For the really short version of this year’s blues festival that single word should suffice. It was undoubtedly the best yet.
A few stalwart friends and I decided that this year we weren’t just going to do the blues festival, we were going to DO the blues festival.
The festival ran over nine days from Saturday 26 July to Sunday 3 August. It consisted of 50 live acts appearing over nine venues. Eight of these venues were pubs: Cafe Rene, Cross Keys, Dick Whittington, Fountain, New Inn, Old Bell, Coach and Horses and Dean’s Walk; with the final venue being one of the city’s best cafes: Peppers in Bull Lane.
The weather gave us a couple of scares – especially the impressive thunderstorm/ monsoon on Saturday afternoon – but for the most part it was nice enough for the all-important outside acts.
Sadly I still failed to attend the whole event: I had alternative social arrangements for the first Saturday and Monday – both entailed going to the pub, just unfortunately not the ones with blues in. This means that I still have something to aim for next year: a perfect nine day run!
I will post a longer blog later, reliving some of the highlights and shenanigans that went on during the nine days along with photographs, but that may take a little while, so for now I just wanted to put up a stop-gap post to give a HUGE thank you to all who played a part in making it such a terrific week.
In particular, kudos and thanks must go to Ben Hau and all at Marketing Gloucester for making it happen; to Tim Porter for arranging the acts and liaising with pubs; to all of the pub landlords and to Peppers for putting the bands on; to the bands themselves for just being brilliant; to all the hard working bar staff throughout the city that had to put up with our drunken ramblings; and last but by no means least, to those friends that have joined me along the way and made it such a blast – special mention has to go to Kate, Dave, Paul and Nick, all of whom put their livers on the line to partake with enthusiasm all week.
So, how are they going to top that for 2015 then…