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NWB Festival 2010

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Posted By : Scott | Comments : 258

My silly idea for the day :-) Could it work?


I'm sat here at work, it's a beautiful day outside and I started thinking back to a day in Glasgow many years ago at Kelvingrove Park. There is an outdoor stage/amphitheatre type thing and on a glorious Sunday afternoon we went along there and there was a free local music festival. The place was packed and we sat there for about 10 hours and watched some brilliant and not so brilliant bands, but it was a great day.

Surely there must be a venue like that around here.
Could we set something like that up?

Has anyone tried something like that in the past?
It would involve a shed load of work by a lot of people, but we could sell programmes or something similar to raise a bit of money to cover all of Paul's NWB costs and who knows what else.

But more importantly, try and get as many bands on as possible and have a bloody good time.

Whadya reckon?

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# Posted by Coldplayer - 13/08/2009, 10:21 (GMT)

Yeah I mentioned it one of my posts the other day.. Would be a good day that.. At the end of the day we all get work from nwbands so would be nice to give something back!

Only problem I forsee is the massive costs involved with setting it up (Stage hire, lights, sound engineers and of course the hire of the area itself, whether it be a field or a large enough music venue).. How about a large pub central to everyone on here offering their services? I'm sure they'd jump at the chance given drink sales etc..


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# Posted by delete 79 - 13/08/2009, 10:25 (GMT)

we would jump at the chance also. as has been mentioned the only issue aside from organising it all is cost. theres used to be an event in a park in barnoldswick, i dont think it was an annual event but they held it over a full day and it was great. all sorts of bands and just a great time had by all. i would be more than willing to help out in any way possible.


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 10:30 (GMT)

The whole point would be to keep the cost down, but with the amount of top bands on here, there must be tens of thousands of pounds worth of gear we could use, lights, PA, you name it. It would need to be carefully managed, but it could be done.

I think the cost would be any sort of permit or license required, advertising, banners, food, drink etc


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# Posted by DYEHOUSE - 13/08/2009, 10:44 (GMT)

The "Backdoor music project" [who have an account on NWB] organise this type of event all the time!
May be a lot less stressful for Paul to let them sort it all?
They have the no-how and experiance of the ins and outs with regulations and permits etc.


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# Posted by delete 79 - 13/08/2009, 10:50 (GMT)

as i said above im more than happy to help out in anyway possible.
scotts idea is interesting, if you took it a bit further....
think how many bands are on here, now they all organise their own gigs which means we've got a massice selection of people who are experienced and knowledgable about gigs and events, albeit on a smaller scale.
so for instance if one person takes the helm and then designates jobs out to volunteers it may make it a bit easier. as opposed to one person sorting venue, time/date, bands, food/drink etc. you can have one "events manager" with various volunteers going back to them with prices/options etc. i hope this makes sense to anybody reading it!


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 10:58 (GMT)

defo Vicky

As for the backdoor music project, do you know them Gordon?
Do you fancy having a word with them?

I'd like to get all bands of all genre's on and mix everything up.
If I had my choice, I'd like to get the following bands, purely for entertainment value.

Riff Raff : their stature speaks for themselves
The Fix : Indie Rock stuff will appeal to a younger audience and Ben's a legend on here lol
Bad Horsie : Cos they're all daft as a brush and would go down a storm
Metalleeka : for purely selfish reasons LOL
The Big Fish : Some Folk for the Folk Folk :-)
Emma Foreman : Either her accoustic stuff or her band, she's very good and has been a member of NWB for a long while
Uncle Rotter : If they have time and because they are nuts lol
Viva La Coldplay : Coldplay have a massive fanbase and that would pull in a lot of punters

but then you've got all the other regulars, Sabre, Twin Lizzy, 5th Element, Dyehouse, Steelfield, The Kicks, Kerbcrawlers and tons of others that I've missed.
Obviously, availabilty is going to be the big question, but I think it could be a cracking day.

Stop dreaming Scott LMAO


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# Posted by DYEHOUSE - 13/08/2009, 11:01 (GMT)

I can supply contact numbers but would be better if Paul contacted them?
There needs to be chain of command to make such a big event run smooth!


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# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 11:02 (GMT)

I am a festival director for the transport Festival (av attendance 45000) held annually up here in Fleetwood, so I have plenty of contacts/experience . Its a massive undertaking putting a festival together but not so difficult. Costs are always the biggest hurdle. Sponsorship from major manufacturers/suppliers is one avenue for funding.
I believe Stanley Park in Blackpool make the amphitheatre available at little or no cost for this type of event.
I would be more than willing to put my time in if anyone is willing to give it a try.


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# Posted by delete 79 - 13/08/2009, 11:05 (GMT)

scott your too kind! hahaha

i will personally try my best to make sure we are available for this amazing fantasy line up!

we gotta do it now, its gonna be gr8 looking at that line up!


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 11:09 (GMT)

Wow, awesome Keef
I was hoping to try and leave Paul out of it, he does a good enough job keeping this site on the go, and that way he could just chill on the day and enjoy it.

I was thinking about July time next year. Would that be enough time to get things organised?


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# Posted by delete 79 - 13/08/2009, 11:11 (GMT)

+1 for keeping paul + vicky out of it.

its supposed to be a way of rewarding and repaying him for the massive effort and time he puts into the site.


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# Posted by delete 79 - 13/08/2009, 11:12 (GMT)

no offence paul + vicky!


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# Posted by DYEHOUSE - 13/08/2009, 11:13 (GMT)

You cant go to church without God!


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# Posted by delete 79 - 13/08/2009, 11:14 (GMT)

haha


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# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 11:18 (GMT)

If we were to start making calls and getting the groundwork underway now, there should be plenty of time. Best time July would be 2nd week end (kids about to break up and hopefully no holidays booked by bands or punters). You thinking one stage area? spaces for merchandising/food etc?


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 11:19 (GMT)

He can be the guest of honour LOL




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# Posted by Coldplayer - 13/08/2009, 11:21 (GMT)

We'd be well up for it guys.. Just make sure you get loads of beer for me :)


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 11:22 (GMT)

Yeah, just one stage, I wasn't thinking Glastonbury or anything like that. Just one stage where every band gets 30-40 mins with a 20 min turn around time.
If we started around lunchtime, we could easily get 9 or 10 bands on.
Yeah we could have a stall where bands can sell their stuff as well and any NWB stuff that we could possibly get printed.


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# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 11:24 (GMT)

NWB RockFest. a fitting tribute to Paul and Vicky. I have made so many friends and had so much fun thanks in no small part to the time and effort Paul and Vicky have given to this site.


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 11:25 (GMT)

right so like Ben says, we will need a load of people to manage different bits.
Bands, Sound, Lights, Food, Stage Management, Merchandise, Advertising. Anything else I've missed?


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# Posted by delete 79 - 13/08/2009, 11:26 (GMT)

here here keef


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# Posted by delete 79 - 13/08/2009, 11:26 (GMT)

BEERS!


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# Posted by Charlie & Norma - 13/08/2009, 11:26 (GMT)

This is going to be awesome lads, if you can sort this much out in a morning just think what you can arrange over 12 months......Bloody hell:-))))


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# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 11:29 (GMT)

Boring Legal stuff, Insurance,Site Permits etc.


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# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 11:30 (GMT)

Bugger, have I just talked myself into a job? Ha ha


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# Posted by Coldplayer - 13/08/2009, 11:30 (GMT)

Why not have a word with the guys who run Whatfest in Cheshire?? We played there last year and it was great.. Just thinking about the organisers etc.. Might be helpful..


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# Posted by Coldplayer - 13/08/2009, 11:31 (GMT)

Also.. I'd be willing to setup a website etc for it if that helps..


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# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 11:36 (GMT)

Got a couple of pals that organise Fleetwoodstock each year, I have a meeting arranged later next week so I could always draw on their knowledge base. Yeah Whatfest guys would also be able to give out some helpful stuff.


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 11:54 (GMT)

right, so what bands are interested, if we provisionally say the 2nd weekend of July?


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# Posted by DYEHOUSE - 13/08/2009, 12:00 (GMT)

It can only be on a Sunday Scott or you wont get the more popular bands?
You will also have to find and get approved the location?
No point going mad untill you know can actually do it somewhere?


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# Posted by mr.nwb - 13/08/2009, 12:04 (GMT)

Keef!! you are a legend!! - Yeah, a NWB Festival would be great, and agreed, I dont have the time/resources to do it all by myself. Accy Oxjam was fantastic, but it left me drained and utimately took me to pulling the plug on NWB.

