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PLEASE HELP!From: A survey of waste management initiatives at Leeds and Reading festival

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) http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WH6HNJP Source: A survey of waste management initiatives at Leeds and Reading festival

robsearle123

robsearle123

 

A survey of waste management initiatives at Leeds and Reading festival 2011

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) http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WH6HNJP

robsearle123

robsearle123

 

please let me know if you like my idea !

Hi ... i'd just like to ask if it would be possible for you to give me feedback for my uni work? I'm currently studying advertising and have been tasked with a project where I have to create something with the Apple brand for music festival goers via a form of social media. I have come up with a concept and would love to have some feedback from you as you are part of my target audience. My concept is the following; "Jam with a Music Artist" -- Apple will be hosting an annual online music festival using facetime (an online media form where a person can talk to another person live via video calls), but using an altered format. Facetime will be tweaked to allow up to 6 people in any given video call/chat, and will also have a musical instrument component added to it, whereby a person who signs into facetime can select an instrument to play. There will be music artists online on facetime waiting for people to create music with and converse with. Non-apple users may join in by visiting an Apple store, all of which will be dedicated to this online festival for that day. The basic idea is that people who sign into this online festival can create/recreate music with a music artist live on facetime. There will also be an option to buy the track(s) you create on iTunes. To see rough visuals, please feel free to visit this blog; http://dfasocialmedia.tumblr.com/ I would love to know if this concept appeals to you? If so/if not, why? Thank you

ena

ena

 

Festival Stalls

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. Thanks, Tammy.

TammySeers

TammySeers

 

My Electric picnic experiences 2011

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. 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 . 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 . 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 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. Bluer....... 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 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 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. Conclusions MDMA is a quality drug 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?". . 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 Go BUZZING By towly22 at 2011-09-06

Donagh

Donagh

 

What kind of f**kery is this? - Amy Winehouse RIP

I'm not one to get all mawkish about the death of someone I don't know. And if you try juggling knives then why be surprised if they cut you? She did what she did and the consequences are hers. All the same - and I don't say this lightly - the world of music has lost a huge talent. In the 13 years I've been writing about festivals and the acts I've seen there, I can't think of any act who's talent has jumped out and grabbed me in such a strong way as Amy Winehouse. I first saw Amy and heard her music when she was on the Jonathan Ross Show in 2003 or 2004. While what she played wasn't my thing it was impossible to not be struck by her authenticity and talent. On the basis of that I first saw Amy perform live on the Jazzworld Stage at Glastonbury Festival in 2004 (when she was promoting her debut album 'Frank'), and was hugely impressed. I saw her again a few weeks later at T in the Park and that was re-enforced. And then at Summer Sundae that same year, as a sub-headlining and not-cut-down set I saw her at what for me was her best - a charisma and talent that told me she'd be a huge star. Summer Sundae 2004 In 2005 at Cornbury Festival I forced some friends to see her. They knew her only from snippets on TV and hadn't liked what they'd seen, but couldn't help but agree with me after having the full experience. The words they used were "jaw droppingly amazing". The next summer (2006) saw her at Bestival, doing 'Valerie' with Mark Ronson as a cameo. The words from my review of that festival say "a guest appearance from a stick-thin Amy Winehouse – pure class!". Yet while I said 'stick-thin' - something which to me was very noticable - that was her fat compared to what she was to become. But her slide had clearly begun. Fast forward to the summer of 2007. 'Back in Black' had been released in October 2006 and deservedly went massive, and she was now a huge star and a tabloid fascination - with her publicly displayed problems detailed almost daily. While I was grabbing a beer backstage at Glastonbury's Jazzworld she wandered in with friends who looked like they had similar 'issues', and pushed past me to get to the bar - not that she needed more intoxicants by the look of her. Later that day she was a disappointment with her Jazzworld set, while her Pyramid Stage performance the next day was even more shambolic. It didn't take a genius to guess where it might end. Today she's being put in the '27 club' of talented musicians who died at that young age. To my mind she's deserving of the comparison by her talent, but sadly not with her output - just two albums (and one of those passed most people by) is a poor amount in comparison to those others. Musicians come and go, and some leave something lasting behind. She's left us her music, but with her death it's music that's the loser. There's so much more she could have been, there's so much more she could have left us. What a waste!

