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  1. We are looking for a festival or outdoor caterer to provide catering for Olympic staff Accommodation. The tented village will be just off Roding Valley on the Central line.

    The Site will be in operation from 25th July - 14th August with accommodation being provided for between 1000 - 3000 poeple.

    For more information please contact Jessica Bird, Oxygen Event Services at jessica@oxygen-events.com

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    Hi fellow festival goers!

    Im currently researching into traffic management at UK festivals for my third year dissertation.

    The majority of festivals i have attended i have spent hours stuck in traffic waiting to get into the festival and out! I want to find out why this happens and if there are any ways to improve it.

    I would find it incredibly helpful if you could take part in this very quick questionnaire to help with my research :)


    Any further opinions or further information about any probelms you have had with traffic management at festivals would also be highly appreciated!

    Thanks so much

    Sarah :)

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    Hey festival lovers,

    I am currently at university in my 3rd year studying Events Management, writing my dissertation titled “Does service provision for festival goers meet their needs? Context of Reading festival”.

    For this I need to gather your thoughts and views about music festivals. The questionnaire should only take 5 minutes of your time and your answers will be kept completely anonymous.

    The link is below!


    Many thanks for your time.

    P.s. any thoughts where else this link can be posted?

  2. Hey everyone :bye: ,

    Hope that you all doing well and not as stressed as me during the last few weeks of dissertations.

    I need your help and support guy and gals, please can you fill my survey in.

    its about event design/look/decor/features and how it can enhance your enjoyment at all kinds of events.

    plus if you like a bit of competition between boy and girls, then at the moment boys are winning !!!

    heres the link it will only take 3 mins to do http://www.smart-sur...sp?i=46877lxiap

    Thank you all :D

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    So I'm just back from Electric picnic in Ireland.. and I don't like it a bit, I just want to session on for the rest of my life.

    This year I've just finished college so I had no money to buy the ticket but I had just enough money to buy some drugs and get up there with enough left to feed myself for the weekend.

    I went up early on Friday with a small gang of friends and my brother, all of which had tickets. I was going to be sneaking in alone. :ph34r:

    The only word to describe being left outside while your friends go in is misery, and you cannot let them wait for you cause they have paid there money and need to make the most of it. I started at about 3 o'clock and waked from car park B to stradbally village, though the village and out around the south facing side of the park. This diabolically long walk was to scout out all of the entry points and also to see how the security react to my presents {this is important = If you are humming around with out going into the festival eventually the security guards will start talking about you and informing the security up ahead of you that you look like a freak and are trying to sneak in}

    After walking for about 2 and a half hours I was at the point on the road to the south of the park that is closest to the corner of the Jimmy Hendrix camp-site. With patchy knowledge of the lay out of this area from Google earth I picked a place to start going cross country and hopped into the bushes. I crossed a few fields and hopped over a stream and then retreated to the shelter of a patch of bushes because of a low flying police helicopter flying over head. Not knowing whether it was looking for me or people like me I stayed in my bush for an hour an 20 minutes just to be safe and to have a joint.

    Once I was certain that the copter had hoped off I psyched my self up for the next stage of the sneak. I slowly climbed out of the gully that I had dived into an hours previous, quite stoned. I started down the path towards picnic and not 2 steps into my stride two guys walked across the clearing at the end of the path. They froze when they saw me while I walked sheepishly towards them down the path. Knowing that they couldn't be security I gave them the two fingered solute for peace and we introduced ourselves. They had the same plan as me so I was happy to join them and they were sound out. They were two brothers, the older one was a bit of a pussy and the younger one was quite young but very tough.

    I met the brothers just before we reached the bramble forest which is adjacent to the corner of the Hendrix camp site, underestimating the size of this scrub wast area we attempted to cross it. The bramble forest was a huge field lined with dikes and drains that was covered in thick briers. The level of the briers was normally above head hight but there were occasional shallow patches. This took us four hours to get though, it was endless. on the other side of the bramble forest (east side, just to the south west of the Hendrix cam site) there is a very dangerous water way with deep holes full of water and covered by briers. There is a weir crossing this little river that you can walk across if you find it and you will be in a good position for the sneak. We made the choice not to cross the weir and found ourselves feeling very exposed as we approached the park.