Having watched NWB, I've seen various people/promotion managers try and string a Festival together, only for it to be cancelled in the few weeks leading upto the event. An NWB festival needs funding, and proper management and dedication.


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 12:05 (GMT)

yep we'll need to take that into consideration.
I would prefer the saturday pure;y because you'll attract a bigger crowd, but yeah that's a factor that will be discussed lol

The idea is only a couple of hours old :-D


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# Posted by mr.nwb - 13/08/2009, 12:05 (GMT)

POTENTIAL LONGEST BLOG THREAD ALERT!


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# Posted by delete 79 - 13/08/2009, 12:06 (GMT)

sunday would be great as hardly anybody can back out with the excuse of being busy!
definately stick our name down for it.
as long as its not too far away!


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# Posted by Ian (bass, The THREE) - 13/08/2009, 12:07 (GMT)

We'd be interested - but the location really needs to be central to where all the bands are located. people aren't going to travel to the furthest edge of the area.

A Sunday would the only option for us, as one of our guitarists teaches guitar professionally and would not be available during shop hours on a Saturday. And more people are going to be off work on a Sunday.

I would suggest names out of a hat for the running order (no 'favourites' topping the bill, please) and a contingency for playing indoors in case the weather turns unseasonably vile.


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# Posted by Asa - 13/08/2009, 12:12 (GMT)

It's a great idea and very achievable given the level of knowledge, experience and equipment we have in the NWB community. I'm with Mr NWB on the cautious side though. It needs organisation, funding and dedication.

First step should be a get together of all those that have the skills and time to dedicate to the project to discuss location, logistics, and resources (inc finance and funding).


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# Posted by delete 79 - 13/08/2009, 12:15 (GMT)

names out of a hat sounds good, saves any argumnets then.
agreed that the first job should be venue and the neverybody can decide from there whether they want to get involved or not.


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# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 12:18 (GMT)

Location,Location. What do you guys consider to be best? Centrally located for the bands or best area for pulling in the crowds? It is nice getting to play in your own back yard but maybe, just maybe taking the band out to newer audiences would be as attractive.If the funding could cover bands traveling costs ( and a beer or two for the bands, then it would be another good reason to gig.

It seems Sunday is the preferred option for all the reasons stated above, and more likely that bands are available on Sundays as well.


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# Posted by delete 79 - 13/08/2009, 12:18 (GMT)

woah! nobody mentioned skills!


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 12:23 (GMT)

central location : definitely
names out of a hat : cool
Think yer right Gordon about the sunday thing.




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# Posted by delete 79 - 13/08/2009, 12:23 (GMT)

people need to be aware that everything isnt gonna be a field of roses and some people might have to travel a bit and some people might not get the slot they wanted. but at the end of the day somebody is gonna be organising this and its only gonna start causing headaches if everyone starts bitching about tiny things. so from the off can we all just say we're gonna take it all in good humour and try and be as accomodating and helpful as we can?


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# Posted by Roj (Black Rose) - 13/08/2009, 12:28 (GMT)

No Twin Lizzy then Scott?


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# Posted by NIGHT TRAIN - 13/08/2009, 12:28 (GMT)

I know a bloke who would possibly be well into this. He organised the Pickup bank festival years ago. He has a farmhouse and 8 acres up on the moors just north of Bolton..which is central for Manchester/Burnley/Blackburn etc etc
He has just had an acoustic festival (last week) which was a small affair but a trial...portaloos/tents etc...he told me earlier this year he was looking to have a full festival next year..just a thought.


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# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 12:29 (GMT)

Bands, Sound, Lights, Food, Stage Management, Merchandise, Advertising. Must have most if not all here on nwb. I can certainly help with the background admin/legal/negotiational stuff. I also can call in sound/lighting engineers.Got a good H&S Team that will handle al the replacement for common sense paperwork ( Risk Assesments Safety Policy etc)
Perhaps all those wanting to get involved should arrange a meet up to lay out a provisional plan


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 12:31 (GMT)

Roj what you on about, Twin Lizzy were mentioned ya pelican LOL

:-D

Would you guys be up for it?
Long way for your guys to travel for a short set and no money?


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 12:33 (GMT)

# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 12:29 (GMT)
Perhaps all those wanting to get involved should arrange a meet up to lay out a provisional plan

As long as the meeting is not in a pub, it'll start off a nice sober plan, then end up being Woodstock/Glastonbury with U2 and Ozzy Osbourne co headlining pmsl


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# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 12:34 (GMT)

Good point Fix, to make something like this work you have got to enjoy doing it.


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# Posted by Blind Justice (Sarah) - 13/08/2009, 12:35 (GMT)

I can help out where required, obviously from a bit of a distance, but I am very good on the phone...and exceptional at begging letters!!! Have done charity fundraising for years, and have a few connections in the right places (my mates hubby organizes festivals) metalfest etc...
Let me know if you need help!!
Sarah


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# Posted by Laser Monkeys - 13/08/2009, 12:37 (GMT)

Count us in guys!! :D


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# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 12:37 (GMT)

What Ozzy Headlining? We can do better than that ( Can't be doing with Sharon and the kids wandering around backstage).

Agreed a pub might not be the best of places to start the meet. Suggestions?


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 12:38 (GMT)

But there will be someone who says "I'm not playing through that amp" or "the sound's sh1T" or "they couldn't organise a p1ssup in a brewery", or "they played too long" and so on, and so on, and so on LOL

Agreed Ben, the whole thing has to be taken in the right spirit.
Please leave all egos at the door :-D


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# Posted by DYEHOUSE - 13/08/2009, 12:38 (GMT)

While it is true that between us we have enough equipment to be heard from Mars! who is gonna want to leave there £1000's an £1000's of pounds worth of PA's systems handing round for other people to use and abuse?
Being realistic it is unlikely anyone let alone everyone will be hanging around by the stage all day watching every single band?
Where would you get the staging for the stage? what about parking and access for bands and there vehicles/equipment? who will police the event in terms of the actual on the spot organisation and co-ordination of everything that happens on the day?
Insurance has to be taken into account and who's gonna pay it?
The Police may also want to oversee and police the event and may want payment for there time?
This brings me back to my first surrgestion?
"The Backdoor Music Project"
It's what they do!
They usually do it for charity's or for raising funds for their own activities so someone needs to approach them cap in hand and see if it can financially viable?

Keef is a great Muso man and a godsend in his own right but without the backing of council funding could he really manage to pull this off?
Is anybody here gonna give him the funding that he'll need?


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# Posted by NIGHT TRAIN - 13/08/2009, 12:46 (GMT)

the last quote I heard for a legal mini one day festival (at Leverhulme Park in Bolton) was £10000 all in (security/sound/lights/sanitation/police/fencing etc etc
they tried to apply for lottery funding, but failed due to sending some quotes in late. That was last year


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# Posted by Ian (bass, The THREE) - 13/08/2009, 12:49 (GMT)

There are possibly enough bands to make it a two-dayer. Which could point to an indoor venue.
There must be a raft of Labour Clubs etc which would have a big enough room available (bearing in mind weddings, etc).

Crowd pulling is important yes - a big reason to keep it central.
if (for example) the fest venue was decided to be Southport, the people on the Rochdale end would have a long way to go and vice versa. A long way to go to see a band do 40-45 minutes. It needs to be somewhere in the middle.


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# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 12:55 (GMT)

All very valid points G, cept for one thing.
It aint my event mate, blame Scott for starting this one Ha Ha.
I will gladly bring my experience to the table if needed and asked for.
Back Door could be a way round the equipment/rigging issues as well as the logistics and organising, but would it then be an NWB initiative?

In order to reduce the amount of work and support, perhaps we should consider a site/venue that requires minimum costs an setting up.

If we can put together a positive plan, We can at least look to Council/Corporate/Business funding


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# Posted by DYEHOUSE - 13/08/2009, 12:56 (GMT)

I agree,
A indoor event is much more feasible?
Non of the previously mentioned problems will apply?
Maybe a place where some outdoor activities could added?
Manchester I think would be most central for all?


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# Posted by Willow (of somebig™Fish) (Reti... - 13/08/2009, 12:56 (GMT)

bloody hell i'm trying to work here!! stop posting!! lolol

it's a great idea and you can count me in for an appearance - and i for one am quite happy and willing to do it totally unpaid.

