Celebrating the Summer's End - October 09
The show - Summer's End Festival
Photo © Ben Fenner
Nick and Rob in soundcheck
Bill Smith from Houston, Paul Gibbon and dodgy merchandise bloke!
It was the day of the Summer's End Festival in Lydney, Gloucester, a beautiful area between the Forest of Dean and the River Severn. Crossing the famously huge bridge across the River Severn was fun in an eerie way, with a misty view over the great expanse of water to distant virtually indistinct shapes. After a brief moment in Wales, we were on the home stretch and then there we were at Lydney Town Hall, known for having hosted the Beatles back in 1962, just two weeks after a young drummer called Ringo had joined them...
It seemed just as special to play there half a century later for all of us in front of a great crowd. The house was packed and jumping and it was great to be performing back in the UK to such an enthusiastic audience. They'd come from miles around, and I very much enjoyed meeting people and also seeing some good pals and familiar faces.
We decided to drive back that night rather than stay over, so I'm still bleary eyed in the recovery room right now, overcoming the effects of the strong tea that has replaced the joys of alcohol over several decades of drinking songs... But what a memory of such a great gig!
Demonic keyboard player in soundcheck & demonic drummer in soundcheck...