So the last you’d heard from me I’d just finished shooting the music video for my new song ‘Home’ – which will be one of many songs on my upcoming album Remember Me. After that I played a succession of gigs in Nottingham over a period of three days, culminating in this years’ Waterfront festival. I think the busyness of that week ran me down a bit and left me open to catching a bug, which I inevitably did, so I woke up on the morning of the Waterfront festival feeling rather ill. Still, I managed to pull through it, and I got a great reception to my set. I stuck around for the rest of the day too and enjoyed some brilliant sets from Gallery 47, Long Dead Signal (possibly the highlight of the whole day for me), Harleighblu and Nina Smith (whose new EP is fantastic!)
There were many more, but I’ve spent enough time hyperlinking already 😛 All in all it was a great day – my only disappointments being the poor sound for acoustic acts on the outside stage (quiet acoustic music + open space where sound disperses easily + smallish PA + people talking lots does not a good combination make!) as well as the slightly scaled down nature compared to last year (last year it was across two adjacent venues with 5 stages, this year it was just the one venue with three stages, which while still great was a little underwhelming comparatively.) Nevertheless much fun was had, lots of money for charity was raised, and ridiculously yummy Cake Pops were consumed, so a HUGE pat on the back is in order for the organizers, I’m Not From London & Audacious Face.
This weekend just gone I hopped on a train (and also a coach) to Green Peaks Eco Festival 2011. I’d been booked to play the acoustic tent at 3pm on Saturday, but the shuttle bus to and from the festival was only going back on Sunday, so I brought along a tent and sleeping bag with me so I could camp there. Upon arrival I fought with my tent for an hour or so until it was up (teaches me to buy the cheapest tent I could find), checked out The Amber Herd’s set and then made my way down to the acoustic tent. It was a bit difficult playing there because the tent was so close to the main stage, so the noise from there kept drowning out the PA. Nevertheless I had a good gig, not an amazing one, but it was fun 🙂
However it was after that I made my way down to the creative intentions tent/cafe where they were holding an open mic that things really kicked off for me. Seeing there was an open mic, and seeing that it was starting off a bit slowly, I thought ‘what the heck’ and asked to play some songs. I’m not usually one for open mics but in the festival atmosphere it seemed to work a lot better. In the end I was there all evening playing songs in between whoever else was performing, and even had people using my guitar to play which was cool. There was some fantastic talent getting up and performing that evening and it meant that I got to play to a great audience as the tent was packed by the end of the evening. I even sold two CD’s through playing (unusual for me for an open mic) and got free coffee from the people running the cafe 😛
That night I had a pretty rough sleep as my tent was small and uncomfortable, as was my sleeping bag. I had no pillow either as I could only carry so many bags with me (that’s where driving becomes a major plus) so I had made one out of my guitar case (it’s padded leather) and my jacket. It didn’t work very well! Still, the next day, whilst watching the first band on the main stage one of the festival organisers approached me and asked me if I wanted to play on the main stage. I of course said yes and ended up headlining that day, which was an amazing end to the festival. I got to play on a massive stage with great sound for an hour plus long set, to a lovely crowd who all sat and watched and listened attentively. I had loads of lovely comments afterward and met some great people, so what I initially thought would just be a nice day playing in an acoustic tent, turned out to be an amazing weekend, so I can’t thank the festival organisers and the guys at the Creative Intentions tent enough! All I can say is I can’t wait to play another festival now! 🙂
Aside from all that, in between the madness and traveling about (I forgot to mention I’ve been to York, Market Warsop and lots of other places lately, and Leeds, Manchester and Hertfordshire are on the horizon too) I’ve been working on the new album as and when I can. At the moment I’m working on a track called Foundations, which I’m writing a string arrangement for….which I really should get on with!
So with that said I bid you farewell for now, congratulations if you made it this far, your prize is to come see me play at The Greyhound tomorrow in Beeston if you’re around (it’s free entry and stuff.)
Catch you later,