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The Big Chill 2009

Posted in Claire Burgess, Festival, Fun, Live Music by Claire Burgess on August 18, 2009

This year’s festival certainly lived up to its name. The sun shined all weekend at Eastnor which made for a very laid back vibe. Massive highlights for the weekend included Basement Jaxx, Friendly Fires as well as lying on the grass in the sun. Other excellent surprises included Mr Scruff’s Tea Tent, Russel Howard and Hafdis Huld. For anyone who missed it here are some of my memories bellow. I can’t wait to get my ticket for next year!

Our Tent for the weekend

Our Tent for the weekend

Pacman being chased by the ghosts

Pacman being chased by the ghosts

Mike pours us tea in Mr Scruff's Tent

Mike pours us tea in Mr Scruff's Tent

Looking down to the stages

Looking down to the stages

The BIG Sign on the hills

The BIG Sign on the hills

Peddal Power- generating the electricity for the festival

Peddal Power- generating the electricity for the festival

Every year there always seems to be someone at the festival that you see by accident that surprises you. For me this year it was Hafdis Huld. She was very funny and charmed the audience with stories including one about how she thought it was rock n roll to get her belly button pierced. Some of this unfortunately didn’t translate into her song though. Never the less, thanks to Adam Bannister (@rrargh) you can check her out here.

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Gigbeth at Artsfest

Posted in Birmingham UK, Claire Burgess, Gigbeth, Music by Claire Burgess on September 15, 2008

I have just spent the weekend standing on New Street in Birmingham manning the Gigbeth stall at ArtsFest. This meant I had to tell lots of people that “Gigbeth is a music festival held in the Digbeth area of town on the 7th and 8th November.” I must have said that 1000 times over the course of the weekend whilst giving out 3000 flyers. I also gave away lots of free stuff in the shape of t-shirts, bags and cds. It is funny how much people love free stuff even if it’s not very good free stuff but just because they can’t belive you can actually get something for nothing.

The line up so far for this year’s festival looks very cool indeed. Including D:ream (of Things Can Only Get Better, Labour theme tune fame) Guillemots, The Young Knives, The Destroyers, Stanton Warriors and best of all The Sugarhill Gang. Now, there were two kinds of reactions people were giving to the fact they are playing. The first was:

“The who?”
“The Sugarhill Gang”
“I don’t know who they are.”
“Do you remember the song Rapper’s Delight?”
“Nope”
“I said a hip hop ….”
“Ahhhhh!”

The second kind of reaction was the most amusing. This was the I got from a man who took a flyer and walked about four paces. Turned around and came back.

“The Sugarhill Gang?”
“Yes”
“The REAL Sugarhill Gang?”
“Yes”
“From AMERICA?”
“YES”
“I said a hip hop the hippie the hippie to the hip hip hop…”

And the guy rapped the whole of Rapper’s Delight whilst dancing in the street. High fived me and went on with his day. I wonder if he knew he had just made my weekend? For all your Gigbeth info check out there website. Tickets are on sale now.

The Big Chill 2008

Posted in Claire Burgess, Festival, Music, Travel by Claire Burgess on August 5, 2008

I went to The Big Chill at Eastnor on Sunday and loved it! I haven’t been to a festival in a while so putting up the tent that my boyfriend has had under his bed since 1997 (I’m not joking!) was a bit of a challenge…not to mention the toilets, but it was worth it.

Some of my highlights were Jilted John who sang a fantastic new song, Keira Knightly eat your dinner. Being too young for Jilted John the first time round I have never heard of them before but they got the whole crowd going on the Castle Stage. I hope they make a comeback.

We saw Jeffery Lewis in the Media Mix tent who sang along to his own cartoons which were projected on big screens. I particularly enjoyed Mitch Benn who took the mick out of every musician from Coldplay to The Smiths. This provided some light relief from some of the TRUELY AWFUL comedians we were subjected to.

The Big Chill 2008

The Big Chill 2008

We also saw the legendary Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry who performed some action dub painting which involved him painting during the performance.

The Big Chill had an amazing, happy vibe in very beautiful surroundings. Bring on the mud and the portaloos again next year.