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BBC Performing Arts Fellowship Blog #3

Well blimey, what a summer!

Since my last blog where we had programmed and run the stage at the Windmill Hill city farm Spring festival I went on to plan our involvement at summer festivals including GreenmanShambala and Brisfest.

Despite being quite poorly at the start of August I saw it through and first up was the very lovely Green Man Festival in the gorgeous setting of the Brecon Beacons. Myself and my colleagues in Remix and New Generation Takeover all set off on the Wednesday before the festival kicked off, set up camp, found our stage, met the festival crew, had a wander around and got a feel for it there as we were going to be on site for the next five nights. During each day of the festival, from Friday to Sunday, we had music making workshops along with a jam sessions with members of the bands we had programmed.  In the evening bands local to Bristol were programmed on both Friday and Saturday evening. On the Friday night Evil Twin, Aztecs and Ayre Point played and then on Saturday night it was Casimir and Towers.  Not only did the bands put on a great show to the punters of Green Man they were also thrilled at being booked to play such a great festival and being able to put it on their CV’s.  Win win!  We also teamed up with a local welsh music making youth club who also had some young bands they programmed on the stage so there were some gems there! We had a great weekend and it was great to have people in the marquee watching some of the best of Bristol’s emerging talent!

Next up was Shambala which was a bit different this year as we’d usually have a stage but this time I went on my own and worked with some amazing people stage managing a lovely little tipi area, as well working in the music production office. It was great to work in that kind of environment whilst the festival was actually happening and brilliant to make contacts that hopefully I will still be in contact with and potential work in the future!

Last but not least was our beloved Brisfest.  Again this year Remix had a stage programmed by New Generation Takeover. Remix ran some technology workshops in the day from 12-4pm including iPad music making workshops so that was good getting people involved! We had over 20 acts over the 2 days from Young KatoAstroid BoysThe Cadbury Sisters and many so many others, see here for more. It was such a good weekend and so great to be apart of it all from the whole year before where it takes a lot of planning and all the volunteers and everyone involved!

So I think it’s fair to say I’m shattered! But no rest for the wicked as I’m getting stuck in to planning the Routes South West Spring 2014 tour with Idles and Casimir and then once that’s settled it’s time to get an idea for the Autumn 2014 tour! So exciting! As well as that I’ve got a series of gigs in The Lantern at the start of the New Year including being involved with the Bristol new music festival in February. So, now to get my head down! Have a look at some of the pics I took (not very professionally…) below and I shall keep you updated with what else I’ve got coming up around Christmas…!

Abi & out!