FIVE FAVES OF TØNDER: THE FESTIVAL THAT NEVER SLEEPS

The Danes have a distinctive, peculiar way of applauding. To show their appreciation for a particularly good performance, rather than the ripple of unsynchronised clapping we (Brits and possibly the rest of the world) break out in, theirs is a chant-like clap in unison. It’s a sound I got used to with over four days of stunning […]

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HOW TO BE A HAPPY CAMPER

“I wanna sleep on the hard ground, in the comfort of your arms, on a pillow of blue bonnets, in a blanket made of stars…” It might’ve sounded good to the Dixie Chicks but the thought of sleeping on the hard ground doesn’t appeal to everyone, no matter how much we might love songs about red […]

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Country Stars and Their Nashville Bars

I’ve been dreaming (some would call it scheming) about taking advantage of British Airways’ new direct flights to my spiritual hometown, Nashville. Social media feeds are currently adding to the obsession by providing a constant stream of friends’ photos from CMA Fest. The logical reaction, of course, is to start to plan my own fantasy […]

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The Long Road Festival and Other Dilemmas

Is anyone else spending as much time thinking about country music festivals as I am at the moment? They have become a much needed symbol of escape for me. I am in a cramped temporary production hub in the south Wales Valleys. This is my office / home / universe for the next few weeks […]

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Which is the Best Country Music Festival for You? [QUIZ]

Country fans, we are apparently the 2018 zeitgeist. Seriously, The Guardian newspaper said so. That’s probably why this year, the UK has more country music festivals to choose from than ever before. There’s Nashville Meets London set among the skyscrapers, Millport on a Scottish Island, while two of the biggest (Buckle and Boots and newbie […]

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