Neil

Neil

 

bands I've seen ... but wished I hadn't (Part 1)

What you like is what you like; you don't have to agree with me. Ali Campbell UB40's ex-frontman is now out on his own. The fall-out with his brother and other UB40 members looks like it's pretty large - perhaps as large as Ali himself now is in his ill-fitting suits - because the set contained absolutely no original UB40 compositions as far as I could tell. All you get linking back to then is the classic covers - 'Red Red Wine', 'Kingston Town', and the like. Meanwhile, Ali himself puts in very little effort, crooning away and hoping that by charisma alone he can pull it off. Sorry Ali, but you just don't. James Blunt Just about everyone's favourite rhyming slang, everyone's favourite hate figure, even James' quite often - he's not scared to take the piss out of himself .... but it's not like he's short of reasons why. He might sell shit loads of records but they're surely being sold to the Westlife crowd who wouldn't know a challenging composition if it hit them in the face. Status Quo could show Blunt an extra chord. Perhaps Blunt manages an endearing performance. I wouldn't know, I was long gone.

Neil

Neil

 

arrival Glastonbury 2011

Here we are again. We arrived in the campervan fields yesterday. The journey in the campervan uneventful. We set up the awning, and settled back in the long grass and the sunshine. Z was excited as her school is out the way, it's the first year she is able to come before Friday. As the sun set we lit the BBQ, and suppered on burgers and haloumi. A few beers, and the obligatory look at the site at night all lit up and waiting for us it was off to bed. We were woken by voices, and the trudged of boots, the queues of people in wet weather gear, masses of em all the way up to e24, we wandered over to see the site in daylight, and got back to the van just as the heavens opened. Now we air and listen to the rain as the sodden arrivals trudged past with theory trolleys and barrows. Day one has begun...

5co77ie

5co77ie

 

Relentless NASS Festival

So yesterday I got confirmation that I’ll have press access to NASS Festival 2011. I’ve been the past few years as a punter and it has never failed to disappoint. This year looks even crazier than before! The festival has certainly upped its game in terms of music and sports. With Nero and Sub Focus- two of the biggest dubstep and drum and bass producers playing the main stage on the Friday night and then Tinie Tempah fronting the main stage on the Saturday night. With Millencolin, Cancer Bats and We are the Ocean playing the Kerrang Stage over the weekend there’s something to keep everyone partying long into the early hours of the morning! However, my highlight of the weekend has got to be the absolutely nuts line up on the Drum and Bass Arena. You have the who’s who of drum and bass and dubstep on this stage across the weekend. Not many festivals can boast having acts the calibre of Dirty Phonics Live, DJ Fresh, DJ Hype, Breakage, Netsky, Loadstar, and Flux Pavilion all on one stage over two nights. Having witnessed this stage the past few years I’ve attended the atmosphere will definitely be absolutely electric in there! If you’re going for the sports you are definitely not going to be disappointed. The World Cup of Street skateboarding competition will be rolling into town again for NASS with big names such as Mike Vallely, Rodolfo Ramos and Ben Grove all competing. The World Rolling Series which is inline skating’s international league will be at Relentless NASS for it’s 3rd year running and is bound to be another massive hit with riders such as Sam Tufnell, Nick Lomax and Chaz Sands in attendance. However, year on year the festivals highlight is always the BMX park competition with riders putting their bodies on the line to win the cash prize. This year is not going to be any different with an increased prize purse and a brand new park. With riders such as Mark Webb, Harry Main and Ben Wallace all fighting for the top prize of £5,000 this year is going to be one of the best yet. Other sports on offer are FMX, which this year has a brand new competition format, King of Dirt MTB Championship, slalom skating and many more. I will be covering all aspects of the festival so keep an eye out for photos, ramblings and general goings on about the Relentless NASS Festival 2011. Photos will be published throughout the weekend so even if you’re not at the festival (and if so why the hell not?) you will be kept up to date with what is happening. There’s so much more to this festival that I can’t fit into this release so if you want even more information on the festival then please visit www.relentlessnass.co.uk. The festival runs from 8th-10th July at Bath and West Showground. Nice one, Richard Cook www.richardcookmedia.co.uk Photo Credits – www.relentlessnass.co.uk

