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Tim Baggott from Fox Cubs
"It went a bit Pete Tong"
By Linda Serck
A number of bands from Berkshire made it on to the bill at Glastonbury 2008, though for some it wasn't a smooth journey.... Read the stories below and let us know if you saw a Berkshire band play at Glasto.
Speaking to various members from the Berkshire music scene on Monday, all were understandably snoozy and a little worse for wear. The reason? They'd all just returned from a mad weekend at the Glastonbury festival.
Diane Fox: "It all went a bit Pete Tong"
"It all went a bit Pete Tong but we did get to play!" says Diane Fox, bassist for Reading bands such as Aisle 22 and Swallow.
Diane has had a life-long dream to play at the world famous festival. She's been travelling to the Worthy Farm site for years to enjoy the wide range of eclectic 'arts', but has always harboured an aching desire to perform on one of the stages there.
This year her dream was set to become true, but not without some major hiccups.
Aisle 22 had nabbed a slot on the Green Fuse stage, and would be performing under the name Russell's Teapot (there was already another band on the bill with a similar name, unbelievably) on the Friday of the festival.
But then: disaster.
"The van was impounded," she exclaimed down the phone to me on Monday. "They got near the entrance and the police were checking all the registrations."
Police at Glastonbury 2008
An alleged lapse in insurance meant that Aisle 22's instruments and the van disappeared off with the police.
Luckily the band were let off, but the van had since been taken to Bath.
"I had booked 3pm (on Friday) at the Green Fuse stage for us to play," says Diane, "I had told everyone we were on at 3pm and we were even on the board, playing as Russell's Teapot. A load of people came in asking for Russell's Teapot so we must have been quite popular."
However come 3pm the van with the equipment was nowhere near the site.
"He (frontman Russell) had to get the insurance sorted and had to go to all the way to Bath to get the van back before he could get on site - he didn't get back until 9pm that night."
Luckily the Green Fuse tent organiser allowed them to play the next day - but the woes didn't end there.
"The organiser told me, 'we had a fantastic time last night, but then the power went at 2am and we haven't had it back since'.
"I thought this was fated not to be."
Luckily the power supply was fixed and Russell's Teapot finally made it on stage at 1.30pm on Saturday.
Diane says "Afterwards we were all like: 'yes we've done it!'. It was so great."
A dream has never come true with such difficulty!
Fox Cubs: no smoke without fire
Newbury's Fox Cubs also had difficulty getting on site, owing to issues with car parking passes, but nevertheless the band stormed the BBC Introducing stage on Friday.
"It was really good," says frontman Tim Baggott, "when we started there was quite a small crowd but it filled up during our set."
Fox Cubs are well-seasoned on the gigging front, and recently headlined Steve Lamacq's stage at the Camden Crawl.
"In terms of performance it's not that different to playing any other gig but the fact that it's Glastonbury makes it special," says Tim.
Though a small incident on stage made it hard for the crowd to actually see them play.
"Halfway through our set they set off this smoke alarm, but it broke! It wouldn't stop! So we were engulfed in smoke and the crowd started chanting 'where are ya'!."
You can see video of Fox Cubs' performance here:
The Lightyears: played twice!
Reading/London popsters The Lightyears had in contrast a faultless experience at Glastonbury, playing not once but twice. They played an acoustic the Green Fuse stage on Thursday evening (the night Russell's Teapot were due on)
Keyboardist Chris Russell from the band said: "That was really a good gig because most of the main music hasn't started yet, so people are wondering around looking for entertainment. We had a good crowd."
The next night the trio, who've played at Glastonbury twice before, went head-to-head with Kings Of Leon, who were headlining the main Pyramid Stage.
"This was a bit trickier. We were playing at 10.45pm on the Small World Stage, that was a bit more chilled out. Everyone was drinking chai tea!"
Gerry Del Guercio at Truck Festival
Reading's SixNationState also had a great Glastonbury experience, playing on Friday at Cafe Tango tent.
A tired but happy frontman Gerry Del Guercio told me: "It was phenomenal. People were spilling out of the tent and We were brilliant, we were 'actually' brilliant and tight as anything.
"It was really great to see other bands watching us in the crowd, that meant a lot to us."
And in true festival spirit, Gerry and the band partied pretty much the whole time they were there.
"We arrived on Wednesday and I think during that time I only had about eight or nine hours sleep. I've not washed or changed my clothes since that time, I've just been living in my jeans and tracksuit pants, which are caked in mud!"
And with that I let them all get back to bed - happy recovery guys!
last updated: 01/07/2008 at 16:51
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