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2010 – A Review of a busy year – Q3


(Cont’d from Q2 here)


The start of July saw the culmination of the Rock Orchestra project with performances at Culture Shock festival – “a mini Glastonbury for young people”. Great also to see The Shadracks, Rosie and Josh Giddings all in action in front of good crowds.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Hope and Social did some great dates up and down the country, The Yardbird Club – Grimsby, On a boat in Oxford, The Duck and Drake – Leeds, Mojo – Manchester, Deershed Festival – Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, a moved date at Rehab – Harrogate, another moved date at the Hare and Hounds, Birmingham and Simon did his first ever solo show (supporting Field Music) at Harrogate Theatre. Also, Gary Stewart got his new drum kit.

Despite it being holiday time for my awesome wife and I, July was a bloggy old time!

I was ecstatic to be asked by Kyle Bylin to have my first ever interview on Hypebot, I argued “Worrying About Monetising Your Music Is Holding You Back” on Creative Deconstruction.

Tim Hornsby guset blogged here on with his first post “Sod’s Law“, and Ed Waring posted this much commented on Open Letter to The Music Producers Guild (sighs).

The holiday was pretty good also! It felt like I got a promotion while I was away… I got asked byRoo Pigott to speak about Creative Entrepreneurship at Resonator in Sheffield, Steve Lawsoncontacted me about meeting with MPs to discuss just how things like the DE Bill can damage the music industries and by Andrew Dubber to speak at Unconvention (a music industries event that was part of putting me and Hope and Social on the right path).


Holidays continued into August and Ed’s ace (and hotly debated) Open Letter to The Music Producers Guild continued to cause quite a stir, resulting in Ed and I going to visit MPG founders and directors later in the year. On my return from Thailand Hope and Social were straight into two Festival headline shows, first at Deighton Fest and immediately onto Moor Music Festival.

Back into 6K work from there, Rock Schools, Songwriting Workshops, Mentoring. Great fun!

Sky Larkin released “Kaleide” which opens with “Still Windmills”

It’s released three weeks early too due to a leak of the album by one of the journo’s supposed to be reviewing it. They, and their label Witchita responded fantasticly by rushing the album out via Great album. Highlight for me? Tiny Heist. Go listen and buy!

We also had an amazing time on Hannah’s Birthday in La Rosa in Whitby. Go hire the whole place, it’s amazing!


We started September with the Hope and Social Funbus. 70 people on an open-topped double decker and what fun it was. 3B couldn’t make it so the fantastic Will of Trunk Films and Gavin Freeborn stepped into the breach:

Revellers atop the hsFunbus – By Gavin Freeborn

H&S toured again and Ben, Ed and I went to meet up with the lovely Emma Bearman of The Culture Vulture – we’re hoping those plans come together this coming year. It was through Emma that I happened upon the ace Fire Walk With Me event (which I failed to get around to blogging about, sadly). It was brilliant…

Claustrophobic, weird and wonderful happenings in the black lodge, a cherry pie competition, many Laura Palmer-alikes wrapped in polythene, magic, music. I hope there’s more to come

More gigging, including shows with Arthur Ribgy in Liverpool and in London at the ill fated Luminaire. Love that place, gutted it’s going.


The year’s round-up continues and closes on Monday with Q4 – October through December

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 07/01/2011 12:21 pm

    Why have I not seen the fun bus video before! What a fab film! Brought it all back, although it doesn’t have the bit where the chinese lantern nearly set the bunting on fire!! What a truly amazing day that was though!

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