I think we showed at the NWB showcase that an event can be held with no ego problems / bitching etc etc ..... all we need to do is ramp up the scale a bit.

We might want to start thinking about a strictly play for free policy - if there's costs involved regarding venue,licences, insurance,police etc etc etc I don't think its feasible to pay the acts - seeing as it was suggested as a thank you to mr & mrs Bands.

This would maybe make the list of bands who want to play more manageable ....... with absolutely no bad reflection on the bands who would wish to decline.

Just a thought.

Right - break over - back on me head!!

Willow


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# Posted by DYEHOUSE - 13/08/2009, 12:59 (GMT)

Paying the acts?
Did'nt cross my mind that anyone would think they were gonna get paid?


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# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 13:04 (GMT)

Paid? now there's a word I've not heard for many a month


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 13:05 (GMT)

Yep, I'm the dumbc0ck who thought this up lol
I need to learn to stop listening to myself hee hee

Yep the indoor event sounds a helluva lot more manageable. Who knows, if it's a success, we could do it again on a bigger scale.

Maybe a place with an in house PA system?
Manchester or Bolton would probably be the best bet I reckon.



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# Posted by Willow (of somebig™Fish) (Reti... - 13/08/2009, 13:05 (GMT)

no - me neither Dye - but Mrs Bands previously mentioned about the difficulty of getting bands to play for free.
From the folk i've already gotten to know on here I wouldn't think it would be a problem.

Plus you get the opportunity to sell your own merchandise!!

And .... if we start saving now we could probably afford a nice beer kitty by next July.

WtF


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# Posted by DYEHOUSE - 13/08/2009, 13:15 (GMT)

Dont think too many of us will be suppin?
Most will have to travel a fair distance so the local bus stop is out?
A nice big tea urn is what we need? ha ha!


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# Posted by DYEHOUSE - 13/08/2009, 13:16 (GMT)

PS
If it's indoors I imagine there'll be no shortage of venues offering their service's


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# Posted by James - Metalleeka + AC/DCe - 13/08/2009, 13:18 (GMT)

i know we weren't mentioned but it'd be great to play on a bill with all the other guys..


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# Posted by Ian (bass, The THREE) - 13/08/2009, 13:18 (GMT)

If this is a fundraiser for NWB, I imagine no-one would expect payment.
It could be an annual event.


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# Posted by mr.nwb - 13/08/2009, 13:28 (GMT)

How about The Attic in Accrington? - I know the landlord pretty well. They have

1. In House PA/Lighting, and full backline (drums e.t.c) So no worries about breaking stuff/borrowing PA
2. In house sound guy - So extra responsibilty for someone doin sound/stage direction
3. Local, and decent sized venue, serves beer.

Also... The warners arms (next door) and just started having bands on. and we could possibly have an acoustic/chilled stage.

Also.. The bar under the Attic has been putting boy bands on e.g. East 17, 911, A1 e.t.c - and we could possible tie it in with a weekend. So we have a big headlining act to tag on.

What ya think??


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# Posted by DYEHOUSE - 13/08/2009, 13:29 (GMT)

Where about's is it you live again Paul???


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 13:30 (GMT)

God James, you're as bad as Roj from Twinn Lizzy lol, you were mentioned.

And yes, it would hopefully allow Paul to get the money he needs to keep the site up and running.

If he starts turning up in a Ferrari then we'll assume it's time for the bands to start charging LOL


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# Posted by delete 79 - 13/08/2009, 13:39 (GMT)

haha although accrington would be gr8 for us (very local!) i was never really keen on the attic when we played there. dont know why. its a bit small as well.
but maybe its better to pack a place out than be playing in the middle of a field to 25 people?
hmmmmmmmmmmm
fucking hell scott what have you started!


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# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 13:45 (GMT)

Accy sounds good. Multi venue/Stage would work well. Also Paul's home town . Reasonably central as well. Could possibly organize for Paul to be chauffeured into the event in a Ferrari 355 !!

Not sure if Scotts gonna be up for gigging with Metaleeka on one stage then over to the Warners for a set with Jeni! Red bull on draught then Scott? lol


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# Posted by Blind Justice (Sarah) - 13/08/2009, 13:47 (GMT)

Is there a social club or something similar, we have a very large hall full stage, inhouse PA etc, but way to far out, but if a little tiny village in North Wales has one....:)
The other idea is the local theatres. The Mold theatre near us do a charity night for bands, what they do is take 40% of all ticket sales on the day or days as payment, and they open the bar and restaurant too. Its a massive event and usually 10-15 bands over 2 days. The theatre make quite a lot of money, so perhaps this could be an idea?


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 13:49 (GMT)

# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 13:45 (GMT)
Not sure if Scotts gonna be up for gigging with Metaleeka on one stage then over to the Warners for a set with Jeni! Red bull on draught then Scott? lol

ha ha now that would be cool
I could scare two seperate audiences away pmsl


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# Posted by mr.nwb - 13/08/2009, 13:51 (GMT)

What about the Pheasant Pluckers again?? - They have 2 main stages, and inhouse PA/Drum kit, backline?

Could even do something in the carpark?? - Just bouncing ideas.

Oh.. I dont want a Ferrari - however you can buy me this if you want :-) http://shop.lego.com/ByCategory/Product.aspx?p=10179&cn=233&d=263


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# Posted by Ian (bass, The THREE) - 13/08/2009, 13:57 (GMT)

Bolton would obviously suit me pretty well, but as that's not my main concern I'd like to suggest The Boulevard in Wigan as a perfect venue (except for the parking issue). Lights and PA are there and it's a great sized area to play into. Colin would very likely be up for it.

Wherever it ends up being, a venue would probably have to be booked in the next couple of months.


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# Posted by Willow (of somebig™Fish) (Reti... - 13/08/2009, 14:00 (GMT)

# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 13:45 (GMT)
Not sure if Scotts gonna be up for gigging with Metaleeka on one stage then over to the Warners for a set with Jeni!

If Phil Collins can do it i'm sure it wouldn't be a problem for Scott!
Wouldn't even need Concorde (well perhaps a bottle or two)!
WtF


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 14:01 (GMT)

I can see the venues clammering for it. we used to rehearse in a pub and we put ten bands on in a marquee in the car park. So that was ten bands with a minimum of 4 members, so that's at least 40 people for a start, then lets say for arguments sake each band brought an additional 10 ten people, that was 140 people straight off, but I can tell you there were a lot more than that there, you couldn't move in the pub and we never had to pay the landlord any rent after that......and we didn't even get to play, cos our singer bottled it LOL


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# Posted by delete 79 - 13/08/2009, 14:09 (GMT)

another good venue is the goodnight club in nelson but im not sure if thats still open.


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# Posted by mr.nwb - 13/08/2009, 14:15 (GMT)

It'll be interesting see what the venues have to say about this blog..

.. funnily enough, not one venue has commented.

Oh yeah.. The girls at Marigolds said they would be up for NWB fest. two stages, and has room for 500+ easy.


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# Posted by mr.nwb - 13/08/2009, 14:15 (GMT)

Poor scott.. bet ya email inbox is full, over 80 comments!


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# Posted by Roads - 13/08/2009, 14:16 (GMT)

Surely a venue would let you have it for free considering they'd be getting guaranteed bar/food revenue?
I'm sure for charity gigs we've put on over this side of t'Pennines we've not paid for the privelege of putting loadsa money over the bar!!


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# Posted by BLACK PILATE - 13/08/2009, 14:19 (GMT)

Count BLACK PILATE in for doing a set, obviously for free, sounds like it would be a great day!

Location wise - I would've thought Manchester would be best. Given that we all travel all over for gigs anyway I can't see it being a big issue for the bands, moreso the chance of getting as many punters in as possible...


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# Posted by DYEHOUSE - 13/08/2009, 14:20 (GMT)

Marigolds sounds like a good one but again not exactly central?
Everyone seems to be suggesting venues in there own locallity?
If this is going to be successful it has to be Central or it will not happen to the scale it could be!


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 14:20 (GMT)

yup, inbox is full to bursting lol
hey it's my own stupid fault for posting brain farts lol


Marigolds, yeah there's a thought.
Darwen though, might be a bit out of the way for some folk.

fine for me, only 20 mins from ma hoose


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# Posted by delete 79 - 13/08/2009, 14:22 (GMT)

marigolds is a cracking idea and whilst we're on the subject THE FIX will be appearing there this saturday. get yourselves down, justcall it research for THE BIG GIG!!!!


