of course, GBFF which is much later.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: John From Austin on April 13, 2020, 11:31:04 PM

How's this for a positive outlook (from US perspective)?   :o

https://www.stereogum.com/2080079/coronavirus-expert-says-concerts-wont-return-until-fall-2021-at-the-earliest/news/?fbclid=IwAR0QCbOFossdKXmyI_Q2C1fktK0zVyoRZvOCZc-npur9wXwxEU2hNl99Vh0


The only gigs not yet postponed/cancelled on my calendar are set for July. A smattering of additional gigs will allegedly happen in October. Wondering if any of this will actually take place.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: GubGub (Al) on April 14, 2020, 09:09:04 AM
I think the simple fact is that nothing can take place until there are drugs to control this thing, either therapeutic or preventative, and that does not seem to be an imminent prospect.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: AdrianW on April 14, 2020, 12:44:58 PM
Recent cancellations from efestivals
[POSTPONED] Happy Days Festival : statement. New dates of 29th-30th August 2020.
[POSTPONED] Warwick Folk Festival : statement. Back next year 22nd-25th July 2021.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on April 14, 2020, 12:50:14 PM

[POSTPONED] Happy Days Festival : statement. New dates of 29th-30th August 2020.


Lol.  That'll work then.  Not.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: AdrianW on April 14, 2020, 01:00:53 PM


[POSTPONED] Happy Days Festival : statement. New dates of 29th-30th August 2020.


Lol.  That'll work then.  Not.

Indeed.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: madsue on April 14, 2020, 02:10:32 PM
What about Ely, Beautiful Days, and Larmer Tree?  Any news from them? And of course NFFF


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Albie on April 14, 2020, 02:34:04 PM
I've been thinking for a couple of weeks that everything would go this summer, I can't see a single festival taking place, and football will be behind closed doors, or not played at all, until the Autumn at least. Gigs will be Autumn at least I think.
Bearded Theory postponed from Whit weekend to mid-September, which seemed reasonable at the time, but I can't see it happening now.
I would have gone to about 15 this summer, including a few little ones I haven't been to before. Oh well, maybe next year, although I won't be putting money on it just yet.  :(


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: JeremyRS on April 14, 2020, 02:48:48 PM

What about Ely, Beautiful Days, and Larmer Tree?  Any news from them? And of course NFFF


Ely cancelled a while ago, don't know about the other two.  The question all the organisers are worrying about though is not "when will the lockdown end?" but "will anybody come?".  I'm 60 and would happily go to the two remaining ones on my list (Folk East and Wickham) but others may not be so sanguine, particularly the over 70s.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on April 14, 2020, 03:08:31 PM


What about Ely, Beautiful Days, and Larmer Tree?  Any news from them? And of course NFFF


Ely cancelled a while ago, don't know about the other two.  The question all the organisers are worrying about though is not "when will the lockdown end?" but "will anybody come?".  I'm 60 and would happily go to the two remaining ones on my list (Folk East and Wickham) but others may not be so sanguine, particularly the over 70s.


Are you sure?  Come to what?  It seems inconceivable that large scale public gatherings will be permitted anywhere in the UK in 2020, I'd have thought.  From what I'm reading, this pandemic will not be done and dusted until mid-2021 at the earliest....I'd have thought a more reasonable question would be "will there be any festivals in 2021 (and will anybody come if there is)"?


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: JeremyRS on April 14, 2020, 03:29:22 PM



What about Ely, Beautiful Days, and Larmer Tree?  Any news from them? And of course NFFF


Ely cancelled a while ago, don't know about the other two.  The question all the organisers are worrying about though is not "when will the lockdown end?" but "will anybody come?".  I'm 60 and would happily go to the two remaining ones on my list (Folk East and Wickham) but others may not be so sanguine, particularly the over 70s.


Are you sure?  Come to what?  It seems inconceivable that large scale public gatherings will be permitted anywhere in the UK in 2020, I'd have thought.  From what I'm reading, this pandemic will not be done and dusted until mid-2021 at the earliest....I'd have thought a more reasonable question would be "will there be any festivals in 2021 (and will anybody come if there is)"?



I don't think it will ever be "done and dusted", rather there will be an assessment of risk that determines what is and isn't allowed.  Look at what other European countries are doing for example. No large scale gatherings yet but they're coming.  When the lockdown ends here, whether all at once or gradually, there will still be 95%+ of the population who haven't had the virus although the risk of dying of it will vary dramatically. Politically, economically and above all what people will accept all I think mean that not allowing large gatherings for another year or more just won't wash (although of course the definition of large scale can and will be endlessly debated).