Richard-Cook-Media

Richard-Cook-Media

 

HELP

I went to TITP last year and it literally was the best weekend of my life. Anyone else agree? Since last year I have moved to Australia with my family but I am returning to Scotland in July for TITP 2011. I was informed that my ticket would probably not get to me before I leave to go to Scotland so I am now collecting it at the box office. Has anyone else had to do this? What must I bring as confirmation and will I be able to line up with my friends as normal etc or will I have to go to a different entrance or something?? Any information on this would be much appreciated. I am really freaking out that I won't have my ticket in advance!

clareframe

clareframe

 

No Festivals booked! Whats Goin' On?

Yes - We had decided we would give Glastonbury a miss this year - but the intention was to do at least a couple of others - not sure how that is going to pan out - we will see - I think my priorities have changed - yes Trudi sort of likes festivals and it has really helped her with dealing with noise and crowds but really she mostly liked them becase she missed a bit of school here and there - plus she is going to be at secondary come September and I dont want her skipping any school there if I can help it - having said that -2013 will be the last chance for her to be "free" at Glastonbury so I think we will have to do that one even if it means going on Friday. By that time she might be well into allsorts of music and begging? - maybe she will have a friend to come too - that would be Great - we shall see - so for now its a holiday to look forward to for us - my Brother moving to Barcelona to run a B & B Boat in the marina - should be nice and then a caravan hol no doubt later in the summer. I fear that maybe well and truly all we can stretch to - still a change is good as a rest - and a rest is good for a change? or something lke that ??? I did go through a bit of a downer since posting last- I am coming up I think ... I hope... its all a matter of state of mind - its amazing what you can tell yourself and believe lol - am I deceiving myself - well in the end of it who cares as long as we are happy! Health is pretty rubbish - but now the cold weather seems to be finally over - im aiming to jump back on and start back up! Another reason for not camping/ festivaling is we have 2 outfits now in our yard and both are in a sorry state - 1 i dont want to part with for sentimental reasons and the other I hate with a passion - a rapido folding caravan hate HATE H A T E !!- I want another Dandy a light blue one with matching awning -I dont mind it being a 5 berth (like our old one but Darren wants a 6 ! it doesnt really matter as long as its in good nic. Once we sort that out then Im sure the festy fever will take hold again. Will be strange to watch on TV this year and it will be a 2 year Break but Im thinking 2013 could be AMAzinG after a big gap - maybe we will go without Trudi - No i couldnt do that. Anyway there you go

jacketspud

jacketspud

 

Green Festivals

Hay Guys Im doing a project for my 4th year at Uni about festivals and there 'Green' policies. If any of you have been to Glastonbury, Bestival, Leefest or Beachbreak it would be great if you could fill in a little survey for me. It will take less than 5 minutes and sorry but those under the age of 16 can't participate. Thanks all, i look forwards to hearing your comments Please use the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/greenfestivals

tikitiamy

tikitiamy

 

what is life for?

