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Andy Slater’s

Live Music every weekend

83 – 85 Thorpe Road, Peterborough 07775 841239 www.thecellarbarpeterborough.co.uk andy.slater@espmag.co.uk

It’s a bit of a malarkey this festival lark, no sooner have you got home and recovered from the last one than you’re packing the cool box for the next one. Fortunately beer is easy to pack and doesn’t take very long! The Bugs

Last month saw the annual gathering of the festival crew at Glastonbudget, and what a weekend that was. Tracy and her sis and mum, ably assisted by Lola Docherty dressed up as various bugs and won third prize in the fancy dress competition. Apparently Jesus was first which left me wondering if religion is back in fashion. Musically the Rubber Plants (Led Zep) rocked the place again; they generate so much noise for a three piece and put on a great show. They also hung out with us for most of the weekend which was pretty cool. Local shock swampers Empress Of Fur played a sultry, angry, two song set in protest at having their set shortened. I didn’t see it but apparently it was electric. Again the band got slightly smashed with us afterwards; the word ‘wreck’ was definitely mentioned on the Sunday. On the main stage Madness tribute One Step Beyond had the crowd bouncing and were probably the most fun so got my vote as best main stage act. Until next year Glastonbudget... thanks for a great weekend. We popped over to the Bourne Festival this year – that was a good crack. Thanks to Digga for the use of his drive and to Caroline and Chris for introducing us to the Marquis Of Granby… that pub will kill someone some day... in a good kind of way... it’s a party pub and too much partying is bad for you! It

was good to see the League Of Mentalmen and Greendate on stage, one for the calendar next year definately. The highlight of the month though was Rage Against The Machine at Finsbury Park. Yes, I bought the download and yes, I have their albums and yes I got a free ticket. Rage were awesome, they’ll go down as one of the greatest live bands in history. So good I put my back out… still suffering two weeks later! Anyway July is here so where to now? Shock of all shocks Cambridge Folk Kris Kristofferson Festival is on sale still. It usually sells out in a day or so but no, four weeks on and still selling. Take a look at www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk if you want to go. Kris Kristofferson headlines, it’s always good to see a great, no matter what the age, a great is a great. You can also catch Natalie Merchant, Seasick Steve, Imelda May and local

Chris Difford

hero Ezio. They play Thursday night and are bound to kick off the festival in style. You’ve never had a better chance to get to this great festival on your door step, give it a go it’s one of the best weekends of the year. Over in Suffolk on the weekend of July 2 – 4 the Maverick Festival is a rare treat if you’re into your alternative country and Americana music. Headlined by Chris Difford of Squeeze fame this cracking little festival will transport you to the Midwest, down to Texarkana and back up the smoky mountains without leaving the country. They have four stages and tickets at a maximum of £55 include the gospel brunch session on Sunday. Were we not at power drinker Pete’s 60th we would be there, maybe next year. Chris Difford is supported by Hank Wangford amongst others, check out www.maverickfestival.co.uk for more info. Locally don’t forget Stamford’s Riverside Festival on July 3 – 4 our Man About Stamford, Zilcho, has more info on that for you, turn back a few pages to p.20 and you’ll find him there.. See you when the cool box is empty again…

Vibe from the underground... "Not only do The Cellar bar dish up some of the finest music in the city, Gio now has his own Bistro too. Giovanni's Bistro is offering three courses of classic Mediterranean food for £15, which also gets you free entry to the gig that’s on that night. It's also open 11am - 3pm for English café style grub and by ringing through on 07775 841239 you can pre order and pick up food to go, whatever next Gio? A drive through Daiquiri bar??? Now there's a thought..." www.es p m ag .co.u k ( July )

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