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Summer Festivals (6)

Saturday July 30th 2022

Today we’re playing our second Let’s Rock festival, this one in our home town of Liverpool.

We’re at Wavertree Playing Fields, a 104 acre park which was given to Liverpool Corporation in 1895 by an anonymous city well-wisher — the reason why it is affectionately known as ‘The Mystery’.

We set off around 12:30 to load in although we weren’t on stage till 4:45.

As it was a local gig, we had no time to stop off at a pub for some good food and drink so a few weeks ago we decided to brew our own cask beer!

First you have to vent the cask
Then knock in the tap
Ta Da!

The production team very kindly let us place the beer with it’s hand pump at the entrance to the artists area.

The hand pump or ‘beer engine’ is attached to the cask via a line and left to settle for an hour or so.

We had a bite to eat in the artists area and a bottle of Peroni each to chill out.

Carl & Roy then went out front to watch Scritti Politti…

and Tenpole Tudor!

We decided that 3pm was a good enough time to pour the first pint so Chris (my beer making partner) had the honour.

At this point the artists area was pretty full as the acts were coming and going. Then our good mate Dave Benson Phillips grabbed everyone’s attention and announced that the beer was now being served.

Festival Ale is an American Pale Ale made with marris otter low colour malt and New Zealand hops Pacific Gem & Nelson Sauvin plus US Citra hops. Great fruity taste with a grapefruit finish.

First up was our old mate Chesney Hawkes, fresh from his stage performance ten minutes earlier…

He’s a pro

Then Green Gartside and his band Scritti Politti were next in the queue…

Green reckoned it was a better pint than in his local😀

Next up was Edward Tudor-Pole…

and various band members

The beer was going down…
a treat!

Outside the bands were getting through their sets quickly…

Later on Roy caught up with Ottowan…

who later joined us inside with the lovely Julie McKnight, a fantastic singer and beer connoisseur!

Then the legendary Ce Ce Rogers joined the queue…

At this point it was nearly time for us to go on stage so I left the bar in the very capable hands of Rachel from the production team.

Meanwhile out front – what a crowd!

Some fantastic photo’s from Warren Millar and Martin Shaw!

What a fantastic reaction we got!

The crowd singing along to All Together Now

Next on was Nick Hayward so we went out front to watch him…

then invited him to our bar for a pint!

Our families and friends were in the audience watching us so we decided to spend a bit of time with them out front…

Keith with Ann from EITC
Alex with her flatmate who both loved our brew!

After a while we went back stage to look after the bar but disaster!

The beer had run out!

Oh well, nothing lasts forever so we packed away our beer equipment and went out front to watch the remaining bands.

Tom Bailey
Level 42
Billy Ocean
Human League

What a fantastic day out it was!

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Summer Festivals (5)

Saturday July 16th 2022

Today we’re off to Shrewsbury for the Let’s Rock festival. It’s based at The Quarry, a beautiful 29-acre parkland near the river Severn.

It’s a very early start as we have to be there for 10.00 am.

Different route today and we’re going via the Wallasey tunnel

Alas, no videos and no time allocated to stop off at a Camra awarded pub😕

At least we could stop for a bit of breakfast after seeing this omen…

We didn’t hang around for long…

We motored on and arrived fairly quickly at the venue.

The artists area was great!

Menu looks good!
Ice cool Alex!

Just enough time to have a look around the festival!

We had a quick line check as the crowd were starting to file in…

We were on stage soon…

so we headed back stage to check the rider.

The taste of Peroni Nastro Azzurro is distinctive, crisp and refreshing. You’ll find it has a notable citrus aroma and a pale, golden colour reminiscent of Prosecco.
It is gently brewed to give you an intensely crisp, refreshing taste with that unmistakable touch of Italian style.

The crowd had come right up to the front now…

We were ready to go on after meeting the legendary David Benson Phillips who was compere for the days event.

David gave us a great introduction and then we were on!

Crowd were brilliant!

We got a great reception and headed off backstage.

