So I just realised that I’ve not actually posted anything about the end of the 2014 festival season. Not since I finished the stupidly tiring Beatherder Festival.
Anyway, as it turns out my knee swelled up and I was unable to walk properly after Beatherder Festival. Two weeks after Beatherder, I turned up at Kendall Calling in quite a lot of pain prepared to spend another long weekend in wet fields at a Festival. I was intending to spend a lot of time working at 2 of the small stages, but owing to my inability to walk I was unable to keep moving between the two stages. So I ended up on the Main Stage. I was pleased that I got to see Reel Big Fish, amongst many others. Including working with Frank Turner again. One of the middle days at the festival I had to really strap my knee up, serious weightlifting straps so I could walk properly. I strapped up because I’d also been asked if I would be a roadie for a band that weekend, so I had to be able to walk and carry stuff.
The band I was a roadie for are a synth pop band from the north of the UK called From A Window. Surprisingly, I actually really enjoyed working with them, setting up all the kit. Getting everything done and even being artist liaison was a lot of fun. Even managed to keep my knee working, with the help of those straps. Lifting one of the big subwoofers caused me a serious problem though, accidentally slashed my leg on it. Look away now if it upsets you!
I spent quite a few weeks going between doctors, surgeons, specialists, physiotherapists, trying to find out exactly what was wrong with it. And we struggled to find an answer. Trying to explain that the cuts were not at all an issue was difficult, since they extended the length of my thigh. We eventually found there’s nothing structurally wrong with it, and purely by luck realised that it was a muscle imbalance that caused the problems. Finally fixed in the last few weeks.
A few weeks after Kendal though, I had my final festival of the season. At this point, I was unable to do much, and ultimately ended up working off-site nights. The worst job I’ve had at a festival. Here was my view for most of the festival though, something much more pleasant than the last picture.
That’s a panorama photo of the view I had, though this was around 5am in the morning. Most of the time, I could see nothing because it was overnight work. But lovely all the same. I did 9-6 overnight for this one. But I did get a bit of downtime to go and enjoy the festival as well. So I did the reasonable thing and went and had a good look round.
Here is a picture from backstage looking out over the crowd. More importantly, there is a picture of Queens Of The Stone Age on MAIN STAGE at Leeds Fest. I was stood watching the show from backstage with the crew and engineers for Paramore. Including the manager of the band. Very special feeling at that point to be honest. Sadly I didn’t get to watch Paramore as I was working, but their engineers were wonderful.
I’m not sure what else I should say about this now, but it was fabulous to work at these festivals this year. An amazing season of work, meeting some fantastic musicians, engineers and people and I’m very grateful for the opportunity. Loved every second, and ready for next year now my knee is fixed!