    Ok having snuck for five and a half hours a this point we were all ready to brake, give up and go home, had I been alone that is exactly what I would have done but since we were a team we had to go on. We reached a concrete bridge from the north side of the river. The bridge was quite exposed so someone called sketch and we hid staking out the bridge for a patrol. The stake out failed miserably because the second we popped out to dash across a tall and stern looking Scottish security guard got the jump on us and carted us out of the place.

    Dehydrated and morally crushed we wandered down the Timaheo Rd south bound away from the very bad idea of sneaking through the woods. We then approached a house to see if the inhabitants could give us some water. The man living there was a single plumber with a big machine gun sitting on his kitchen table, Ignoring the gun we chatted about sneaking in with him for a while and then he offered to drive us back to the car park.

    We started drinking in the car park and had some food to get our strength back before attacking again. Its half 8 The number of people around that were trying to sneak in was growing, some were sound and some were dicks but we all had the same goal. Walking from the main entrance up the cork road and back again for a bit of reconnaissance we built our confidence and looked for a way in. Wet tired and very stressed out we approached the main gate and then went right across the field and along the huge green fence that was keeping us out. we walked to the very edge of the field where it was dark and sheltered. Two other sneaks emerged from the dark behind us, wired and up for something crazy.

    The five of us grabbed two stainless steal fences from a quite barrier and rushed at the huge green fence. We jammed the stainless steal fences against the big green one like a ladder and piled over it. I was first over the fence and shimmied down one of the support polls, there were two security guards on the other side not ten feet away from me so I turned and ran. The too guards watched us pile over the fence 7 men strong at this stage and then turned there backs to us while we dispersed into the woods WooPing and screaming with excitement. We came out of the woods into the rave Neutronyx and made

    for the camp site.

    Here reunited with my gram of MDMA and my 18 cans I began to session.. hard. I took a big scoop of it and shoved it right up my nose. Drip Drip Drip lightly buzzing I tried getting into the main arena but was refused and turned around. I wandered back to my tent, not too discouraged and found own of the lads hanging around tripping on acid so I went out and started asking people for acid. With in about five minutes of looking I got my tab and popped it into my mount.

    After a pleasant hour of chatting back at the tents I came up and started staring at lights around the camp site and lost my mind in general. I cant remember the amount of tents I visited that night but it was friend making night and I met about 50 really cool people just up for a laugh.

    The next day I was depressed cause I wanted to be in the arena and I was coming down off the drugs quite hard. Attempting to get into the arena again I was turned around and narrowly avoided getting thrown out by spinning a story about sleeping outside and my wristband getting cut off. Then I went up to the box office and expanded my lie and try and make myself a legitimate festival goer. The manager at the box office was a young woman and she was so sweet and kind that I genuinely felt bad lying to her but I had no other option. My friend had attended with his girlfriend so I brought him with me to vouch for me and my lost wrist band in his girlfriends place. I initialised the conversation but before long it was just my friend coked out of his brain and Buzzing like a mutherf**ker chatting away to the manager about the details of my "ticket".

    Without a bother he got me the wrist band [legend].

    I went back to the tents to celebrate my final completion of sneaking in with a wad of MDMA shoved up my nose. Drip Drip Drip. It was then session time and we were passing joints, drinking vodka, Shit loads of beer and taking drugs.

    I find that Electric Picnic is always a kind of a competition between the indie fans and the techno heads to see who can take the most drugs and who is getting the best laugh out of it, being a simple stoner of simple tastes I sat right in the middle and had a laugh off both sides.

    The recommended drugs I would say to look for are, MDMA, Acid, Yokes and weed.

    If your taking the ecstasy I would say go for the MDMA cause its allot cleaner then yokes but the dosage is undefined making it easier to OD on whereas with a yoke, you take one and BOOM!

