3 festivals, 1000 miles, 10 bottles of rum, endless memory of hangovers and God knows how many shanties belted out… Us Skinnies are on the road and rocking it!
First festival was Kendal Calling up in the stunning landscape of the North Lakes. Amazing scenery. The sun shone and we felt good. The gig is great. We sing, we shantie, we drink and we dance. Greeted with lots of appreciation and even a fellow Lister family member afterwards…no time to chat though as then we have to put the foot on the accelerator and get to London P.D.Q. Worst ever service station stop at Hilton Lodge (Sorry – but we are getting pretty familiar with these nowadays).
Gig on the South Bank at Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer was also great. A different set of people from what we’re used to – evident in the £50 note that was handed over to buy one of our rough and ready barge tour EPs!
Again no time to chat though – sorry folks – we had to get a moving and a shaking down to Lulworth Castle, Camp Bestival as due on stage in less than 5 hours… Max put his foot down though and we had time to spare / drink before going on at the Bandstand…The gig started off like a bit of a child’s entertainment thing (no surprise I suppose but then a bouncer came and cleared them off the stage, ready for me and my red shoes to get a stomping. I can’t remember much after the gig, apart from some sort of ‘Ravioli on a Rod’ game which I won. Don’t ask.
Next day, I awake and feel positively GREAT (very unusual)… We decided to go to the seaside to wash away any hangovers. A quick swim in the sea sorted us out… Mule braved the seaweed and took on the Door. After that, a funny entry into the sea was made by Dan and a couple of really funny games like lets throw stones at Lorna’s cider and we’re ready to get back to site for the evening’s BIG GIG on the BIG TOP! Eek. Absolutely amazing though… competing with Primal Scream not an easy battle but there were enough elbows to swing on in the crowd and it rocked! Amazing times… long drive back to London… bed. Bring on the next battle. We’re ready for ya!