On Friday 4th August we were invited to perform on the BBC Introducing Stage at this years Countryfile Live 2017. Us being the professional band we are got to Blenheim Palace nice and early and I’m glad we did! Traffic almost caused one of the other bands to miss their set entirely! So after loading our equipment into a suspect and not really fit for purpose buggy with the stage manager we began our trek through the Countryfile Live show to the stage. Only seconds later Ben was chasing after the buggy as his amp had slid off the back and was being dragged through the estates grounds! A funny sight to see to be sure! “Wait, wait!!!”
The guys from BBC Introducing made us feel really welcome and Basil and his stage team got the sound just right on stage which is always a bonus. It was great to meet BBC Radio 2 and BBC Introducing’s Suzi Purdie as well and I’m sure she had a long weekend of it. It was also a fine sight to see hundreds of people gathering around the BBC Introducing stage during both of our sets. The crowd was really responsive to our new full band sound and in only our second full band show we can definitely feel the band locking in to place nicely. We even had the legend that is Colin Henney on the keys for the couple of sets (a warm up perhaps for his Sunday appearance with his band The Shapes).
Me and Ben also had the pleasure of an intimate Acoustic set on the Garden Stage which was nice change of pace to the BBC Introducing Stage and allowed us to play a more laid back set for the visitors who made their way in to the tent for some respite from the showers.
I did end up spending a fair bit of cash at the food market and even bought some beard oil to keep the mane groomed! Having the opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of the festival as well as playing at it definitely made the day a worth while experience and hopefully we made some new fans along the way.
All in all we are looking forward to being more involved with the BBC Introducing team in Oxford and hopefully you’ll see us on some more events in 2018.