Unless you were camping on a remote Scottish island with no internet, phone connection or radio signal (or maybe just down the garden) you would have struggled not to notice that Glastonbury happened last weekend.
Whether you were there and passively gloating online, or watching the BBC’s coverage at home, the country’s biggest and most loved music festival managed to get everyone talking again.
Major concerns included: Should “bear hunters” Metallica have been booked? Was Dolly Parton miming? Will the campsite float away again?
In front rooms across the land, even the football and “escalations in the Middle East” briefly played second and third fiddle to what the world sees as England’s annual celebration of mud. And music.
Silverdale duo Aquilo got a look in this year, performing on the BBC’s Introducing stage. But it got me thinking about what some of our district’s musicians were up to over the summer months, so I asked them...
Joe McCorriston is doing a full band gig at the Bobbin on Saturday July 26 to celebrate his 20th birthday. He is also playing Kendal Calling and then going on tour for most of August.
Charlie Galloway is attending Cambridge Folk Festival and “possibly playing” there, but he’s also playing Larks in the Park at Williamson Park and Halton Festival in Halton on August 9.
The Lumberjack Cowboy Heartbreak Trucking Co, fresh from a Manchester city centre performance at meat festival Grillstock, have shows booked at Boomtown, Beatherder, Kendal Calling, Summerjam, Port Eliot and Galtres. They just got some (not before time) airplay on BBC Introducing too.
Blackheart Afterglow are currently in the studio, but will be doing Glastonbrewery and Halton Festival, while Molly Warburton and the band have shows on the main stage at Kendal Calling, The Proud, The Troubadour and The Good Ship in London, Night and Day in Manchester and “a bunch of others all over the shop”, says guitarist Luke Wilding.
The Feud have shows booked in Denmark, Rock For People in Czech Republic, Kendal Calling, Nozstock, Brownstock, Boardmasters, Bootleggers in Kendal on July 25, Grape Festival in Slovakia and Proud Camden in London on July 18.
The Initiative are playing Manchester Jazz Festival, and it has even been reported that Intensely Staring Cats singer Helen Pattison is performing at her own wedding.
Carpe drummer Rachel Parsons has also put together a music programme for More Music’s stage at this year’s West End Festival on July 19.
By Nick Lakin