Glasto 2015 'The Free One'

Best Free Festival Ever!!

I'm back from Glastonbury 2015, which will forever be remembered for being my Free-Glastonbury' - for I won two tickets courtesy of the EE 'Glastonburied' competition where you had to predict where they had 'buried' the two tickets on the site - in a Battleships style game layout of Glasto. Day One I gave it a go and just selected three in a column to cover where I thought the Park stage was… Hey Presto! On Tuesday morning a message to say I'd won the tickets. It took several reads and then several 'congratulations' tweets came in before I believed my eyes. Re-sult!

Anyway, I'll put a little write up here on how the festival went. In the meantime here is an almost complete list of the bands I saw over the three music days:


Charlatans (Other Stage)
Hinds (John Peel)*
James Bay (Pyramid Stage)
Alabama Shakes (Pyramid)
Duke Special (Acoustic)
Frank Turner (Strummerville)
Sharon Von Ettan (Park)*
Super Furry Animals (Park)*


Frank Turner (Other)
Waterboys (Pyramid)
Habadekuk (Avalon)
Andy Fairweather Lowe, Paul Carrack, Nick Lowe (Acoustic)
Vintage Trouble (West Holts)
Spiritualized (Park Stage)


Rival Sons (Other Stage)
Ron Sexsmith (Crow’s Nest)*
Patti Smith (Pyramid) - complete with Dalai Lama
Gretchen Peters (Acoustic)
Ron Sexsmith (Acoustic)
Bootleg Beatles (Acoustic)
Belle & Sebastian (Other)
The Who (Pyramid) (30 mins)
Ryan Adams (Park Stage)

Note that stars indicate where I only saw a few songs being performed.

__Trans__ and __Subba_Cultcha

Loved the whole Liverpool Psych Fest but it was topped off by seeing Bernard Butler playing - Bernard Butler! Yes, him ex of that seminal band Suede - in his new band 'Trans' with ex-Yummy Furs frontman Jackie McKeown.

It was a hush hush gig - I think to ease them into gigdom without too much of an early spotlight/pressure - which seemed to be so successfully under the radar that there were only thirty or so there to see this first gig of the band. And they were ace.

Took a bit of footage with my iPhone, which you can see on
YouTube. Check 'em out when you get the chance. Trans's EP is out imminently on Rough Trade records.

Photo 5 - PF

My review of the psychedelic festival is up on the Subba-Cultcha website. Neat!


A Weekend of Festivals

Friday and Saturday saw a busy weekend of festivaling with the 2nd Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia and the first Liverpool Organic Brewery Festival at St George's Hall.

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Novella play the Camp

I was kind of working and kind of enjoying both! The music festival at the Camp & Furnace was my first assignment for a review for
Subba-Cultcha online magazine. The festival was excellent with some great bands and stunning performances. My review of it has been written and submitted - it should go live on the website sometime this week. I will post a link through to the review once it is live.

Photo 5 - PF
Trans - Bernard Butler's new band - play the Camp

Within the couple of days I also managed to get to St George's Hall to work for a few hours at the
Beer Festival on the Richmond Bar. Cracking venue - though probably a bit warm for the beer - and an enjoyable evening was had between visits to the Psychedelia Festival. No review, just a few pictures.

St George's Hall Beer Festival:

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A Tale of Two Festivals

A Tale of Two Festivals

2nd Liverpool International Psychedelic Festival

Last year Liverpool's Camp & Furnace venue hosted Liverpool's 1st Annual International Psychedelic Festival and so one year on it's time for the 2nd one then - that's the way it works. Last year was one day crammed with bands from all over the psychedelic spectrum - and let's be honest, beyond. This time the festival is over two days (27th - 28th September) but is being hosted at the same venue.

There is of course even more music, and probably more spread still of the interpretation of the word - I saw Novella at Leaf last year and unless they've changed a lot then… Any hoo there is so much on and I'm looking forward to spending a good few hours their over the next two days.

Liverpool PyschFest

St.George's Hall Beer Festival

Okay that's Festival No.1 of the weekend, but I'll be tackling that with something of a beer sandwich as that's the way I roll (well, I'm working the first Liverpool Organic Brewery Beer Festival to be held at St. George's Hall). Assuming I've hit it right then I should be able to get back for some more tuneage back at the Camp & Furnace*. It promises to be a most interesting and packed weekend. Where's me ProPlus?

Expect photo's and write ups for both events - though mainly for the music fest.

Bring it on people!