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 14:22 (GMT)

this is crazy, by the time I've written a post, 3 or 4 new ones come in and my point becomes obsolete. pmsl

I went for a pee earlier, came back and there were about 15 new messages in me inbox ha ha ha ha
rock on


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# Posted by mr.nwb - 13/08/2009, 14:24 (GMT)

Darwen not central?? - take a look at map of the NW, its in the blimin Middle.

Also, with the major success of Darwen fest. I think the local venues would have a better knowledge on handling a festival type of event.


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 14:25 (GMT)


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# Posted by mr.nwb - 13/08/2009, 14:24 (GMT)

Darwen not central?? - take a look at map of the NW, its in the blimin Middle.


pmsl


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# Posted by delete 79 - 13/08/2009, 14:25 (GMT)

darwen is reasonably central isnt it?


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# Posted by DYEHOUSE - 13/08/2009, 14:29 (GMT)

Suppose it depends where you live?


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# Posted by BLUE SLICKERS - 13/08/2009, 14:30 (GMT)

Blue Slickers would love to be involved and would help in any way we could, little discussion point though, how would we avoid the overt repitition of certain songs? There are enough set lits on NWB that feature the same (say) twenty songs and I know (and I say this without prejudice!) that all bands would love to believe their version the best, so who would decide, especially in a shortened set who would play what?


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 14:31 (GMT)

lets get a list of potential venues, size, location, cost, ease of access, availibility etc and then we can have a poll, or just go with the general consensus


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# Posted by BLACK PILATE - 13/08/2009, 14:32 (GMT)

Just another thought, geographically central doesn't necessarily mean easy for people to get to - for example if punters go with the intention of getting battered, then public transport might have to come into the equation...


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# Posted by Blind Justice (Sarah) - 13/08/2009, 14:34 (GMT)

No where is central for us, but Manchester would be tooooo far!! Closer in the centre of North West, loads of people from this area would be up for travelling, and I can get the local biker club interested, if needs be.....hows about near a campsite...and then travelling for festival fans wouldn't be so much of an issue,


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 14:40 (GMT)

hee hee, an NWB shuttle bus to the campsite...wouldn't fancy being last on that pmsl


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# Posted by DYEHOUSE - 13/08/2009, 14:43 (GMT)

Nowhere is gonna be ideal for everyone but realstically Manchester has to be the most central for the majority of people?
Darwen for me is 49.7 miles? and I'm by no means the furthest out from there?
Manchester is 29 miles from me which seems more reasonable to me!


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 14:43 (GMT)

going back to the Blue Slickers point, it will need to be discussed by each band. As everyone is probably only going to have a 30-40 min set, I reckon most people will have enough in their reprtoire, to mix and match.

Or...oh no, brain's working again....how's about a jam at the end with some of the most popular songs. Everyone knows them. Would round the day off with a bang...or clatter :-D


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# Posted by Willow (of somebig™Fish) (Reti... - 13/08/2009, 14:44 (GMT)

p.s. is this a record???? 98 posts as I write - probably over 100 by the time I press "add comment"!!

I hope I'm not being a bit previous - but I'm soooo looking forward to this already!!

Build it they will come!
WillowCostner


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# Posted by DYEHOUSE - 13/08/2009, 14:49 (GMT)

If this event never happens,we'll still all remember Scott's big blog for years to come?
I reackon its gonna top 300 easy?


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 14:50 (GMT)

ha ha ha ha ha

Scott's big blog, thank god you put the b in there

PMSL


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# Posted by delete 79 - 13/08/2009, 14:51 (GMT)

yeah dyehouse but manchester is gonna be about 40 miles for me so hows that reasonable?
this is what i was saying about there being a bit of understanding between those wanting to take part and those organising. why dont we just finalise a venue and those that wanna do it, do it. those that dont, dont.
if people wanted to help out that much they'd make sure they were there.
also if you do wanna get involved im sure keef/scott would appreciate some help with phone calls etc. you can do that wherever you are.


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# Posted by Roberto, fretboard polisher - 13/08/2009, 14:51 (GMT)

Hi Jaymz, Kirk here, i think an indoor venue with a big room would be ace, and keep costs down a lot too, maybe the venues are busy serving pints as we speak and not using their computer at work during the day(hence no comments from venues yet ) ha ha


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# Posted by DYEHOUSE - 13/08/2009, 14:53 (GMT)

Oh no this the part where the blogs take an ugly turn and become the bait for Viking to come on an confuse us with log related satire!


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# Posted by Roberto, fretboard polisher - 13/08/2009, 14:53 (GMT)

come on then venues over to you, may end up being a vote of venues, then the venues that treat us best will end up winning the vote ha ha, quid pro (status) quo :-) and lets not start about how far away it could be, lets face it its gonna be too far for some of us innit and not too far for others, cest la vie...............


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# Posted by Roberto, fretboard polisher - 13/08/2009, 14:56 (GMT)

yep looks like mrs nwbhas just been thinking about the location thing as well

it could be brilliant , and the name tags would be a good idea, cheap option sticky labels and marker pen to make them lol


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 14:56 (GMT)

I'm sure it wont take long for them to see how big this event could potentially be.
If venues wanna be discreet about it the just PM me

Another thought....obviously, this is being presumptious, but if the interest is as big as on this site, would it have to be a ticket job to control the numbers? If so, would we charge a couple of quid just to covers some costs?


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# Posted by Roj (Black Rose) - 13/08/2009, 14:57 (GMT)

Scott, My apologies, Just read the blog properly.

Roj


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# Posted by Roberto, fretboard polisher - 13/08/2009, 14:58 (GMT)

i am definitely willing to help you with this Scott(Jaymz)

i cant help thinking indoor is still the way to go, first come first served an 'all

Rob(Kirk)


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# Posted by DYEHOUSE - 13/08/2009, 14:58 (GMT)

THE FIX?
We?
my apologys?
did'nt realise this was a stricly lancashire based event?
maybe change the name of the site to NWLB?
I shall skulk off and say no more!
I know my place? ha ha!


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# Posted by Coldplayer - 13/08/2009, 15:00 (GMT)

Beer sales alone would be worth it. The venue has nothing to lose (no paying bands) and everything to gain (thousands of pints)..

If I had a boozer here in Liverpool I'd snap you all up in a heartbeat.


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# Posted by Roberto, fretboard polisher - 13/08/2009, 15:00 (GMT)

or North West East Lancs bands lol

and hooray to Scott for coming up with this idea(and having an impressive red beard)


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# Posted by DYEHOUSE - 13/08/2009, 15:04 (GMT)

were not supposed to mention his red beard Rob!


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# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 15:04 (GMT)

Lets face it guys wherever this takes place its likely some will travel further than others. Me I'm up in Fleetwood, so realistically EVERWHERE is quite a distance to travel.

Truth is if the cause is worthy (and it is) and the venue is good (no reason to think otherwise) and the music is going to be awesome (you know it will be), then distance becomes a minor issue.

I don't drive anymore (a long and very boring story) but will get to gigs wherever they are.


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 15:23 (GMT)

I'll probably have to drive wherever we play so it makes no odds to me.
Let's see what venues are avail and then we can make a collective decision


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# Posted by Coldplayer - 13/08/2009, 15:24 (GMT)

Someone do one of those map things where you stick a pin in where you live and work out the most central place for everyone :)


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 15:28 (GMT)

Like I said, we need to see what venues are avail and on what dates. No point on agreeing on somewhere then finding out it booked, or the bands closest can't do them dates.


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# Posted by Big Drummer Boy - 13/08/2009, 15:33 (GMT)

Brilliant idea, am up for helping where I can.
As people have said we are all over the North west, so location shouldn't be an issue, someone somewhere i will have to travel.

Indoor could be easier to arrange, but would perhaps limit the attendance and attraction. I would suggest if we go for it we go for an outdoor venue and look into it properly. Lots of obsticles, but people do it all the time. Must have a huge amount of experience and help through this site available


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# Posted by mr.nwb - 13/08/2009, 15:34 (GMT)

Why not have the NWB showcase in Ibiza?? would be fair enough for everyone.. plus no mud, and loadsa beach hotties in bikinis!

On a more serious note, I dont think we would be able please everyone. As with the Accy oxjam its important to a get a select committee together of 5/6 individuals with their set of skills, and sort out a masterplan. Otherwise we get no-where, except another 100 comments on this blog.


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# Posted by delete 79 - 13/08/2009, 15:37 (GMT)

is that a challenge?


