This summer Marketing Gloucester have announced that they will be organising ‘The Summer of Music Arts and Culture (SoMAC)’.
Running from July to August it will build on the success of last year’s Rugby World Cup celebrations and include a whole range of cultural events: some regular events and some new. I am confident that it will be fantastic and just what the city needs to inject life and colour through the summer.
One announcement that I was less happy about, however, was the plan to extend the annual Rhythm and Blues festival to two weeks.
However, I fear this may be too much of a good thing.
In recent years the Blues Festival has run for two weekends plus the full week in between, and I have tried to attend every day. With a couple of judicious days off work this ambition is achievable – I haven’t actually managed all nine days yet, but I have got close and this year I was determined to succeed.
But surely two whole weeks is just not achievable.
The thought of all that drinking, late nights and general debauchery for a full fourteen days brings me out in a sweat. I have suspicions that someone is trying to kill me!
I am sure that the festival will be as excellent as ever and I hope that the pubs will benefit greatly from their involvement, but for me I fear I have two possible choices:
- Attend less of it. What I will probably do is be selective. I will pick those days that look the most appealing. This means that I will potentially miss a lot of very good bands that I have never heard of before and I will almost certainly end up spending less time overall at the festival than I have in the past.
- Risk getting sacked, divorced or dead in an attempt to do it all.
You see my problem.