    So Iv just got my wrist band and I started the MDMA off with a line snorted to get maximum bang for my buck. Then I drink on and buy a disguise to ware while I'm buzzing, I picked out a stylish hat for €8 with €2 knocked off. The hat wasn't enough though I needed some dasent shades too, I'm in the shops looking for shades and three girls come up and are like let us pick them!!! So they pick me out a smashing pair of green sunglasses and garnish them with a purple flower in the top right corner.

    So were chatting any way and its going good until one of them lets it slip that they are all around 16 years old, I'm 23 :O . I was buzzin and they were so sweet that I just couldn't leave them so I took them all on the Ferris wheel and got them ice-creams :lol: . Ok that was really fun, buzzing is class. I knew there were some real women around not too far away so I got rid of the young pussy but not before one of them talked me into taking her on a date to the silent disco at 10. Which I did and it was class! Took her to Arcade Fire as well which was unreal! I was now hanging with a 16 year old girl her 18 year old {legal ;) } friend and my best friend.

    I was quite subtle about my drug habits in front of the girls cause they were so young but that all changed when my buddy arrived, first he pulls out a joint and were strolling around listing to music and getting stoned then he takes a bomb (MDMA wrapped up in a skin) and I take an other dab (A fingertip of MDMA sucked). So we were BUZZING :blink:

    Soon the young girls realise that we aren't going to do any thing with them and that we are completely demented and they bolt.

    And I says "Awww Yeah!"

    So me and my buddy head into body and soul to meat a chick that we were talking to the night before and she is f**king nuts but she wasn't up for it on Saturday night so were on the way to The Chemical Brothers f**ked up and loving it.


    Don't know when but someone ran off with my hat late that night or I lost it and it killed my buzz so I hit the sack before it got too late, was quite late though.

    Sunday night I did allot of MDMA perfectly timed to produce the most incredible feeling, starting with a line and then dabs from then on. I went around for the night with two friends, one of my closest friends and a chick that we just met. She didn't like the idea of it at first but then wanted to experiment and I was throwing drugs at people at this stage afraid of having to take it home with me. The three of us walk off into the arena floating on air and fall completely in love with each other. This was a night of free love. Then I rang nearly every person in my phone book for a chat and had a weird phone call buzz for a while. Deciding that I needed a new hat I made for the shops, I picked a hat and approached a really sexy girl who worked there. She wanted €16 for it but I just gave her a hit of MDMA and we called it quits.

    The one thing I regret about the whole weekend was not asking her out and giving her more drugs and f**king her brains out like a porn star.

    She would have.. but by the time I though of that her shop had closed and she was gone.. gay!

    Later I get back to my soul mates with my brand new hat and we start getting very mushy in deed. My down fall was suggesting that I go back to the camp site for more alcohol and leaving the other two in body and soul.

    When I got back out the Hendrix and on my own I started to lose my mind. At this stage the yoke heads in my camp had attracted more yoke heads from Dublin and my gazebo got trashed. They were all walking around like headless chickens shouting Alan compulsively as loud as they could and I hand such a laugh off them. I meet two more friends while I'm on the booze mission and crawl into there tent for some cuddling and more drugs. At this point I lose my shades and my bag of MDMA :unsure:

    Really close to losing my buzz on the last night I get back onto my soul mates in body and soul and they say they will give me more MDMA just to finish the night and I find my shades :P

    Now I'm really buzzing and know not what is going on and lose my nodge but I don't care because I was in such a beautiful place with my soul mates.

    I end up trying to get into body and soul again but its closed so I hop the fence. Two security guards get out of a van and start shouting at me from behind I'm in no man's land in between the fences so I walk to the far fence completely ignoring the closing security and start grooving to the beats coming out of the body and soul main stage. 2 minutes pass and I realise that they just gave up and left me there. I'm still trying to find my soul mates now but they are in a tent at it like bunny's so I head to a hut at the very back of body and soul where there is a lock in stoner session on. One of the guys in there gave me an other dab of MDMA and I lose my mind again.

    6 of us total strangers of all different types are in the hut and I find my self telling endless story's that don't go anywhere for the rest of the night while they lap it up like gold. I love hippy's.


    MDMA is a quality drug B) buy as much as you can and share it around.

