Archive for June 13th, 2005

Phoenix pictures

Monday, June 13th, 2005

Hi everyone – got some good pictures of the Exeter Phoenix gig last Thursday – courtesy of photographer Alison Edwards. Please head to this post to view them.

Phoenix Pictures

Monday, June 13th, 2005



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Originally uploaded by tomkerswill.

Here’s a picture of our Exeter Phoenix gig on Thursday. Next chance to catch us is at the Actress and Bishop, Birmingham on Wednesday 15th June.

Click on the photo to the right to gain access to other photos from the night.

This photo is copyright Alison Edwards, 2005.

Back from the festival

Monday, June 13th, 2005

So… I’m back from the Isle of Wight festival now. It was a good three days – packed with loads of good bands. It’s a bit tricky to avoid comparissons with Glastonbury, and of course it’s much smaller, quieter, finishes much earlier, and has fewer stages – well, only one stage really. And, between acts, rather than showing adverts to Make Trade Fair and Drop the Debt, they showed as ads for mobile phones, car stereos and beer. Lastly, because it’s so close to Newport, the curfew is strictly enforced at 12.00 – which means all music on the site stops dead at that time.

But still worthwhile – especially for the music. The crowd was always lovely too. I saw the Magic Numbers at about 2.00 (v. good, by the way!) and stayed standing at the front of the crowd until 11.00, when REM finally left the stage. Despite being totally knackered, it was a good experience. Come REM, nobody at the front really had the energy to dance any more, though we gave it a good go! But all the bands looked like they were really enjoying themselves – which is always infectious on stage. Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody was even reduced to tears.

So – a thoroughly corporate festival, but the festival-goers more than made up for it by being nice and friendly and there to have a good laugh.