Well maybe not the hills, but the Bush is soon to be.
On Saturday 7th May this year Shepherd's Bush is to host Bushstock, a one day music festival to take place at 4 local music venues. I had anticipated the Empire and Bush Hall would be two of these, but nul points to Birdie. It's a pleasant surprise to hear that Bushstock is keeping it nice and raw and intimate by choosing the following much smaller venues: home of the first few tweet ups The Goldhawk, our famous public toilet-cum-comedy-night-cum-nightclub Ginglik, home of soon to be Open Cinema's Shepherd's Bush film-without-borders club St Stephens & Thomas' Church and a slight outsider (thanks to it's W14 postcode, but hey we'll allow it) Shepherd's Bar.
It is being launched by Communion who rightly pride themselves as being "independent champions of good music" at club nights and festival dates across the country and beyond. However it all began in 2006 with a successful regular night at Bird in the Bush favourite, Notting Hill Arts Club (and continues to do so on the first Sunday of every month), so it would seem they are aiming to stay true to their West-Landan roots by organising Bushstock for us West-is-Best folk. If it's more credibility or mainstream relevance you're after, one of Communion's founders is Ben Lovett of Mumford and Sons fame. Now as an established record label (Communion Records) they also boast a number of promising up-up-up-and-coming artists including the rather lovely Matthew and the Atlas and the rather hairy but jolly exciting sounding Philadelphia Grand Jury.
The full Line Up is yet to be announced but with 30 bands promised, I will put my dancing shoes on the line to say that I am confident it will be one that is worth heading out and listening too, especially seeing as they are coming right to our pub (and church) door steps.
Tickets are available now at a reduced early bird price and more information can be found at www.bushstock.co.uk.