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  1. http://www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/ouatitw/2016/galleries.shtml - efest photos.....
  2. I find each wet one a trial in it's own way. 1997 was the worst for me - the last year we did as punters and slept in the car for 4 nights. Now the site has drainage, properly controlled pedestrian flows and all sorts of other infrastructure. Considering this and the state of some of the backstage areas that crew are having to live and work in, I'd say that this year was one of the worst. It took two tractors 2 1/2 hours to pull our bus out. On the up side I'm now the same belt size as I was at the end of last season and more importantly, I'm ever so grateful that we don't have to live like that like some poor people not a million miles away from our shores.
  3. Under 500 adult tickets left now.No idea how quickly they will go, but if they carry on selling as they have done over the last week, we will have sold out by the first week in June
  4. I'm a similar age and we produce The Rusty Spurs ( Wild West) and play in a couple of bands ( The Boot Hill All Stars & The Back Wood Redeemers). Yep its tiring if you are wanting to roam around all day, but Neil has pretty much summed it up. I really enjoy the mix of ages, but there's a fair few ( loads) of the over 40's hanging out up townJust to add....the whole thing is a fully interactive theatrical experience - you can take part as much or as little as you fancy. There's a sitewide storyline that each area participates in, with own theatrical direction. Last year punters really got involved, did citizenship tests ( getting stuff from each area), dressed for their chosen camping areas etc etc......or wandered around, watched bands and watched the world go by....or both. I'm blown away by the enormity of the concept and how it's working - and it's a LOT of fun
  5. Got some great news today..we've been given a permanent license by the authorities!!!! It's been a load of hard work by all involved...us, crew and lovely punters
  6. The Back Wood Redeemers are a new project with promises of Dark Blues, Twisted Country and Religious Fervor. We've got a few festivals and gigs coming up over the coming year.....
  7. Yarp - here's the line up Still a couple to announce as yet.. The Destroyers, Urban Voodoo Machine, Frenzy, Gadje Scum, Pronghorn, The Skimmity Hitchers,Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam 6, First Degree Burns, The Boot Hill All Stars, Dana Immanuel & The Stolen Band, Hodmadoddery, Funke and The Two Tone Baby, Mr Tea & The Minions, Dub Class, Black Water County, Catratchers, The Inbredz, Key Lime Pie, The Kings of Outer Space, Mantic Muddlers , Muff Said, Poor Old Dogs, The Severed Limb, Sneak Eazies, Some Dogs, Gin Bowlers, Captain Cactus & The Screaming Harlots, La Flunch, Dusk at Dawns, Nick Parker & The False Alarms, The Malarchy Band, Calico Jack, Immigrant Swing and introducing The Back Wood Redeemers
  8. We've tickled your fancy with the releases so far, but not really let too much out about what is coming up. So on 18th Jan 2016 we'll be releasing the rest of the actsto date, inc 5 more headliners - bands from Bristol to Belgium and right across the spectrum of Rockabilly, Ska, Dub, Klezmer and beyond. Also some news on new things planned, new people onboard and the bit that everyone loves - Perry's new artwork!
  9. Yep - we're back for 2016.....As the description says - it's a great time in a field - simple as, but more than just the music We're going to be doing a big release of all acts in Jan 2016, but to give you a taste so far... The Destroyers Louis Barrabas & The Bedlam Six Skimmity Hitchers Dana Immanuel & The Stolen Band Some Dogs & plenty of Ska, swing, cowpunk, bluegrass, folk, dub, rockabilly & more headliners to be announced.
  10. Blowing own trumpet, but do have a look at Once Upon a Time in the West Festival. Its run by a team who work/have worked Glastonbury, Boomtown, Endorse it in Dorset, Bearded Theory etc. Emphasis is on a grand old time with ska, swing, bluegrass, cowpunk, folk - list goes on. Tends on more of the " underground" bands, so previous acts have been Zen Hussies, Los Albertos ( who picked it as one of the few the played when getting back together for one season this year), Curtis Eller American Circus....This year we have The Destroyers, Dana Immanuel & The Stolen Band, Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam 6 and loads more to come ( including more headliners). Really friendly vibe and £65+bf - down in Wiltshire 14-17th July. Website is on partly updated, so FB page is a bit more on it atm. Big launch in Jan with the new artwork, bands etc
  11. Yep - that was my booking. We had a few last minute ones pull - bands split, couldn't make it etc. This was after the whole thing had gone to press. Times and line-ups were outside the venue each day on the blackboard. Like Kerplunk said, these things happen, frustrating though it is
  12. and....and The Carny Villains !!!! Ticket update .. We have plenty of adult & car passes left, as we have upped the numbers on the license, but please bear in mind that we've already sold more tickets than for the whole of last years sell out event ( was on a smaller 499 cap) Of other tickets, we have left... 5 x 12 and under tickets, 3 x youth tickets & 17 x live-in vehicle passes. Word is very much out & about on this one....set to be a top Westcountry party
  13. Soo - more updates... Flipron have now been added to the bill, we have a new website ( although still being added to ) at www.outwestfestival.co.uk and we also have a brand spanking new licence, all signed off and sealed - splendid
  14. Sooo, for those of you not on FB here's a quick band update and in no particular order Meow Meows Doghouse BB The Boot Hill All Stars Inbredz Screaming Miss Jackson & the Slap ya Momma Big Band Shootin The Crow Curtis Ellers American Circus Johnny Cage & Voodoo Groove Poor Old Dogs Goat Ropers Rodeo Band JC & Hopeess Sinners United Stoats of America Quinns Quinney The Tatsmiths Cut Capers Zen Hussies Railroad Bill Ushti Babar JUnior Bill & The Scallies Rhythmites Los Albertos Hot Tin Roofs Buffos Wake Hodmaddodery Jack Ratts Gaz Brookfield Electro Swing/Ghetto Funk DJ's - Don Johnston ( Electro Swing, Glitch Hop etc) Slim Shaney ( Ghetto Funk from Shane Eat Static/Circus Warp) & more bands and DJ's tba!! plus real ales, handmade ciders, premium lagers, quality vittals and random nonsense all set in the Wiltshire Heartlands
  15. Happy New Year All. It would appear that half the country was struck down with man-flu of some sort or other, so just to cheer people up , we had a bit of an early release over the season. Here's what happened... Here it is....you asked for more Reggae/Dub, so for us the choice was obvious!.....if you didn't catch them first time round now's your chance..25years since the release of their first album, with an international career taking them to festivals all over the UK and into Europe..we are ecstaticly pleased that they can do the gig it's West Country Legends.... Rhythmites!!!!!!