Edward Tudor-Pole was also performing!

Lovely guy!

We then went back out front into the sunshine to watch Scritti Politti

Met a few fans on the way

They were excellent and we met Green Gartside backstage!

He was ace!

We wanted to stay longer and see Bad Manners but we had to get back to Liverpool.

So we had to say farewell to Shrewsbury!

On the way in we’d earmarked the Olde Bucks Head as a possible getaway from the festival but it was never going to happen.

So instead we decided to travel up to Liverpool and head to The Old Tap in Waterloo where a couple of beer aficionado’s were keenly awaiting our arrival.

We had something to eat on the bus and a possible snooze then….

The Mersey Tunnel!

5 minutes in the tunnel then another 15 to Waterloo and we arrived at The Old Tap.

It’s a new pub getting rave reviews

First off we sampled the Polly’s ‘Neither Odd or Even.

Anybody who has followed the brewery long enough will know we love to smash together previous hop combos from our dearly departed Originals range and create modern day frankenstein’d-together bangers. Citra Columbus always has a special place in our heart, after a particularly memorable after-work “sampling session” held by Sean and Arron, and we were huge fans of the original version of Enigma Simcoe IPA, so much so that we carried it over to the Augment range that now holds the brewery up. Smashing the two together and reeling back the ABV to a more sessionable 5.6%, we’ve created a pale ale that brings a swag bag of stone fruit, mango, peach and tangerine notes to the party, with just a little grassy bitterness to boot.
5.6% ABV

Went down very well…

Next I’m sure we had the ‘From Above’ by the Track brewing company.

From Above is our easy-going, quaffable gluten-free beer. Brewed using malted barley, Cara Gold and oats to bring fullness and a lovely bready malt character and dry hopped with Mosaic and Nelson. Up front, youll find exquisite pineapple and tropical fruit punch, a soft bitterness and mouth-watering lemon peel followed by a long finish. Beautifully balanced, drinkable and satisfying.

Maybe we had one more for the road but I can’t remember what it was, or much else for that matter.

But what a fantastic day out we all had!

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Summer Festivals 2022 (4)

Saturday July 9th 2022

This week we’re off to Dunstable, Bedfordshire for the council funded ‘Party in the Park’ festival.

It’s a later start than usual as we’re not on stage till about 7pm so we all met up at 11:30.

It came as a great relief to us that the video player was working and we decided to watch the film we couldn’t watch last week, ‘Waiting For Guffman’.

We enjoyed the film very much and as we were still half an hour away from our lunch destination we thought we’d watch a couple of classic episodes of the Likely Lads…

It was a lovely sunny day and we were heading to Sutton Stop, Coventry…

Sutton Stop is the name for the ‘Stop Lock’ at Hawkesbury Junction. This is the Junction of the Coventry Canal and the Oxford Canal.

Alongside the canal was our chosen lunch spot, The Greyhound Inn!

Let there be frolics and bunting!

Time to order a beer, first off is Kerala by Distant Hills of Glossop.

Dreaming of sandy beaches and tropical fruits, this Session IPA is dry hopped mixing Mosaic and Calypso hops with Malabar pepper for an easy drinking, hoppy session beer.

It was gorgeous and went down so well we’d ordered another round before the food came

We had a great spec to eat our food watching the canal

Finally our food arrived…

It all tasted great and to congratulate ourselves on having such a good time we ordered another round of drinks!

This time it was Purity Session IPA

A moreish, unfiltered session IPA, infused with real grapefruit peel and brimming with tropical fruit notes and hop aromas.

At this point life couldn’t get any better but we had to get to Dunstable. Sadly it was time to say goodbye to Hawkesbury Junction…

and hello again to the van!

At least we had the Likely Lads to keep us amused!

We watched the episode where they’re avoiding the England football score and in no time we arrived in Dunstable!

Great atmosphere inside the park…

We caught the last five minutes of Bhangra Smash Up!

Great bunch of lads

Our dressing room was inside the council offices.