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Nick on April 14, 2020, 03:34:17 PM

 It seems inconceivable that large scale public gatherings will be permitted anywhere in the UK in 2020


That word, permitted, is probably the nub of the question for all remaining festival organisers. Festivals are expensive businesses with the thinnest of margins. The ability to cancel a festival without it collapsing is probably more dependent on the insurance policy than anything else. It may be that some festivals need to be ordered to cancel before they can afford to do so.

As for Beautiful Days; their latest announcement:

Quote
07 April update – Firstly, we want to send our love to you all during these very difficult and worrying times. And our sincere thanks of course go out to all the frontline NHS health and social care workers.
It’s a critical time right now and filled with much uncertainty as to what will happen over the coming weeks and months. The health & safety of our festival-goers, artists, staff and crew is our main priority and we are monitoring carefully the ongoing situation with COVID-19. In the event of cancellation due to the coronavirus we want to reassure everyone that refunds would be available.
We will let you all know immediately of any further developments with BD2020 in the meantime be kind, stay positive and most importantly for now – stay home. BD x


Cheers

Nick


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on April 14, 2020, 03:40:47 PM


 It seems inconceivable that large scale public gatherings will be permitted anywhere in the UK in 2020


That word, permitted, is probably the nub of the question for all remaining festival organisers. Festivals are expensive businesses with the thinnest of margins. The ability to cancel a festival without it collapsing is probably more dependent on the insurance policy than anything else. It may be that some festivals need to be ordered to cancel before they can afford to do so.

As for Beautiful Days; their latest announcement:

Quote
07 April update – Firstly, we want to send our love to you all during these very difficult and worrying times. And our sincere thanks of course go out to all the frontline NHS health and social care workers.
It’s a critical time right now and filled with much uncertainty as to what will happen over the coming weeks and months. The health & safety of our festival-goers, artists, staff and crew is our main priority and we are monitoring carefully the ongoing situation with COVID-19. In the event of cancellation due to the coronavirus we want to reassure everyone that refunds would be available.
We will let you all know immediately of any further developments with BD2020 in the meantime be kind, stay positive and most importantly for now – stay home. BD x


Cheers

Nick



Good point, Nick.  I'm sure you're right about that.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: JeremyRS on April 14, 2020, 03:42:35 PM
Absolutely Nick, in which case lets hope we don't have another "we're not ordering pubs to close just advising you not to go" farce.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Nick Reg on April 14, 2020, 05:27:59 PM

I've been thinking for a couple of weeks that everything would go this summer, I can't see a single festival taking place, and football will be behind closed doors, or not played at all, until the Autumn at least. Gigs will be Autumn at least I think.
Bearded Theory postponed from Whit weekend to mid-September, which seemed reasonable at the time, but I can't see it happening now.
I would have gone to about 15 this summer, including a few little ones I haven't been to before. Oh well, maybe next year, although I won't be putting money on it just yet.  :(



Football behind closed doors wont work , there will be loads who will turn up outside grounds and try to find a vantage point . Football crowds don't behave as well as festival crowds. I went every week to football for over 55 years til I stopped 5 or 6 years ago, I just got so peed off with the so called fans.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Lubiloo (Lorna) on April 14, 2020, 06:07:02 PM

Absolutely Nick, in which case lets hope we don't have another "we're not ordering pubs to close just advising you not to go" farce.


If that happened would it give festival/event organisers carte blanche to hold onto people’s money as they had ‘chosen’ not to go, rather than the event being cancelled?


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: AdrianW on April 14, 2020, 06:56:20 PM


Absolutely Nick, in which case lets hope we don't have another "we're not ordering pubs to close just advising you not to go" farce.


If that happened would it give festival/event organisers carte blanche to hold onto people’s money as they had ‘chosen’ not to go, rather than the event being cancelled?

I fear so.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: blagden on April 14, 2020, 07:08:31 PM
Absolutely Nick, in which case lets hope we don't have another "we're not ordering pubs to close just advising you not to go" farce.

If that happened would it give festival/event organisers carte blanche to hold onto people’s money as they had ‘chosen’ not to go, rather than the event being cancelled?
I fear so.
That would immoral but plausible based on a debate we're having with a holiday booking agency. They need to cancel or postpone until next year, possibly with the same line up to reduce costs and give a commitment to the acts, the longer the delay in doing so the higher the financial risk to them.
   


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Albie on April 14, 2020, 09:35:24 PM


I've been thinking for a couple of weeks that everything would go this summer, I can't see a single festival taking place, and football will be behind closed doors, or not played at all, until the Autumn at least. Gigs will be Autumn at least I think.
Bearded Theory postponed from Whit weekend to mid-September, which seemed reasonable at the time, but I can't see it happening now.
I would have gone to about 15 this summer, including a few little ones I haven't been to before. Oh well, maybe next year, although I won't be putting money on it just yet.  :(



Football behind closed doors wont work , there will be loads who will turn up outside grounds and try to find a vantage point . Football crowds don't behave as well as festival crowds. I went every week to football for over 55 years til I stopped 5 or 6 years ago, I just got so peed off with the so called fans.


