THE MUMBLE TEAM
Are taking their annual Festive Break
SEE YOU ALL IN THE SPRING !!
Are taking their annual Festive Break
SEE YOU ALL IN THE SPRING !!
Electric Fields: Drumlanrig Castle (Aug 30 & 31)
Lindisfarne Festival: Beal (Sept 1)
I always enjoy the last weekend in August/first in September in which Electric Fields happens – for myself the Fringe is over & I really enjoy having a good rave & letting off some steam. In recent years, a couple of other festivals have spring up near Edinburgh – Midstock & Lindisfarne. So, after last year’s doubling up of Leccy Fields with Midstock, this time round I thought I’d hit Lindisfarne second instead. Luckily, I managed to get a spot down Englandshire doing a talk on 9/11 of all things, so the pressure was on to keep it together enough at Leccy Fields in order to whizz across the border & pull off a spankingly good talk.
So it was Thursday day, I had to make my way to Musselburgh where an old pal had agreed to be my photographer for Leccy Fields. The indespensibly brilliant James Wallace is his name, & both being in our early 40s were absolutely delighted to leave the wife, kids, dogs & chores behind & hit the open road for a road-trip & a party! We left Musselburgh in the late afternoon, from where he drove us along the relatively quick passage through Biggar & the ever gorgeous Dalveen Pass.
Arriving at Drumlanrig, & its epic tree-lined bowl in which the festival is sited, reminded me again that this is perhaps the most gorgeous festival site in Britain – except of course for when they do those occasional one-off Summer specials down Townley Park in Burnley. Waiting for us on arrival were some not too shabby friends of James’ &, for me, old faces from my mis-spent party days – John, Paul, Scotty & Jason, the ‘Pass-Out Beatles’ who’d all earned permission from the wives to have a wee rave, & did indeed on certain occasions, pass out (thanks for the photys lads)!
It was Thursday evening, surprisingly busy, & a joy to be amongst such a musically-educated crowd. Hitting the site, we were ready for a braw, raw, barry time – which we easily succeeded in. Ride were wicked, with no-one gazing at their shoes as we reveled in being out of doors on a sunny night, surrounded by trees & people well up for it. Then James smashed it – not my pal, the band – playing a mix of tunes from the new album, & of course the old classics. I then found myself dancing about like a fanny in the open air at the Sketchy Beats Tent for a happy, happy bit, before waking up in the middle of the night under my duvet in my tent. I’d almost staggered back to it on my own, but fell flat on my face at the tent entrance. Luckily James – the pal – took me over the line.
So I’m 42, I’m a bit of a lightweight these days, & the next day – a Friday – I didn’t leave my tent all day, even peeing in the middle bit between the two bedrooms. We were off the next morning so it wasn’t that big of a deal. I just snoozed & listened to the bands & the often hilarious chat all around me. James & the boys toed & froed – I believe they had a great day basking in the serene sunshine listening to the mixed line-up, which included Ibibio Sound Machine and Teenage Fan Club. The last of these, Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds, I really engaged with in my duvet-tented head-space, a great sound with a few Oasis numbers tossed into the mix. This was followed by Young Fathers, I think, & then a lovely bunch of Weegies a few feet away from my tent, who sang some classic tunes with perfect musicianship & electric harmonies.
Scotty, John & Paul
At 6PM on the Friday, James stopped drinking & finally got to his kip. 12 hours later we were both up, packing up the tent & our brains, & got ready to set off back to Musselburgh. James had a wedding to go to & I had another festival to hit, at Lindisfarne. Half-way up the road we both had a full English at Abingdon Services – my first food in nearly two days – then an hour or so later we were back at Musselburgh, a bit tired, partied out sure, but buzzin! An hour later I was back, I’d driven all the way to the wife’s house & realised I’d left my laptop & all its photos for the – of all things – conspiracy talk on 9-11 which was my raison d’etre for going. I took my wee dog Daisy along for the ride, & after securing the laptop, went back to the wife’s, picked her up & headed south.
