TBFM were out in force during the weekend of 21st-23rd June. With staff at the Summer Solstice Festival and Hinckley Music Festival, DJ’s Big Pav and Dazzle Rebel headed for the MAG Farmyard Party.
Having risen at a silly hour on Friday morning to pack the bike with camping gear (something I had to do twice – but that’s another story) I set off in the pouring rain for the Duncombe Park Estate in Helmsley, North Yorkshire. By the time I got there Big Pav and honorary TBFM staffer Batdan had already set up camp and got acquainted with the site, having arrived the day before. This allowed me a little time to set up camp myself (and borrow some tent pegs off Batdan – doh!) and dry off before the work started.
During the day we were entertaining the Farmyard Party goers in the MAG Food Marque playing their requests and keeping them entertained during the frequent downpours that this MAG event has become famous for. It was great to interact and have a laugh with so many like-minded people and I am sure Pav and Batdan would join me in giving a special thank you to the gang that stayed through the duration of our set from 10am – 6pm on Saturday. You guys are madder than hatters!
From 7pm we headed for the BSH Big Top where Big Pav and I introduced the bands. On Friday the first up was ‘Broken Angel’ entertaining the growing crowd with some classic rock covers. They hit the spot with both sound and style and were thoroughly entertaining throughout their set.
Next up was ‘The Me Me’s’, a crazy tartan-covered group of Scots who mixed old standards such as John Denver’s ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’ and The Proclaimers ‘500 Miles’ with a Ska/Punk sound that reminded me of ‘Me First & The Gimme Gimmes’.
Friday’s headliners ‘Ska Toons’ had a hard act to follow but managed to raise the roof from the get-go with some amazing Ska and 2 Tone hits from ‘Bad Manners’ and ‘The Specials’ via ‘Madness’ and ‘UB40’ and a whole load more. They left the Big Top crying for more and they were duly rewarded with two encores.
Saturday night at the Big Top kicked off with the ‘Stax Bros’, though I didn’t get to catch much of their set (hey a guy’s gotta eat!) they weren’t half bad by all accounts. The ‘Black Bottle Band’ were next as they gunned through hits such as ‘Sliver’ by Velvet Revolver and ‘Dani California’ by Red Hot Chili Peppers before ending with a raucous version of TBFM favourite ‘Killing in the Name’ by Rage Against the Machine.
‘Hats off to Led Zeppelin’ closed the party at the Big Top and proved that, while the song may remain the same, Led Zeppelin remain as popular as ever. When the crowd sang along during “Whole Lotta Love” you’d almost be forgiven for thinking you were watching the real Led Zeppelin at the Tampa Stadium in ‘77 (well so I’m reliably informed).
There was plenty more entertainment on offer but alas I had little chance to investigate enough to make comment. Yet despite the frequent showers and muddy earth the mood was summed up by a sensational double rainbow that appeared high over the park on Saturday afternoon; come rain or shine you’ll never stop a biker having fun! Thank you to Yorkshire MAG for putting on a great event. We hope to see you next year.
Notes: Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) is an organisation fighting for bikers rights. For more information visit the website www.mag-uk.org.