* Shipwreck and other IPA dependent


Birthday No.1s

My Birthday Number Ones

It was my birthday at the weekend and I thought I'd take the chance to look back a bit at the music I've loved or endured on my far too numerous birthdays. I always knew that the UK Number 1 on my original popping out birthday all the way back in '68 was the Beatles 'Hey Jude', which as Number Ones go is always cool to hear (even on the Olympics ceremonies). But I thought I'd see what the other Number 1s were over these past 45 year. As well as being relatively interesting to see what they were and do some old reminiscing I wondered what else it may tell me.

I suppose it hasn't told me much I didn't know already, of course I remember - and like - most of the old stuff , whilst post 2000 I seem to have largely missed from a Music Charts Perspective. Eight of the songs - indeed three of the artists - since 2000 I have not knowingly heard. The only repeat appearances are two from at least one of the Osmonds and two from Pixie Lott - she must really like September. The 70s and 80s - and to some extent the 90s - were full of big name stars and class acts, then it goes horribly wrong with the giant iconoclasts of music such as Bob the Builder, Modjo, Sean Kingston and Laza Morgan (whoever she/he is?).

Below is a list of the Number ones, the Artist and the Number of Weeks it remained at the top (at least on that occasion). The songs in red are those I'd consider putting on a mix tape (yes, tape I tell you!), surprised at how good the 80s were for me. Okay, I may put Whigfield on there too. ;-)

What were the
number ones on your birthday - other than (Everything I Do) I Do It For You?

1968 - ‘Hey Jude’ - Beatles (2)
1969 - ‘
In the year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)’ - Zager and Evans (3)

1970 -
‘The Tears of a Clown’ - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (1)
1971 -
‘I’m Still Waiting’ - Diana Ross (4)
1972 - ‘Mama We’re All Crazee Now’ - Slade (3)
1973 -
‘Young Love’ - Donny Osmond (4)
1974 -
‘Love Me For a Reason’ - The Osmonds (3)
1975 - ‘Sailing’ - Rod Stewart (4)
1976 -
‘Dancing Queen’ - Abba (6)
1977 - ‘
Way Down’ - Elvis Presley (5)
1978 - ‘
Three Times A Lady’ - The Commodores (5)
1979 - ‘
We Don’t Talk Anymore’ - Cliff Richard (4)

1980 - ‘
Feels Like I’m in Love’ - Kelly Marie (2)
1981 - ‘Tainted Love’ - Soft Cell (2)
1982 - ‘
Eye of the Tiger’ - Survivor (4)
1983 - ‘
Red Red Wine’ - UB40 (3)
1984 - ‘I Just Called to Say I Love You’ - Stevie Wonder (6)
1985 - ‘
Dancin’ in the Street’ - Bowie & Jagger (4)
1986 - ‘
Don’t Leave Me This Way’ - The Communards (4)
1987 - ‘
Never Gonna Give You Up’ - Rick Astley (5)
1988 - ‘
A Groovy Kind of Love’ - Phil Collins (2)
1989 - ‘Ride on Time’ - Black Box (6)

1990 - ‘
The Joker’ - Steve Miller Band (2)
1991 - ‘
(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’ - Bryan Adams (16)
1992 - ‘
Ebeneezer Goode’ - The Shamen (4)
1993 -
‘Mr Vain’ - Culture Beat (4)
1994 -
‘Saturday Night’ - Whigfield (4)
1995 -
‘You Are Not Alone’ - Michael Jackson (2)
1996 -
‘Ready or Not’ - Fugees (2)
1997 -
‘Candle in the Wind 1997’ - Elton John (5)
1998 -
‘Millennium’ - Robbie Williams (1)
1999 -
‘Moving’ - Supergrass (2)

2000 -
‘Lady (Hear Me Tonight)’ - Modjo (2)
2001 -
‘Mambo No.5’ - Bob the Builder (1)
2002 -
‘The Tide is High (Get the Feeling)’ - Atomic Kitten (3)
2003 -
‘Where is the Love?’ - Black Eyed Peas (6)
2004 -
‘Real to Me’ - Brian McFadden (1)
2005 -
‘Don’t Cha’ - Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes (3)
2006 -
‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancing’ - Scissor Sisters (4)
2007 -
‘Beautiful Girls’ - Sean Kingston (4)
2008 - ‘Sex on Fire’ - Kings of Leon (3)
2009 -
‘Boys and Girls’ - Pixie Lott (1)

2010 -
‘Start Without You’ - Alexandra Burke featuring Laza Morgan (2)
2011 -
‘Mercury’ - Pixie Lott (1)
2012 -
‘Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)’ - Ne-Yo (1)
2013 -
‘Roar‘ - Katy Perry (2)