End of the Road Festival 2017

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I have just been looking through my photographs from this year and thought I would share my End of the Road Festival ones with you. It was my second year visiting and it has fast become my favourite music festival. Here is a little run down of this lovely event…

Getting There

The festival is located at Larmer Tree Gardens, near Blandford, in Dorset.

There are lots of good links from the South to the festival, but it is quite tricky from the North, so I drove. It was my first time driving since January so needless to say I was apprehensive about the mammoth journey. I tooks some Bachs Remedy and braced myself. I felt so much better driving than the year before mainly due to my friends encouraging me. It was good to just know I could do it!

Camping

The camping is an easy walk from the carpark and the stages are really accessible. I really like the size of this festival; easy to navigate and everything in walking distance.

There are hot showers that took 30mins to queue for at about 8ish in the morning, probably less time if I had got up earlier!

The toilets are the best festival toilets I have experienced.I was in shock the first year I went as they always had toilet roll and hand sanitiser and were clean!

I slept well at the campsite but I did wear ear plugs and I would recommend that as my friends were disturbed by noisy neighbours.

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Music

I was really excited to see the headliners, particularly Slowdive and Bill Callahan and they absolutely did not disappoint. Slowdive played on the Thursday night, so it was straight into amazing music, visuals and a very personable, down to earth delivery from Rachel Goswell. Bill Callahan played on the last night and it had been raining all day and continued to do so throughout his whole set, and it was still amazing!

One of the main things I like about EOTR is that I always discover new music. I really enjoyed: Moses Sumney, Nadine Shah, Allison Crutchfield ( now I really wish I had seen Waxahatchee too!) and John Moreland.

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I made a little playlist to share some of the music with you..

Food

The choice of food at the festival is top notch. My favourite was the Pizza Tabun. Not only was their “Greek Pizza” delicious, there was something about the atmosphere there that made it special. They played music that everyone tapped their feet to in the queue, the staff were welcoming and they had lots of seats and tables (so nice at a festival), or am I showing my age?

I also had a lovely (hot) chilli and a very good paneer curry at the other stalls.

Highlights

Watching Breaking Away in the cinema to shelter from the rain. A funny, heartwarming film; just what was needed!

Adam Buxton’s Bug David Bowie special in the woods. Hilarious, affectionate and ended with everyone dancing and singing, what could be better?

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Sitting in the sunshine and listening to great music.

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Sketching at the Garden Stage.

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Stumbling upon impromptu things in the woods. Labyrinth re-enactment anyone?

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That the festival had a ferris wheel!

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Prettiness…

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Tickets are on sale now for End of the Road 2018 and I couldn’t recommend it more highly.I hope this has inspired you to visit!

Happy Sunday!

Kingfisher cards

Lately I have been drawing lots and trying to get a range of cards together that I am happy with. This seems to take me a while; first I have to be happy with the drawing, then I have to hope my screenprint of said drawing works and then I have to be happy with the finished result, including choice of colour, paper etc….you get the picture.

And so here are my new Kingfisher cards (that I am actually pleased with)…phew, it feels nice to say that.

I start with drawing in biro…

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Then screenprint them on recycled card…

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I have listed them in my shop if you want to have a gander !

 

Edinburgh

Just after new year my friend Lisa and I took a jaunt to Edinburgh, it was my birthday and it was so nice to do something special. I studied my Illustration degree in Edinburgh but I haven’t been back for years. I was excited to see old haunts and new changes.

When we arrived Edinburgh was just as I remembered; low, bright winter sun and buildings that make you look up!

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When I lived in Edinburgh I was pretty sketchbook obsessive and my favourite place to draw was the National Museum of Scotland. So this was our first stop ..

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And guess what? I still enjoyed drawing there.

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I think I might still be a sketchbook obsessive.

What places make you smile?

End of Road Festival

This month began with the End of the Road Festival.It was the first time I had been to this and the first holiday for me in absolutely ages!

Having done a pretty relentless programme of Glastonburys, Readings and V Festivals in my youth, I was intrigued to see how this smaller festival would fare. I was also quite relieved to be going to something more manageable.

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So the trip began with me driving down to Dorset with my good friend Lisa and her other half. I hadn’t driven for ages so  was terrified at the thought. After lots of encouragement from these guys I managed it ..and felt so proud of myself!

The festival was really well organised and there were clean toilets, showers available (not much of a queue for early risers) and tasty food stalls.

The first few days I felt a bit twitchy as I had been working so much for my exhibition, this leisure time was an unknown! So I was relieved that I could do life drawing..

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The surroundings were really beautiful, with a sunken garden and peacocks wandering around.

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There were special touches everywhere, magical decorations, surprise things to do, even a recording studio in the woods.

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Lisa and the balloon bit!

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But the best thing was seeing live bands, this is where I didn’t take many photographs, erm too busy dancing…

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I did take one of Amber Arcades and really enjoyed their set. Other highlights were; Kevin Morby, Basia Bulat, Broken Social Scene,Whitney, Oscar, Field Music, Thee Oh Sees, Bat for Lashes and of course Joanna Newsom!

The best thing was seeing live bands but…there was also a Disco Boat every night!  I had serious withdrawal symptoms from this. The loud and quiet magazine’s dj set might be the best disco I have ever been to.

I would definitely go to this festival again and so I remember for next year here are things that I didn’t take that I wished I had:

  1. A scarf or head band-my hair did not respond well to the rain, dancing and wind.
  2. A selection of hats (see above).
  3. More dressy clothes-I went very practical and wished I had packed a few pretty things especially for the disco boat.
  4. More clothes in general-it rained a lot and it was hard to dry stuff.

Things I took that were a good idea:

  1. Wellies
  2. A waterproof
  3. Blanket
  4. A very warm jumper
  5. Lots of snacks
  6. Dry shampoo.

Here is to the next one!

How was your September?

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A few weeks ago on the sunniest day I went for a walk in the hills where I live.Every Friday I walk my friends dog and it gives me the perfect excuse to get outside (I am inside so much printing or painting).

I took lots of photographs as it was so beautiful. There was a slight breeze and warm sunshine. I knew this little walk would provide an inspiration for new paintings and it did;

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I don’t really know why my colours turn out like this but anyway this is my slice of a lovely day.

This painting and  more will be at my exhibition ‘Under the same sky’ at Heart Gallery. It will include lots of landscapes of Hebden Bridge and places close to my heart. The exhibition starts on the 8th of September, I hope to see you there.