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# Posted by delete 79 - 13/08/2009, 15:38 (GMT)

124 comments on this and not one on my cry for help on a charity do! your a fickle bunch of buggars!


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# Posted by Big Drummer Boy - 13/08/2009, 15:40 (GMT)

Did someone use the 'C' word

committee

It is true though tiz the only way to move it forward I suggest.


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 15:42 (GMT)

cheers BDB, but for me personally, I would have loved to do the outdoor option, but the logistics, not to mention cost scared the be-jesus outta me lol

Unless someone wants to go away and really cost it up, I think we'll just go for the indoor venue, this time anyway.


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# Posted by NIGHT TRAIN - 13/08/2009, 15:49 (GMT)

why not just have 3 or 4 on same day? eg Blackburn and the north organise one, Liverpool, Manchester, Bolton/Wigan or wherever...organised by people who live round there. There are a lot of bands on here, but not many are super active...and I can't see a band who aint that supportive travelling say from Manchester to Fleetwood just to watch. The main active ones are probably only about two dozen if truth be told...us, Dyehouse,Kerbcrawlers,Big Fish,Steelfield,Mothers Ruin,Fix,Anthem,Uncle Rotter,Kicks, Cans Pleasers,Riff Raff, 45's, Wolfpack,Ice Band, Blues & Beyond, Papa Legba, Bucket Bangers, Sabre,...thats the 17 i just remember from top of my head...apologies to the others...so maybe three dozen then all told
Surely that 3 dozen, who wouldn't all get on at a one dayer could organise a 'local' to them do, using the NWB 'banner' and with local knowledge with, say half a dozen or so bands on at local venues...
just a thought


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# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 15:49 (GMT)

Wise words Paul.

Time maybe to start getting our heads together. If we want it to really happen then lets sort out the most attractive sites/venues and their availability. Once thats done we can get this monster into gear and getting it on the road.

Are we ready to rock?


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# Posted by Marigolds - 13/08/2009, 15:49 (GMT)

Wow don't log in until the afernoon and look what you miss!!! We're really chuffed to have been mentioned as a venue (thanks Paul!)

We've been offering Paul our services for a band day to raise some funds for him ever since I found out he was the creator of the site back in his Happy Felix days and told me about what it costs him just to run the site before you take into account the hours it takes up.

We always provide a full P.A. and sound engineer when we put on these sorts of events and would be happy to do so for NWBFest!! Plus we have a fully fitted catering kitchen and would be able to do food, the profits of which my Mum usually donates when it's a charity do but I'm she'd no doubt do the same in this instance too.

As we're trying to raise funds to help pay for the site would there be a door charge?? I think at the very least you could charge a pound?!!


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# Posted by Dark Horse - 13/08/2009, 15:52 (GMT)

May The Horse be with you.

Give us a whistle and we'll saddle up and come a galloping.

May be able to get a local posse together.


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# Posted by Asa - 13/08/2009, 15:53 (GMT)

I agree with Mr NWB (again). Needs a team of 5 crack commandos otherwise it get's too messy.

And I agree with the proceeds being split 50/50 between NWB and a charity. I nominate Cancer Research UK.


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# Posted by mr.nwb - 13/08/2009, 15:55 (GMT)

@marigolds

Amen!! - looks like we've found our perfect solution!

Just need the 'crack team' - Any people wanting to be involved PM me, with your experience/knowledge e.t.c and we'll get the festival stuff underway.


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 15:57 (GMT)

Yeah good point Alec, but let's take it one step at a time. A lot of the bands might either be unavail or simply just not want to do it.
So I think we sort out a date and venue, then we can say to everyone, here is the state of play, let us know if you're interested. Then we can look at the list and see what we've got.
I don't even want to think about how we pick one over the other, so we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.
Whether we take into account experience, following, contribution to the site, genre etc, I don't know but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

If we need to consider another venue, then why not try and get 2 close together, or a venue with 2 or more rooms/floors etc


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# Posted by Dillinger - 13/08/2009, 15:58 (GMT)

# Posted by mr.nwb - 13/08/2009, 13:51 (GMT)

What about the Pheasant Pluckers again?? - They have 2 main stages, and inhouse PA/Drum kit, backline?

just got home from work and seen this, hells bells, its all going on here, the phesant pluckers has the lower funtion room opening out into a large car park, the venue is far enough from other residents so noise polution would be a small risk. plus using the lower room would not upset the day to day activitys of the hotel, and there is food too, but it needs to be run past dave the owner as a posible venue first, put in on the list of possible venues i would say,


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# Posted by mr.nwb - 13/08/2009, 15:59 (GMT)

@Social

Yeah, agress on a nwb/charity 50/50 split. However when I did Oxjam people didnt like giving to a big corporate blob charity. I think if we did it for a local NW based charity, people would see their money was going on something to benefit the local community.


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 16:00 (GMT)

# Posted by mr.nwb - 13/08/2009, 15:55 (GMT)

Just need the 'crack team' - Any people wanting to be involved PM me, with your experience/knowledge e.t.c and we'll get the festival stuff underway


Ha Ha taking over are we????? lol


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# Posted by mr.nwb - 13/08/2009, 16:01 (GMT)

"Ha Ha taking over are we????? lol"

Well, someone has to keep the sheep in order :-)


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# Posted by W - 13/08/2009, 16:01 (GMT)

We've been here before, so many times, so many memories...


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# Posted by Marigolds - 13/08/2009, 16:02 (GMT)

East Lancs Hospice would be a very well-received choice round here Paul...


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# Posted by Asa - 13/08/2009, 16:02 (GMT)

@ Mr NWB

Fair enough. I nominate Scott (his idea), Mr NWB (his site), Sabre Pete (top bloke) and Keef (legend) for the crack team. Oh and myself (controversial yet uber efficient).

And I nominate Marigolds as the venue.


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 16:03 (GMT)

The only problem I have with charity do's is you always seem to get buckets rammed down your throats or made to feel that you're there to support a specific cause.

If the consensus is to go down the charity route then cool, but as Ben mentioned previously, nobody responded to his charity call a while back, and like it or not, many bands will shy away from the "charity" bit.


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# Posted by Asa - 13/08/2009, 16:04 (GMT)

@ Scott

I think with the charity angle, it will be easier to get articles in the local press to promote the event.

It doesn't have to be "in your face".


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# Posted by Marigolds - 13/08/2009, 16:06 (GMT)

@ Scott

I would make it clear to users of the site that this is a NWB event to support the site but that you intend to make a donation to a charity on the day.

I'm not sure you'll struggle as much as you think for bands that are willing to help out y'know...


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# Posted by Coldplayer - 13/08/2009, 16:06 (GMT)

"Fair enough. I nominate Scott (his idea),"

Not one to gloat but I think you'll find it had already been mentioned here......

www.northwestbands.co.uk/.../viva-la-coldplay-to-play-burnley

:P


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# Posted by mr.nwb - 13/08/2009, 16:08 (GMT)

I dont see the main aim of NWB fest to raise money for the site/charity. Its more of a side idea. one that would work well for 'the press coverage'

First of all, we would need to work out if we'd cover all costs, before deciding if any is left over to donate to charity.

Scott, Pete, Keef, Tornado... Are you all ok for for being part of the crack team?? Together with Mrs, and the Marigolds ladies?

Seems like a sensible option to me. Good starter for 10


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# Posted by W - 13/08/2009, 16:12 (GMT)

You never know I might even make a promo for it.


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# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 16:14 (GMT)

I run the Transport Festival as just that, a festival (no mention of charities) but we do hand over a decent % to local good causes RNLI and NW Air Ambulance.

I know I can get good coverage on BBC Lancashire as I have been working closely with Ben,Garry and the gang there with the other event


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# Posted by Asa - 13/08/2009, 16:14 (GMT)

Count me in. Where do I sign?


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# Posted by Mike Collinge - 13/08/2009, 16:15 (GMT)

re alec's comments: "why not just have 3 or 4 on same day? eg Blackburn and the north organise one, Liverpool, Manchester, Bolton/Wigan or wherever" - how about a few 'smaller' regionally spaced out events between new year and the main event in July acting as fundraisers for the main event?


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# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 16:16 (GMT)

Hell i'm ready to chuck my time in. What say you Pete & Tornado ? Paul an Scott are pretty much committed to this i guess


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# Posted by Dillinger - 13/08/2009, 16:16 (GMT)

im am in, but excuse me for a while just been informed of a leaking radiator in daughters room, back as soon as i have things under control.


