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Somerset Festival Organisers Fill Gap Left By Glastonbury Break

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Somerset Festival Organisers Fill Gap Left By Glastonbury Break

Posted on 19 April 2012 by Joe

The Glastonbury Festival  is taking a break in 2012 but central Somerset festival organisers are not resting on their laurels when it comes to making live music available this summer.

On July 21 the one day Godney Gathering is back for a second year, at Godney Farm near to Glastonbury. Starting at 5pm and finishing at 1am there are five acts for the £20 admission cost.

Godney Gathering 2011, pic by Mathew Danby

Headlining will be festival rockers Subways, followed by The Hoosiers, whose debut album The Trick of Life topped the UK album charts in October 2007.

Others are Reef surf folk side project Stringer Beasant, Manchester indie rock outfit The Rainband, psychedelic rock from Goldray and Glasgow surf band Young Aviators.

Organisers have promised a £2.50 limit on all alcoholic drinks sold at the bar. For ticket details  and more information click here.

This year also sees the first Glastonbury Fringe festival. Taking place between June 21 and July 1 the event involves music, art and theatre at venues across Glastonbury.

Nick Parker

Highlights include Ben Marwood, Oxygen Thief and Neonfiller.com favourite Nick Parker at Tor Leisure on June 23. Jim Lockey and the Solumn Sun, Gaz Brookfield and Oleander Brown perform at the same venue on June 22, and a Shamanic Trance Dance Workshop at Glastonbury Assembly Rooms on June 21 also looks intriguing.

For more information about Glastonbury Fringe and ticket details  click here.

By Joe Lepper

See Also: Godney Gathering 2011 Review , 2012’s Best Festivals Revealed

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Reef and Toploader to Play Godney Gathering

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Reef and Toploader to Play Godney Gathering

Posted on 20 January 2011 by Joe

Recently reformed 1990s indie rockers Reef and Toploader are headlining a festival taking place in Somerset this July.

The one day Godney Gathering, taking place at Godney Farm near Glastonbury on July 16, is dominated by indie rock acts and also features The Joe Public and Rude Tiger.

Others appearing are StringerBessant, the surf folk project of Reef’s Gary Stringer and Jack Bessant, and ska punk act Shoot The Moon.

Reef

Organiser Academy of Carnival has pledged to keep prices low at the event and Somerset residents are being offered the chance to get early bird discounted tickets. A maximum price of £2.50 has been set for all beer and cider sold at the event.

A spokesman said: “There was no way I going to make any of the prices for the event over the top and that’s why every thing will be as low a cost as possible to the public “

Early bird local tickets costing £15 (plus booking fee, which according to one of our visitors appears to be £1.50) are available from Tor Records, Glastonbury, and Jaywalk Guitars, Street, from Feb 1. Tickets for the general public costing £17.50 (plus booking fee) go on sale from 1 April.

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StringerBessant: Orange Box,Yeovil, 1 Oct 2010.

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StringerBessant: Orange Box,Yeovil, 1 Oct 2010.

Posted on 06 October 2010 by Joe

The night featured three diverse acoustic guitar acts, all with very different styles and all deserving of praise, especially headliner StringerBessant, aka Gary Stringer and Jack Bessant, aka those two blokes from Reef.

First up was Street based singer songwriter Nick Parker, whose excellent debut album King of False Alarms we reviewed over the summer.

Parker commands the stage, giving a passionate performance of songs about subjects ranging from internet romance to a dire Saturday night out in a small rural town.

StringerBessant

Second act Ryan Inglis may not command the stage as well as Parker, but his mastery of his guitar is not in dispute. Finger picking and using the guitar frame for added percussion, there was not a bum note in his set.

Although his songs are not to my taste, a little too mainstream, that should in no way be taken as a criticism. Inglis was in a particularly good mood as well as he has just secured $15,000 through US website SliceThePie to produce a new album?

Headliner tonight was local indie-rock celebrities StringerBessant. The pair are part of Reef, which reformed for a string of dates this year, but in their spare time they perform as an acoustic guitar duo. My knowledge of Reef, like most people’s I imagine, is limited to their big 1997 hit ‘Place Your Hands’. What was on display tonight was a world away.

Stringer still has one of the best rock voices around, but tonight rather than use it to carry a band it was there as contrast to the heavily bearded Bessant’s softer, more US indie sounding voice, which occasionally drifted into one of the deepest bass vocals I’ve heard for some time. It helped create a really likeable and honest performance of Neil Young-esque folk songs. Highlights included ‘Hey Girl’ from their summer released album Yard.

Stringer, who hasn’t aged a bit since Reef’s 90s heyday, was clearly pleased to be there and to see a pretty sizeable turnout. “Look at you all. I’m stoked,” he said, beaming at the 150-or-so strong crowd.

8/10

by Joe Lepper

for more information about StringerBessant visit here.

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