Early Summer 2016.
Hello. Today [June 7th], whilst I have a rare small window of opportunity I thought I’d best update the website with some news of forthcoming gigs and decisions regarding pricing policy for digital on this and my BandCamp site..
The Sale becomes Permanent…
As you’re aware, I announced a limited sale price of 25p on all digital downloads on this site back in March.
This decision has been a pretty interesting experiment – so rather than reverting back to full price for digital, I’ve decided to maintain this price for the forseeable future.
Common sense dictates that a listener is far more likely to support the artist if they’re prepared to place less financial value on their goods, and if I’m honest, the previous price of £1 per download was steep to say the least. 25p ain’t.
So whilst CD’s and vinyl will remain at the same pricing structure that they’ve always been, all digital is now at this permanently reduced price.
If you haven’t read it already, I’ve written a rather erudite article about it too, so if you’ve a few minutes to spare, please have a read.
If you’re a regular reader here, you’ll know I had a hip operation in early March. At the time of writing this, we’re now about 11 weeks on, and things appear to be knitting and healing very well, thanks.
In actual fact, some days go by and I almost forget that I underwent the whole procedure, so I’m really pleased I overcame my [unwarranted] fears and went for it.
I can now actually get onto my bike and have started to build up my fitness in readiness for some longer rides with my old friend Simon – I just need to rein in my impatience and make sure I don’t do too much too soon. Full recovery tends to take around a year, so gentle exercise is the order of the day here.
If you’re interested in reading more you can read more about my observations here if you’re interested!
Unusually, I’ve got a few bits and bobs lined up this year…
19th – 21st June
Our annual sojourn to one of the best pubs on the south coast of England; The Square and Compass on the Isle of Purbeck. Pete Lawrence curates a weekend of trad and modern music with superb quality ciders and homemade pasties served up at the pub as a rather tasty backdrop.
There’s more information about this here on FaceBook. The lineup includes James Brothers, Wholesome Fish, Guy Morley and Spike.
I’ll be doing my traditional slot, opening up proceedings on Sunday lunchtime. Let’s hope the solstice weather smiles on us all!
14th – 17th July
OK, so Festival Republic, who run this gig, are akin to the epitomy of the ‘dark side’, but I can console myself in the knowledge that I’ll be performing on the Solas Stage – a fringe stage which strictly speaking, has little to do with Latitude as a whole.
Either way, as a member of the original ambient electronica movement [their words, not mine!] I was genuinely chuffed to be asked to curate and programme this stage by the Body & Soul organisation. Body & Soul already run their own highly successful boutique festival each year in Co. WestMeath, Eire, as well as running a ‘festival within a festival‘ at The Electric Picnic, Ireland’s biggest and most famous knees-up.
I have to admit I had reservations about taking on such a role, but I’m glad I’ve faced my demons as we’ve assembled a really great selection of eclectic acts to play for you throughout the festival. I’ve tended to concentrate more on ambient electronica, pulling together some of my favourite established artists and DJs.
The full lineup will be announced in the next few days and I’ve also written a short blog about it which you can read here, once I’ve finished it..!
5th – 7th August
In a rare turn of events, I’m going to be playing out some of my stuff out at this rather lovely little festival in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside.
The Together 2016 Festival will be held in Thoulstone Park and will bring together around 600 friends, and friends of friends, with all profits being dontated to the Awamu Foundation. The emphasis is going to be on a good, varied soundtrack, whilst languishing in 145 acres of rolling parkland.
The lineup is particularly eclectic, including A Guy Called Gerald, WrongTom and Belleruche.
All we need now is some good old fashioned English sunshiney weather and it’ll be the perfect prescription.
Follow the link for more information and also to get hold of tickets. Come on; it’ll be a lovely party!
The Campfire Convention
12th – 14th August
Whilst I don’t think I’m playing or DJing at this event [unless I’m asked to!], I’m keen to lend my support in whatever capacity I can to this.
It’s my old friend and Big Chill founder Pete Lawrence’s latest venture. Campfire is primarily an online-based community, but this shindig will hopefully unite members in person at a beautiful venue on the English/Welsh borders near Hay on Wye.
A number of years in the making, Campfire aims to be different. The Campfire platform is designed to be truly progressive in an era where increasingly Facebook/Google-style algorithms define and categorise us according to commercial imperatives. The priorities of the Campfire community will be led by its members.
Last weekend I was lucky enough to be at the inaugral meeting at the venue where ideas were discussed and the site was explored by myself and about 20 other like-minded people. A genuine campfire was enjoyed by night and it was a joyful experience, being at one with fire and the sound of the stream burbling nearby – the essential elements.
The Convention will showcase talks by a variety of people, including a rare appearance by Brian Eno. Music includes sets from Edward II, DJ legend Greg Wilson, Jennifer Reid, phenomenal guitarist Adrian Legg and a live set from Will Pound and Eddy Jay, whose performance at last year’s Chilled Cider was a personal highlight.
In a nutshell, the emphasis is less on being a festival, more on being at one with the surroundings, enjoying the peace and tranquility and enjoying the hospitality of the Bridge Inn, where a range of delicious beers, ciders and home-cooked grub is on offer at reasonable prices.
Tickets are now available here. I think it’s a really reasonably priced event if you consider that simply booking a plot on a campsite these days costs around £20 per night…