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The Big Chill & Some Festival Programmes

We have just come back from our annual trip to the Big Chill.

I love this  festival, I went to one of the very first ones in Norfolk back in ’96, as well as one at a rainy Lulworth and of course its current venue at Eastnor Castle in the Welsh Borders, about 9 times in all.  I have to be honest though, I wasn’t expecting big things this year… For varying reasons (all of them perfectly valid and some very sad) our usual group had reduced in size … to 2, Me & Little A, which in itself is not a problem, just a bit of a shame…. and the list of artists playing was not as inspiring as previous years

Anyway, despite my bad feeling, it was pretty excellent all in all. The expected stuff was as good as hoped, The Chems, Tom Middleton, 2 Many DJ’s, Wild Beasts, Mr. Scruff, Norman Jay etc, and there were the usual surprise finds: Congo Natty & Tenor Fly playing some of the fiercest Jungle we’ve heard in a long time, a DJ called Julio Bashmore whose rolling sound was perfect for Sunday night and Femi Kuti and The Positive Force giving it everything they had on Sunday afternoon. Dub Step and post dub step were definitely the flavours of the weekend, and although I do like the production values and the big noises, it really is no good to dance to at 2.00am in a tent..

Obviously we had nothing to do with Kanye West. I’m all for variety in life, and that’s always been one of the strengths of the Chill…  but second rate R&B stars that believe their own hype to the extent that Mr. West obviously does, don’t really have any place at an event like this…. and the moans we heard from people the  following day about his lateness and rants about what a tough life he had… suggested we had the right approach…

As for the festival changing now that it’s owned by Festival Nation, I would say that’s undeniably true. It’s not what it used to be, but is still pretty good. In fact we thought this year was an improvement on last year, especially in aspects such as a more low key/ less visible security presence, fewer hoards of out of it youths and the ease of getting in and out of the site (although this could have been connected to a very obviously lower number of people attending over the weekend)

I’ve been going to festivals for over 15 years now. I’m pretty sure I still have all the Universe/ Tribal Gathering programmes somewhere, and one day I’ll dig them out, and tell you all about Kraftwerk, Orbital, Laurent Garnier and Sasha & Digweed….. but until then, here are some of our collection of programmes on a string, representing 11 years of sitting in fields, wondering where the time went…

  1. August 12, 2011 at 08:58

    Glad you guys had a good time. We’ll be back next year.

  2. September 2, 2011 at 16:52

    Right on!

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