The mayor and her deputy came to greet us…

They were still buzzin’ after just being on stage with Bhangra Smash Up!

We went outside to check the bar…

and met up with some Farm fans who’d brought their records with them for us to sign.

Next act on was a Bob Marley Tribute…

He was great and had the crowd singing along…

Meanwhile, partly due to that extra pint in Coventry…

Not long after, the stage was being set up for us to go on…

The vodka had arrived early this week so time to get ready as the crowd were becoming restless!

Finally it was time to go on!

The lads from Bhangra Smash Up invaded the stage…

Watch the brilliant video here filmed by TheFarmLive gary.

https://youtu.be/Kl34k-7KqEM

The crowd went mad!

What a gig!

Curfew was 8pm so it was back to the dressing room to pick up our stuff.

Oops

We headed off and watched a couple more films…

before stopping off at a service station for more buffoonery.

Back in the van for one last time with a few extra cans.

Big, hoppy and fresh. Juicy American hops added in ever increasing amounts at the end of the boil and in the fermenter to give huge flavor and aroma.

Malt: Simpsons Best, Caragold, Caramalt.

Hops: Magnum, Columbus, Bravo, Amarillo.

Eventually we arrived back very late at the rehearsal rooms, Carl’s body language says it all!

but what a great day out yet again!

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Summer Festivals 2022 (3)

Friday July 1st 2022

Third festival of the summer and it’s back down south to Church End near Little Hadham in Hertfordshire for the ‘Sign of the Times’ festival.

10:00 start but we couldn’t find the gold bus.

It had been booked out to somebody else so we had to settle for silver.

Half an hour into the journey and we chose our first film…

but no one could get the video to work.

Carl produced various leads from his bag…

but nothing seemed to work.

Even our manager Peasy tried to phone for assistance from our other vehicle…

but to no avail.

We had to accept that there would be no films on today and we would have to entertain ourselves by making conversation!

There were lots of hold ups on the motorway and we weren’t making very good progress. On top of that Keith had too many cups of tea that morning and needed the toilet!

We stopped at services for 10 minutes but by the time we got out, the van had moved to get petrol. At this point we’d all separated…

eventually everyone showed up by the van but Keith had gone missing!

John King put out an APB and eventually Keith showed up.

He’d been in a sandwich queue and the lady in front of him couldn’t work out how to use the barcode machine on checkout!

At last at 1:30 we arrived in Thornby where we had chosen our lunch venue, The Red Lion.

Just 5 minutes drive from Naseby, the scene of the great battle of 1645 where Cromwell destroyed the Royalist army under Charles I.

Lovely pub with good recommendations for food and drink.

We ordered 5 pints of Purity Gold

Keen followers will remember that we had Purity Gold in the Royal Oak in Crick coming back from Knebworth in August 2019.

They directed us to a room upstairs…

The beer tasted great!

So did the food!

We left as satisfied customers

New Model Army HQ

We set off again, the journey to the festival would take us another hour and forty five minutes!

Before too long we realised that we would be on stage in less than an hour!

Time for Alex to start her make-up!

Eventually we arrived at the festival

We were on after Jo Boxers, we’d supported them in Liverpool in the eighties but relations were soured after Dig Wayne’s leather hat mysteriously went missing.

We were in a rush to prepare for the gig so went straight to the dressing room where we bumped into Richard Jobson from the legendary Skids!

Top bloke!

We then found a fridge full of Kronenbourg

Its golden hues and delicate bitterness come from selecting the best hops, the ‘Strisselspalt’, and the unique know-how of Kronenbourg’s master brewers for over 300 years.

Strisselspalt is also named the caviar of hops by the expert master brewers around the world for its low bitterness and aromatic qualities. Its specific soil and culture technique requirements makes it rare and quite unique to the Alsace Region and Kronenbourg recipes.

Alas the vodka was slow to arrive so we had to revert to plan b!

Keith has his own brand

At last, time for us to go on stage!

The crowd were brilliant!

The gig was fantastic!

Alex’s mum had come to see us and we met her back stage.

