Bushstock is less than two months away and I hope you are ready for Shepherd's Bush's first one day festival; 30 acts across 4 venues on Saturday 7th May 2011. Thus far six acts have been announced: Fink, The Staves, Tom Williams and the Boat, Cloud Control, Sarah Blasko, Treetop Flyers.
I am personally very excited. I am preparing for Bushstock by not having a haircut before and breaking in (i.e. ruining) a new pair of Converse by doing a few circuits of the Walkabout on a Sunday night. Mo and I have bought our tickets and I'm planning on bribing recently blogged about Bush Photographer Suma (in beer and bagels) to join us and capture the best moments (I promise to keep open mouth shots to a minimum, Mum).
If you aren't yet convinced that this will be a great day in Shepherd's Bush (especially if you like live music and collect dirty festival wristbands) maybe the following will give you more information. Last night I was invited to pop down to Ginglik for Communion's first live music night there. I grabbed a a few minutes with one of Bushstock's organisers from Communion, Maz, to grill him about Bushstock and what festival-goers can expect. (Thank you Maz!)
This is the video of our chat which should give you a better idea of what Bushstock will be all about. It was filmed last night outside Ginglik on Shepherd's Bush Green, which will be one of the four venues.
A few things I would like to point out about the video interview;
1. Night vision goggles may improve the viewing quality.
2. I was not drunk. I was not purposefully trying to be a bad Fearne Cotton ("awesome" *cringe*).
3. Step away from the microphone Birdie. I clearly need my volume control re-setting.
4. Why do I sound like the 50-a-day love child of Geri Halliwell and Mariella Frostrup?
5. I am re-thinking ever featuring video interviews again, unless I get a voice transplant or someone else asks the questions. Any volunteers?
Soooo COMPETITION TIME!
How would you like to win that Limited Edition LP from Communion Records? It's all wrapped up still, shiny and new and it screams "Collector's Item". I reckon it'll be worth at least £17.50 on Ebay in a year or so. (You can even see how happy I am about it in thanks to my dire photo skills).
All joking aside, it's a very special prize and I'm very grateful to Communion for giving one of my readers a chance to own this. Maz has kindly let me have a very free reign on how to pick a worthy winner so first person to run around Shpeherd's Bush Green naked wins... KIDDING! That would be far too unoriginal and has been done way too many times before.
Instead I'd like you to answer the following questions which is based on the fact that I use song lyrics as the titles of all my blog posts. I would like to know the following:
Which song, or song title or song lyric best describes Shepherd's Bush to you, and why?
It can be for personal, amusing. emotional or downright daft reasons just try your best to explain why.
For example, We Are the People by Empire of the Sun makes me think of Shepherd's Bush because very bizarrely it always ends up playing when I am running back into the Bush on my recent training runs and also the words "we are the people" has a new meaning since our successful few tweet ups.
Please leave a comment with your answer and maybe a link to the song itself on Spotify or YouTube. Please also make sure you leave me with a name and preferably a Google Profile or Twitter name so that I can get back to you.
UPDATED: Please note that I've decided not to publish the Comments immediately so that people aren't put off if someone else has picked a song they may have wanted to talk about.
I will announce the winner on Saturday 16th April, which is exactly four weeks before Bushstock.
(FYI: I will be asking Maz and other specially selected Bush residents to assist me in picking a winner so as to make it as fair as possible and rendering your attempts at bribing me with cake (carrot is my favourite, coffee and walnut my next favourite) or wine (Chianti, thanks) completely futile.)
I will leave you now with Maz's picks of the so far announced artists:
Tom Williams and the Boat (I also found this video of them doing a live cover of Bonkers by Dizzee Rascal)
And doing another live cover which you may recognise...