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# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 16:17 (GMT)

Could always pass a bucket round to raise funds at gigs. I know some-one very experienced in that dept lol


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# Posted by Asa - 13/08/2009, 16:18 (GMT)

Looks like the team has been assembled. Thundercats HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!


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# Posted by delete 79 - 13/08/2009, 16:20 (GMT)

just out of interest if we are going down a charity route then i would like to suggest the nicu intensive care unit for babies @ burnley. purely selfish reasons really but they looked after my newborn baby at the end of last year when he caught pneumonia during labour. the care they provided was second to none. like i said its only a suggestion but i though if we were going down that route id throw it in the hat.


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# Posted by Dillinger - 13/08/2009, 16:24 (GMT)

right radiator sorted, funny they somhow deside to start leaking all by themself, erm, stop banging the feeking pipes with the hoover, duhhhh. where was we now, bring it on, there will have to be a meeting at some point at the chosen venue to plan the logistics.


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# Posted by Dillinger - 13/08/2009, 16:27 (GMT)

ohh will charge the wife 45 quid plus vat, that repair cost me six minutes of my time. lol, yeah i know, blogjack sorry, back to buisness.


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# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 16:29 (GMT)

Sooner rather than later Pete.If we get a number of venues it might be worth doing a recce ( crawl) to check out suitability.


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# Posted by W - 13/08/2009, 16:31 (GMT)

Before you pick your dream team you should find out who has what area of expertise. No use having 4 people with the venue contacts and no-one with the tech know how, or oransiational skills and impartiality for band slots.

Only a suggestion...you don't want to make it difficult for yourselves.

I think Keef said he does the paperwork side etc so he's a must. What does everyone else have to offer to be considered?

Maybe Mr & Mrs NWB should assemble the team for those who can offer something. Put you name up for consideration and what you can do to make the event a success.


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# Posted by Dillinger - 13/08/2009, 16:31 (GMT)

ok lets get a night set and offroad then,


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# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 16:35 (GMT)

Most nights Monday/Thursday suit me fine. What say you guys?


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# Posted by Asa - 13/08/2009, 16:37 (GMT)

I have no gigs for the next two weekends and I'm in Darwen on Sat night.


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 16:57 (GMT)

I'll do what ever is necessary, but I've never done something like this.
I'm happy to be on the crack team :-D, but I think I'm probably best suited to sorting bands out, times, who's in, maybe look at the setlists and see what clashes and mediate between bands.

That and anything else that needs doing. :-D




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# Posted by Roberto, fretboard polisher - 13/08/2009, 17:06 (GMT)

id offer myself at helping as a bit of a tech/stage hand guy, helping with the timings of bands on t'day,i wouldnt mind being involved that kinda way and some general assistance too, meeting and greeting etc

and shame on those who didnt mention hare of the dog in their lists of bands :-)


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 17:09 (GMT)

oh come on, my memory is shit enough as it is lol
that you, james and Roj giving me grief lol


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# Posted by Roberto, fretboard polisher - 13/08/2009, 17:11 (GMT)

ha ha only messing

i will be there, and id like to put my name down to be part of the big closing jam at the end, "widdle encore"


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# Posted by Mr C. - 13/08/2009, 17:55 (GMT)

Hey Captin' 'Kirk' !!!!

I'm guessin the B.Y.D 's will wanna be in on the action too !
That Mr C. bloke is magic with amps / rack n' pedal gear !

;O)


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# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 17:58 (GMT)

Tornado Think week end meets are out as schedules/gig commitments make it tight Fridays thro to Sundays.


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# Posted by Roberto, fretboard polisher - 13/08/2009, 18:04 (GMT)

'kin ell Colin thered be no guitar amp problems with us 2 roadieing, or saying that wed try and complicate everybodys setup lol and add more pedals and wires :-)


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# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 18:05 (GMT)

Rob, I reckon Scott took it for granted you guys would want to a piece of the action.
But hey this started out earlier today as just a random thought born from a moment of work induced boredom.
Closing Jam, surely that has to be televised!! Could be one of those unforgettable moments in time.


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# Posted by Asa - 13/08/2009, 18:22 (GMT)

On a more regular basis, I'm free weeknights apart from Tuesdays, which is when we put the magic into the Whatever experience.

As a project manager/marketer I'd like to think that I could bring some organisation, resource management and budgeting skills to the team as well as PR, promotion, and liaison with local press and local stakeholders. I also have experience of organising similar (successful) events and dealing with local authorities.

Oh yeah, and I play the drums.


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 18:25 (GMT)

ha ha sounded like a perfect candidate til you mentioned the drums LMAO



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# Posted by Asa - 13/08/2009, 18:30 (GMT)

Yeah cheers Scott!! :oP


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# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 18:35 (GMT)

Bloody hell, two drummers on the team !! So long as the others don't talk about key changes we should be able to get away with it lol


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 18:36 (GMT)

it's awright I used to be a drummer myself (and occasionally still play), so I'm used to all the drummer jibes lol


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 18:40 (GMT)

and Pete (Sabre) is also a drummer....alarm bells are starting to ring LOL
We'll show up at the event and it'll just be a row of drumkits in a line ha ha ha ha


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# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 18:41 (GMT)

FOUR Drummers !! WOW. Seriously 2 admin types, plus your enthusiasm, Paul's detailed knowledge and experience ( tell me you play drums Paul) , Rob and all the Dogs (Hairy and Boneyards) running the stage. Sounds like a good tight team to me.


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# Posted by Charlie & Norma - 13/08/2009, 18:52 (GMT)

Right lads now yous've got the commitee sorted, get your heads together and get this beast rolling.....oh and good luck!!!!:-)))
Wherever the venue is we'll be there


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# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 19:03 (GMT)

Cheers Charlie and Norma, Front row seats then?


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# Posted by mr.nwb - 13/08/2009, 19:41 (GMT)

I've completed Rockband on Expert, on drums, does that count? ha!

Yeah, depends how big we want to make the event. Might be best to start out with a 10 band affair, and take it from there.

Organising a festival takes guts, and once the ball has start rolling you soon realise who are the doers and who are the just the B.S'ers.

I'll relay some dates for a proposed meeting.

I suggest we get ALYERPAL on board in some sense (does signage), and also, I know theres a few photographers on NWB too


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# Posted by W - 13/08/2009, 19:44 (GMT)

I'll help with any motion stuff NWB...you know what shizze I do.


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# Posted by Scott - 13/08/2009, 19:49 (GMT)

awesome, this might actually happen :-)

good call on Alyerpal. There's also Nige from Proshine Artwork who might lend a hand.
I'm free most nights after 9 (wife doesn't get in from work til then), apart from Tues which is band practice.


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# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 19:50 (GMT)

Rockband expert ? Knocks me back to 5th place Ha Ha.

Hear what your saying about doers, I started out this years transport fest with 40 but as soon as it came to real commitment (time effort etc) it was left to just 3 of us. With you on Ayerpal and photogs. Gary Scott, )Frankie(Martyn) from The Kicks big brother) works as a presenter at BBC Lancashire and is a pal so no doubt we can talk coverage on the wireless. Probably even get some slots on various radio shows there


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# Posted by W - 13/08/2009, 20:07 (GMT)

"let battle commence..." (sorry inside joke between me and Mrs NWB)


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# Posted by Shell - 13/08/2009, 20:13 (GMT)

If it ends up being an outdoor affair, I'd like to offer my services to the running of the bars :op


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# Posted by Roberto, fretboard polisher - 13/08/2009, 20:18 (GMT)

therell be none of those Revolution style vodka sticks left...........

"let battle commence" is that an Alan Partridge reference Woody?


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# Posted by Marigolds - 13/08/2009, 20:45 (GMT)

I think it's fantastic how many people are up for pitching in and I wouldn't be too worried about people dropping out because as long as you have the venue, gear and bands organised everything else like websites, signage, radio airplay etc. is a bonus.

Obviously it'd be better to have all those extras but what I'm saying is that the main concept of putting on a show doesn't have to be overly difficult!!

I mean we all want to put on a really impressive festival to showcase NWB but we also want to make a bit of cash for Paul and as long as we have bands singing through gear that works to a good crowd with lots of beer flowing then we've put on a good festival.

I think it'd be top if there was a proper NWB outdoor festival but it's MASSIVE amount of work and then you really are going to be relying on a lot of people to do what they've offered and how do you make money for the site from it because it'll cost more to put on??