Lindisfarne festival is in its third year & is gaining a growing rep. Set on the mainland by the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, it really is quite a pretty spot & the perfect place to bring Scots & English together in harmony. The wife commented actually on how tamer it feels compared to a pure Scottish festival – they really do find an extra gear of bucky-fueled nonsense north of the border. This year, David Blair of Colonel Mustard fame had helped orchestrate the Scottish Invasion, & quite a lot few of our pals were down. Not that we saw many of them, I was in a right nick, but did hold it together to give my talk on 9-11 – it was basically Zionists, drones & CGI – on the conclusion of which I received a warm applause. We then pottered about the site for an hour so, wee giving Daisy her first taste of festival life, then the wife drove us home where I hit a new duvet for my recovery period. It was about 5 PM. Proper lightweight.
As for Lindisfarne, there was a proposal on stage at the Colonel Mustard gig, this particular Sketchy Beats tent got told off for jamming for too long into the nights (a side effect of the Scottish Invasion), & on the Friday the Happy Mondays were apparently magnificent. This led to my pal-performer, Victor Pope, attempting to sneak round the fence into the back-stage area, about to announce to Mr Ryder his infinite respect, only to get collared by four security guards as if he was shoplifting in Marks & Spensers. Another pal-performer, Martina Cannon Ball, had, well, a ball, & I shall leave this review with her Facebook Post.
Lindisfarne was epic, but it didnt start so smoothly, disaster struck as soon as we got there and parked up, realised when we were about to make our way to the campsite that my only car key had fell off somewhere! Looked all around the grass with no joy for ages, then Carmen Allison appeared and saved the day, she found it in the boot! Must have fell out after pulling bags. Legend! That was a relief. Finally got to the camping area, and started laying our tents out, then a guardian angel appeared just in time to put my tent up, uncle Fergie. Karens burst so we had to share in the end. Sketchy beats pulled out all the stops and put on a great tent and weekend of music, its where I spent most of my time. Nearly slept in for my gig, even though we, Danny Appolinari agreed that if none of us were awake at 3pm we would go in for them. Danny woke me at 5pm, with half an hour to get to the stage, and the fact I had to run about 2 miles to get my guitar from the car I just made it by the skin of my teeth. However, Danny made up for it by supplying straight vodka on stage, and it was a good gig. Had a great time all in, amazing community vibe! Big up the Sketchy beats crew! Until next year! Martina Cannon Ball
Hello Ste, so where are you from & where are you at, geographically speaking?
Ste: North Wales, Audio Farm Crew originate from North Wales
Where, when & how did the idea for Audio Farm originate?
Ste: Manchester in 2008. The 6 founding members who are all still directors moved to Manchester with 15 others from N Wales in the Summer of 2008. We met the rest of our crew and started talking about putting on a club event that different to the rest. A fun, non corporate event with good ethics and lots or decor and fun. Audio Farm was born and first event was Jan 2009.
How, when & why did you get involved?
Ste: For the love of music.
Who are the beneficiaries of the charity funds you guys generate?
Green Paw Project.
Ste: Audio Farm Festival 2018 is a Non Profit, non-corporate, fundraising roots festival in which all profits go towards UK registered charity, Green Paw Project (UK Charity Registration Number 1166316). 100% of the shares of One Tribe Festival Ltd are owned by Green Paw Project, therefore the directors and organisers receive no profits. As we are a non-profit fundraising charity event, all ticket money income has no Vat implications, meaning 100% of ticket money goes towards the running of the event with all remaining profits going to Green Paw Project. For more information on Green Paw Project and how the money raised for this this festival and all past and future events and festival visit www.greenpawproject.org.
How different is the vibe at Audio Farm on all levels, compared to that of a corporate festival?
Ste: Very different. We have wonderful varied crowd of all ages. From babies to the old ravers. Our event is about putting on a top show, with quality world music, high end production, vegan food, lots of healing and workshops. The objective is to plant seeds of positive change. Whilst also making money for charity. We are stand against the rising corporation of festivals that is ruining the industry by buying festivals out, making them soulless, herding people in like sheep and making the top cats rich. Exactly the opposite of what festivals should. We are a roots festival with its original ethics.
How is the festival’s working relationship with Worcestershire County Council?
Ste: Shropshire County Council. Yes all good there. No issue at all.
Is Audio Farm child friendly / dog-friendly / disabl’d-friendly, etc?
