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As tickets go on sale for Musicport 2011 – the 12th festival, the 4th year at Bridlington and aiming to be the biggest yet - we’ll blog our way through the Musicport year, bringing you news of bookings, ideas and developments as the line-up takes shape, and a glimpse of the lives and minds of the Musicport staff and crew. We’ll be looking for thoughts and comments from you too – please join in, wherever you are!

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Thursday, 29 October 2009

And finally....

View from the North Sea Stage - almost worth going just for that...
Right, highlights & lowlights time....

My highlights were:
Jim Moray
The Bisserov Sisters
The Musicport Collective Jam
The Tibetan Monks

My lowlights were
Misty In Roots

I was disappointed in Misty in Roots - I could accept the bass even though it ripped your eardrums, but they haven't moved on an inch, and are now steady old fellers working their way through their set with little passion. and that's not good. Especially compared to artists on my highlights list.

Fernhill's set was cold, remote and apparently made up their set list on the spot. They may have been better in the more intimate setting of the Theatre, but they had a mighty build-up in the programme only to disappoint.

But with such a great choice, there are bound to be a few people who don't cut it on the day, and some who do.

A few observations:
  • Sound in the Main Hall was generally better this year
  • I've commented elsewhere on the improved food - clearly I mean Baghdad Johnny's. Value, taste, service, even though he was positioned at the end of a wind tunnel.
  • The actual programme booklet is fantastic - well worth the dosh, a credit to whoever produces it. I would LOVE to be able to buy it in advance so I could have a think about who I'm going to see.
  • I'd like to know if attendance is up or down on last year - looked about the same.
Can't resist one last pic of the Yellow Hat Tibetan Monks.

And a picture of a typical punter?
Yeah, right - THERE IS NO TYPICAL PUNTER AT MUSICPORT. That's one of the reasons it's great....