hopped in the taxi with all my food packed in my rucksack
and made sure that I had lots of warm clothes as I could see
the weather was looking bad, but I didn't care because I was
heading off to Rockinbeerfest!
first thing I did was get my pass, which was amazing because
it was officially my first press pass. I carried my
mic with me and headed to the main stages. People were putting
up their tents, drinking beer and as about 2,000 people piled
in the atmosphere was already great and it was only Friday.
I sat on the grass with my friends and waited for the first
bands to begin.
the weather got worse and it thundered like I've never heard
before. OK, the weather was bad, I was drenched and was sitting
in a marquee getting a bracelet made with my name on, but
I had such a smile on my face as I love festivals.
After the storm stopped, and bands began to play, I had a
really nice evening, and was happy leaving, knowing that I
would be returning the next day.
was such a better day weather-wise; I trekked into the festival
with my press pass and straight away went to the unsigned
tent where I saw Frank Hamilton playing, who was part of the
RockTech crew. After he did his set I managed to have a quick
interview with him, so check that out. I wandered to the front
stage, where I sat and ate junk food - burger and chips -
and had a henna tattoo done on my back which is very
pretty and now I want a real one.
was preparing myself for the big event of the evening and
my interview with The Stranglers, when a band called Project
X began to play. They had a really good sound and as I was
with the BBC how cool - I managed to head backstage
and catch up with these guys for an interview. OK, so that's
two interviews done in the space of an hour, I needed a rest.
I headed back to the burger bar and sat with my friends enjoying
the sound, sun and atmosphere of the festival. Then a crazy
Scottish band came on stage, and caught my eye. The band,
The Ghosties, had a wicked sound and I ran over and got yet
another interview. It was 4pm and I was ready to get my interview
with The Stranglers. I headed to the front desk where they
told me to leave my number and I would get a phone call saying
I could go for the interview. Three hours later I was told
I had to prepare for an interview in 20 minutes.
was interviewing Jay Jay (Jean Jacques Burnel) from The Stranglers,
and my nerves didn't get the best of me and the interview
went really nicely - and Jay Jay is seriously a lovely guy.
After that I headed back to the festival where I plonked myself
on a blanket and watched the rest of the festival. The Stranglers
played amazingly and I got in at 12.30 that night, feeling
pleased with the day's interviews.
knew it was the last day but Sunday's weather was still shinning
and the atmosphere at the festival was just as fun. I was
nervous today however, as my boyfriend Simon, from 9foldpunch
was playing. The grass had become really muddy and I finally
decided to be a true festival girl by just flinging myself
to the floor and watching the bands. After interviewing The
Stranglers the night before I was definitely on a high and
just wanted to really enjoy the last day.
where on at 12.45pm and the festival became a lot busier which
made me less nervous about their set. They played amazingly
well, and really impressed the crowd. I wanted to interview
the guys but thought I would leave them to pack up. Lots of
bands played really well and I don't know whether it was because
it was the last day but the festival became really packed
and everyone was having a great time.
managed to get 9foldpunch while they were packing up and had
an interview with them. After the interview I headed back
to my now 'local' burger bar and sat and watched more bands.
I was sad to see the night and weekend ending but as I was
so tired I was ready to head home. The weather, apart from
Friday, could not have been better and it was definitely a
weekend to attend!