some top 3s (I don’t think I did anything 5 times at Greenbelt except brush my teeth…)
Top 3 music highlights
- Lleuwen Steffan, Huw Warren and Owen Evans
Top 3 non-music things from the program
- Jude Simpson’s poetry/comedy gig
- The Northern Ireland discussion
- Paul Powell’s Liquid Lunch, with Jude Simpson, Gareth Higgins and Cole Moreton.
Top 3 eateries
- the new Burrito van (definitely a favourite)
- the Burrito place again (didn’t go anywhere else really)
Top 3 things I wished I’d seen
- Clive Stafford-Smith
- Alistair McIntosh’s seminars
- Bill Drummond’s interview
(fortunately loads of the seminars and talks can be bought here)
Top 3 people I vaguely knew before but got to chat to lots more
- Gareth Higgins
- Paul Chambers
- Joe Fisher
(very nice to make your further acquaintance, gents)
All four of the me-playing moments went really well, so can’t pick favourites there, and everyone I got to play with over the weekend – Julie McKee, Steve Stockman, Simon Jones, Mark..? (fab poet whose surname I didn’t catch, sadly), Huw Warren, Andrea Hazell, Harry Napier, Juliet Turner… were all fab. The poetry and bass stuff (Stocki, Simon Jones (‘is unwell’) and Mark) was a whole lot of abstract fun, and the Recycle gig continued the tradition of Recycle gigs resulting in some of the loveliest music I can imagine. All good, nothing bad.
Greenbelt really is my favourite weekend of the year, and selling lots of CDs and T-shirts is kind of a lovely icing on the cake.
It speaks volumes that I took no photos at all over the weekend – was far too busy having fun to faff with a camera. But there are squillions of great photos on the Greenbelt website.
If you weren’t there, put the last weekend in August in your diary for next year now. It’s magic.by