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Festivals 2012

Rock and Bowl, 2012

A Summer of festivals....

Over the Summer I braved the great pollenous outdoors, donned my £6 yellow Lidl wellies (other supermarket wellies are available) and ventured off into the festivalsphere...

First up was Audlem Music and Arts Festival where we played to the crammed-in hoards at The Shroppie indoor stage. We had guest guitarist Dan Machin with us, skillfuly twiddling away, whilst Joe Browne fitted neatly under the staircase with his drumkit. The audience were great and CD's sold like hot cakes.

Next up was Rock and Bowl Festival, Market Drayton. As you can see from the picture, the stage was massive and we played just as the sun was going down. It was the first time I'd performed 'Autocannibal' on a big stage and it was a risky but fun live jam where I literally threw my guitar off to play flute and violin. As the stage crew were rather inebriated by this point and wearing Kiss make-up, I couldn't hear much in my monitor so my supposedly sustained dramatic violin high note was a trial-and-error dubious mouse-squeak tremolo but it seemed to go down well nonetheless! My brother was on a pedestal with a huge drum kit and was such a dude. As he did his first festival gig with me when he was about 11 he wasn't phased in the slightest. #proudsister ... and his band 'Scarlett Red 55' had opened up the day before.

Rock and Bowl, close up

The highlight of my festival adventures however, was Solfest in Cumbria. The journey there was a feat of engineering, both social and mechanical. The inventory of the journey was as follows:

  • 2 Tents
  • 5 sleeping bags
  • 10 individual wellies: 5 left, 5 right
  • 1 Guitar
  • Drum breakables — snare and cymbals
  • Drum sticks
  • 1 box merchandise
  • 2 packets of Haribos
  • 5 wash bags
  • 3 handbags
  • 5 holdalls of clothes
  • 4 toilet rolls
  • 5 bottles of water
  • 2 ltrs Gin
  • 12 vegetarian scotch eggs
  • 5 people (two of which: teenage boys, long of limb, fidgety of nature)

..................... all in a Nissan Micra

On the way we stopped at Tebay services. This was a revelation.

We performed in a different line up with 2 original 'Brownies' — me and Joe, my brother who played drums, again on a riser, but with Chris Cliff on bass and Dan Machin on keys/guitar. Dan is particularly keen on my 'evil country' numbers and added some real red-neck aggression to 'I've Seen The Signs' and 'Devil.' We had the tent stomping.