June 21, 2012

I had been really excited about playing at Wychwood Festival even since I found out the we had been voted through to play. After lots of emails organizing and arranging the day finally came. It was an early start after the show the night before with Polly Paulusma. I picked up Rach from home (who wasn’t quite ready as always! Haha) and we headed to the BP garage to get some lunch for later in the day. After a 50 minute drive on the A46 listening to the some lovely chilled tunes we arrived at the festival site to find the sun shining! There was also a lot less mud than expected! Win!! Anyway, we sorted out our festival passes and headed over to the festival shop, Rise Records, to sort out selling the CDs and our signing time. Then we headed over to the BBC Introducing Stage to meet up with Gemma (the lovely BBC Introducing host) and chat over the plan of action. After chatting to Gemma and watching some of the set by fellow Coventry and Warwickshire bandThe SixtyFours (who were ace!!), I had a phone call from Tim. He was going to playing the show with us, but he had gone to the wrong place and was in Whitney in Oxford!! This was the postcode on the Wychwood Festival website and so Tim put that in his SATNAV! Oh dear! Anyway, after much frantic driving Tim did actually arrive in time for the show (with about 15 minutes to spare). The crew and hosts were really helpful and friendly which meant the set up was really chilled and painless. Due to the wet weather the previous day, the stage was now largely covered in dry mud meaning that all my leads got nicely messy! Oh well.


Just before we started our set the tent started filling up nicely. I recognized quite a few people from various music blogs and from Facebook and Twitter which was lovely. We were really pleased with how our set went. The sound on stage was great and Ollie the sound guy really was lovely. I enjoyed having Tim on stage for this gig. We have been playing music together for years and he is a top chap! Towards the end of our set a drumming workshop in the next door tent started up which meant the end of the set was a little more challenging as quiet songs like ‘Love’s Tale’ and ‘A Song for Noah’ had an extra percussive element! After we finished I spoke to lots of people, gave out flyers and felt very humbled by the kind words that people shared. We quickly packed our gear (except for my guitar) back in the cars and headed over to Rise Records for our little signing session. It was great chatting to people and signing EPs. Thanks to everyone who came along.


We then met up with Dave who worked for Wychwood FM, the festival radio station, to record a little interview and live session. The station was housed in one of the betting shops on site. For those of you who don’t know Wychwood Festival is held at Cheltenham Race Course and so a betting shop isn’t quite a random as it sounds. It was a lovely interview and we recorded live versions of ‘Whole Picture’ and ‘A Song for Noah’. After saying our goodbyes it was time to get some much needed food. Now I do love festival food and being a veggie there is usually a great deal of choice. Wychwood was no execption! Rach and I opted for a stone backed pizza! It was ace! We headed back to the BBC Introducing Stage where we caught a great set by Crash and the Coots. About half an hour later we met up with Kate Southall who had come to take photos at our show. Kate takes all the photos at Radio 2’s in concert and I have been in touch with her on twitter for quite a while so it was brilliant to finally meet in person. It was then time for an interview with Lyric Review music blog. We headed to the back stage of main stage to do the interview. The guys were lovely and asked us some great but tricky questions! We then caught some of Show of Hands on mainstage and bumped in Kirsty and Micheal from This is a Popscene. I love how at festivals you always find someone you know!

Sadly by this time it has started to rain and so we decided that we would collect the CDs and make our journey home. It had been a brilliant day, albeit a tiring one! Thank you to Hannah and Martin from BBC Coventry and Warwickshire Introducing, Tom Robinson, Ella and Stefan from from Wychwood Festival, Gemma for stage managing and to all of you who voted for us.

Here is a our little audio blog of the day…

Finally some lovely photos taken by Laura Bowes and Kate Southall (http://www.kesouthallportfolio.co.uk/)