Hi all im Mark manager of Portsmouth band what is lfe for? the band have been booked to play at this years Guil Fest on Friday 15th July on the Rocksound stage. The band also release their new double a side single on the 16th April on the new Quay West Records which i am running check out www.mltmanagement@live.co.uk for up to date information

rancid

rancid

 

"JOYEUX NOEL" STILL = JOEL

Everybody has him on their minds - everybody knew they would - its been a strange couple of months - Things like this can lay you bare / expose you if you are brave enough? You let it happen and hopefully get through it - I am not depressed and I am surprised at that but I also know that any time that old devil can sneak up on you and this is the time it tends to happen. Instead of getting him (Joel) a £20 in a xmas card as it would have been if he hadnt been taken from us - Instead im getting a picture plaque (of him) and im going up to where it happend and im going to glue it on a post and im going to put a daffodil bulb in the ground for him - I need somewhere to go - a physical place and maybe the spot where it happened isnt the best place/but maybe it is? but its the closest place to me - I know we could plant something in our garden and make a place to visit there but im not sure I want to be in this house forever and then it would be hard to know that it would not be anymore. So thats my plan if I get it in time before Christmas - its funny what with cremations and such there is sometimes no particular spot to go and im not sure if that is a good thing? - I remember going in my own good time to my Uncles grave when I was a young teenager and just sitting down there with him and I did feel connected. I want somewhere for Trudi and also Jack and his other siblings to be able to go - I know they are working on something but I cant wait too long myself I need somewhere now. Im impatient me. I have a present for his girlfriend who I dont really know that well - I just wanted to get her something from Joel sort of thing on his behalf. I always remember a Christmas decoration of my mums - one said "Joy" and one said "Noel" and they came apart and so we made "Joel" and it just came to my mind.Joel loved to read infact he remind me of my Brother in that respect - it is not one of my passions - I confess - I wish I liked books but for some reason or another they dont hold my attention. I do not read many non fiction books I perfer biographies - dont know why that is.. anyway I remember on that night seeing the book laid out that he was in the middle of "Hamlet" of all things! I have it on my ds so Im giving it ago - and im enjoying it - so thanks Joel! I really want to help my sister but I dont know how. I know she has a lot on her plate and with this happening has probably opened a can of worms - I really hope things do get better for her - things will never be the same again but I keep thinking things / relationships should only grow stronger from this - family despite all our flaws / differing personalities we have genes in common, memories and the family that we share our own little kingdoms that need to be expanded and not drawn in to our tiny 4 walls . To find people strengths / weaknesses and build upon try and make things stronger ready for the next one because as we know there always will be a next one (in the family) its just usually someone older but no time is ever a good time to lose someone special so we need to be strong - thats all I keep thinking about - Im still trying to gather everybody up and shed a bit of light - but it can be messy and it can be daunting - I feel better for explaining to Daryl about my guilt about not seeing them as much at home over the last few years - but of course they were becoming men - with their own groups of friends and of course they always had each other too - I just wanted him to know we are always here for him now 24/7 if he needs us - it was so nice to meet his friends - it made my Birthday having them come and stay over. Anyway a note about the "inner" kingdom - ( us 3 plus cat ) - Trudi is doing so well with the Diabetes - she sometimes surprises me in such a good way - I couldnt be more proud! Darren has been fantastic too with all this - I know how much this last few months has shaken his world. Like I say I am quietly proud of myself - I know Im doing quite well (for me) so I am giving myself a pat on the back but I think Joel has a part in all this and I feel there is definately a part of him with me now that has changed me a little bit and I hope forever. Youre Gorgeous Joel - inside and out man ! Youll be forever Young ..... forever with us x. Whos to reason with the Why - we just have to get on with the Now Shuang and family are coming to visit so I hope that goes well - im sure it will and then we can get Christmas out of the way lol and see what 2011 has in store for our little kingdom and country too ! ( just to say sorry for any sp mistakes the spell check has gone and walked where has it gone?)

jacketspud

jacketspud

 