Meanwhile Peasy met our mate Alan McGee who was DJ ing the event and Richard Jobson again.

We found a craft bar out front and bumped into our mate Guy Gillo

The bar had Beavertown Neck Oil which went down a treat!

A beer that you know you can pick up and appreciate or simply get it down ya neck. Extra pale base malts are used to keep it crisp and give the hops a great platform to dance on. Masses of late hop additions throughout the last 20 minutes of the boil and a huge dose of dry hops make this a brilliantly ‘easy’ ipa.

Alex’s mum Liz and auntie Emma joined us.

We had a fantastic day but after checking our phone messages we decided it was best to leave.

What a great day out!

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Summer Festivals 2022 (2)

Saturday 18th June 2022

The second festival this year is again with Madness as part of the Forest Live series of concerts. This week we’re going to High Lodge, Thetford Forest, Suffolk

9:30 start this week at Sort rehearsal studios for the long journey to Suffolk.

Sort of

Video’s on board this week included….

and an old favourite

We decided to head to Hartford for our lunch – a pub called The King of the Belgians!

Friendly bar

We ordered the Bruha English Bitter…

The very best East Anglian malted barley combined with English hops to create this English bitter.

and the Drayman’s Draught

The American hopped pale ale has a strong citrus flavour with a bitter hoppy aftertaste.

Carl’s sausage & mash looked good

Pub of the year 2017
Saw us coming

Food was very good and we had a couple of nice pints before setting off again to the venue.

Back stage
Sound check
Keith & Alex

We had a bit of time to spare so decide to try archery!

Great fun!

We are the mods!

Carl, Roy & I went out front of stage to find the Madness Brewery Beer, it was great!

Absolutely Pale Ale is a beer to arouse the senses, infusing American style hops into a refreshingly flavoursome liquid bounty. You’ll want to take i, not leave it, with no sign of embarrassment, as we’re sure you’ll be absolutely bowled over with every sip.

Took our beer back to watch Emily Capell

Now, time for The Farm

Straight outta Metallica
View from the stage

The crowd were great and we went down well!

End of tour photo
Some friends turned up
Met an Eastender…
Who got arrested for being drunk

Oh what fun we had with Madness and Emily Capell!

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Summer Festivals 2022


Saturday 11th June 2022

A great way to start off the festival season with two gigs as special guests of Madness as part of the Forestry England dates postponed from 2020.

10:30 am start at Sort rehearsal studio as we’re heading to the Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire.

Good choice of film as we watch JoJo Rabbit on the bus.

Danny Boyle’s ‘Yesterday’ was next up but we only got half way through it as we arrived at our pub stop.

The Three Horseshoes, Frampton-on-Severn!

Straight in to order 12 lunches with pints to the horror of the only bar maid in the village!

12 pints of Jubuley please
(Golden Beer)A full flavoured and hoppy palate balanced by underlying fruit. This copper coloured beer is smooth, long and very refreshing.
Went down a treat

They also prepared 12 fantastic pies…

Each filling had a choice of meat or fish with mashed potatoes and cauliflower cheese inside the pie crust!

Mine was Steak & Ale

The Village Green in Frampton is said to be the longest village green in England, and is about 22 acres in size. Cricket is played on The Green outside the Bell Inn, one of the two Pubs on The Green, the other being The Three Horseshoes at the opposite end of The Green.

We needed a long rest to digest our traditional English fayre.

Which resulted in us being very late for the sound check😟

Meanwhile back stage the weather was glorious.

Carl

…and the beer fridge full

Notes: In the late 1800’s Brooklyn was one of the largest brewing centers in the country, home to more than 45 breweries. Lager beer in the “Vienna” style was one of the local favorites. Brooklyn Lager is amber-gold in color and displays a firm malt center supported by a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. Caramel malts show in the finish. The aromatic qualities of the beer are enhanced by “dry-hopping”, the centuries-old practice of steeping the beer with fresh hops as it undergoes a long, cold maturation. The result is a wonderfully flavorful beer, smooth, refreshing and very versatile with food. Dry-hopping is largely a British technique, which we’ve used in a Viennese-style beer to create an American original.

