I’m hoping if I say that often enough then it’ll just happen. I would miss the hours spent in cafes but it would mean I wouldn’t spend all my money on coffee.
Everything behind the scenes at the moment is moving at a frantic speed - we have our first copy deadline in less than a week and everything has to do be confirmed by then. It’s mad. I’m only able to do this now because I’m waiting for some stuff to upload and the internet is next to useless when that’s happening.
We’re drowning in press packs, photos, contracts, agendas, plans, a million emails, submissions and sounds. It may be chaos but it is very exciting because this is the time we can say yes to things and think big - in two weeks everything will be in and we’ll move into a production phase - this is where we have to get everything we’re going to need, everything we’re promising now and actually make the festival, that’s where we regret thinking big and wish that we’d just gone for coffee instead (but we do that anyway….hmm)
"remember to enjoy yourself"
If you manage to stick your head above the hours spent at the computer then it is good fun. I really believe that this is going to be a great festival - it’s going to have beautiful events with stunning music, truly brilliant artists and a highly caffeinated, slightly giddy festival team that are going to make it all come together using huge amount of energy and enthusiasm if nothing else. A huge thanks to Steve Mead of the wonderful Manchester Jazz Festival who I spend an afternoon gathering tips from - massively helpful and reassuring.
We’ve got some great stuff in the pipeline before September though.
There’s Ryøst/Metamorphic in less than a month at More Music. Go listen to them here it’s great.
And we’re announcing our full festival programme on the First Friday of July at The Hall.
Oh and you can register your interest in tickets for either of our two headliners here - we’ll let you know the minute they become available so you don’t miss out. Multi-award winning Beats and Pieces! Neil Cowley in The Round! What’s not to like?
We’ll see you soon!
Matt Robinson - Festival Director