Gig and Festival List

Gig and Festival List ------------2006------------ Give It A Name Festival 2006 At Earls Court on Sunday 30th April Guns N Roses At Hammersmith Apollo on Wednesday 7th June Foo Fighters At London Hyde Park on Saturday 17th June Lostprophets At Brixton Academy on Friday 7th July Red Hot Chili Peppers At Earls Court on Friday 14th July Aiden Victory Records Tour At London Astoria on Saturday 23rd September Panic! At The Disco At Brixton Academy on Monday 23rd October Enter Shikari At London Astoria on Saturday 4th November Dragonforce At London Astoria on Wednesday 13th December Iron Maiden At Earls Court on Friday 22nd December ------------2007------------ Bullet For My Valentine At Hammersmith Apollo on Monday 8th January Lostprophets At Wembley Arena on Sunday 22nd April Give It A Name Festival 2007 At Earls Court on Friday 27th April until Sunday 29th April Aerosmith Hyde Park Calling At London Hyde Park on 24th June Live Earth At Wembley Stadium on 7th July Metallica At Wembley Stadium on 8th July Foo Fighters V Festival 2007 At Hylands Park Chemlsford on Saturday 18th August Reading Festival 2007 At Little John's Farm on Friday 24th August until Sunday 26th August Orson At Camden Barfly on Wednesday 26th September Mindless Self Indulgence At Electric Ballroom on Thursday 11th October Black Stone Cherry At London Astoria on Wednesday 31st October Foo Fighters At London O2 Arena on Sunday 18th November Atreyu At London Astoria on Monday 19th November Taste of Chaos Tour 2007 At Brixton Academy on Wednesday 28th November Funeral For A Friend At London Astoria on Saturday 8th December ------------2008------------ Avenged Sevenfold At Brixton Academy on Thursday 24th January Linkin Park At London O2 Arena on Monday 28th January Aiden London Astoria on Wednesday 9th April Mindless Self Indulgence At London Astoria on Sunday 20th April Avril Lavigne At London O2 Arena on Wednesday 4th June Foo Fighters At Wembley Stadium on Saturday 7th June Lostprophets 11th June - Astoria Linkin Park & Jay Z At Milton Keynes Bowl on Sunday 29th June Reading Festival 2008 At Little John's Farm on Friday 22nd August until Sunday 24th August Metallica At London O2 Arena on Monday 15th September Taste of Chaos Tour 2008 At London Astoria on Wednesday 15th October Lee Evans At Wembley Arena on Friday 31st October Bullet For My Valentine At Alexandra Palace on Saturday 15th November Black Stone Cherry At Brixton Academy on Sunday 14th December ------------2009------------ AC/DC At London O2 Arena on Tuesday 14th April Tiesto At Privilege, Ibiza on Monday 6th July Exit Festival 2009 At the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, Serbia on Thursday 9th July until Sunday 12th July Sonisphere Festival 2009 At Knebworth House on Saturday 1st until Sunday 2nd August The Offspring At Brixton Academy on Wednesday 25th August Reading Festival 2009 At Little John's Farm on Friday 28th August until Sunday 30th August Lostprophets At HMV Forum London on Thursday 22nd October Green Day 23rd October At London O2 Arena on Friday 23rd October Moby (Unplugged) At Palace Theatre London on Sunday 15th November Them Crooked Vultures At O2 Academy Birmingham on Monday 14th December ------------2010------------ Lostprophets At DeMontfort Hall Leicester on Thursday 4th February Rage Against The Machine At Finsbury Park on Sunday 6th June Download Festival 2010 Donnington Park on Friday 11th June until Sunday 13th June Glastonbury Festival 2010 At Worthy Farm on Wednesday 23rd June until Sunday 27th June Sonisphere Festival 2010 At Knebworth House on Saturday 30th July until Sunday 1st August Reading Festival 2010 At Little John's Farm on Friday 27th August until Sunday 29th August ------------2011------------ Foo Fighters At Milton Keynes Bowl on Saturday 2nd July Foo Fighters At Milton Keynes Bowl on Sunday 3rd July

Azzy G

Azzy G

 

Thinking of You!

