Gwyl Gwydir 2014 @ Llanrwst

By |August 30th, 2014|0 Comments

(review n pix by Special Agent Amy)
gruff gwydir

A small Welsh festival set in North Wales’ very own Llanwrst, hosting over twenty bands over three different stages, surrounded by the Gwydir Forest and giant trees.
It was a twee setting for Gwyl Gwydir to happen, complete with tipi tents, bunting and artwork.

BLOG RHYS MWYN – Gruff Rhys / American Interior @ Gwyl Lenyddiaeth Dinefwr

By |June 22nd, 2014|0 Comments

(review n pix by rhys mwyn)

My ‘gig’ at Gwyl Lenyddiaeth Dinefwr was to lead a walk up to Dinefwr Castle, medieval home to the Princes of Deheubarth, Arglwydd Rhys, Rhys Gryg etc Technically this ‘gig’ was tour guiding rather than a performance although I do tell some stories and certainly my tour guiding includes an element of psycho-geography. But my point here, is that probably for the first time in recorded history, a tour guide got to support Gruff Rhys – now that’s pretty cool and one for the CV !

Festival No.6 – Portmeirion (Sunday)

By |September 16th, 2012|3 Comments

(review n pix – neil crud)

It was inevitable that a festival in the UK in 2012 was not going to escape the weather. We had been blessed by the God of Fair Weather on Friday and Saturday, so it was probably odds on the God of Misery would slap his oar in the water and make us sing, ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me,’ well, we didn’t sing that at all really, but you catch my drift?
And if it had to rain, better to have done so today rather that on the first. If you read my Friday review, you’ll have picked up on the ‘Being Prepared’ message – you have to be prepared for adverse weather, and we were – waterproof clothing and footwear and plenty of beer :).

Number 6 Festival – Portmeirion (Friday)

By |September 14th, 2012|0 Comments

(review n pix by neil crud)

I may have an aching body but I have a cleansed soul after returning from one of the best and eclectic outdoor festivals ever… and I’ve been to a fair few..!
You have your rock festivals in Download, indie-rock in Reading, V Festival has become an X-Factor parody and the Wakestock line-up these days represents children’s Saturday morning TV type rubbish. So to attract the correct clientelle in order to preserve this truly magnificent and unique village in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, the organisers had to pick their line up very carefully. Go Olly Murs and it’ll be full of vomiting kids, go too Mad For It and you’ll get dickheads spoiling for a fight, go too folky and you’ll get a few casualties from the Seventies and little else. So getting the balance right was as equally important as attracting enough people to make sure the books were balanced too. And I think they were almost spot on.

Separado – Neuadd Ogwen, (Pesda Roc Bach) Bethesda

By |April 5th, 2012|0 Comments

(review n pic by jared pegler)

Myself and my bezzie Barry Starmer have a knack of picking really good, different nights out, like attending a private view at a gallery that turned onto a rave; and a trip to see a band in a prestigious North Wales record shop culminating in a trip to see the same band on the same day in prestigious South Wales record shop!