2014 at the Exile - what a corker. The weather was unseasonably cool but the music was seasonally great, so in consequence there were no sun related headaches just lots of fun.
A magical crowd of folk arrived from over the hill to start camping, dancing, eating, drinking and carousing for three of the best days we've ever had at the Exile. The late night sessions where, by all accounts, some of the best ever, and people will be talking about the bass player from Apple of my Eye's stamina long into the future.
Stand out acts for me this year were: Indigo Sky, Blackfish, Hicks and Goulbourn, Fat Digester and Apple of my Eye - although your mileage will no doubt have varied, and everyone who played made for a superb overall atmosphere and helped create a beautiful experience for all our visitors. Part of discovering Exile is discovering new sounds.
This is a quick post to thank everyone who made the festival happen, everyone who played and performed, and everyone who visited us, for making it a very special Exile Festival weekend. Thank you.
Lytisha and Kate from The School of Story and Art will be running story making workshops for families, grown ups, children and other festival goers on Saturday and Sunday mornings 10.45am - 12 noon.
Buzzing on Saturday Morning:
Saturday morning we'll be thinking about all things bee and butterfly related. There will be bee stories, waggle dancing, butterfly making and together we'll create some poems about Buzzy Bee's adventures.
Sunday is Dreamy Day:
Come and create some dreamy stories, using sounds, moves and words. Together we will tell tales set in fantastical places, create and explore our dream world and develop a story dance. Sessions are £2 per head to cover cost of materials.
We have added three more bands to the line-up - take a look.
Here is a preview of Rita Payne to add music to the beautiful spring days we are all enjoying.
Play. Read. Drink. Buy a flippin' Ticket.
Thanks to two Simons, we are reminded what great talent we had at the Exile Fes in 2012.
Simon the Soundman - thanks for the link - and Simon Gray - thanks for filming and coming back for more and more.
Simon (Gray) made five videos in 2012; take a look. I picked this one because the wonderful Jack Badcock and Ciaran Ryan lead off, but Shades - one of our young bands that year - and Salmagundi, both punch above their weight.
OK - News of bands - Lots of confirmed acts for 2014, all worth more than a moment of your time.
Check out the links to their websites and Facebook things. Even a few MySpace sites still which is amazing - go MySpace...
The Buffalo Skinners are visiting from fields afar; a few old faces making a come back; and new young bands making a debut.
Take a look at the Bands Confirmed so far for the Exile Fes 2014.
Put these dates in your calendar:
2014 - Exile Festival – 27th 28th and 29th of June.
We're looking forward to seeing you there.
Bands and other acts for 2014 are now being booked or are already booked, stay tuned by RSS, on Twitter or on Facebook for more news.
Also, we have a pretty, new website with lots of lovely photos from last years Exile taken by Gareth appearing at the top of most site pages – take a look around.
I know, groan worthy, but I just couldn't resist it as I am currently - wallpapering.
We'd like to thank Ryan Thomas for stepping up to replace 'Blue Wallpaper' who were due to appear on the Friday evening but are sadly no longer able to make it to the Exile.
Thanks Ryan, we're looking forward to hearing you.
There's no way to say this other than 'we made a matched pair, spherical object' mess-up of that last blog post announcement.
Our humblest apologies to Phil and Ian who we are pleased to say are definitely playing at this years Exile and we're really looking forward to hearing them on stage ...
Vanderverse Priority have agreed to play at the Exile replacing Jackson Walker who are sadly unable to make it on the Saturday evening. Doh.
Sort your diaries out accordingly.
Phil Doleman and Ian Emmerson are playing
Phil Doleman (ukulele, guitar) and Ian Emmerson (ukulele) have built a reputation as entertaining, playful, engaging performers, as well as being considered two of the finest exponents of the ukulele. In their original compositions and interpretations of standards, they take in jazz, folk and roots, both songs and instrumentals and seem to have a musical 'telepathy' which allows them the freedom to stretch out and really play, in every sense of the word!