July Festivals Preview

After spending the 5 hottest weeks of the year holed up underground in a natural refrigerator, we are poking our moley noses out of the soil, dusting off the blue jackets and donning the factor 50 for 10 shows at festivals this merry month.

Sat. 11th July: Kirkstall Festival

It all kicks off this Saturday with the beautifully formed Kirkstall Festival at Kirkstall Abbey. It’s a family friendly festival, Huxley’s dog won two rosette’s at the 2013 festival, and at just £2 for a programme, it’s a chuffing steal. We’ll be on late afternoon.

Sun. 12th July: Oakwell Festival

We’re hot-footing it straight over to Oakwell Festival on Sunday. Kirklees’ biggest family friendly festival so they say. And some fab music on including The Feeling, Dodgy, Stooshe and yours truly. Huxley’ll be flashing back to his mid-nineties covers-duo days during the Dodgy set, so if you see him, give him a leather waistcoast and point him back to us yeah?

Mon 13th > Sat 18th July: Durham BRASS festival

Oh me my… that means 8 gigging days on the bounce doesn’t it. A show every day this week for the world renowned Durham BRASS Festival Aaaaand we’re writing music for the festival each day, to be performed with New York Brass Band at the [coughs] *family friendly* “Big Brass Bash” shows. Click the links below for more info:

Monday 13th July – Black Hill Park, Consett
Tuesday 14th July – Shildon Hackworth Park (Bandstand)
Wednesday 15th July – Trimdon Community College Sport Field
Thursday 16th July – Seaham North Terrace
Friday 17th July – Spennymoor Jubilee Park

Aaaand lastly for Brass Festival, the Saturday 18th show, “Alternative Brass” at the Gala Theatre. Nine fantastic bands… and Steve Lamacq

It could be worse, we could have to go out drinking with New York Brass Band every night. [shudders]

25th July: Seafest, Scarborough

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We’re planning to make this the start of something a bit more in Scarborough for next year (more on that soon), but to get us started… we’re playing a balls-to-the-floor show at Seafest this year. And yesssss, we’ll be workshoping our tunes with the good people of Scarborough during the day. Find out more at the link of above. Family friendly this one too. [grins]

26th July: Underneath the Stars Festival

We’ve been wanting to play at Kate Rusby’s wonderful Underneath The Stars from the moment we heard about it. We might even take our own children it’s that god-damn family friendly. An Open Farm, a Giant Planetarium, “The Great British Funfair, Music & Dance Workshops (not by us for a change), a Creative Kids Tent and an Artisan Craft Village… that’s even before you get into what happens on the music side of things. Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kate Rusby, Philip Selway, Eddi Reader, Molotov Jukebox, Martin Simpson, Cry Baby Cry, Edwina Hayes and us lot… to name but some.

Aaaaaand Breathe

After such shenanigans, we will be mainly drinking a fine pint of ale, and squirreling ourselves away to finish this next Hope and Social record… but more on that soon!

Hope to see you in the *sunshine/rain/welfare-cut protests/zombie apocalypse.

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Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

Lawrie Stevens
July 28, 2015 at 1:12 pm

HI think you guys are doing something in Shoreham in October. IWould appreaciate a bit of detail into what is planned have the pub booked for the uke group on the 14th October.

Best regards


Rich Huxley
July 30, 2015 at 9:29 am
– In reply to: Lawrie Stevens

I’m emailing you now Lawrie. ;)