    Acid is a very good way of turning down time into trip time, I only take half a tab when I'm on MDMA.

    Don't try to sneak in just buy the ticket, saves you allot of hassle.

    Sneaking in is hard to do and takes balls and allot of luck.

    If your on MDMA try to take hits very 3-4 hours so you don't end up losing your mind or your buzz.

    MDMA is very good for taking with girls cause it makes you feel like a fluffy cuddly porn star

    If your taking MDMA always ware a disguise because its fun and keeps you safe from shouting retarded things like "Alan?". :P .

    If you insist on sneaking in here is what to do:-

    From when ever you arrive till 10 o'clock on Friday night you should be drinking and getting a gang together. As soon as its ten, security loosens and its already dark so rush the fence with your new buddy's and pile into the woods, safety in numbers. Any other way and your in danger of getting in trouble with the guards or beaten up.

    once your in, stay out of the arena till Saturday and lie your ass off to get a band at the box office. Your usually going to need a legitimate friend for this as well. And BOOM your in.

    Electric Picnic is an amazing festival and you should consider taking drugs at it.

    From this weekend on I'm changed and I'll never be the same again


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    Hello Im doing my MSC on health and safety attitudes amongst festival attendees. If you would like to help it will only take 5 minutes of your time. Just go to the below link


    Thanks in advance

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    Anyway. Might as well give this a shot...

    On offer for a limited time only: -----Your New Best friend!-----

    Cost: Your spear Rock Werchter ticket! Deal will include the full value you paid for it too- via paypal, online credit card transaction Or Cash In hand.

    Your are purchasing a one in a lifetime offer for a new best friend for the Rock Werchter Festival 2012. A chilled out, fun, 20year old student with an obsession with music and festivals

    Your new best friend will do awesome things for you!

    Single? He’ll be your full time wingman

    Not single? He’ll help you defend your misses from the French!

    Do drugs? He’ll share his and help you get some

    Don’t do drugs: He won’t do drugs and get drunk with you instead

    Don’t drink or do Drugs: He’ll walk around the festival in a Nun Costume preaching how bad it is to do drugs & Drink

    Smoke? He’ll roll your fags

    Don’t smoke? Good for you J

    Want to party all night? He’ll stay up with you

    Want to go to bed? He won’t keep you up

    Feeling down? He’ll give you a hug

    Feeling cold? He’ll lend you a blanket and give you a hug

    Can’t put up a Tent? He used to be a scout and is an expert at putting up tents

    Need help carrying stuff? He’ll try and help...

    Can’t Cook? Nor can he, But he knows how to fry an egg

    Need someone to see bands with you? He’ll go see them with you

    Can’t speak a foreign language? Nor can he, but is fun to try anyway

    Need someone to travel with? He’ll travel with you

    Want to laugh? Knows plenty of jokes


    Random Facts about the Ocean & science from a Marine Biologist

    Guitar* (may be played badly)

    Super Noodles! Gas stove and kettle

    Fully trained first aider (Hse First aid at work)

    Free Banter- generally up for doing most things :/

    Massages if necessary(No homo)

    Someone to laugh at, particularly as he’s prone to falling over and cocking up

    Fancy dress options available

    Terms And conditions

    The Best friend reserves to rights to see: The Cure, Justice, Mumford and sons, The XX and The chilles.

    The best friend reserves the right to not be exploited

    Your best friend will try and travel with you unless your flying, because he’s poor.

    Drugs refers to weed, your purchasing a heroin addict!

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    Personally i Ride a 125 Motorcycle Cheap and uses less fuel, this helps the environment!

    But to get to Leeds or Wickerman from Glasgow? er i dont think so? What about a car, NO! too much traffic!!! and Co2!

    Coach or bus is ok but personally i think that LUXURY PRIVATE COACH is the future of travel to a festival, you can choose a DVD or Music for the journey and if you get a 77 seat coach then theres a toilet and a separate wash room, loads of space for luggage and a stop on the way for the smokers or to stretch your legs.


    But what do you think?

