Saturday, 28 January 2017

Skegness The Great British Rock and Blues Festival, Butlin's 2017 a Fellows Perspective

Skegness – The Great British Rock (or lack of it!) and Blues Festival 2017

First and foremost I’d like to say that despite everything this was still a great festival and we had fun once again.

Onesie, no onesie, onesie, no onesie, onesie, no onesie + Fender of course
Why was it so different?

1. The music, it would have been better named this year as “The Great British Blues Festival” as there was hardly any rock apart from the DJ’s spinning tunes between the bands, in fact, the only ‘true’ rock band we saw was The Texas Flood, last years introducing stage winners who opened up the Saturday proceedings on Centre stage.

That said we saw some amazing bands and artists over the weekend, for me the highlights were the above mentioned The Texas Flood, Catfish (in Jaks), several of the bands on the introducing stage in the Skyline, notably Southbound, The Wang Dang Doodle & The Zoe Green band plus of course Rainbreakers who opened the Centre Stage proceedings on the Sunday.
Popa Chubby was excellent as were The Blues Band, in fact The Blues Band were the only band we ventured into Reds for this year!

Saturday breakfast at the Frog & Unicorn!
2. The Fellowship? Most of us were there but this year we were notably ‘short’ of Tim and Jo who were still on their amazing tour of far far away foreign parts and due to last minute bookings etc. for the first time in our Skeggy history we were not all billeted together but in two distinct ‘camps’ on the site which also made the whole weekend somewhat different. Fender was of course there making a brief appearance at breakfast on Sunday morning.

Lord Fender of The Fellowship
3. Roadhouse? There was no Roadhouse this year, a massive ‘hole’ in the Jaks weekend, their absence was of course totally unavoidable and understandable due to Gary Boner’s health issues and we all wish him all the very best however the ever lovely Mandie G was there and along with the Blues Matters guys did a fantastic job to keep the Roadhouse Jam well and truly alive in Jaks on the Saturday afternoon, Mandie sung her heart out throughout the afternoon, notable a fantastic acoustic set with the brilliant Roy Mette and with Zoe Green among several others.

The Fellowship Corona's with Mandie G

Roy Mette & Mandie G a fabulous acoustic set

4. I took very few band photo’s this year, for once leaving it to the professionals and gifted amateurs who’s excellent photo’s and videos can be found all over the dreaded Facebook and Youtube, just check out the Skegness Rock and Blues pages on Facebook and you’ll see.

So was it good? You bet your sweet thingamy it was, it was just a shame that it very much looked like they’d poached all the good rock bands for the following weeks Butlin’s festival in Minehead, however this and several other niggling points have been raised with the organisers so perhaps they’ll listen, I hope they do!

So the most memorable points of the weekend?

The mad lot who did a charity dip in the sea on Sunday morning!

The Swimmers!
The friends old and new who were there (You know who you are!)
The excellent bands and artists we saw during weekend (Despite the lack of rock).

Kev’s invention of the three course Yorkshire Pudding meal which just had to be ‘captured’ and commemorated here;

Pudding it this way!

We may have been in Lincolnshire
But it seems that Yorkshire rules
For food served up traditionally
Is only for unadventurous fools
So for an exciting new way
To serve up your grub
You can do no better than to join
Kevin’s Yorkshire pudding club!

Beef Jalfrezi or beef stroganoff
Alone or with rice
Is just never enough
But in a Yorkshire Pudding
It’ll make your gastronomic night
For at Kevin’s pudding club
It’s just all sheer delight

For dessert there’s a Sicilian
Lemon drizzle cake, ice cream and custard
In a Yorkshire pudding of course
Nothing else ‘Cuts the mustard’
And to round off the meal
There’s really only one way to go
And that’s with a house speciality
A Yorkshire pud’ cappuccino!

Jan 2017


Dessert (Invented by Chris Foskett)

So, until HRH Prog 5 in Wales in March it’ll be back to the local gigs for now, phew, I need a rest!


January 2017 

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