I agree with you, but I doubt that will stop them trying it. Personally, I don't think the Government should allow the Clubs to do it, but money talks so I think it will go ahead at some point.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Field 7 is Heaven (Trev) on April 15, 2020, 10:58:01 AM
Football is like festivals in some way. I am involved in its administration at Welsh Premier Level.

This year pays for next year. Predicting income a year in advance and budgeting accordingly leaves contracts and commitments made on the basis of a judgement of income, not real cash.
 
If this year doesn't conclude then most payments due in November wont happen.  Clubs are funded on a series of rolling 40 week seasons with TV money , UEFA payouts and Sponsorship's generated from the previous season. The Liverpool's and Manchester United's build huge surplus's and will be OK. Clubs lower down the scale tend to run hand to mouth or in deficit.  Most are bankrolled by benevolent local millionaires. If they draw that revenue from business other than football then that might be in downturn too.

Barry Fry once told me that the best way to be a millionaire in football is to start out as a billionaire. Football is facing trouble because costs occur before income is generated.



Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on April 15, 2020, 11:39:22 AM

Absolutely Nick, in which case lets hope we don't have another "we're not ordering pubs to close just advising you not to go" farce.
I don't know, of course (none of us does) but I suspect part of that would be to try and reduce footfall whilst the legal and risk aspects are checked.  


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: dog-nap (Ian) on April 15, 2020, 03:50:53 PM
Not all festivals have been cancelled.  Oxford’s Folk Weekend is going ahead, but online obviously.  Free events will be shown on their Facebook page.  Ticketed events will be broadcast on Zoom.  Quite an impressive line-up.
http://www.folkweekendoxford.co.uk/


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Angela on April 15, 2020, 04:44:04 PM
Broadstairs folk week has been cancelled  :'(


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: AdrianW on April 15, 2020, 05:13:23 PM
Interesting Guardian article: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/apr/15/abort-retry-fail-how-coronavirus-is-jeopardising-music-festivals


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Chris from Fieldtown on April 15, 2020, 05:37:00 PM

Not all festivals have been cancelled.  Oxford’s Folk Weekend is going ahead, but online obviously.  Free events will be shown on their Facebook page.  Ticketed events will be broadcast on Zoom.  Quite an impressive line-up.
http://www.folkweekendoxford.co.uk/



Thanks for that, I've popped over and bought a ticket for Gilmore and Roberts and I have my eye on a couple of others. At least artists are able to perform and get paid this way.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Tim Fletcher on April 18, 2020, 09:53:20 AM
Show of Hands have unsurprisingly cancelled this year’s Abbotsbury festival scheduled for 4th July. Same line up moved to 2021. No official announcement on ticket validity that I have seen.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on April 24, 2020, 10:28:54 AM
Confirmation that Beautiful Days is (obviously) off


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: bassline (Mike) on April 24, 2020, 12:12:34 PM

Confirmation that Beautiful Days is (obviously) off


That's it then, until the rescheduled Bearded Theory dates in September, and, hopefully, the as already planned Hillage and Hackett gigs during the following two months.
On the plus side, 2021 is shaping up to be a pretty good year, gig wise, and I won't have to find the cash for tickets.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Mark J Salt on April 24, 2020, 01:38:31 PM
Still nothing from New Forest as yet. I'm guessing there may be negotiations or Re-scheduling activities in progress. Fingers crossed for a line-up rollover to next year as most others have been able to do.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on April 24, 2020, 01:41:11 PM


Confirmation that Beautiful Days is (obviously) off


That's it then, until the rescheduled Bearded Theory dates in September, and, hopefully, the as already planned Hillage and Hackett gigs during the following two months.
On the plus side, 2021 is shaping up to be a pretty good year, gig wise, and I won't have to find the cash for tickets.


My own personal view is that there is precisely no chance of any gigs happening at all in the UK in 2020.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: abby (tank girl) on April 24, 2020, 01:46:24 PM
i'm afraid i totally agree with you David, and if BT gets the go ahead will all current ticket holders feel confident in going?  or indeed artists and traders?


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on April 24, 2020, 05:26:30 PM
But Steven Wilson at the O2 in September  :'( :'(


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on April 24, 2020, 05:54:18 PM

But Steven Wilson at the O2 in September  :'( :'(


He's put the album back to Jan 29th...so I suspect the gigs will follow that in the Spring now?


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Will S on April 24, 2020, 05:55:58 PM

But Steven Wilson at the O2 in September  :'( :'(


I know... and Big Big Train in July.  Not yet officially cancelled, but I have very little hope...


