What an awesome year it has been for festivals, collaborations, and all
sorts. A proper Sunny Summer! and so far a crazy Halloween filled
Autumn. And what a year for gigs at the Global! I have one left for this
year and I want to round it off as well as I can. Following on
from the live improvised film soundtrack from the last show I have
invited my good friend, Bristol based band "JILK" to come and support me
with their very awesome set up of electronica styles trip hop and sound scapes.
It's gonna start around 10pm with a set from JilK and then a set from myself from 11pm. Hope to see you all there, is gonna be a good one!
at an event called the Hootenanny. Also appearing on the night will be...... Andy Mac - one of the nicest funny men around Twisted Loaf - Funny Women 2013 champions! Magic Magic - our in house (sharing with The Russet and Madam Jojos) magical clown The Hootenanny Improv-Off All Stars - back by popular demand!!That Pair - direct from the Soho Theatre
I WILL BE PERFORMING AT THE GLOBAL CAFE IN READING AND THIS TIME IT WILL BE A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT.
I PLAN ON IMPROVISING THE SOUND TRACK TO PART OF A FILM. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THIS WILL TURN OUT LIKE. SO IF YOU WANT TO SEE THIS LIVE SOUND SCAPE PERFORMANCE THEN BE THERE FOR 10PM.
I will be doing the usual set afterwards until close :) See You There!!!
So I was only there for the Sunday and admittedly I was only there for a few hours to play my set and have a beer, but still I think I am allowed to have some thoughts about my short time at this festi.
First of all it's a non profit festival with all proceeds going to charity, which is awesome.....
It is nice and small, I like small festivals, and it is set up with it's focus on the main stage at the bottom of the hill with a nice big bar at the top. There was an acoustic stage hidden away at the back, a tepee cafe and some rather random but very cool hidden stage of some sort dug into the hill behind the cafe.
Run by Tom Wilkes and his army of volunteers and smiley people it was easy to get around and get myself set up on stage. The line up looked a gooden and the sun was out warming up all the peeps who chilled out on the sofas that lined the slope from the stage to the bar.
I felt my set was enjoyed, which is always helpful, and the sound was really good, so cheers to the sound dude.
It will be on again next year and I am hoping that if I get a chance I will go for the whole weekend, you should do the same.
Nice one :)
So I got to perform at Boom Town this year on the Wandering Word stage. I am very pleased to have got booked for this festival. Ben Capp did the sound for me and I have been told that it was the best sound a lot of people have heard, amazingly clear. The Sun was out and those who were there for my gig were a pleasure to play to.
Wandering Word, a stage for more chilled out acts and Poetry, was hidden away in one of the many woods surrounding the festival. Everyone I spoke to around it was saying how it was the perfect escape from the madness that was the rest of Boom Town.
It's a proper party at this festival..... All the stages had awesome bands, the Sun stayed out as far as I am aware. If it did rain at all then I didn't notice. The escalator that takes you from Down Town to Up Town was constantly covered in people who looked like they had been awake for about twelve days.... Whilst everyone else had to dodge the festival taxis and other mad forms of transport that tried to get themselves up that massive bloody slope.
I didn't get to see the whole of the festival as far as I am aware as it was so huge. People kept telling me of places I had not heard of, would have helped if I had got a map as I wandered endlessly through all sorts of crazy areas and kept finding hidden away stages.
Arcadia was blowing some pretty massive fire balls and there were electric men shooting electricity through their heads at each other....!
I could go on, but the main thing I can say is..... If you get a chance to go next year then do it!
And if you see me in the program then come say hi and watch my loop pedaling. Nice one....
To be fair I only really got to see the Sangers stage area at this festival as I was only there for the Friday night to do my gig. So.....
The Sangers stage was set up by the lake and was a collection of travellers wagons parked in a ring with a fire in the middle and bands on the back of a cart. It looked great with its light show, the sound was pretty good and when I got to play my set there was a fire spinner who joined me to add to the show.
Thanks to Dave for putting me on, wish I could have got to stick around.
The guys running Lake Fest were really friendly and so were the security! Had to be the most polite I have ever met, when they told me and this fella Oli that we were not allowed to bring glass bottles back into the festival, very polite and apologetic. Normally they would just get seized and drunk by someone else....