Well first can I give a little catch up we went to Glasto with daughter and friend and it went well ... I think - was tough in places but I much prefer having to deal with Heat than Mud/Rain . Trudi's little Chinese friend Shuang left us at the start of the summer holidays - She is back with her family and although its not perfect for them (at the moment anyway) I think it was best for us and Shuang. Trudi seemed to get increasingly uptight and it was going to ruin their friendship - Turns out that she was leading up to getting type 1 diabetes - we don't know exactly when her pancreas finally gave out but it was sometime after her 10th Birthday and her starting year 6. So we spent a few days in hospital her and I . When it happens to you ( a parent ) you cant imagine anything worse - I know the worse it can mean and I know the best it can be (my dad has had it since he was 14 without too much problem up till now) little did I know that a few weeks down the line we would be hit with even more shocking news that puts Trudi's getting diabetes into the bigger picture. Joel my second eldest Nephew who came to see Trudi in hospital just 2 weeks earlier was on the 13th October hit by a car whilst crossing a busy road to cycle home from his girlfriends house - It happened just up the road form us and the police called us that night - I went to my sister and she said I shouldn't see him she believed he was already gone and I hope/think she was right.. I never heard the extent of his injuries but they did try to do something with him even though he had just 1 percent chance of surviving ( and I don't mean living a full life) - I ended up going home to her little ones with Trudi in tow - I couldn't put her in his bed - it felt wrong so instead I put her on the couch. I waited and watched the last miner being pulled out . I wanted to believe in some hope but I did know that it would take more than that now - I knew it was just the waiting and finally it came and then I went to his room to the art work I had done for him - A gorrilaz painting - with a Joelz Cool badge on it and a manga cel I had got for him another time - his teenage messy bedroom that he shared with his 12 year old brother _ Empty - his Jacket hanging on his bed frame - I came out and waited for My Sister and Husband to come back - Then we all did that night - nobody really slept - My sister in his room, My daughter waking up to ask about him - hes gone I said hes borrowed the moon to get where he needed to go ( it was such a strange night sky that night - even strangers commented on this - but it could have been Steven Spielberg's fault!) to my relief/surprise she settled down with that news. We all waited for the morning to come and the little ones waking to have breakfast and go to nursery - I cant believe my sister drove ( I cant or I would have) and we waited while her husband got back home. Since then there has been all sorts of emotions - the funeral is over and its been a whole 2 weeks - I am happy its half term as it means my daughter is about with me - and mainly we have appreciated each other as we should. She had a really bad Friday as they broke up as her Head teacher tried to speak to her about going to the funeral - I should have known it would unsettle her after all we know her best so instead she says when coming home - "I don't like this world - its horrible - I want you to kill me! How can it take Joel and give me Diabetes?" - I had her insulin in my hand at the time (it was just before tea) and little does she realize how dangerous that stuff can be - I am so glad that I am doing her shots for her at the moment as it would be scary leaving such a job to her because she needs to know how serious this medicine is but I don't want to give her any ideas either! What i am also getting at is although the diabetes can shorten some peoples lives - she does still has a life to live and we need to make it as good as we can (without spoiling her too much!) and all being well there is hopefully no reason why it shouldn't last a long time. The whole thing just shakes you up - in good and bad ways - nobody know when there numbers up and to try and live life in a better way should only be a good thing? Yes we will still mess up - we are humans after all but I like to think Joel is all about us and looking out for us and bringing us through it all I hope> Love you and Ill look out for your brothers( and your sister) as best I can OK??

jacketspud

jacketspud

 

Limetree Festival 2010

Just back from the Limetree Festival and though it was great . Now I know this may seem strange - but I've never been to a festival before! - What have I been missing out on !!! It was brill, and will be the first of many to come. I'll be going to LT next year for deff, get in touch if your going as I may need some festival buddies next year.

dannielle

dannielle

 

Eclipse Summer Electronic Music Festival, Quebec, Canada

Eclipse Festival is a yearly electronic music festival held in Ste-Therese-de-la-Gatineau, Quebec, Canada during the summer. It's a weekend-long international gathering of visual & musical art, featuring a symbiosis of dance, open philosophies, performance art, human (& spiritual) experiences. Links to Eclipse Festival information: Official Site Facebook Page MySpace Page Eclipse 2010 10th Anniversary Tribute Video (ft. Takouma)

drccroucher

drccroucher

 

Bear Creeeeek!