Thought we’d explore…

Carl & Roy enjoying a cold pint of Carling
Great atmosphere!

Emily Capell was the first act on, she was very good.

Emily Capell
Team photo

Next up….the Farm

Great crowd
View from the desk
View from the stage

The crowd were brilliant!

Next up….Madness

Suggs

All too soon we had to pull the plug on the evening as we had to get back home.

Roll on next week

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Shiiine On Weekender

Sunday November 17th 2019

Our bi-annual trip to Butlin’s in Minehead started later than usual as we weren’t needed till about 6pm.

The usual ‘can’t find the remote’ sketch hindered the start of the film.

Bill Forsyth’s ‘ice cream wars’ drama took care of the first part of the journey.

Swiftly on to the services for fish and chips and then back on board to watch the 60’s film Pretty Poison starring Anthony Perkins.

It was very good!

Eventually we arrived in Minehead…This iconic apartment block is where all the bands stay!

First we have to soundcheck!

Cup of tea for Carl as we’re not on till 12:30am!

The venue is big…

The soundcheck…

Keith was in good spirits but still not able to talk after surgery but his guitar sounded awesome!

It all sounded good, levels were fine…. now for the important business!

Too much water in the fridge but realised the beer bottles were too big to get in….

Our manager told us he was going to put them all in Room 101….

Had to stop and think for a minute🥺

As it turns out, Carl and I are in Room 101….

Peter and Roy are next door in Room 102 listening to Mick Ronson on Roy’s snazzy new ipad!

Keith and our manager Pete are in Room 103 resting as they are going home straight after the show!

Next, Carl and I decided to go and watch the Wonderstuff who were playing in the big top!

They went down well and I got a few pictures near the front….Happiness!

Thought we’d head back to the apartments…..…where we bumped into Miles Hunt and asked him for a photo for a mutual friend!

Now…. time to start preparing to go on stage!

Went out front to watch Dodgy…

They sounded great and the crowd were buzzing!

Went backstage to chat with Doreen and Joan from Eric’s club Liverpool.

Time was getting on and we were just about ready to go on stage.

We got a great reception! Great photo’s by John King!Roy was joined on drums by Matthew from Dodgy for All Together Now – a great spectacle!

A brilliant gig with a brilliant hardcore crowd!

Later on we came out to watch Bez….

Then Shona got up with Rowetta!

Was a great act and very late when it finished but we all had a brilliant day!

Monday November 18th 2019

Woke up to a great view from the apartment….

Time for a wander…..

Lovely sunny morning but we had to find some breakfast!Not here!Or here….

Eventually we found the bistro and sat down to cold fried eggs!

Time to head off as we have a long journey ahead….

Quite liked this…😃

The film for the journey was Moon by Duncan Jones

Was quite a moving film and we all enjoyed it.

Peter was busy making plans for a stop off at a real ale pub in Droitwich!

We tried to park outside but were beaten to it…

The Old Cock Inn!

They sold mild!

We ordered 10 pints of it….and food as wellThis time a warm egg!

There were board games….

…and fireplaces

Absolutely brilliant pub and great landlord who was a local but supported Liverpool👏

Carl seen here outside the pub

Time for us all to go, we thoroughly enjoyed our time in the Old Cock Inn!

Think we all fell asleep in the van but eventually we arrived back in Liverpool and had one for the road in the Lion Tavern!

What a great couple of days out we had!

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The Farm summer festivals 2019 – Part 3

Saturday August 31st 2019

Last festival of the summer and it’s a very early start as we’re heading to Knebworth Park, Herts for the Cool Britania Festival 2019.

Arrived in town to get on the bus – Keith was going ahead with our manager in the car, we had to be there handy as we were on at 2pm.

One of the DVD monitors wasn’t working so I had to watch Anchorman 2 using Roy’s iPad camera!Not very satisfactory as it was a mirror image but also for some reason it turned the picture into a negative image!