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    The Magic of WOMADelaide 2009


    Peter Dawson

    The Kaurna cultural custodians of the South Australia's Adelaide plains were represented by a trio of women elders, who warmly welcomed the festival-goers to the three-day event over the first weekend in March. Wrapped in dark furred cloaks Joan Lamont, Josie Agius and May Turner spoke in both Kaurna and English to welcome locals and visitors alike and explained aspects of the Red Kangaroo Dreaming of the area known as Tarndanyungga.

    Led by Karl Winda Telfer the ochre-painted Paitya dance group came onstage, carrying shields and clacking spear-like sticks to traditional song in a warlike but welcoming manner. Then the mood changed to a contemporary vibe as the graceful girls of the Port Adelaide based Kurruru Youth Performing Arts Company simulated the soaring of a flock of birds. One young dancer, Jessica Gray said that her nerves soon disappeared with the excitement of performing for such a huge crowd.

    First up on the main stage the Bedouin Jerry Can Band sat before a ‘desert shelter’ and sang, played flutes, hand drums, plus an ammunition case and jerry can (salvaged from the 1967 Sinai War). In tune with our own wide, dry land the band’s desert-wandering lifestyle, came through strongly in its music, echoing much of the cultural life of central Australian communities. As the turbaned musicians created such a good groove it was impossible for those in the crowd to sit still, the rhythms and haunting melodies positive and totally invigorating.

    Dan Sultan and his band were in full-tilt boogie mode at the Zoo stage, his fiery delivery backed by the ample force of a tight horn section, while guitarist Scott Wilson played some very tasteful licks, and I loved his version of the Rolling Stones’ ‘Happy’.

    Arte Kanela showed immense passion, as the Tedesco brothers led their Flamenco dancers and musicians through routines so full of precision, yet dripping with ardour.

    Natasha Atlas is an Egyptian-English diva who has collaborated with Transglobal Underground and Jah Wobble, and her grasp of fusion is marvellous, with Middle-Eastern intonation spicing up a cover of soul classic ‘I Put a Spell on You’, along with her exotic compositions.

    Sa Ding Ding thrilled the rapt audience with her well choreographed show, featuring a combination of Hong Kong film costumes, acrobatic male dancers and the lady’s operatic voice; all held together by the fusion of folksong and techno beats.

    Day two dawned sunny with the sky painted with clouds of all shapes and textures, and firing up stage one Nigeria’s grand master of drumkit Tony Allen had the early punters in the mood for some spicy African rhythms with his youthful vibrant band.

    Mikidache had been a guest artist at The Dreaming 2008, and this time he had brought a small ensemble, including two vivacious singers from Madagascar and a Guinean percussionist. His songs were soulful and his intricate and delicate guitar picking style was most impressive; from Mayotte in the Indian Ocean Mikidache was a dynamic entertainer at the All-Star Jam and in his own vibrant sets.

    At the Zoo end of the site Seckou Keita SKQ was in exceptional form as the bandleader tickled the 22-string kora with furious fire; his gorgeous singer Binta Susso warbling angelically through the melodious cadences from the violin of Samy Bishai; Italian bassist Davide Mantovani laying down a solid foundation with percussionist Surahata Susso.

    Heading for a late lunch I was totally sidetracked when I caught the northern English accent of Rachael Unthank & The Winterset, from Tyneside, UK performing traditional ditties, comic scenarios, a clog dance and an often dark and moody dirge.

    The star of the festival was undoubtedly Elcho Island legend Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, having won ARIA and Deadly awards last year, plus being the subject of the winner of the Archibald Prize for Portraiture, who attracted a massive crowd mesmerised by his soaring voice. The Arnhemland saltwater songman is so special his spirituality goes straight to the heart like a spear of love and compassion. His humble delivery and sincerity had the audience spellbound, some with tears in their eyes! Later I sat with Gurrumul and some of his band to hear the equally superb voice of Sa Ding Ding, and he was obviously as entranced by the Chinese diva’s exquisite delivery as we all were!

    Aotearoa (New Zealand) diva Mihirangi was strong in her performance, her voice carried clearly through the cool evening from the cosy Zoo stage with the combination of techno layers and loops adding new dimensions to the traditional aspects of her songs.

