I also remember walking around Stone Henge in a time when you were allowed to walk around among the stones and touch them - it does something to you. Such places should never be fenced off.
That's all I remember - and that was the last time I ever went to a music festival. So I was curious about the URBAN ROOTS AND BLUES FESTIVAL. My friend Nigel was playing there with his "band" THE BIG FIBBERS. I'd never seen Nigel play live for years so this was my chance - I also thought it would be a way to visit him without having to drive into London - but that's another story.
Nigel said the festival was small-scale so I'd have no problem finding him - so long as I had no problems finding the festival site... in the middle of Wales at a place with such an unpronouncable name that if you got lost you could never ask for directions: Upper Cwmtwrch !
Well I didn't get lost - just took 6 hours to get there from Staffordshire, and I found Nigel immediately because there weren't more than 30 people when I arrived and there was only one tent, next to the one bar, and Nigel was there. Beer was cheap at 2 pounds 50 a pint, weather was wet, ground was muddy, food was limited to expensive burgers, and the music.... well!
Nigel started the whole thing off with The Big Fibbers and it was a great opening. I was genuinly impressed with their showmanship - and that was the highlight of the whole weekend for me, the only thing better being the Fibbers second performance the following night. I've never really been a fan of blues music, but this was so uninspiring and that's a shame, because I came to be inspired. In a way I was - my thoughts were: if they can do that so can I.
I didn't that weekend, I didn't feel motivated to even join others in the jam tent. I spent the second night, after Nigel's spot, in my camper sleeping.
So, The Big Fibbers were excellent... and I offered to video their performance, which they accepted of course, since they haven't got any decent footage despite having played many many gigs. The videos are now on YouTube for all to see.
I only stayed til the sunday - Nigel had to be back in London and he invited me to stay for a few days, so I liked that idea better than sticking it out another day at the festival. I'm not saying the festival was a flop or anything - lots of people enjoyed it immensely... it just wasn't my thing....... I wonder what is!