SoL 2012 – The Trailer

The 6th annual Summer of Love Party is to be held in Kent on the 6th & 7th July 2012

The line up  is

Friday 3.00 pm – 12 midnight

Marrakesh Express – covers of Byrds and CSN
Sarah Tonin – psychedelic rock
Heart of Rust – Neil Young cover band
Adam Piggott & Jayne Freeman
Corey Webb

Saturday 11.00 am – 1am

Cosmic Finger – Grateful Dead Cover Band (from Germany)
Michael Chapman – a fully qualified folk survivor from the 60s
Rant ‘n’ Rave – Americana originals
The Blox – Ian Dury cover band
Galley Beggar – describe themselves as a mix of Fairport Convention and Led
Kerry Andrew “You are Wolf” – young alt.folk original

Summer of Love Party is a private party and entry is for members only – so pop along to ourwebsite for details on how to become a member!



Summer SoLSIX

The line up is almost finalised for the 6th annual Summer of Love Party to be held in Kent on the 6th & 7th July 2012

The line up as it stands at the moment is

Friday 4.00 pm – 12 midnight

Marrakesh Express – covers of Byrds and CSN
Sarah Tonin – psychedelic rock
Heart of Rust – Neil Young cover band
Adam Piggott & Jayne Freeman

Saturday 11.00 am – 1am

Cosmic Finger – Grateful Dead Cover Band (from Germany)
Michael Chapman – a fully qualified folk survivor from the 60s
Rant ‘n’ Rave – Americana originals
The Blox – Ian Dury cover band
Galley Beggar – describe themselves as a mix of Fairport Convention and Led
Kerry AndrewYou are Wolf” – young alt.folk original


Every year Michael Eavis says of Glastonbury “This years festival will be the biggest and best yet” so I can confidently predict that this years SoL will be the same size as last year and be every bit as good!

Summer of Love Party is a private party and entry is for members only – so pop along to our website for details on how to become a member! Full membership is just £50 and if you join before 7th February you’ll get a 10% discount.

Go on you know it makes sense!!

Summer of Love presents 5ol 2011

I know it’s the middle of winter and summer seems so far away but those of us at Sol have been working to put together the line up for next year which will be our 5th year.

Summer of Love

Here’s the line up and running order for 5ol 2011 (which, to the best of our current knowledge and, in some cases, subject to confirmation, should be about right):

5ol  15th-17th July 2011

Friday 2.00 pm – 12 midnight
Nick Dunning (solo acoustic singer/songwriter)
Martin Stephenson (of Martin Stephenson and the Daintees)
The Higher State (acid-rock garage band)
Dirty Santana (Santana cover band)

Saturday 11.00 am – 12 midnight
Jules Gray (solo acoustic singer/songwriter)
Songs from the Blue House (featuring, amongst others, James Partridge and Tony Winn from Rainy Day Women)
Roger Wootton (of Comus)
Tea for the Wicked (psychedelic rock)
Omnia Opera (prog)
Deadicace (GD cover band)

Sunday 11.00 am – 6.00
Jess Morgan (singer/songwriter folkie from Norfolk)
The Blue Devils (playing a New Riders set)


The prices for next year’s SoL will be as follows:

Kids of 12 and under (accompanied by an adult) – free
Tweens (13-17 inclusive) – half adult prices

For the whole weekend
Adults – £55 (until 31st Jan then £60)


Adults – £20 (£25.00)

Adults – £25 (£30)

Adults – £15 (£20)

If you want to buy tickets for two separate days, these days have to be consecutive – ie Friday & Saturday or Saturday and Sunday.

For further info or tickets check the website or e-mail solparty777 AT (REMOVE AT and replace with @)

Nigel Mazlyn Jones

This is the first track from Nigel Mazlyn Jone’s set at this year’s Summer of Love party. This track is called Fools of the Finest Degree.

Nigel Mazlyn Jones – Fools of the Finest Degree – SoL 2010 from Shed on the Web on Vimeo.

