This weekend I had the great pleasure of my debut appearance at the Big Chill.
I’d heard a lot of good things about this festival from friends and had thought earlier in the year about buying a ticket before we decided we were too broke. So you can imagine how chuffed I was to get a call from Ambient Guru Mixmaster Morris inviting me to come along and play.
Its a terrific site with a great array of (mostly) chilled music and I found myself playing in a lovely tent called Vida La Vida in the Body and Soul area – the tent plays host to yoga classes and the like during the day with a Mixmaster Morris curated array of music in the evening and some handy energy giving cocktails on sale from the bar. I played an hour set to an appreciate crowd – smallish at first, but growing in numbers as the set went on. Got an encore too!
Other highlights of the visit (our first festival in Rusty the Campervan) included Orbital, Ludovico Einaudi (in collaboration with a drummer and laptop guy from Germany) and Rodriguez who’s seminal album “Cold Fact” I’ve gotten to know via Lyndall – a welcome return for an artist who had spent twenty years in the wilderness and the irrascible and incisive comedy of Dylan Moran.