Sunday, 3 May 2015


Ah, it's a Bank Holiday weekend and it's Saturday and for once it isn't raining, so it had been arranged that as many of us who could drag our bones away from the gardening, the DIY, the BBQ, the shopping and anything else one may feel inclined to do on a Saturday and make our way over to Baldock for the Baldock Independent Beer Festival, a grand annual event held at Brandles School.
The great thing about this beer festival is that it also has some pretty damn fine music on offer too, all the more reason for popping along!

You could say it was fairly well attended!
Now, despite being somewhat into my real ales, this time I didn't take any tasting notes nor did I tick off those beers I tried, the reason, simple, among the plethora of fine ales and ciders on offer I discovered to my delight that they had a range of beers from two of my favourite breweries, Dark Star and Potbelly, just slurping my way through these was more than enough and besides which I was here for the music and to have fun with FoTs.

After the beer festival Chris and I were off to Club-85 for Roger & Liz's wedding celebration gig with Roxy Searle (Who also played at the beer festival), Indi and the Vegas and Nathan Watson, which itself was a splendid event, so, without further ado:-

Do you fancy a beer and a gig or two?

Overheard at Baldock beer festival
“Oh that’s no good they’ve only got beer and cider here”
Well what on earth did they expect, this is a beer festival!
Soft drinks and snacks could be bought at the other stall
And for those who enjoy their real ale, like us
There was choice almost beyond belief to sup
Even if it did feel a little like being in the social club 
At times due the number of people from work that were here
On a sunny Saturday afternoon full of beer
We had to pace ourselves so as not to peak too soon
There was Kevin, Chris, Alan & Jackie
Lynne & Paul and Tall Paul & me
Nick the drummer from Aghast and of course ‘G’
And seemingly
Hundreds of other people too

Chris, Kev & 'Tall' Paul
What a splendid do
Not only was the beer on tap
But excellent music to liven up the place
4th Labyrinth with Claudia on bass

4th Labyrinth

Roxy Searle who Chris and I would see again later

Roxy Searle

Joan ov Arc who really rocked

Joan ov Arc

And Highway to Stella
To round off the afternoon

Highway to Stella
For us it ended all too soon
But Chris and I were off on another adventure
Just a short trip by train
To Hitchin and we were drinking again
A quick one in the Nightingale

Before chicken and chips
And Club-85 and more ale
And Roxy again
This time loud and clear
Not obscured by the festival cheer
Her own songs sung with a passion
Rare in one so young

Roxy again and an excellent performance it was too
And then came Indi and the Vegas
And they gave us
Funky rocky songs
With a flavour of African beats
A real treat

Indi & the Vegas

And finally Nathan Watson
What a talent, what a voice 

Nathan Watson and the Frreakanomics

Funky soul tinged rock nice and loud
They all did Roger and Liz proud
What more can I say?
What a splendidly magnificent day.

Indeed, a day of truly epic proportions, the most amazing thing was that Chris and I did actually manage to pace ourselves and not overdo it at the beer festival so we were in a 'fit state' to make it along to Club-85 for the gig and extend our congratulations to Roger and Liz, now Mr. & Mrs. King, so, until we venture out once again, who knows where, well, actually I do, it should be Babajack and Larry Miller at theBorderline in London next Friday, until then...........................................

Grant Meaby May 2015 

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