Rainy Day Women

Rainy Day Women are a Dylan covers band and played on Saturday at SoL 2010. Here are two tracks that I shot that afternoon – Tangled up in Blue and Senor (Tales of Yankee Power).

The Higher State

The Higher State at SoL 2010 from Shed on the Web on Vimeo.

This is a rough edit of some video I shot at this years SoL festival on 23rd July of a great band called the Higher State. I shot parts of all the sets over the weekend as part of a Shed on the Web project entitled SoL – The Movie!

Twistin’ and turnin’ in a thousand ways

Tonight we have my nephews and niece staying with us while their Dad goes to see Peter Gabriel at the O2. He bought the tickets with his mate ages ago and didn’t realise that his wife would be away this weekend. So during the week I got a text off him saying I could either a) have his ticket and go to the concert or b) look after the kids while he went. As we hadn’t actually seen Noah since he was born 10 months ago we decided to go with option b!

After all I’ve never been a big Gabriel fan, I think his first solo album is brilliant but haven’t really liked more than a few tracks since then. Biko obviously and Games without Frontiers from the third album and possibly Sledgehammer if I’m in the right mood. On the whole though it’s not the sort of thing I can sit and listen to.

I’ve seen him a number of times over the years, mostly in the early part of his solo career. The first time was at Knebworth in 1978. Genesis had headlined the first Knebworth that year in one of their first major gigs without him. The second festival, called Oh God not another boring old Knebworth, featured The Boomtown Rats, Franks Zappa, The Tubes and Peter Gabriel. My brother and I went with our next door neighbour Steve Bittlestone and his friend from university.

The thing I remember most about his set was that he got onto the stage via a ladder with a panda strapped to his back, he then sat down at the piano and sang ” Me and my Teddy bear, got no worries, got no hair!” a reference to the fact that he had shaved most of the long hair he had in his Genesis days off. He also wore a white suit with an orange hi-vis jacket over the top. He did take this off though, replacing it with a leather jacket,  for the final song which was the Genesis song The Lamb lies down on Broadway.

The next time I saw him was the following year at Reading festival where he appeared on the Sunday night with former Genesis band mate Phil Collins on drums. The show started with Collins beating out the rhythm for Biko on a huge drum while Gabriel sang the lyrics. I’m not sure if this was the first time he had performed the song live but we certainly hadn’t heard it and didn’t know what the fuck was going on!

Gabriel was this time wearing an orange jumpsuit and played a really great set. Another former Genesis member Steve Hackett had appeared the previous day and everyone was expecting him to join Gabriel on stage so the fact Phil Collins turned up was quite a surprise.  At the end of the show Gabriel and Collins donned the leather jackets and sang The Lamb lies down on Broadway again.

Then the following year I saw him again at the City Hall in Newcastle. We had quite good seats as I recall being a few rows back in the centre. The tour was entitled, for some reason probably known only to him, the 1984 Tour of China and the program was a small red book like the one Chairman Mao used to hand out! The lighting on the stage was quite basic, mostly white lights, and was meant to look futuristic but now looks very dated. This time he was wearing a black jump suit!

He was also using a radio microphone which was quite a new technology at the time and seemed to be having a number of problems with it as he kept hitting it. At one point during Games without Frontiers he jumped into the audience and made his way along the row next to us getting people to sing the jeux sans frontier bit into the microphone. Me and my mate Nick grabbed it as he went past and screamed into it, don’t know if it came out of the PA or not – hopefully not!

That was the last time I purposely went to see him, I did see him at Glastonbury with Youssou N’Dour when he came along to join in on the hit they had had together Shakin’ the tree. I also seem to recall that he played at Glastonbury one year but I’m not sure if I saw him – probably only in passing if I did.

The photographs on this page are the ones I took at Newcastle City Hall in 1980 and as you can see the stark white lights didn’t do the pictures any favours. The other images from Knebworth and Reading were taken by a photographer called Alan Perry and you can buy prints from these two shows and many other shows by a huge range of artistes from his site.