The past couple of months have been brilliant.
From the end of April till mid June The Famous Artist Birdy Rose and I was at festivals. Each amazing in their own way. We had to miss the Something Else Solar Warm up due to our van failing its MOT. We thought our MOT was in Mid may, and we thought we had a month to get things sorted, this turned into 2 days. Our van is not only our transport but also where we stay most of the
time. Birdy put a post up on facebook and the response was really humbling. So many people wanted to help us, asking what they can do to help. We got a message from El from Fox Classic, asking what it failed on. We sent him the failure sheet and he said he could sort that out, as long as I help with the grunt work. This look a little longer than we all hoped, it took a full week or grinding welding and it got booked in for a retest. Due to use getting the MOT in Kent, and now I was in
Hemel Hamsptead, so the choice of spending £60 on fuel or £60 on another MOT. It passed on all the work that was done on it, but it failed on the rear brakes. El went over and above for fixed the new brake shoes. The van failed again on the Friday morning, but we didn’t get it fixed before the end of the day.
So this meant we missed the Something Else Solar Warm Up.
The first festival for us was Cosmic Puffin. I do bloody love cosmic puffin. It was the 9th one and I have played every single one.
Its all for charity and this year they raised over £25 grand. All most people had to do was have a really nice time. The line up is full of the best grassroots DIY bands in the UK. For most it is the start of the festival season and for everyone who goes it is a
celbration for survivng the winter and the start of the festival year.
The weekend after we headed to Something Else Somewhere Else, I do love the Something Else Festivals. Another field full of lovely people and wonderful music. I headlined the Saturday Night, I spent the day worrying everyone would be either too drunk or asleep when I went on. I Should not have worried, the Something Else Tea Tent was rammed full of people singing their hearts out. Thanks everyone.
Next up I played Curcus Festival in Dorset run by the wonderful Fulled By Cider Crew. They had great ciders, great music and wonderful people.
I joined the festival band which got filmed but the BBC, then got loads of messages from people who saw me on telly. 🙂
We nipped out to play at the Ropemakers in Bridport to celebrate Miser Bill’s Birthday, if you haven’t already heard of him, he’s the scruffy guy from Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs. It was a lovely party.
From there we headed to Surplus Festival, it is a proper Old School festival, loads of van dwellers. It rained most of the weekend, but everyone just had a lovely time.
From Surplus we head to Bearded Theory. For me this is one of the biggest festivals I am doing this year. I was booked to play the Convey Cabaret stage, but also played in the Something Else Tea Tent as a secret gig, a few people thought it was Ferocious Dog playing the set, but they ended up with little me. So I played a FD song to make up for any disappointment.
I played a late night slot at the Convey Cabaret Stage on the Friday night. A lot of people at that time have big eyes and are stumbling about. Towards the end of my set, walked Mark Chadwick from the Levellers walked in, I froze and totally forgot how to play guitar. That was a strange moment. My main set was on the Sunday, and it was great, considering I was on the same time as the Bar-Stweard Sons of Val Doonican (they played to a packed out Woodland area) and a lot of people I know was going to see that. So I was completly chuffed by the fact that the tent was buzzing. I spent the morning making sure I got all equipment and merch to the stage. Convey Caberat had a guy who had a London Taxi ferrying people to and from the crew area (which was miles away).
My fave bit of this gig was the fact that the whole tent starting singing I don’t wanna go home before I did.
After Bearded Theory we headed to Something To Smile About. This was the perfect place to go after the crazyness of Bearded Thoery. 500 people on a campsite, watching one of the best grass roots line up. I knew most of the people there, and drank too much Mead. We had such a wonderful time.
Birdy got to show off her artwork in two Beach Huts. This is one of her P.U.G’s (Pop Up Gallery). My fave bit of Birdy’s PUG’s is people always walk out smiling. Something To Smile About does exactly what it says on the tin. Everyone just had a big smile on their faces all weekend. It sold out last year and most likely to do it again next year.
From there we headed to Derby and a played a lovely chilled out set at the Flowerpot, in the Beer Garden as it was too hot to be in doors. then headed more down south and played a really lovely gig at the Wheatsheaf in Banbury with Pete and Jez from Leatherat and Scoot and Bjon from the Doonicans.
After that began a week of packing up all the goody bags for my album launch, but I will tell you more about that next week.
At Midday on Tuesday 28th June 2016 I will be releasing a Video Interview of me. Some of your silly questions where answered on it. Keep your eyes peeled.
I have also put the I don’t wanna go home shirts and the Car Vinyls in the Shop.