Over five years after embarking on a This Day In Music Apps project it appears finally to be on the verge of bearing some fruit. I’ve been asked by Red Planet Publishing if I’m interested in writing the latest in their Dead Straight Guides series of books on major rock artists. I’ve contributed to a
Headlander 2015 finished last night with headliners From The Jam providing a suitably crowd-pleasing conclusion. After Hayfest last year the organisers had some late nights and a busy couple of days after the festival, working on the get-out and clean-up, mostly in the torrential rain which had stayed away for the duration of the event.
Headlander 2015 is nearly here. It runs for two days over Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June. I’m stage managing the Happy Valley stage, with Darktown Jubilee headlining on Saturday and Jeremiah Ferrari on Sunday. I’m looking forward to seeing Chickenbone John, Clive Gregson and Alex McKown again, who all played Hayfest last year.
So, just over a month after telling us they wouldn’t be going ahead with the app they’d confirmed they wanted to be official, they’ve released their own app. You never know how much involvement band members have with this type of decision; I suspect most of the discussions and planning were done without having to
Well, over eighteen months after being told the app would be official the band’s representative has just told us the don’t wish to proceed with the app at present. Whilst I’m not surprised I am very disappointed and don’t understand why it’s taken so long to get to this point. If we’d been rejected right
After missing the Christmas release we went back to the band’s management and legal team to say we’re going to go ahead and release the app as an unofficial version. It meant pulling all the official images and music they’d provided but at least it would finally be available. Their response was to tell us
Sadly we’ve been unable to obtain permission to use Hayfield’s cricket pitch this year, so Hayfest 2015 is on hold. However, I’ve been asked to stage manage the Happy Valley stage at the third Headlander festival in Stockport this summer. We’ll be bringing back some of the artists who went down so well at Hayfest.
We’ve just had some great feedback from a member of the band; he loves my This Day In Music app! He’d already bought This Day In Led Zeppelin and was delighted we’re producing one for his band. After all the delays this is excellent news and we’re hoping to release it in time to catch
Well I’ve not had a lot of sleep over the past week or so but it was definitely worth it. Hayfest was a roaring success and the feedback from festival-goers and artists has been overwhelmingly positive. The standard of the music was superb and the sound and light were excellent; our principal sponsor Lightcast put
It’s been a busy summer, sorting out all the logistics for Hayfest in October but we’re just about ready now. To cap it all we’ve finally confirmed our Saturday night headliner: the mighty Steve Harley! Buy a ticket via the Hayfest tickets page before they sell out!