    Quite a hot one Sunday and somewhat dusty; my nose feeling like sandpaper on the inside and a chilli for skin! But the music was equally hot, with the Papua New Guinea Tatana Village Choir backed by Melbourne progressive jazz combo VADA. The combination did not appeal to some, however under the direction of virtuoso pianist Aaron Choulai the villagers joyously sang with great gusto and verve; their modal harmonies floated freely juxtaposed with the avant-garde backing.

    Ska Cubano, those suave gents were a big crowd favourite with their reggae flavoured salsa beats, while at the other end of the site Kaki King amazed all with her guitar dexterity and showy finesse.

    Egos Lemos from East Timor is the first international artist to record for Darwin’s indigenous label SkinnyFish, and his is another strong voice for reconciliation, considering the trauma his people underwent in the savage Indonesian colonisation period from 1975 to 1999. His songs are about land, love and life, and as an advocate for permaculture to revitalise the degraded environment and grow sustenance for all, his music reflects his positivity. He also joined Gurrumul onstage to sing an anthemic number with the rousing refrain of ‘Timor Lorosae’, where the two voices intertwined in perfect harmony.

    Internationally renowned Yamitji didjeridu master Mark Atkins has played with Phillip Glass, Sinead O’Connor, London Philharmonic, Jimmy Page and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Looking to re-connect with his own country he has been touring with The Black Arm Band. At WOMADelaide he wowed everyone with his professional virtuosity and solid stamina, cooking up an earthy beat. He was also invited to join the customary All-Star Jam on stage 2 on Sunday where performers from West Africa, England, Papua New Guinea, Europe and the Sahara poured their sounds into a multi-cultural mix.

    WOMADelaide has developed into one of the finest festivals on the planet and is a fabulous showcase for our own Australian musicians, our Australasian neighbours as well as others from all over our world.

  3. Hi,

    This is my first test blog post today is 25th May 2012 and i`m going to start my blog on my new business aventure.....More to follow.. hopefully

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    blog-0628261001337603045.jpgI went to a really cool festival a couple of years ago called SunDance. They are having another one this year in October.

    It is in Turkey. It had a really great vibe with lovely friendly people. It's small which I really liked as you feel completely safe with everyone looking out for each other.

    It was on a private beach, surrounded by mountains, forest and ancient ruins. We were dancing in the sea. Absolutely stunning!

    The music is a variety of different genres ranging from electro house, house, breakbeat and psy trance. The festival this year has got some good names including Tom Real, Aphid Moon and Aliji.

    Most of the tree houses have sold out but they've still got some Turkish tents and camping spaces available.

    I would really recommend it.

    Have a look on: www.facebook.com/#!/groups/110817288964897


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    Girls Just want to have fun ..............

    Cindy Lauper hit the nail on the head with this 80's classic and we at G4G want to prove this.

    Our team are working our little cotton socks off to make the north east's very first all lesbian festival a HUGE success.

    Held at sedgefield race course, Stockton on tees the G4G festival is going to be packed with live music, comedy and games.

    from the 10th till the 13th of August us girls are gonna have fun, making new friends, laughing, smiling, singing and dancing and maybe a little blindating.

    G4G is a festival just for lesbians and their family's with entertainment for everyone from the little kids to the big one's.

    so come on all you gorgeous girlie's lets show them how its done...................

    for more details checkout www.g4gfestival.com

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    I'm taking a break from the cut and thrust of electrical engineering for a well deserved 15 minutes! All my colleagues are out of the office on holiday or out on site so i'm left here fielding everyones calls and answering a heap of questions and queries on issues ranging from power consumption to heat loss and cooling factors.....yes my job really is that interesting.

    I can't wait to get home, crack open a tinny and fire up the playstation, of course not before i've made the kids a meal, tidied the house, bathed the baby, got him to bed, done the dishes and ironed my shirt for tomorrow, should be around 10pm before i finally sit down. :D

    My wife works 2-10 on Wednesdays through to Fridays to save on childcare costs so i'm on house husband duties on those days. Still, i'm quite used to it by now and it's not as bad as all that really, i'd much rather be busy in the comfort of my own home than elsewhere. At least i get to spend some quality time with the kids, well the litle guy at least as he's still much too small to disappear off with his friends as soon as i'm in the house like his sisters do, leaving a trail of untidiness in their wake.

