Last festival of the summer and it’s a very early start as we’re heading to Knebworth Park, Herts for the Cool Britania Festival2019.
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 ??
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.
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.
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!!