Loaded up with camping gear, stores and our show equipment, we left Penzance in Cornwall early Thursday morning for the 10 hour drive north to Lancashire and the Down by the Riverside Festival. This is a new festival held on a farm in beautiful countryside which is part of the Wyre Way on the edge of moor land.
We arrived in beautiful sunshine and pitched our camp, lit the fire and enjoyed a peaceful evening.
The next day we had a late start as it was very wet in the morning, but as soon as it had cleared up, we headed around to the site and put up the set of Bellevue Hotel. This would be the first time performing the show on grass and we wanted to make sure that we had plenty of time to sort out any problems.
We had a wonderful welcome from Steve Lawrence, the organiser and his impressive team. We need not have worried, the set went up smoothly, which left us time to relax and enjoy this idyllic countryside – so very different from Cornwall. After going on a short walk we returned to see the campsite filling up with festival punters putting up tents and starting the party early.
Steve and his team worked hard to ensure that all the visitors had a wonderful time. Our performances went well with lovely feedback from the public. We were definitely ready for a beer and pizza after performing two shows and packing up the set. Luckily it did not rain on the festival day, but the following morning we had to put away a wet tent, even though we tried to dodge the showers.
For a first event it was very successful, and we look forward to seeing its development in future years.