Having said that though, Night Train posted at 12:28 that they knew a guy with experience of this type of event and the land to use for it which would be miles easier than using some public land, but nobody really picked up on it and I think if you're looking to put on a genuine outside event not some pub car park one, then that's the best idea put forward by miles!!


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# Posted by Asa - 13/08/2009, 21:42 (GMT)

The biggest hurdle with an outdoor event is the weather. The second biggest hurdle is power. Trust me, its better off indoors!


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# Posted by Alyerpal - 13/08/2009, 22:04 (GMT)

Great idea Scott and if you can pull it oof it will be amazing BUT....
We're still waiting for NWB Showcase 2 - might this be a case of trying to run before we can walk?


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# Posted by Dillinger - 13/08/2009, 22:15 (GMT)


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# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 16:35 (GMT)

Most nights Monday/Thursday suit me fine. What say you guys?

whatever you want on the venue look see. been busy tonight back now, pm me over the weekend to arrange the hit on venues.


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# Posted by Dillinger - 13/08/2009, 22:22 (GMT)

a showcase two can be put together easy in comparison but it would be a very good meeting to talk about this venture, so lets do one as a run up to the mega festival, as always i will set up the drum kit so no probs there, and all you drummers out there its not a fiddling little kit, plenty of stuff to hit but please dont tell me there are any left pegger drummers out there.


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# Posted by Keef - 13/08/2009, 23:00 (GMT)

will pm you guys over the week end re site visit. Marigolds looks to be best first option and sounds like they are up for providing not only the venue but most of the infrastructure. This in essence would make the planing so much simpler. The organising element should be a walk in the park. Sorting out the running on the day will be a whole different ball game tho. So long as the organisers, bands and venue all work as a team this is so very do-able.

Agreed on the outdoor, it is attractive, but there are a lot of variables to consider.
My event is outdoor and it really does take a full 12 months to organise and can all be washed out in a few hours if the weather breaks.

Showcase two, sounds great idea. Worthy of further thought and discussion.


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# Posted by BLACK PILATE - 14/08/2009, 11:32 (GMT)

As mentioned we'd be keen to play. I work in marketing for the 'day job' and have access to a couple of large PR agencies in Manchester, so Keef if you need any help on this front give me a shout and I'll put the feelers out. Sure we could blag their services for free given the charity angle...

Rich.


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# Posted by Keef - 14/08/2009, 12:03 (GMT)

Cheers Rich, The more we promote this event and the wider the potential audience base the better.


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# Posted by Social Icons - 14/08/2009, 12:21 (GMT)

You could always collaborate with the local authorities around the country and come up with something like HaighFest in Wigan. Cos if their arts and leisure sections are up for it, then they will front a lot of the costs as long as they're involved in some way, shape or form


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# Posted by Keef - 14/08/2009, 12:25 (GMT)

NWB Rock Promotions Ltd Hmmmmm


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# Posted by Scott - 14/08/2009, 12:27 (GMT)

lol


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# Posted by Steve Slinger - 14/08/2009, 14:20 (GMT)

Been away so missed this gem of a post!!
Phenix would be up for playing - our Drummer (BDB) has already offered to help and i will throw my hat in the ring for what its worth.
Looks like a lot of bands are interested - I would guess giving everyone a shot, or not, is going to be the hardest part? .....
Happy to be involved either way.

Cheers
Steve


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# Posted by Big Drummer Boy - 14/08/2009, 23:24 (GMT)

Ph.o.enix would like to help as well :)

Anything we can do, just pm


Cheers


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# Posted by Emma Forman - 20/08/2009, 08:40 (GMT)

If I can help just let me know


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# Posted by DE MORTUIS - 21/08/2009, 17:00 (GMT)

i reckon accy oak hill park, the stage has just been re-built and since they changed it to the mela (or whatever) it has been crap, but its a great venue for a fest. i'll see what it takes for it to become available. but yeah, great idea, we would love to be part of it


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# Posted by Dean (Drummer) - 21/08/2009, 17:12 (GMT)

Looks like we're a tad late but we'd be up for this too, just to add a little Punk to the event.


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# Posted by V THREE - 22/08/2009, 13:08 (GMT)

Soundhouse in Bolton is a good size venue with in house PA and lighting. Holds about 500 Also it is 200yds from motorway exit (well A666), and about 500yds from train / Bus station. Lack of beer garden is a drawback though. Local rock pub The Alma is just 2 mins up the road. Too small for this gig but good place to escape to for a chill.
Warby


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# Posted by Keef - 22/08/2009, 13:57 (GMT)

More bands and suggested venues this week.
Think its time the team got together and got the ball rolling.


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# Posted by Born2Rock - 25/08/2009, 18:25 (GMT)

Dont 4get that 2010 is world cup year,,,,chances of England makin up to the final are slim but mite be worth thinkin about with a view to the date.World cup runs from 11th june to 11th july.


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# Posted by Keef - 26/08/2009, 13:19 (GMT)

Good call. England in the final or not, the big screens will be on, or the punters will be watching at home.


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# Posted by Whatever! (deactivated) - 26/08/2009, 14:02 (GMT)

I can confirm that Marigolds would be a good venue to get the first one going.
We have played a couple of festivals there and they have always ran smooth.

Indoors would definately be a lot easier to organise too as has been said less costs etc.

We would have a play at this too if slots were available.


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# Posted by Call me Diva - 31/08/2009, 21:37 (GMT)

I'll help with the organisation and stuff, and play if theres a spot for us :0


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# Posted by NIGHT TRAIN - 31/08/2009, 21:43 (GMT)

but don't you do everything in duplicate LOL????


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# Posted by Call me Diva - 31/08/2009, 21:50 (GMT)

Actually before that there was six posts my keyboard sort of stuck :0)


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# Posted by Keef - 31/08/2009, 21:55 (GMT)

How many bands do we have interested in this fest now?

Cheers for the offer Janie. I am sure the rest of the guys would be more than chuffed to have you along.


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# Posted by Call me Diva - 31/08/2009, 21:57 (GMT)

x


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# Posted by Kazza (retired SKP) - 01/09/2009, 11:27 (GMT)

omg - just taken me half an hour to get the jist of all this haha! Shine would love to play wherever - whenever! god that sounds desperate!! have you considered a Bank Hol weekend if you're thinkin of a two day event - that way ur gonna encourage people to come sat and/or sun cos of no work etc...just a thought x


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# Posted by Whatever! (deactivated) - 01/09/2009, 14:16 (GMT)

Deffo a good idea on the bank holiday.

Where has all the commitee members gone?


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# Posted by Keef - 01/09/2009, 14:38 (GMT)

I'm Here !!
Just finished negotiating a deal to organise a major fest next year in Fleetwood (175th Anniversary bash). Oh Yeah it could well be a 'Stadium' venue. Reckon fellow NWB bands will feature on the bill.
Nows where the NWB Team?


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# Posted by Dillinger - 01/09/2009, 14:58 (GMT)

lots of ideas and sugestions for venues, clashes with football matches need to be observed, the big lads kicking a ball around can screw up a good hard fought for and organized event with the blowing of one whistle.
so lets look at the fixtures of matches to avoid disapointment, not knowing a thing about footy, somone else will have to highlight the danger dates.


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# Posted by Keef - 01/09/2009, 15:06 (GMT)

Almost any date between June 11 and July 11 is gonna be a bugger I reckon Pete. Even if England progress, there are still loads of folks that will follow the matches right through to the Spain V Holland Final. Oooops Mystic Meg told me to keep that under me hat lol.

Marigolds looks to be the fave chioce for venue, what say you?

keef


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# Posted by BBGM - 02/09/2009, 22:52 (GMT)

Count us in, where ever it is

Cheers

Jeff
BBGM


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# Posted by The Stig - 18/09/2009, 19:01 (GMT)

give us a shout


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# Posted by InsideJob - 03/10/2009, 20:51 (GMT)

The ACE Centre in Nelson may be an idea. 3 performance areas inside the same building.


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# Posted by Cocabelle - 08/10/2009, 16:01 (GMT)

There is a great open air venue in liverpool you can hire out for cheap, it's cool, in the city centre and we'd be interested in playing x


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# Posted by Andy Mack - 19/10/2009, 16:51 (GMT)

SKEMFEST!

Tag on to an already running event....SKEMFEST is usually quite good!!!!


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# Posted by Andy Mack - 19/10/2009, 16:53 (GMT)

Although they dont allow covers bands sorry readers!!