We stopped off at the services for a sandwich and something caught my eye…..

Yes a couple of cans of Goose Island IPA – this made me enjoy the film a lot more!

Eventually we arrived at the festival site!

Brilliant looking festival and a lovely sunny day! We got our passes and went to find our dressing room!

It was a great communal area for all the bands with food and refreshments.

There was a vintage twin record deck with records…..

…..we played a few hits from yesteryear including ‘How Does It Feel’ by Slade.

Decided to take a look outside front of stage.

There may be a real ale tent ??

Sadly not…..

Listened to some music….

….while Shona met her mate Gemma….

….and we had a couple of drinks!

Decided to head back stage as we were on soon.

Poor Keith had lost his voice!

Time for the rider!!!

Some cold bottles of Heineken followed by a couple of vodka and cokes!

The order of play!

The crowd was building up out front….

Some great photo’s were taken….

We played a lightning set of our best songs….

The crowd were absolutely fantastic!!

After the set we had some food then Peter, Carl & Roy did a few interviews.

Shona was staying at the festival where she met Goldie!

We were advised to find a pub nearby where Led Zeppelin used to go prior to their Knebworth concerts – The Lytton Arms!

I had a pint of Hop Kitty…

The beer was very nice and it wasn’t a bad pub but no one in there seemed interested in Led Zeppelin. This was the only poster we could find and it was hidden away in the toilet!

We set off home but decided we’d stop off one last time for a pint to watch the second half of Burnley v Liverpool.

We arrived at The Royal Oak In Crick!!!

We had a pint of Purity Gold….

Not bad, we had one last pint then we all stumbled on to the bus for the long drive home.

We had a great day and it was a fitting end to the festival season.

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The Farm summer festivals 2019 – Part 2

Friday August 23rd 2019

Early start as we’re driving to Inverness as special guests of Madness! Getting picked up outside McDonalds, Switch Island at 7:30am!

Roy went the night before on a plane…….

….and Team Mullin went ahead in their car.

Good selection of DVD’s to watch, unfortunately we couldn’t find the remote control!

A fine selection of new forks and spoons in the van though.

Scotland!!!

Stopped off at Gretna to buy a remote control but no joy!Back in the van and the remote is found underneath one of the seats!

We watched Will Ferrell ‘Talladega Nights’ very funny!

Into the highlands with some marvellous scenery!

We stopped off in Kingussie for a nice pint.

We were suitably refreshed!

At last we arrive at the venue

Time to sound check, Peter looking cool…..

….and Carl is wearing a snazzy new coat!

Soundcheck done and we headed off to the hotel for an hour.

Met a lovely fan Lorna who made us some Farm cupcakes!

They were delicious!!!

We also signed her record collection…..

….and posed for a team photo.

Back to the venue to try and find some real ale but no luck.

The rider it will have to be!

Went out front to watch Jeremiah Ferrari from Manchester, a good reggae/rock fusion.

Time to head backstage as we were on soon.

We got a great reaction!

Went down brilliantly – what a fabulous crowd!

Met a wobbly fan Becca….

…..before going back to the dressing room to have a drink with Suggs.

Time for Madness!Madness played a brilliant set!

We all then went into Inverness following the crowd, it was a great spectacle.

We arrived at the Black Isle Brewing CompanyIt’s a brilliant craft ale pub & brewery. I really enjoyed the Yellowhammer Pale AleSpent quite a while sampling the various beers until we were all starving.

Meanwhile Carl bumped into a couple of Madness fans……

…..and I ended the day as it started outside a McDonalds!What a fantastic time we had though!

Saturday August 24th 2019

Few hours sleep at the Alan Partridge hotel, breakfast finished at 10:00 but just about made it.

Everybody on the van for the three hour trip across Scotland to Montrose.

Team Mullin had gone ahead and discovered a town called Keith!

Back on the bus we watched the new ‘Man from Uncle’ DVD, it was quite good.