Ste: Yes it is. Audio Farm is a reminder that we’re one big family on this planet, so it’s important that there’s exciting, interesting and fun things to do and see for all members of any family. The Kids Area is open from 7am until 7pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The area is a special little enclave for our junior festival goers with a bumper selection of fun workshops, circus classes, games, activities, shows, face painting, environmentally friendly glitter painting, slacklines, actors, clowns and even children’s yoga and children’s trance dances. Everything especially tailored for the young and enquiring mind.Yes its very accessible for disabled also.
Ste: What does Ste Chesters like to do when he’s not organising kick-ass festivals?
Ste: I would like to include us as collective here, as Audio Farm is about a core crew and 7 directors. Not just myself. We spend our time (obviuosly) going to festivals, building other festivals, putting on wellbeing events and also work hard towards the goal of Green Paw Projects Mission Malawi. (For more info https://www.onetribefestival.org/greenpawproject/). We are also big travellers too. We are all very lucky to have each other as a collective of friends. Audio Farm is all about the collective. “You are are only as good as the team around you”.
How has the festival evolved over the past decade or so?
Ste: Our ethics and ideas have always been the same since the first festival in 2013. We have just grown from 300 to 1500 people with bigger production, bigger artists, more family friendly, more emphasis on positive change and healing, and we are now a fully vegan festival which we were originally vegetarian festival.
How do you decide upon the acts?
Ste: Between us a collective. We aim to mix the legends with the new across many generas of music. Also we book some of the best energetic festival bands around, and aim to showcase bands from Europe like Olive Tree Dance.
What have you guys got for us this year?
Ste: A new concept with the focus being on the celebration of of the sun in a beautiful new site. Magic will happen!
To someone who has never been to Audio Farm, what have they got to expect?
Ste: Audio Farm Festival reopens the gates in 2018 under the original alias, keeping to its evolving nomadic roots at a new site, whilst One Tribe Festival takes a fallow year. 2017 saw One Tribe Festival blossom like a magical flower from its Audio Farm tree, from a seed that was planted at the first festival in 2013. So from the crew that brought you One Tribe, expect more of the same magic, music, people, energy, love, laughter and beauty, but in a more intimate space at Audio Farm Festival 2018. The journey continues in a new and exciting venue at Shropshire’s Hopton Court. Nestled in the heart of breathtaking borderland countryside, the watercolour beauty of this Georgian country estate has uniquely stunning parklands, walled gardens, ponds and a beautiful out buildings, where Audio Farm will transform the site into a microcosm of light, sights, sounds and new experiences, etched together into a mesmeric harmony lasting over 4 days. Audio Farm Festivals innovative stages play host to a wealth of hand-picked bands, artists and DJ’s, playing a glittering array of music from all corners of our known universe. From sun kissed House beats on the Sundance Stage and clinical Techno pulses in Home of the Drum, to sporadic breaks and rattling subs in the Depths of Bass, and the psychedelic beats of The Trip. The Mandala Stage and The Nest is a galaxy of eclectic bands, world musicians, vocal acrobats and solo sirens that will take you to places both familiar and new, all interwoven with a rich tapestry of drumming collectives, circus performers and fire dancers, colouring the day and illuminating the night. The Festival is a wealth of experiences, stimulating all the human senses and opening the portals to a world of possibilities in an explosion of imagination. A safe space to expand skill sets with progressive workshops and talks, where talented and knowledgeable healers offer alternative treatments to rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul through holistic disciplines, massage, guided meditation, gong baths, yoga and shamanic journeys. Independent throughout, Audio Farm Festival is proudly a non-profit, non-corporate organism that funds the work of The Green Paw Project with its profits. A charity that resolutely works to save and improve the lives of helpless and vulnerable animals in third world countries. So join the tribe again at Audio Farm Festival this summer and create indelible memories where footprints fade.
So this will be the last Audio Farm for a while, what’s the back story ?
Ste: We are undecided where our future lies within the festival industry and will be putting our minds together to work out our direction and where to best place our collective energies. So this could potentially be the last ever Festival that Audio Farm curates. It would therefore be amazing to see all of the Audio Farm family who have been part of the festivals since 2013 to be a part of this one, you have made it what it is today and we’re so grateful for each and every one of you.
