I was very excited about playing at Wychwood Festival again as I had played it a couple of years ago on the BBC Introducing Stage. Wychwood is a lovely relaxed, family festival that great atmosphere. This year we were playing on the BBC Stage after being asked by the festival organisers and BBC Coventry and Warwickshire Introducing. Sadly I was only able to go for the day on the Sunday but it was a brilliant day.
It’s about an hours drive from Coventry to Cheltenham Racecourse where the festival is held. I arrived on site and parked up really close to the entrance which was a stroke of luck! I headed over to the festival shop to drop of the Suitcase Shop before heading over to meet Jamie from Wychwood FM. During the festival Wychwood FM is ran by students from the university and they do a marvellous job. I headed backstage and recorded two live tracks and an interview which was fun, if a little warm!
The weather was glorious, perfect festival weather. I then made my way over to the BBC stage to listen to Emma Mcgann and get ready to go on stage. Rachel met me and we headed backstage. We were greeted by the lovely stage crew and Brody from BBC Coventry and Warwickshire introducing. Brody is a big supporter of Stylusboy and the Coventry music scene. One of the funniest things backstage was the pink drink that was part of the rider. It was a very sweet drink, personally I didn’t drink but Rachel rather liked it (see the photo lower down!!). The crowd greeted Rachel and I very warmly and we enjoyed play immensely! The audience grew as we played and all sounded wonderful singing along to the cover of Power of Love.
Afterwards it was time for Wes Finch to play and then Pretty Rascals. The Rascals are pretty new on the Coventry scene but were brilliant. Great tunes, a bit of swagger and they really drew in the crowd. The whole afternoon was a wonderful celebration of the Coventry and Warwickshire music scene. Sadly I couldn’t stay all afternoon as we had a live session in the shop!
We headed down to the music shop and get ourselves ready. Sadie and the Hotheads were doing a signing while we performed. Sadie is an important lady from Downton Abbey apparently. We sang completely acoustically and the small but welcoming audience were lovely. It was great to finally meet Jess Bracey who works for BBC Introducing after having a lot of online contact with her.
It was then time to collect the Suitcase Shop and head back to Coventry. Thank you to Wychwood Festival and BBC Coventry and Warwickshire for asking me to play. It was a marvellous day all round.