By this point, pretty much an annual institution; a gathering of like-minded folks who appreciate good music, fine ciders and great countryside at one of the nicest pubs in the south of England.
The Square and Compass is Pete Lawrence’s favourite boozer, and he, Tom Sweet and Chris Bagust had been doing this event for the past three years, all of which (I think) I’d attended and performed/DJ’d at.
This one was as lovely as ever, we rocked up on the Friday night, and managed to procure a spot in the car park just up the road from the pub where we’d stayed without any problems in the past. This time however, we were rudely awoken at 8am on the Saturday morning by the local church warden, who insisted that we move at our earliest convenience (it’s church-owned land) so we did the correct thing and moved to a nearby camp-site.
However, I managed to bag a spot virtually outside the pub front door, as I’d brought a fair amount of equipment down to perform with. I played a lovely live set of alucidnation material on the Saturday afternoon (inside as usual, even though everyone was outside). There were a group of blokes sat at a table inside, which I found initially a bit disconcerting; I couldn’t tell whether they were enjoying what I was doing or not, but after I’d finished and was making my way out, they all congratulated me on my performance, which made my day.
I played a DJ set on the Sunday too; as usual a top weekend was had by all; many thanks to Tom and Chris for providing the equipment!
Here’s a little slideshow courtesy of Pete Lawrence, Ashley Hutchings provides the soundtrack.