Sooooo; I'm going to Live Oak in the second week of November. Bear creek festival. Music, arts, good company. I'm pretty stoked about seeing Bonobo live. And dead kenny g'sss[: early bird special on tickets til september eighth. birthday present to muhself[x caaan't waaait.

diandrajr

diandrajr

 

Trust

Hi -lets hope there is some trust without dismissive paranoia - remember some olduns like music and festival atmosphere - don't forget Stonehenge !

Harrybee

Harrybee

 

a legendary festival

This year's Glastonbury Festival has all the makings of becoming the stuff of legend. Sunday's line-up is topped by Stevie Wonder who draws what has to be the biggest crowd ever assembled in front of the Pyramid to see his singalong set of hits and feel good numbers to "celebrate" Glastonbury's 40th Anniversary. Wonder had the masses in rapture when he brought event founder Michael Eavis on to the stage saying, "I want to thank this wonderful man who's had this for 40 years. Yes, 40 years. It's a celebration. Happy Birthday." A huge massed chorus of "Happy Birthday" followed with farmer Eavis joining in on vocals. Elsewhere festival favourites Orbital drew a decent crowd and Empire Of The Sun provided a visual treat to conclude proceedings on The Park Stage. Rodrigo y Gabriela also gathered a decent following at West Holts. Meanwhile on the most incredible looking stage at the festival, Arcadia, David Rodigan provided a fortieth anniversary celebration of the formation of Bob Marley & The Wailers, with enough flames to Catch a Fire. I love the stage loads it's an awesome visual spectacle and the sound's good too. A whole five days of sunshine with not a jot of rain is a rarity at Glastonbury, and the fields were dusty as fluttering flags and the occasional cloud provided shade during the morning. I was too tense about the football to consider not watching it, I wish now I had. We pack up the van awning and prepare the van ready for an exit very early tomorrow morning The big clash of the day was the ill fated England match versus a rip roaring sing along to 'Sweet Child Of Mine', 'Paradise City' and more on the main stage with Slash, one of the most metal flavoured acts to ever grace the Pyramid Stage. #i made the wrong choise, the girls the right one. We went to the bar to watch it on the tv screens, and our hearts sank as our defence just fell apart. For those footie fans who'd smashed up their vuvuzelas and were feeling the clouds of depression, there was Ray Davies filling the legend slot and he'd brought the Crouch End Festival Choir onstage with him to perform a string of Kinks hits including 'Sunny Afternoon', 'You Really Got Me', 'Lola', 'Waterloo Sunset', and 'All Day And All Of The Night'. It kind of helped the pain, some nice depressing 'slit your wrists' music would have helped more. Some of the shops had dropped their prices and started their sales, so we meandered around a few of them looking for shopping ideas. I slowly made my way up to Park, drowning my sorrows by ticking off another four bars and pubs I'd not drunk in before along the way. Archie Bronson Unit provided the soundtrack as I considered making the climb up the ribbon tower. My vertigo and it visibly moving in the strong wind put the end to that idea. We wandered slowly back catching a wonderful voiced performance from the special quest in the Bimble Inn - no one I aksed knew who she was however. We stopped off again at the Cornish Arms to drink under the winged surf boards, before finding a nice spot in the sun to view Faithless. Faithless provided the last day's magical sunset slot entertainment and did not dissappoint, providing a wonderful worked soundtrack and a chance to take in our surroundings and take a chance to look around at the sights and sounds in this, the most iconic of arenas. Much like Maxi Jazz, I felt 'Become 1' was a moment never to be forgotten. This year the festival had provided so much more Theatre, Circus, Poetry, Cabaret and alternative entertainment that the music almost took second place. Circolombia provided amazing acrobatics, and Ken Fox's incredible Wall of Death was an increddibly adrenaline fuelled experience. There were crowds in front of all the ground shows, and the new areas of The Common, Block9, and The Unfair Ground sat perfectly beside Shangri-La, and Climate Camp. This area really came into