Well, it was a relaxed drive up, the sun
was shining, the cds in the car were setting the mood. It's the Thursday before
the last weekend it July, it's
The car's parked up, the ticket's
It's off to a good start. I'm barely 30 seconds on site and I've already bumped into festival stalwart Peter Buckley-Hill, promoted this year to a full appearance on the Radio Two Stage.
As we're talking, Liz from the Radio Two Stage ventures past. Less then five minutes have passed and I've already caught up with a number of old friends.
I rush across to the beer
tent to see if my worst fears are going to be confirmed. Fortunately they're
not, there is a tankard this year and one is immediately
The food stalls are all here and I know I'll be visiting one of them later, but now I've got that sense of anticipation that is building towards the first band and the start of the festival proper.
Even so there is still time to
I've always said that
There's already a group of people gathered around someone who can't wait for the official start and who has already got his guitar out for an unofficial set by the Guiness Tent. Elsewhere a group of kids are throwing a ball around.
The beer tent is doing good trade and
other festivalers are starting to
Another group of people are discussing
the merits of getting down the front of either getting down the front off one of
the two stages operating tonight or swit
Me I'm a stage whore, I'll go where the
music takes me, but I've got other friends that will swear blind that the One
Well, it's quarter of an hour to so I'm off to get sorted. The honour of kicking off on the Radio Two stage falls to NO I.D, Tom Copson gets it for the club tent. A toss of the coin tells me it's going to be NO I.D.