Good evening, I hope your weekend went well. It’s been beautiful here, so beautiful that doing more than enjoying the weather, digging the garden and having a beer have been the sum total of my efforts thus far. Good to recharge though as I expect the busy week about to arrive will change all that.
Next weekend I wanted to help you all avoid the dire celebration of the Jubilee in the UK. You can either sit along the banks of The River Thames watching some glorified celebration of a monarchy that should have been removed by Cromwell or celebrate the life of Joe Strummer up in Manchester. I know where I’d rather be (if it wasn’t for the $1,200 airfare from here to Manchester), but if you’re in the UK I really hope that you can make it to Strummercamp 7 up in Cheadle Hulme. I know these austerity led times mean that cash is in short supply and I also know that when things are tough we need to be in the company of good people and good times even more so than usual. Strummercamp 7 looks set to be the best event yet, I’ve never been in a position to attend but I can share the fact that I’ve seen so many positive accounts of previous festivals that I can all but guarantee an outstanding weekend. It’s not often I say that about Manchester, so you ought to take me seriously.
Tickets are still available for the entire weekend along with specially priced single night tickets if you want to see specific bands/don’t want to camp. Adult weekend tickets are £65, child weekend tickets are £20 with day tickets £35 and £10 respectively. If you want to make it for a specific evening tickets are just £25 from 6pm onwards (for Saturday and Sunday nights). Full information and the link to purchase tickets is here.
This years lineup is as brilliant as it is broad and the organisers deserve massive credit in pulling together such an array of acts. I know that most of you who are planning to attend are already suited and booted and just waiting for Friday to roll around but if you’re one of those who are perhaps landing on the site for the first time ever (remarkably that accounts for between 40-60% of all visits to the blog every single day) and didn’t know about Strummercamp you’ll be making plans as soon as you finish reading this. That would make my efforts worthwhile, it’s a brilliant event in the right spirit and deserves your support. That’s my spiel for tonight – get along if you possibly can.
To the acts performing I wish you sunshine, warm weather and the adulation that only a Clash fan can offer. To those attending a safe and enjoyable weekend and a chance to make new friends or reconnect with old ones. I do expect photos and video please. Tim