Hello you lot and welcome back to the blog on what appears to be a Friday at last. Apologies for a short drought in updates this week but a combination of work and sick youngsters in the household have limited my blogging time. Hopefully we’ll regain some momentum in the days ahead because as ever there is quite a lot to cover on The Clash front.
First of all today an apology for an (expected) inaccuracy in my last post that I did modify in the update itself but you may have missed. That rather fantastic mural that I featured of Joe Strummer was presumed to be located in the new plaza that will be renamed in Joe’s honour in Granada. It was a logical assumption; it was obviously Spain and the work on the square was earmarked to begin this month but as I noticed I wasn’t 100% sure. Thus I must thank Javier for getting in touch and clarifying that the mural is actually located in Almeria. Full details are on the last post but I’ll try and get the exact address as I’m sure many will want to try and visit this in the months and years ahead, myself included (it’s the hope that kills you). On the same subject if anyone has the inside track about what’s going to happen in Granada please get in touch so we can share that on the blog.
Speaking of things worth sharing I’m excited to announce the lineup has been confirmed for this year’s Strummercamp event. Yet again this festival provides the perfect mix of outstanding value, an excellent lineup of acts and all in celebration of the work and life of Joe Strummer. The other intangible that the posters aren’t really able to convey is that the consensus of opinion is that this is full of some of the nicest people you’d ever want to meet at a music festival. A bit of a (nice) echo of the past in that the people at the festival make the event even better, a direct contrast to the corporate monstrosities that Reading and Coachella have become no name just two.
The lineup this year features a really impressive top of the bill including The Undertones, The Beat, The Men They Couldn’t Hang, Vice Squad and the Neville Staple Band. Further down the bill has also shaped up nicely. It’s all taking place the bank holiday weekend of May 24,25,26 at the same location in years past which specifically is the Manchester Rugby Club in Cheadle Hulme.
Adult tickets for the entire weekend are priced at £55, child tickets £15 and a family pass (2 adults, 2 kids) is £120. Please note these are early bird prices and won’t last long. As ever thanks to everyone who has organised this years event which happens to be the 8th Strummercamp so far. Below are the official links – if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.