Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Summer Festivals

For those of us staying in the UK, a decent summer is a summer with festivals in it.

So spending the Glastonbury weekend in the house, not even making it to Sedbergh, my imagination panicked at being left indoors when the sun was shining outside, so I did a trawl of festivals and here's my rough itinerary, in case it might match yours. Work, of course, might mean any and all of these may get cancelled, but here's sucking my thumb and holding it up to the wind:

JUNE: meetings, going on strike from my nonexistant job, & camping at Lindisfarne.

This weekend - sister + nephew visit plus
FRI 1 Winter North Atlantic (gig, Durham)
SAT 2 Klenegan at the Sage
SUN 3 Josie Long & 'bad art' with the peg powler duo (gig, Eaglescliffe)
7th Sea of Bees (gig, Newcastle)
SAT 9th Durham Miners Gala
11th-13th Forest Schools, Riding Mill
14-17 Volunteering at festival on the Isle of Lewis. (Possibly not realistic.)
18-22 possible long distance walk with ex-Mongolian friends
SAT 23, Scotswood Garden Open Day. Alwinton Choral Concert, Cheviots
29-31 Indietracks Festival, Midlands, or Rolling Hills festival, Melrose?

6th Redesfest: drawing/fanzine workshop
7-11 Billingham Folklore Festival
12-14 Beacons Festival, nr.Skipton, fanzine workshop.
20-26 Whitby Folk Festival
26-28 Sunday Galtres Fest, nr.Crayke/York, volunteering.
28 eve - Willy Mason (gig) Band room, North York Moors

SEPTEMBER - would love to start with the End of the Road festival in dorset, purely for the bands, but the money factor should mean i don't go - plus what am I thinking of, spending a festival totaly on my own anyway?
Then 9th Sept off to Malta for Raptorcamp.


  1. Sorry the blog is a bit shit at the moment: I'm overtaken by work and related commitments, plus I've been doing a different blog to keep my housemates updated on their pet rats. But festivals are still on their way, the birds in the yard are keeping me in touch with my soul, and i hope to see you soon, standing in front of live music, or waking together to the sound of waders singing to each other.

  2. Hi Mike, I'm putting on two spiffing gigs between now and September, if you wanted to include them? I think you'll like 'em both! The first one is CLECKHDDERSFAX, THE EUROPEAN + EYEBALLS at Morden Tower on Friday 15th July - / and the second one is R. STEVIE MOORE w/ RICHARD DAWSON + more TBA on Monday 8th August at the Star And Shadow See you soon! MJP