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# Posted by Keith (RED ZOO) - 20/10/2009, 21:58 (GMT)

If you book them - they will come....

So will we - owt else we can do?


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# Posted by ATLANTA ROOTS - 13/11/2009, 18:27 (GMT)

.........NWB Festival 2010.........
the festival with the 'AXEFACTOR'

Good name for a band that!! if anyone is interested make me an offer


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# Posted by 41 king street - 04/12/2009, 10:47 (GMT)

We have a venue in blackburn town centre that has a history of putting on festivals during the summer. We have 3 arena, The warehouse which has a full size stage and profession pa system used to putting on local bands and large touring bands, with 2 bars and a capacity of over 350 people. The courtyard with a main stage and a smaller side stage, this has a bottle bar and a burger bar with capacity for around 400 people. And the celler bar with a small pub style stage , this has 1 bar and a capacity for 250 people.

It is centrally located in blackburn, which can be reached from preston, blackpool, bolton, manchester, burnley etc via direct train routes.

We have inhouse sound and lighting tech's as well as video and recording studios on site. See the below link for youtube footage.



The venue is FREE to all promoters along with pa staff etc. So if anyone is interested in getting this going just drop us an email
kingstreet41@hotmail.co.uk

We are also always looking for bands to play so if you need some youtube videos live recordings etc also drop us an email and we will get you on stage.


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# Posted by Elephants On Acid - 25/12/2009, 23:15 (GMT)

Elephants On Acid would be intersted in getting involved if your after a band drop us a message :)

www.myspace.com/elephantsonacidnow


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# Posted by The Aftershock - 09/01/2010, 20:11 (GMT)

I agree that Manchester would be the best place and The Aftershock would love to play a slot, we have an average of 15 so something a bit different. Check out our profile and we are updating myspace with new and original tracks. Would love to see this happen!


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# Posted by Pete - 15/01/2010, 23:06 (GMT)

Venue - Horwich RMI club, errr in Horwich, a few miles out of Bolton maybe a good venue, they been having events on for years. They got a good large stage, main room holds about 270 people, good car park. I reckon the room would be free - oh, did I mention the booze was quite cheap! If any use - 01204 468395 ask for Vinny


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# Posted by Willow (of somebig™Fish) (Reti... - 16/01/2010, 00:02 (GMT)

@The Aftershock
quote "we have an average of 15 so something a bit different. "

an average what of 15??
Age??
Set list??
IQ??

Willowintrigued!!


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# Posted by Guns or Roses - 03/02/2010, 00:19 (GMT)

Is there any further news on this excellent Idea?

Guns or Roses would be up for it, to play and help out where needed.


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# Posted by Darren - 06/02/2010, 14:05 (GMT)

We play Rock/Grunge/Indie covers and would love to take part.


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# Posted by The Aftershock - 19/02/2010, 14:14 (GMT)

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# Posted by 53 Degrees North - 06/03/2010, 00:25 (GMT)

Just echoing what Guns or Roses asked - is there any further news on this idea? I know we'd be interested in a teeny tiny slot! We'd probably even promise not to play teenage kicks if it'd seal the deal!!!


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# Posted by Film One - 16/03/2010, 12:58 (GMT)

We're actually ready to gig (at long, long last) so we'd be delighted to play!


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# Posted by Strums & Roses - 04/04/2010, 13:49 (GMT)

We're site virgins here guys but it sounds like you're really getting your thang together with this! Prophets Rose would be up for a slot if you can use us!!


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# Posted by The Bay Horse - 20/04/2010, 02:33 (GMT)

so whats happening with his event guys (and gals???) Anything we can do tohelp? holding a similar gig in august in accy!


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# Posted by The Avenue pub Iain & Shel... - 17/05/2010, 23:53 (GMT)

im planning our 3rd festival 30 bands in 3 days with the help of 2 top guys 1 helped run mathew st fringe festival and the other 1979 leigh festival if we can help in anyway we will we lookin at doin 2011 out door leigh festival if we can get the ok from planning


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# Posted by The Avenue pub Iain & Shel... - 17/05/2010, 23:54 (GMT)

im planning our 3rd festival 30 bands in 3 days with the help of 2 top guys 1 helped run mathew st fringe festival and the other 1979 leigh festival if we can help in anyway we will we lookin at doin 2011 out door leigh festival if we can get the ok from planning


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# Posted by InsideJob - 18/05/2010, 01:25 (GMT)

@the avenue - if you fancy some reggae just give us a shout.


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# Posted by Silent Slave - 20/05/2010, 11:12 (GMT)

If there is any slots available on Festivals we'd like to put our name forward, also if any help is needed organising or promoting such an event we'd love to get involved!

Silent Slave


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# Posted by JOURNEYMAN - 25/05/2010, 16:43 (GMT)

love to do a few festivals if there are any slots avail.
Full band bio and sample tracks at.
http://lspace.co.uk/users/journeyman/track

Band homepage
http://www.journeymanband.co.uk/home

Myspace
http://www.myspace.com/journeyman2010

Kind Regards

Neil Garlick M.C.B.T.


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# Posted by BLACK PILATE - 14/07/2010, 11:24 (GMT)

See Keef's post above about the Spain v Holland final, posted in Sept 2009!

I hope you put a bet on Keef...?


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# Posted by Willow (of somebig™Fish) (Reti... - 14/07/2010, 11:38 (GMT)

@Black P ..... oh boy! that deserves a blog of its own ... and it's gerrin one! I know where to go now for me tips!
Willow


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# Posted by Billy One Move - 21/08/2010, 19:34 (GMT)

Hey Billy One Move would be well up for this. Our latest EP is up on myspace (www.myspace.com/billyonemove)


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# Posted by THE STORIES ,The very best! of... - 28/10/2011, 02:33 (GMT)

we"d play .


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# Posted by mr.nwb - 15/04/2012, 19:38 (GMT)

What about something for 2012? ;)


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# Posted by JCartysRoadie - 15/04/2012, 20:00 (GMT)

What venue..I'm sure any or all of James bands would support it...sounds great.

How about Clitheroe Castle in the beautiful Ribble Valley...they have brass bands play there on the ampitheatre, large recreation area to the side, stand directs sound towards the mound and castle, so would to some extent control noise to surrounding neighbours and its just by the town centre so would bring welcome trade into the place and a couple of watering holes just over the road. A place with a Bandstand would minimize amount of scaffold to maybe cover-all but no need for structural flooring. Not sure off memory how much area there is in front of the stand though.

A bandstand in a large open park might be a better option, or what about an amateur football ground? Would need to get sorted within the close season tho.


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# Posted by The Marmosets - 05/07/2012, 19:02 (GMT)

Billy at The Bridge Inn Burscough might be worth a shout. He can put on a big outdoor stage and pa outside his pub.plenty of parking available as its next to car park.Also its rite next to train station,(burscough Bridge) so great for fans of bands who want to drink,and musos of course ;-)
Im pretty friendly with Billy i can have a word if help is needed here.As to wether this is a "central location" i dont know,Unless your local at thousands attending i personally think this venue might be worth a shout..Ah well ,that my two penneth lol


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# Posted by The Marmosets - 05/07/2012, 19:04 (GMT)

I must add to the above,Bill has the stage and the pa,its one of his sidelines.


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# Posted by Jeepster Gaz ( RailerMania ) - 02/02/2013, 11:06 (GMT)

A weekend NWB event, all bands play for free all proceeds ( after costs ) go to charity's.... I think it would be a fantastic weekend !


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# Posted by mr.nwb - 18/04/2015, 15:56 (GMT)

5 years in the planning!


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# Posted by Mr Cottonhouse - 18/04/2015, 16:49 (GMT)

If a dedicated committee of 6 people come up with a plan then I could lend a hand. I am however involved with too many other festivals and events to commit myself to too many hours on this.

A separate 'Festival Page' could be set up on here where people can offer their help and expertise. The page would be transparent so that everyone can contribute ....but just committee members making the final decisions.

Doesn't Alec know of a venue in Bolton?

It would be easy to throw together but it needs overseeing.

I would only offer help if there was enough interest and after 5 years it doesn't look overly promising.


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# Posted by Mr Cottonhouse - 18/04/2015, 16:53 (GMT)

Actually reading through some of the posts I won't hold my breath! Haha if people aren't going to attend because it will be 30 miles away then there's no point. Lots of towns in the north west have their own events so it would be easier to just support your local events instead.


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