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on April 24, 2020, 08:21:18 PM


But Steven Wilson at the O2 in September  :'( :'(


He's put the album back to Jan 29th...so I suspect the gigs will follow that in the Spring now?
Oh I hope so

Will S July is almost definitely not on.

What a strange year  :-\


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Andy on April 24, 2020, 11:31:26 PM
I would have no confidence in sitting in a summer audience of thousands of people - and I'm pretty sure I've had it!

As for Butlins in December, no chance.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Nick Reg on April 25, 2020, 11:16:20 AM

I would have no confidence in sitting in a summer audience of thousands of people - and I'm pretty sure I've had it!

As for Butlins in December, no chance.


I think the only thing up for debate is whether there will be any next year.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on April 25, 2020, 11:29:17 AM

I think the only thing up for debate is whether there will be any next year.


The ultimate existential question if ever there was one...  ;D


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: MarkV on April 25, 2020, 12:51:54 PM
There could be other issues in putting on festivals next year even if they are allowed to.  In the online news a couple of days there was an article about a company that supplied generators and other event infrastructure, being refused a loan, as they already had a large loan to buy equipment.  


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Nick Reg on April 25, 2020, 01:00:34 PM

There could be other issues in putting on festivals next year even if they are allowed to.  In the online news a couple of days there was an article about a company that supplied generators and other event infrastructure, being refused a loan, as they already had a large loan to buy equipment.  


The generators wont disappear , they will just be sold on.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: abby (tank girl) on April 25, 2020, 01:27:09 PM
many many traders will have had to fold before next year.

i can't believe one of the events companies i work for still has over 50 gigs and festivals for which they are actively recruiting despite many of them already being cancelled by the organisers, the killers for example.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on April 25, 2020, 02:43:14 PM


I think the only thing up for debate is whether there will be any next year.


The ultimate existential question if ever there was one...  ;D
Emphasis definitely needed in that sentence!


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Ann from Lancs on May 07, 2020, 02:21:46 PM

I would have no confidence in sitting in a summer audience of thousands of people - and I'm pretty sure I've had it!

As for Butlins in December, no chance.


Still nothing from NFFF ... have you heard anything Andy?  Were you and Wendy stewarding again this year?  x


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Andy on May 07, 2020, 04:46:11 PM


I would have no confidence in sitting in a summer audience of thousands of people - and I'm pretty sure I've had it!

As for Butlins in December, no chance.


Still nothing from NFFF ... have you heard anything Andy?  Were you and Wendy stewarding again this year?  x
We were. I've asked Nick for an update.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Poor Will (Bill) on May 07, 2020, 06:59:34 PM
Very sad to hear that Enjoy Travel, the company which runs the excellent Costa Del Folk festivals among many other events, have been forced to cease trading.
The staff are such a wonderful bunch of people and I wish them all the best for the future.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: madsue on May 08, 2020, 12:01:31 AM
That’s a shame Bill. :'(


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: William on May 10, 2020, 04:29:04 PM
Folk East have just announced cancellation on their website.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Amethyst (Jenny) on May 10, 2020, 06:44:05 PM

Very sad to hear that Enjoy Travel, the company which runs the excellent Costa Del Folk festivals among many other events, have been forced to cease trading.
The staff are such a wonderful bunch of people and I wish them all the best for the future.


Never been but it was on the list, sad news...


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on May 12, 2020, 02:05:42 PM
The Good Life Experience in Hawarden has postponed its festival for 12 months.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on May 12, 2020, 04:26:12 PM

The Good Life Experience in Hawarden has postponed its festival for 12 months.


Actually, that's wrong...they've postponed it until May.  I presume they're going to try and squeeze two in next year.  Hmmm.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: delfini (Diane) on May 13, 2020, 01:44:06 AM
New Forest Folk Festival

I’ve just had an email. They are hoping it will happen now on August BH weekend, but that depends on advice and the progress of the virus. If not, it’ll be July 5-11 next year.
Tickets can be rolled over. If it does take place in August, but you don’t feel safe about going, they are prepared to roll your tix over to 2021 or 2022.
See their webpage for more details.

As they said, because it is small and all the ‘stuff’ and the site is their own, they have a bit more flexibility with organisation.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: davidmjs on May 14, 2020, 06:01:11 PM
Green Man has finally joined the, er, herd and cancelled.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: AdrianW on May 14, 2020, 06:58:35 PM
Twinwood festival (August BH weekend) now postponed to next year.
Just the Butlins GBFF left. I wonder if it will happen, and if anybody will be brave enough to go.


Title: Re: Festival Chatter
Post by: Paul on May 14, 2020, 10:14:16 PM
Victorious cancelled today. Tickets valid for next year.

Paul