We were all a bit hungover and were glad when we eventually arrived at the venue.

It’s a coastal town so we decided to go for a stroll on the beach while the crew set up.

Had a coffee and an ice cream and looked on at the venue from a distance.

Then we casually wandered back for the soundcheck.

Had a few problems with the monitors but the overall sound was good. The dressing rooms were a short drive away at Montrose FC’s football ground.

Time was getting on and we were desperate to eat. We walked into the town looking for a restaurant but everywhere was chocker. We eventually ended up in a chippy.

Fish suppers all round and Team Mullin opted for a deep fried mars bar chaser!

Now for a pint!

Only had time for one drink and we chose Ice Breaker by Greene King.

We sat outside in a beer yard, the sun was shining, the beer was nice but we were all a bit bloated after the fish supper.

Walked it off as we headed back to the dressing rooms.

The rider was – you guessed it

We were on soon so we loaded up the bus with the rider and headed off.

Now backstage with Shona we were ready to go on….

….our sound-guy John King at the helm!

Crowd were brilliant again!!!

Crowd were absolutely fantastic!!!!!

It was a brilliant gig but we had to get straight off. We said our goodbyes to Madness……

…..and headed off on the long journey home. What a brilliant couple of days!!

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The Farm summer festivals 2019

Saturday May 4th 2019

Great start to the 2019 summer festivals with a brief journey up the M62 to the Warrington Music Festival supporting Black Grape.

The stage was set up in the covered Old Market Place behind the Golden Square shopping parade. We very quickly made our HQ in the ancient ‘Barley Mow’ pub just behind the stage.

Spent a couple of hours drinking Atlantic Pale Ale on draught, not too strong and a nice flavour.

Friends and family had joined us and it created a great atmosphere and build up to the gig.

Liverpool were playing Newcastle in a vital game and we were on stage at the same time!

Backstage after the show we watched the end of the game on TV, then headed home.

Saturday June 1st 2019

We’re off to Sheffield for the Mosborough Music Festival, we’re on earlier than billed to allow us to watch the Champions League final at 8pm.

Its an unusual set up as there’s two main stages! As one band performs on stage right, once they’ve finished the next band can be ready to start straight away on stage left.

We were playing with Space, here’s Keith with Tommy Scott.

It was a sunny day and the festival was well populated but we couldn’t find a real-ale tent.

Think we basically kept to our rider which was probably Peroni but I can’t be certain.

It worked well for me!

The gig went down great and we were whisked away to a pub in Sheffield to watch the match and then back home to Liverpool.

Sunday June 2nd 2019

Not much sleep and we’re back up the M62 this time on our way to Irlam for Irlam Live 2019.

We’re playing with Bruce Foxton’s Jam so Carl is very excited and is sporting his blazer (once owned by Bruce).

It didn’t take us long to find the real ale tent and the beer was supplied by the seven bro7hers brewery based in Manchester.

Had a couple of the session Pale ales which were very nice then went on to the IPA which had a great taste of hops. Roy and Peter had the Czech pale which they thoroughly enjoyed.

Enjoyed watching the Salford Jets (WHO YOU LOOKIN’ AT!)

We played well and the songs went down great, some good pics by photographer Keith Bevens.

Shona and I met up with the singer from Phats & Small

……and Peter & Keith met Robbie Williams!!

or Tony Lewis as it turned out!

What a great day and we set off home for a well deserved kip.

Saturday July 6th 2019

Long journey ahead to Sunderland for the Kubix festival. Carl sorted out some videos to watch on the way:

After watching ‘Superbad’ we stopped off at the services to get some food. Then ‘Big Fish’ was the choice to get us to Sunderland in a good mood!

Lovely sunny day and a great location for the festival.

There was a big beer tent but the queues were enormous! Fortunately not everyone likes real-ale so we managed to buy some tokens and then get in the real-ale queue which wasn’t that long.

Just to be on the safe side we ordered 5 pints between us then headed over to the VIP bar where we sat in the sun for an hour or two with friends – the beer tasted really good.

