I still have tons to write about Kenya, but what with starting a new job recently, doing a bit of music scribbling for other sites (these are over on my portfolio), and a higher than usual number of my friends getting married this year, there’s not been a lot of spare time. I’ve got notes about it everywhere so they will appear online soon, I have promised myself!
But I do have another excuse too, and that’s the start of festival season! As those of you who know me have cleverly managed to work out, I do like a good live band, and so festivals to me are like a giant pie to a fat kid. As if squeezing in 7 festivals last year wasn’t enough, I have decided to ignore the tiny voice in my head telling me to have a weekend off once in a while, and am looking at crowbarring 8 into my diary this year, and I’m a little bit excited!
I’m lucky enough to be able to reduce my costs by working for magazines & websites at most of the festies I have planned in, and 2 festivals in, I’m really enjoying fitting into the reviewing side of things rather than just being a punter, so much so that I think I might get a little bit bored if I didn’t have to think about what I’m doing at a festival.
Jamie & I covered Beatherder festival at the beginning of July. It’s a wonderful mini festival tucked away in the Lancashire Dales not far from where I grew up (which was in Yorkshire for those of you counting). It’s a proper grass-roots affair with no commercial input whatsoever, and it works. My write up is over here on Counterfeit Magazine, along with Jamie’s photos. For me, working these festivals over the summer is a chance for me to develop my writing and I’m loving it. I took a different angle on Beatherder this year, and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. It looks like other people were too because we’ve been getting tons of great feedback on it and loads of hits, so thanks if you gave it a read!
I’ll blog about my second festival of the year, Latitude, during the week. Watch this space!