So I just got back from performing at this years Secret Garden party and as usual it didn't disappoint. It was as awesome as ever. I do have to say that I didn't get to see as many bands as usual because it was so sunny I spent most the time marching around seeing all the crazy madness that was going on everywhere, like the spiritual Olympics, the Pig racing, a petting zoo for Scorpions and naked trampolining.... This year there was a couple of extra added bits as well like the swimming pool of hippy soup!
The heat was relentless and it only rained on the Saturday night for the fireworks which had about three finales and are probably the best i have ever seen, much better than the ones you get out of a box, though there was no giant snake style one, that could be an idea for next year!
My main set was on the Small World stage on the Friday and went really well. My track "The Fisherman" went down really well along with it' story, which surprised me as it's my most chilled out track ever. If you wanna check it out follow this link. THE FISHERMAN
Here is to SGP next year!
Next festival I am playing at is Lake fest 9th August on the Sangers Stage Friday night at 10pm, and then Boom Town the same weekend for Wondering Word on the Sunday at 6pm 11th August. See you there.
SO IT WAS THE FIRST READING FRINGE FESTIVAL, WELL IT IS STILL GOING ON TO BE FAIR, BUT MY PART IN IT WAS LAST SATURDAY WHEN I PERFORMED A SET AT 21 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE AND I WAS VERY PLEASED WITH HOW IT WAS RECEIVED.
OTHER ACTS THAT INCLUDED
HIGH TOP HEROES
THERE WAS ALSO MUSIC ON AT MUNROES AND THE PENTA HOTEL.
ALL THE OTHER PERFORMANCE OVER THE PAST WEEK AND FOR THE WEEK AHEAD ARE THEATRE SHOWS.
HERE IS A LINK TO THE WEBSITE IF YOU FANCY CHECKING ANYTHING OUT. readingfringefestival.co.uk
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THE VIDEO OF MY SET!
Back from Scotland now. I was giging up at the Eden Festival in Moffat. It has to be said, it was a great festival. It was proper sunny.... Loadsa awesome people and great bands. No Mud!!! Amazing. Thanks to everyone who came to my shows in the Visnu Lounge, Furry Chillum and Giddy Aunts stages.
Then I had a show in the Borders at Moondogs Cafe in Galashiels for Craig and Emma at one of their fantastical music and food nights. Cheers for putting us up guys and for a great night. It all went really well so I am well pleased. Nice one.
Next show booked in at the Mo is at the Magic Garden in Battersea, London on the 11th July. Come along :) It's Free entry, great food and booze, will be a gooden.
Just got back from Bath Fringe. Mental weekend. Three festivals in a Row and no sleep. Small World Festival was awesome!!! Proper Muddy but was a great gig as always, everyone dancing and having it large :) Elderflower Fields festival, the Sun came out, I played at Midnight and was proper knackered having been partying from the gig the night before and then having to mission from festi to festi, but met some really awesome people and I hope to meet them again. Then Bath fringe today, I was on just before Georgey Fame, who said he liked my stuff which is always good to hear. Right, I'm off to a party now at my old house before it gets knocked down. In need of a drink By the way, this Saturday I am playing at the Abbot Cook in Reading. Free Entry, starts at half eight. See you there if your in town!
Well I played Wood Festival at Braziers park on the Saturday night on the Tree Stage and it was fantastic. Great audience, great sound, good stage :) Thanks to everyone who came to watch.
It was the first festival of the season for me, plenty more to come!
So the Sun was out all day, an unheard of thing for a festival I know and there was a big bonfire in the night. It was good to sit around it after my set and listen to everyone singing drunken songs and playing strange games that I am sure the rules were explained to me but still I couldn't pass on the knowledge of it.
Other acts that played were Megan Henwood, a beautiful folk singer song writer, La Mort Subite with their Gypsy styled upbeat grooves, Jack Cade playing his Jonny Cash styled sounds, there was another band I think they were called Syd Arthur that were awesome too.
LINDY HOP -
REMIXED - Is a collection of six remixes of Edd Keene's track Lindy
Hop, remixed by some of the best up and coming electro swing DJ's and
producers who grace the stages of many festivals and venues across the
Edd Keene - The Green Man
Forty Thieves Orkestar
Mastered at Soul Shaker Studios
Front Cover Photo by Fritz Elhers