its own this year with mind bending site art, we spent ages trying to photograph the various Banksy artworks under low lighting and with camera shake, there were a host of random stages and bars, and a plethora of roving characters which made it an unforgettable experience. The Wheel Of Death was just amazing with the lady rider sitting no handed and side saddle whilst whizzing around the wall sideways - wow! The Green Fields too provided a wealth of skills to learn, and had a wonderful relaxed feel about it, a true festival within a festival away from the crowds sweltering in front of the main stage. The new kids' galleon, and Earth Dome Stage in the Greenpeace area also provided a nice base for those with young families. I'm amazed that for the first time I never went into the Croissant Neuf tent, the nearest I came was sitting outside at the next door cafe listening on one of the earlier balmy nights. Glastonbury offers a wealth of fun just for kids, with the huge Kidz' Field, and they turned up in their masses to enjoy the weekend. The mix of people attending the festival was as diverse as ever, with a nice global flavour and a diverse audience. It seemed to me, that all the toilet cleaners, and many of the staff doing catering appeared to come from other countries- and they were so amazed, there was nothing like this in their home countries they all told me. It's also worth mentioning the huge range of food on offer, the Festival was a Gastronomic delight for many providing a wealth of choices from around the world to sample, alongside the more regular burger and chips, pizza, sandwiches and the like. My three favourite eateries were Tapas (in West Holts), Goan Fish Curry, and Harbour Seafoods. Tapas, the one with a large Spanish flamenco lady above it, proved so moorish and reasonable at £4.90 that I became a habitual purchaser, and got to know the staff. Walking back to the wife with two trays laiden with the spicy food last night, I overheard someone say I must have the mega-munchies. Festival organiser Michael Eavis and family, who have seen the festival grow into the largest and most diverse festival in the world must be heartily congratulated for giving us such a wonderful experiance over the last 40 years. It's staggering to think of how much time and effort went into making the event so thrilling, and so diverse, and the people who have worked so hard to achieve such a bounty must be heartily congratulated for providing a Festival which incredibly managed to offer more possibilities to thrill, entertain, and get involved than ever before. Every year I say it can't be beaten, and am amused by Michael Evis', "It's the best ever!" statement, but damn it he's right! This year I was asked what my highlights were and realised it wasn't the music acts but elsewhere on site. The headliners definitely took second place for me. The only downside, the Chinese lanterns whilst they look amazing in the sky, the amount of falling glowing embers (and wire - that's bad for the cows) in such a dry environment made me fearful there would be some calamity with tents catching fire. Three times I stamped out grey lanterns as they fell like jellyfish from the sky, and that was just where I was at the time, imagine how many must have rained down on the site. On the way home the roads and fields were littered with their husks which will cause a cleaning up headache for the Festival. Talking of cleaning up I have a pretty much clear conscience when it comes to litter this year. There's just one occasion where I was without my ashtray that I put a roached rollie but to the ground (and felt bad about it all weekend). clearly it's not just me, the site looked much tidier in the arenas this year, with much less litter covering the grass when looking ofr a space to sit. It could still improve but it seems the message is getting through. I hope the campsites see the same improvement as people leave today too. We will have to wait and see - fingers crossed. With the wealth of entertainment on offer, it doesn't matter who the three headliners are that the dairy farmer says he has already booked for next year, the Festival will be the most extra-ordinary experience of the year, and we all have such amazing memories of a most treasured annivesary as we make our journeys home.

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