August 11th 2018
For the past couple of years, one of the Mumble’s reviewers – Raymondo Speedie – has been raving about Party in the Palace at Linlithgow. This year, however, he couldnae make it – he was in Uganda or summat – so I leapt at the opportunity to check it out for myself, just for the Saturday night, but I was guessing that would be enough to get a feel for the place.
Me & the wife arrived to the sounds of Cast singing their classic rocker, Sandstorm, which just so happens to be my favourite tune of theirs. ‘A wonderful omen,’ I thought as I hit the site dancing. And what a gorgeous & curious spot; by serene loch waters, under the famous old castle, & barely a stone’s throw from Linlithgow itself. It was also busy, but not in a hectic kinda way, but in a ‘we love coming here every year‘ kinda way, as attested by the swarming islands of portable chairs.
Party At The Palace has one main stage, a fair size, & always full of revelry & song. The vibe was amazing, really, unpretentious, unlouty, undrugg -, its the perfect day out really & me & the wife were soon enjoying more than the one crispy pint of lager. We also enjoyed Cast, who were now grizzling & greying & chubbing out a bit, but still delivering pitch-perfect renditions from their fantastic catalogue, especially Walk Away which had the crowd in raptures.
Then Gabrielle arrived with the best hair-mop I’ve ever seen, complemented by a tight-ass band. After a few numbers we thought we’d check out the rest of the site, & to our delight found more stages & a great bar at the back playing slick tunes, half of which were motown. None of us knew Aretha would be dead within days. It was there that we also met our new best mat Neil, a doctor from North Berwick very kindly volunteering as litter-pickers with others of his grace for the West Lothian Scout group.
We had no idea how the event would be received – obviously in year 1 there was huge excitement locally with the prospect of some amazing bands coming to the town – we soon outgrew the venue and had to move across the loch so its fab to see that the demand for tickets is so high and people are now buying tickets before we event announce the line-up. We feel we are a go to event knowing that the weekend is fun regardless of the line-up. We are very family driven too which ticks many boxes for our customers. Read the full interview with organiser, Peter Ferguson
It was now time for James, one of Manchesters’s, & indeed the world’s best live bands. Anticipation was high; there were many familiar & iconic James t-shirts fluttering about the site, all of whom congregated in front of the main stage for sunset like butterflies in a cabbage field. It was an interesting gig, a rollercoaster really. The band had released their new album, Living In Extraordinary Times, only a week before, & were playing many songs from it. They sounded great, but of course they were hardly known, so the gig ebbed & flowed between euphoria for the classics & mild indifference for the new ones. Me & the wife were completely pissed & blissed out anyway, so we simply got on with it & fell in love with each once again at the the romance-inspiring setting of Party in the Palace.
Black Waterproof Jacket – George (Asda)
Black Quenchua poncho
Black / white dots umbrella
Turquoise bag with picnic rug inside
Black card purse with bank cards
A selection of glasses and sundglasses
ASOS denim jacket – size 12
XL grey Jacket
Black ted Baker shoulder bag
Green primark rain coat
Blue zip hoody with white stripe up the arms
Black Masai short sleeve cardigan
Leopard point umbrella
Bunch of keys (3)
22 bank cards! (All have been destroyed.)
Silver / White gold ring
Hello Nick, so where are you & Alex from & where are you both at, geographically speaking?
Nick: We’re from Dumfries & Galloway, having moved round the region a little bit but originally from Moniaive (the coolest village on earth). I now live in Leith, and Alex is representing in Dumfries.
Where, when & how did the idea for Electric Fields originate?
Alex: It grew from a small festival I ran for a few years. After our new home at Drumlanrig was established and one rebrand later, Electric Fields was born in 2014.
When did you first get into events?
Nick: I always had a keen interest in events. I got a flyering job on an amazing show called Fuerzabruta in 2007 and it really opened to my eyes to what an amazing production can do to people. After uni I started working at EUSA, firstly as a Box Office Manager and then Events Marketing Officer, where I really learnt the trade.
Who inspires you musically?
Nick: Lots! Interestingly when you work surrounded by music it can sometimes be quite difficult to truly enjoy it, so to take some time out and remember that you really love it is important. I saw David Byrne recently and that blew my mind.
To someone who has never been to the Electric Fields, what have they got to expect?
