Monday, August 03, 2020

At the Edge of the Sea Lockdown Festival

I'm delighted to have been invited to contribute to David Gedge's At the Edge of the Sea lockdown festival which is going to be streaming on the 14th and 15th of August. It is a unique festival to go to and I've not only made a lot of friends there, but I've also seen some bands that I've stuck with ever since- most notably Jetstream Pony and the Catenary Wires. This is the info from the Scopitones site but there will be more to come:
As we mentioned in our previous newsletter, ‘At The Edge Of The Sea’ [David Gedge’s annual festival in Brighton] has joined the list of events postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This event will now take place on the 13th and 14th of August, 2021.
However, we are very excited to announce that a ‘virtual’ version of the festival will still happen this year!
‘At The Edge Of The Sofa’ - which will be free to watch - will take place during the evenings of 14 & 15 August [the Friday and Saturday that had originally been earmarked for ‘At The Edge Of The Sea XII’].
We are planning to stream this event live on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
We are still working on the exact format but the plan is that David will host the event from his living room in Brighton and introduce a variety of features, including world-wide premieres of nine Wedding Present ‘locked down & stripped back' videos. These will include a brand new Wedding Present song.
David will be on hand to answer questions posted online by viewers and play requests live on his acoustic guitar… as he’s done during his previous streams.
And if that wasn’t enough… you will also be able to see exclusive ‘lockdown’ videos from many of the other fantastic artistes who have appeared at At The Edge Of The Sea over the years [or who were scheduled to appear this year].

So far, we’ve been promised appearances from [in alphabetical order]:
Amelia Coburn / Badly Drawn Boy Chorusgirl CUD
Darren Hayman [Hefner] / French For Cartridge
Helen McCookerybook [The Chefs] / Jake Shillingford [My Life Story]
Jetstream Pony [featuring Shaun Charman (ex Wedding Present drummer)]
Martin from British Sea Power / Melys / Miles Hunt [The Wonder Stuff]
Si,irene [from Japan] / Such Small Hands [featuring Melanie Howard]
Syndromet [from Sweden] / Terry de Castro [ex Wedding Present bassist] 
The Catenary Wires [featuring Amelia Fletcher]
The Popguns / The Primitives
The Sleazoids [featuring Paul Dorrington (ex Wedding Present guitarist)]
The Ukrainians [featuring Peter Solowka (ex Wedding Present guitarist)]
Umut Adan [from Turkey] / Vinny Peculiar
Witching Waves / Young Romance
And, yes, of course, there will be a raffle! Stay tuned for more news about that rest of the festival in our August newsletter.

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