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Thursday, 23 March 2017

FOTS HRH PROG V ADVENTURE & ROADHOUSE AT ESQUIRES

 So, for the last few years HRH Prog at Camp HRH, Hafan Y Mor in North Wales has been very much on the FOTS calendar and this year was no exception for HRH Prog V, this time the whole site dedicated to the prog family hence not shared with the Sci-Fi weekender or AOR as in the past.


In the past we have stopped off for lunch in Shrewsbury at the Weatherspoons, Shrewsbury Hotel, for us 2/3 of the distance but about half of the overall travelling time. This year we decided to set off on the Wednesday, stay overnight in said hotel thus giving us the chance to explore Shrewsbury and its historic buildings and more importantly pubs!


SHREWSBURY WANDERINGS


Buildings of black and white
the oaken beams lean out towards the street
where between the cobbles run flat stone tracks
where once ran coaches and carts
the history seems to ooze up between each crack
each twisting alley and snick, each archway
seems to lead to some hidden gem
of architectural beauty
ancient pubs with uneven floors
low angled doors
sloping benches in hidden rooms
where our thirst is quenched 
by the finest of ales
Shrewsbury, a town of history and hidden tales
as we wander on our voyage of exploration
admiring its beauty
but in reality
only just scratching the surface.

GM
March 2017


Thursday morning saw us setting off for North Wales much refreshed from a good night's sleep and a superb Weatherspoon's breakfast arriving at Camp HRH around lunchtime after a quick detour to Tesco's for the weekend food supplies.

The festival itself was and is a great event at which to catch up with friends from all over the country and I have to say that this years (HRH Prog V) line up was truly exceptional.

Musically the festival could not have got off to a better start with JUMP in the main arena, they were absolutely on top form and delivered a brilliant set.

JUMP
Next up were the ENID in their new 3 piece format and another great set, followed by the mighty PENDRAGON who were also amazing and finally GONG who were quite simply sublime.

GONG
At the DC / VIP / Royalty party in the strangely named "Bonga Wonga" we were treated to a great acoustic set fro PEARL HANDLED REVOLVER.

Hafan Y Mor




CAMP HRH

Camp HRH at Hafan Y More near Phwlthelli
you may have seen it on the telly
where it rains so hard even the ducks take shelter
but what the heck, it doesn't matter
this is a festival and all the venues
bear names that relate to the seaside
like "The Cove" and "The Boardwalk"
so big inside
all rather quaint but perhaps now somewhat dated
harping back to the time when family and friends
were somewhat elated
to take their summer holidays together beside the sea
in vast holiday camps such as these
the pub and restaurant is called "The Mash and Barrel"
OK, no problem, no mystery there to unravel
but please, please someone, help me out
what the f**k is "Bonga Wonga" all about?

GM

March 2017

Friday saw PEARL HANDLED REVOLVER, PANIC ROOM, THE PRETTY THINGS, CURVED AIR, JOHN LEES BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST and the mighty HAWKWIND in the main arena (Stage 1) while we had RED SPEKTOR, MASCHINE, DREAM CIRCUIT (Farewell gig!) CREDO, DAVY O LIST and DAVID CROSS BAND in stage 2.

We caught all the bands we wanted to see and of course aired the (now all too familiar) Corona  shirts!


The Fellowship 5 at Prog V
The intense use of smoke machines and LED spots make band photography all but impossible these days except for the professionals and gifted amateurs with expensive cameras so I didn't really bother much this time with my little digital Instamatic that has served me so well in years gone by!


DREAM CIRCUIT - Farewell :(

CREDO in brilliant form once again

HAWKWIND???????
What a fantastic surprise it was at the Hawkwind gig to fine we'd been sitting with Dibs's mum, sister and brother in law, truly lovely people and of course Sam who had been dancing 'down the front'.

The Friday night after party saw us royally entertained by Red Spektor playing a full electric set, very nice.  

On Saturday we had VERBAL DELIRIUM, KARNATAKA, THE STRAWBS, ATOMIC ROOSTER, IQ, WISHBONE ASH and another incarnation of THE ENID on stage 1 whilst on stage 2 we had KONCHORDAT, LUNA KISS, HAZE, HEIGHTS, THE GIFT and GANDALF'S FIST.

We caught Konchordat before a CRF Ambassador's meeting, caught up with those wonderful young men Luna Kiss before their excellent set, followed by a great sets from Haze, Heights and The Gift before heading across to stage 1 for what was probably for us the two gigs of the day, IQ followed by Wishbone Ash, so different but so so good!


LUNA KISS

HAZE

THE GIFT
All in all it had been a damn fine festival, in a way it's a shame that HRH Prog V1 is being brought forward to November this year as it seems only a couple of us can afford the holiday and being only two the price sky rockets unless we can find someone to make up a party of six, seven or eight.

The journey home was beautifully panned out by a detour to Bedford, to Danny's Bar in Esquires for the return of ROADHOUSE, what a party that turned into too, it was so good to see Roadhouse back and in such good form, plus of course catching up with one or two Fellowship members that sadly couldn't make it along to HRH Prog V this year!


The very excellent ROADHOUSE

Is it a gig or is it a party? It's both!

ROADHOUSE are back!

What a weekend, I need a rest, so until the next time, cool runnings one and all.

GM March 2017

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