did we even talk about the festival yet?
For literally years we’ve been talking to people about doing something like this. Those people come and go. Most of the people that come are from breweries and not music fans, but something’s come alright this time round as the people behind the already running Happy Days Festival, have given us complete runnings of their site on June 4th, and we bring to the world BANQUET’S BIG DAY OUT
Its exactly as the name suggests. Its the people from Banquet running an outdoor event with many of our favourite bands playing at the most convenient nearby location which doesnt have stupid Kingston only licensing rules.
Imber Court, on Ember Lane, is not only a spelling nightmare, but also an appropriate venue for the day. Its a bus ride from Kingston, or train to Esher station. Parking there is sensible. The £20 ticket for this is a steal. I always think we underprice loads of our shows, but i just dont want anyone to be priced out of this… Im real happy with the bill. I think we had a top 20 list of bands on the wish list when we started talking about this. And 13 of them are in and confirmed for the Bank Holiday event.
There’s a few more that we’re not announcing until next week, but already we’re talking Kids In Glass Houses, Wheatus, The Skints, Neville Staple from The Specials, David Rodigan, Deaf Havana, The Computers, JoFo, The Lagan and many more.
As with all these things, its completely driven by music, but it is also now a part of the business. We’re a long way out of our comfort zone, but the drive of Jane, Mike and Salty particularly is something which makes doing this all so good.
There is SO much to do. Its like 4 months of new slangs all at once. Its fair to say we’re out of our comfort zone, but the chance to do something as rad as this and on such a scale is something that we cant turn down. The day we do turn down such an opportunity, is the day we should all retire.
Get involved, tell your friends, tell your parents, tell your kids. There really is music for everyone (the age of the artists alone ranges from teenagers to 60+ legends) and it should be a really good vibe.
Hope it doesnt rain.
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