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Captain’s Blog: Stardate T Minus 4 Weeks

Well Jiminy Cricket if it’s not 4 weeks to go and we’re all sold out! So
well done to those who made the cut (brownie points all round for personal
organisation) and commiserations to those who didn’t manage to hit their
buzzers before the song ended.

It’s been another hectic period of gig-going for the BB committee – with the
team splitting up and travelling into the deepest bowels of the known
universe (Crawley) to uncover this year’s hidden gems and scorching talents.
And a cracking line-up we have for you too. In the main tent – the
astonishing E2 boasts an unrivalled array of horns (as well as a slightly
pants name) and includes some of this country’s leading session musicians
(having played with the likes of Van Morrison, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Kula
Shaker, Jimmy Page, Amy Winehouse and Sting).

Meanwhile if throwing shapes and twerking are not quite your thing, over in
the Camel Shed our hottest-ever line-up includes: a return visit for the
wonderful Britschool chanteuse Natalie Burgess and jazz guitar virtuoso Al
Wreaves (guitar and vocal); Distal Keys – the best thing to come out of
Leatherhead since the 10:16 to Horsham – an outrageously young and
ridiculously talented trio with hints of Jon Newman or even an early
stripped-down Elbow (acoustic guitar, drums, vocal) ; BB favourites
Daddyfall with another crafted mix of pop covers and their own indie
material (acoustic guitar and bass); Mee and The Band – she’s played the O2
as one of the finalists in the UK Live and Unsigned Music Competition and
has been likened to Paloma Faith, Eddie Reeder (Fairgound Attraction) or
even Kate Bush. Expect beautiful music and a good dose of drama (guitar,
bass, keys, fiddle, flute and fluffy clouds); and topping off the night The
New Hawleans Jug Band. They may be headlining the acoustic stage at Guilfest
this year. but for one night only these crazy jug sorts will be ripping it
up and slapping it down with their rocked-up, jazzed up and messed up
Jugabilly music. So prepare to jug it up, stomp yo feet and slap yo thigh
(blues harp, guitar, doghouse bass, mandolin, washboard and kazoo).

And on a final note I’d like to take the opportunity to put out an APB on
our very own Chief Bar Minion – ‘Huffey’ – who, faithful to the last, was
last seen heading out to one of Gatwick’s most upmarket nightclubs to check
out the bands at one of their infamous LGW nights (apparently local code for
‘Let’s Get Wasted’). As I understand it, they played ‘Jump’ and he jumped.
They played ‘The Twist’ and he twisted. And it was only when they played
‘Come on Eileen’ that he got thrown out. So if anyone spots a handsome but
rather dishevelled barman wearing a Big Bash T shirt and answering to the
name of Huffey, please spare him a fiver for a decaf soya latte and pass on
the message from Zoe that he’s late for his tea.

4 weeks and counting – we’re nearly there!


Nick Russell
The Big Bash

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