Alex: The best food, music, scenery, people and atmosphere.
The party goes from strength. Did you ever forsee such popularity?
Alex: I think with the team and setting we have, it was almost inevitable. However the sudden time it took to get to this size certainly took me by surprise.
What does Nick Roberts like to do when he’s not organising kick-ass parties?
Nick: Haha. I like to go to kick-ass parties!
How do you decide upon the acts?
Alex: We have a cracking booking team who keep their ear extremely to the ground. All the acts are eclectic, incredible live performers. They will make you think or dance till your feet hurt. Your new favourite performer will be there.
How is your working relationship with Dumfries & Galloway council?
Nick: Really great. They’ve always been very supportive and we’re lucky to have a team within the council who really see the value in having cultural events in the region.
Can you describe your relationship with Alex in a single sentence?
Nick: They say never work with children or animals, siblings should be added to that.
Can you describe your relationship with Nick in a single word?
Who have been your favorites in the past?
Alex: Primal Scream, Peter Hook, Erol Alkan. Kate Tempest was jaw droppingly good – THE best.
Last year you went to two days, this year its going to be three. Why the change & how is it working out?
Nick: When 2 worked so well, 3 just felt very natural. It’s hard sometimes to get properly in the festival spirit when it’s 2 days but 3 means you can get properly into it. It’s working out really well and I think it’ll be a great addition. James on a Thursday night is a lot of fun!
Who have you got for us this year?
Alex: Noel Gallagher, James, Leftfield, Teenage Fanclub, Lady Leshurr, Young Fathers, Idles, The Horrors, Holly Cook, The Coral
Will there be an event in 2019?
Alex: We’re already on it!
Hello Paul, so where are you from & where are you at, geographically speaking?
Paul: I am from West Nile in Uganda a district called Moyo in Uganda but reside in Kampala Uganda.
Can you tell us about your studies in America & your return to Uganda?
Paul: I have studied the UK Chartered Institute of Marketing by correspondence and am also studying my Masters online. I did not leave the country.
How, when & why did you get involved?
Paul: I got involved in Bayimba because I have loved arts and come from a family that has artists.
This is the festival’s eleventh year anniversary. How have things evolved since its inception?
Paul: We have seen the Festival grow in terms of numbers and partners to ensure that each year it happens. By last year, we had over 10,000 fans gracing the Festival which prompted us to get a more spacious location.
How do you guys decide upon the acts?
Paul: The acts apply online to perform and we get to assess their match for the Festival but we also working with various booking partners to identify talent that matches the Festival requirements. Booking partners like Fezah and East African Records come in handy.
What have you guys got for us this year?
Paul: We are taking people to the shores of Lake Victoria in a relaxing environment with camping facilities to enable them enjoy 4 days of Bayimba like there has never been. The new home of Bayimba is Just 45 Kms out of Kampala the Capital of Uganda.
What is Kampala like during the festival?
Paul: Kampala gets heated up anticipating the new excitement and unique programming that Bayimba always has to offer.
This year you are moving to a new location, can you tell us about it?
Paul: Lunkulu Island in Mukono district is 100 acres of space. We are dedicating 60 acres to festival activities and 40 to preserve nature. This place is in Lake Victoria hence low noise pollution but again we get to have more space to give more value to those attending by offering a variety of showcases and performances.
To someone who has never been to the Bayimba International Festival, what have they got to expect?
Paul: Bayimba is the biggest Festival in Uganda and people get excited to be part of it as well as attend because it brings together the biggest performing acts to showcase. Every aspect of Arts and culture in Uganda is put on our exciting programming.
Will there be a 2019 festival?
Paul: Yes please, at the same venue. This is an annual event.
Cardross Estate – Stirlingshire
Like Alice looking for Wonderland most people were looking for Doune The Rabbit Hole and when they found it they were not disappointed. Situated in the beautiful grounds of the Cardross Estate which sits in the Stirlingshire bowl of rolling hills and green fields. With the festival being moved to the front of the estate home this proved to be a good decision, with the layout being so much more accessible this year, the rain of last year was, well lets just say, water is best kept in the ocean.