    Right then, enough complaining, i'm off to make myself a cup of tea and then it's back to the grindstone for me, i have many boring tasks to carry out before i can plot my escape :P

  5. Im moving into the house tomorrow....... Am I?? Dare I to believe this?! I've had more false starts in the last 2 months than Doug Ellis has fired Villa managers so I can't quite bring myself to accept that this time tomorrow I'll be unpacking... Last weekend seemed a dead cert for the move...so much so that I turned down the chance of meeting up with 5co77ie to watch Argyle, but at the last minute it was all called off..

    But now we're all exchanged of contracts and its gonna occur!!!

    Cue sorting out phone lines electricity broadband connections and playstation (i know my priorities!)... :ph34r:

    Stay tuned bloggers to see how it all goes tomorrow! :)

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    nice be join this great forum...

  6. Buglet
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    Just got in from seeing Amiina at a small room in the M/cr Accaddemy. f**k a monkey they were good!

    It really helped that the crowd were pretty cool. A band like them needs a respectful quiet audience, and luckily they got it. There was a kind of anti-mosh-pit thing going on where the first few feet of people sat on the floor and watched/listened from a frankly perfect viewpoint.

    In case anyone is unaware. they are Sigur Ros' string section that usually play as support act to them during the past couple of years. Staying true to their oddball beginings they played an erncore with 4 woodsaws played with bows. The fect that they did that and it sounded perfect is a testament to how good they really are. They've recently added vocals to their repetoir, but they do these in a choral phonic way that fits so well with their sound.

    I have no idea how many dates they are playing over here, but if you get the chance go see 'em. The least you'll get is a unique musical experience, if you are in the right frame of mind you'll also see one of the best live outfits around doing beautiful stuff you've never dreamed of.

    They are selling their album on tour, it apparently doesn't get properly released for about another month but it is well worth a punt.

  7. The Hop Farm Festival, this years line up is now complete. The View, Ash and British Sea Power are the latest hot acts to be added to the already scorching hot bill at this year’s eagerly awaited Hop Farm Festival. Joining them are highly acclaimed Irish rising stars Bell X1, the explosive Brummie indie trio Johnny Foreigner, brothers in arms The Chapman Family, fashion label Dior’s band du jour Eight Legs.

  8. Hi,

    I am currently in my final year of a BA (Hons) Event Management degree, and am doing my dissertation on waste management at Leeds and Reading festival.

    Please only complete the survey if you attended either festival in 2011. It will take 5 minutes and will be of huge help to my research.

    Thankyou very much for taking the time to complete the survey.

    (Just click on the link below and the survey will open automatically)


    Source: A survey of waste management initiatives at Leeds and Reading festival

  9. bunique
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    Terribly chirpy today. Doesn't the sunshine just make life better? No teaching today, 3-day weekend and nothing to do all weekend - bliss!

    Happy bank holiday all!


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    Hey guy's, just a quick blog.

    I am 15 and currently doing a Creative and Media diploma. At the moment we are planning a festival. It will be held on the 14th January at Hillcrest school and sixth form centre in Bartley Green, Birmingham. It will be between the times of 2pm and 5pm (possibly later) and we are aiming to get an audience of over 200 people.

    We are looking for people to run small stalls at the festival. Its a family friendly festival and there will be a small fee.

    Please mail me if you are interested or need more information.



  10. Would you believe it.....no work today....I can stay in bed for as long as I want to....so ....I'm up and about at 6.00am.... B)

    Well I did have to get up and move my car...as I kind of abandoned it last night.....but still....am I that conditioned into early rising ??