Meanwhile Keith bumped into Tom Hingley from the Carpets and Will Sergeant from the Bunnymen.

…..and who can forget the Sex Pissed Dolls!!!

We were playing the second stage with Bez from the Monday’s.

Didn’t take him long to jump on the stage with us!!

Gig was fantastic, we all had a great day!!!

Sunday July 7th 2019

Fabulous sunny day for the Bootle Music Festival. Located by the Lock & Quay pub and at the side of the Leeds Liverpool canal, it’s a great location!

First off on the canal stage are The Left Indicators.

A good mix of classic rock and politics, some great tunes of their own as well.

Great family atmosphere with plenty of things for kids to do.

Somewhere here is the beer tent which was very well organised selling locally brewed beer, lager & cider.

Really enjoyed the beer today….. but guess who’s back?

Yes the girls!!! Bev & Babs guesting today as Shona is in London.

Great pictures of the gig from Gary Gilmurray!

What a great day we all had !!!

Saturday July 13th 2019

Early start as we’re off to Dartford for the Dartford Festival 2019.

Stop off at the roadchef for food and drink – “The glamour of life on the road”

Great festival site, thought we’d try and find the festival bar.

Didn’t take too long, ordered a round of drinks, they had a Ruddles County.

Served on hand pump in the Artisan Beer Tent, buttery with a full, smooth mouthfeel with a nice ending bitter note.

Bumped into these two lads we first met in 1991! They followed us to gigs in the UK and Europe – great to see them again😄

Keith seen here with Leigh from the Fire Brigades Union, great guy!

Great crowd, brilliant festival!

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We had a fantastic time and took the rider with us for the long journey home!

Friday July 19th 2019

The arranged ten o’clock leave for Pennfest 2019 turned out a disaster as our rehearsal rooms weren’t open!

It was also teaming down!

We were billed to play at 3:40 so we were leaving it a bit late to grab a pint on the way.

Good choice of film we watched on the bus!

Time was dragging though and we needed to get there ASAP!

It continued to rain!

At last we arrived but with more delays getting the correct coloured wristbands!

Sorted out the set list whilst dividing the vodka & orange as there’s no time to have more than a couple of bottles of Peroni! (see previous Mosfest blog)

We were playing in the big tent, the crowd were fantastic!

Always good to play a festival in a tent when it’s raining!

Fab crowd!!!

It ended up a great gig, met Miles Kane briefly and Deano from the Rifles. Shona’s mum and all her old school friends were there and were staying for the rest of the night.

The rest of us were suddenly back on the bus out of the rain and heading back up the motorway home.

Sunday August 4th 2019

All aboard the groovy bus to sunny Rhyl for K-Fest 2019!

Sunshine and showers were forecast but hopefully it will be a good turnout.

Grabbed our passes and headed out to have a look around. I was meeting some friends from Conway and Carl was meeting the head of the Prisoner TV series fan club.

Noticed a few bars dotted about – this one here selling Red Stripe, Fosters or Gin.

This one selling the same – in fact all the bars were selling the same drinks that we had back stage.

Crowds were building up, decided to get into the swing of things!

I met up with my friends…..

and Carl met up with his – seen here sporting his Prisoner cape and number 32 badge!

Apparently I’m about to be number 33!

We were ready to go on stage although the vodka wasn’t on the rider.

Didn’t seem to need it!

Brilliant crowd!

We played well and got a great reception!

With Carl and two Farm fans after the show.

Peter back stage with his cousin Lynette.

Roy was watching Space, seen here with Franny’s wife.

Sean and his partner…..

Craig Charles was DJing, playing his funk & soul disco!

What a guy!!

Lightning Seeds finished off a brilliant festival!

What a day it was but we were all starving and set off to find a kebab shop.

I got a really nice kebab, so tasty but couldn’t finish it – I decided to keep it and have it the next day.

As we were dropping off the gear, everyone was knackered and the night eventually arrived at its inevitable conclusion.

But what a great day we all had!