With no rain forecasted this year and a great summer’s weekend of sun, D.T.R.H. is surely building up to be a belter. With so much to explore and great music on offer you can indulge in a weekend of magical moments. The main stage, The Jabberwocky, played host to such bands as Dreadzone, Akala, Dawnings, Elephant Sessions, Peatbog Faeries, Temples, Broken Records, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Big Country and The Levellers and that was just scratching the surface.
The Baino Tent situated to the right of the main stage was a true wee gem, offering some of the best indie acts I have seen this year at any festival. From bands like Stonefield, Banana Oil, Rapid Tan, The Honey Far , The Beat with Ranking Roger and the famous and ambient dance collective The Orb, the Baino was turning out to be a popular haunt for the Dounies.
The Warren and The Whistleblower tents added another mix to the cocktail, bringing in bands like Irie Yo Yo, Harry and the Hendersons, Band of Gold, The Micro Band, The Langan Band, Bombskare and a mix off DJs that will keep you dancing until the wee hours.
Doune the Rabbit Hole is a well balanced family friendly festival which allows the participation of all ages. With a family and kids area an endless amount of workshops I am sure there will be a few craftsmen and entertainers born here over the weekend. Relax, dance, chill, eat good food and make new friends will surely to be one off many things you will experience at D.T.R.H..
Finding myself a space in the Baino tent on Friday night I was eager to catch a glimpse of the 4 Findlay sisters from Australia, that have been active as a band from around 2006 and make up Stonefield. From Australia to Stirlingshire these young musicians brought us a dash of dark but enriching Pink Floyd like sounds but with a lashing of rock riffs.
Stonefield pulled in a huge audience and with their fresh, exciting psychedelic rock sound , they left the crowd totally stunned, like a kid being stung by a Bee while eating ice cream… Just walk away and reflect on what just happened, Stonefield is what happened… Dreadzone on the Jabberwocky did not fail to deliver, inviting the Dounies to dubstep their way through the first opening hour of Friday nights live acts…
Bouncing from tent to tent over the next 3 days i managed to clock up 37 miles and was priviliged to see 28 live bands and DJs. The Might of Akala on Saturday night broke down all the walls, letting out the dance animal in all of us. Direct, political and relevant he delivered and executed his set with ease and honesty and left us thinking life is hard but life is beautiful.
Taking a pit stop to refuel with some of the wonderful food that is lovingly prepared for you by the many food stall owners,Ii had a moment to collect thoughts and sweep up some off that warming energy that Doune The Rabbit Hole has created. Like an old village fair in times past, these present day gatherings of peopl , arts, music and storytelling bring a sense of togetherness, something the world needs right now.
As darkness arrived so did The Orb. After many an outing with The Orb over the years the anticipation of what to expect was growing. With such classics as White Room, Little Fluffy Clouds , S.A.L.T. Towers of Dub, Toxygene, this was sure to be a treat… Light shows, ambience atmosphere and dancing Dounies all contributed to a memorable catch up with The Orb.
The Beat delivered a powerful set, unleashing ska skanking classics like, Mirror in the Bathroom, Cant Get Used To Losing You, and Tears of a Clown. The Two Tone road is still open and and thanks to bands like The Beat these timeless songs will continue to please for many years to come.
The Whistleblower tent was awaiting the arrival of the reggae outfit Irie Yo-Yo. This mixed cultured Edinburgh based band have gathered so much well deserved followers in the last few years, filling the tent was not going to be hard. With new songs under their belt and the renowned anthems of the past they came to entertain and that they did. Everything about this band is moving forward and glad to say, in the right direction.
As Sunday night comes to a close The Levellers were closing their set with Beautiful Day and true to their word, what a beautiful day and festival it has been. The last bonus to turn up was meeting Jez, the bass player from The Levellers, whom was a long lost friend of mines. Chatting like a pair of Howling Monkeys we took a trip down memory lane and come to the conclusion that time is merely a diversion but used in the right way can bring much joy.
If you ever fall down a rabbit hole then lets hope its the hole that leads you to Doune the Rabbit Hole festival as its not a bad place at all to end up. Warm, friendly, enriching, mellow, enchanting and refreshing is but only a few feelings gathered at D.T.R.H. 2018. Put this on your festival list for next year and dont miss out or you will be sorry……
Reviewed by Spud