    Went out visiting last night....on the hunt for some sedation....major drought round here....found someone to share what they had with me, which was very nice....even more reason to sleep in.....had lots of calls and texts about the weather this weekend at Beautiful Days....they've nearly talked me into taking my car...(so that I can fill it full of stuff), instead of getting a lift with me fat old mate Andy....I spose....I could take a comfy bed, instead of the much hated sleeping bag.....Hmmm....comfy bed/ much hated sleeping bag....comfy bed/ much hated sleeping bag.....Arghhhh...dilema....

    P'raps a hot bath and more bed......

  11. Last week my Da had to go see his Consultant at the hospital, After 30 yrs of illness he finally got a diagnosis last yr of " Palindromic Rheumatism " From what we have read online, etc its quite a rareish illness and its blinking hard to diagnose,

    Last week my parents arrived at my house my Ma was quite agitated, My Da was upset but was boiling ...

    From what transpired my father was made to feel like he was wasting consultants time .. He has to have blood tests every 2 weeks with regards his drugs .. ( at gp,s ) ...

    The consultant said my father didnt need the blood tests every couple of weeks any more , My ma only a mere mortal pointed out that my da was on a drugs trial and surely would require more monitoring as per instruction from himself ( consultant ) Who had advised this trail would last 12 mnths .. ( da,s been on drugs 6 mnths) His organs are at great risk .. He took this trail becuase of pain ... So needs some sort of reassurance every couple of weeks ..

    The consultant then got really arsey with my da , My fathers Irish and sometimes his accent is slightly hard to understand ..I mean VERY slightly , He suddenly turned ... Stating loudly sorry I dont understand a word your saying ...( my da has lived in UK for 35 yrs ... ) As you can imagine the room became quite HOT ........ nothing was resolved , He even asked wether my father needed an interpreter, My parents calmly stood up and left ...But before they left Outpatients my mother sort of made a largish speech ( stood on a chair ) addressing the queue ... warning the poor souls of their inpending visit to consultant ,

    I,m happy they are my parents , They stand up to the establishment quite often ... I had a childhood of hanging about nuclear installations, Fighting the cause.......... Getting arrested etc ... ( not me mother) ...

    Not bad for a 60 yr old .. Just wish she,d slow down ..

  12. . :( I love events and celebrations and environmental festivals.

    Anything going, live drama and music performance to close off this year. Love being part of an organisation, doing good for others. Seeing shows and concerts. Love theatres. Miss the trill of being on stage in theatres and behind the scene.

    Nothing like being part of something. Love mixing, being with a group of people sharing similar interests. No age limit. All abillities acceptable.

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    Ok, so my consultant is an idiot, we KNEW this from the begining....

    I mean, the man looks just like Rob Brydon, and is unable to go a full sentance without saying "umm" or repeating himself. But ya know, he is curing my cancer and all that, so I've been letting things lie, but now he really has proved his moronity ( i invented a word to express my rage)

    Cause Reginald (my cancer) is being akward, my chemo dates have been moved forward, which means that my last chemo (well, the last of the planned 6) is exactly a week prior to the day I go to V festival, which means that my check up date is at the same time i should be getting onto a train to Stafford.

    Well I've expressed my concern with this, and asked if i can come in a day early, which apparently is fine, according to some other consultant i deal with when Rob Brydon is busy, but the worry is, my blood count will get very low whilst i'm away.


    and every time it happens, they give me some pills and some stuff to inject myself with to raise my bloodcount, so why can't they just give that to me on the thursday? Because Rob isn't sure, and even though he was supposed to decide if i could or not on friday, he said to call him next week.

    Yes, the man DOES know that i need to know, that i have to sell the ticket if i cant go, that i had to borrow money from my godfather to afford this grand weekend out, but does he care? No, not really.

    The man doesnt care about my pains and nausea, he says nothing can help, he won't prescribe me medical marijuana, he just tells me i'll have to deal with the pains and sickness, well i smoke this spliff in your name Rob Brydon, for all the confusion and akwardness you cause, thanks a million!!!

  13. carley
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    Just having a quick read of that last blog, oh dearie me.

    That's it now. I will NOT allow myself to get that bad again, all these blogs of mine seem to do is moan moan moan. Well no more. From now on it's happiness and rainbows and bunnies and sunshine and sparkly happy joy joy. :(

    So nuh :(