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It’s that time of year again MAY which means yet another ATP fun filled weekend at Butlins Minehead! I made the mistake (as I think most people did) of buying tickets asap to the uber sold out Pavement curated ATP before knowing any of the line up and as it worked out the Matt Groening one was half empty but had a far superior line up. Oops. Next time I will know to follow my Simpsons heart and go with MG.

But it was still an amazing weekend with lots of drunken antics, splashworld, cute boys, bands and I didn’t end up in A&E this time!


– Lucy sneaking in a full bottle of prosecco
– Anastasia sleeping under a coffee table
– Everyone in Finnegan’s fish & chips shop singing along to “Stereo” during Pavement
– Watching the Fall from Burger King
– People crowd surfing to Omar Souleyman
– Going down slides and playing in Splashworld with Surfer Blood

Anastasia asleep under our coffee table…

The best thing I saw all weekend was Omar Souleyman. A Syrian pop legend. He’s been making music since 1994 and according to the internet has released 500 albums – I have absolutely no idea how that is possible !?!? He played for 2 hours in Reds and people went ballistic, crowd surfing and dancing. I just HAD to see him again (plus I really wanted to buy a t-shirt) so found out he was playing the Scala Monday night when I returned to London. I literally popped home for a 2 hour power nap and ran out again.

I just love the fact that every song pretty much sounds EXACTLY the same give or take the tempo of the drum machine. He’s got about 3 different moves that he alternates as well, shaking the mic, clapping and gesturing with both hands up for more love from the crowd. He does these moves while strolling back and forth across the stage occasionally singing or shouting “eh! eh! eh!” At the Scala he had a dancer on for a few songs and was accompanied by a keyboard wizard and guy on guitar. I definitely recommend checking him out he’s got loads of summer European dates and possibly some in America.

After the Scala I raced on my bike over to the Stag’s Head to try and catch the end of the Crocodiles who I reeeeally wanted to see. Unfortunately it was all over by the time I arrived. Typical! Still I met Robin Crocodile who was lovely and her best friend lives in Vancouver so we had something random in common. Completely missed Human Hair who I hadn’t seen since we played spin the bottle in Brighton last month, speaking of which there ended up being a late night spin the bottle game at the Stag’s and even Matty and Zack snogged! Photographic evidence once the Bluetooth on my phone starts working properly!


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What a weekend ????
Where to start? Seriously the most epic crazy weekend of 2009. Highlights — Bob Mould with No Age, drinking champagne backstage 2 nights in a row (Buzzcocks & Fucked Up’s booze), going to A&E at 8am sunday morning, Splashworld, everyone in my chalet seeing me naked, being hit on by 50 year old rockstars etc

Day 1

The first night I was uber excited cos the Buzzcocks were playing and Pete Shelley is an old friend of mine (in both ways of the word – ha!). I hadn’t seen him or the band for about 5 years. I love watching the Buzzcocks cos everyone knows all the words and you can sing n shout along. My friend Jen was drunk enough to go up to the stage manager afterwards and say “Tell PETE Shelley Mar from Vancouver is here !!!” haha… I was thinking there’s no way they are gonna pass on that drunken message but sure enough they did and we were invited back for champagne. Weird coincidence that their newish drummer (4 years) was once in a band with a guy I work with.

buzzcocks reunion 2009

Buzzcocks were driving BACK to London that night so we decided to “take” their rider back to our chalet. We carried 2 crates of beer, cider, wine back and had a supply for the rest of the weekend. Then it was off to the Crazy Horse for drunken dance times and I did bump into Ian Svenonios finally – he remembered the interview I did with him 10 years ago but didn’t remember me. Booo ! haha. Well I wouldn’t expect him too. I don’t even remember people from 4 months ago sometimes. Stayed up til 7am chalet parties etc were involved.

Day 2

Woke up and went to Splashworld – the greatest hangover cure EVER and one of my favourite things about ATP. We did all the slides that were open, went around the rapids a few times, played in the wave pool and sat in the hot tub. Nice one. Then off to watch bands Sonic Youth (the busiest gig of the festival) and The Horrors. Then we went to Jen’s friend’s birthday chalet party and bumped into Jonah Fucked Up who I had been trying to get a hold of all day so good coincidence! We drank white russians (mine being soymilk vegan ones) and then ran around the abandoned ghost chalet world at butlins. Scary stuff.

abandoned butlins chalet

I left Jen passed out face down on the couch in our chalet and ran off with five 18 year old boys to watch No Age and Fucked Up. Soooooooo GOOD. No Age had Bob Mould on as a guest for part of their set. Jen came bouncing along after being sick in the No Age pitt. Who knows how she does it ? After Fucked Up I ended up backstage AGAIN drinking their champagne and generally being an annoying drunk. I dragged Damian to Crazy horse where I have a slight memory of being uber drunk talking shit with Justin Spears sat sipping champagne on the dance floor. Just sat there. I saw Justin the next day and was like “can you please forget ANYTHING I said last night??” He promised to wipe it from his mind. After Crazy Horse it all gets a little blurry until 7AM when we were back in the chalet and I thought it would be a good idea to make pasta (I’m one of those hungry drunks who wants to eat the world after a few drinks). Well somehow I knocked the saucepan of boiling water onto the side of my stomach and gave myself a serious burn. Luckily one of my chalet – mates was a doctor. They had me in the bath with cold water. I was basically naked screaming and crying in pain in front of all 6 of the people in my chalet. They rang Butlins and a Butlins man came and drove me and Jen to A&E. I was only wearing tiny shorts and t-shirt (no shoes or socks) Jen was being sick from drinking. We got to A&E and I was still screaming and swearing at the nurses “make it fucking stop hurting !!!” Jen was sick in the disabled loos. They managed to make it “fucking stop” hurting and bandaged me up. The Butlins man had waited and drove us back to our chalet and I was in bed by 8am.

Day 3

Being severely hungover, unable to go to Splashworld and covered in bandages I didn’t really do too much this day. Got my ex boyfriend who happened to be at ATP to take me back to the medical centre to get my bandages changed. I fell asleep during Bob Mould’s set, saw a bit of Pains of Being Pure at Heart who were AWESOME and loud and finally saw My Bloody Valentine (the curators). Then back to our chalet for ATP TV and bed. Jen brought back a girl named Sarah who left about 4am but was so wasted she went AWOL and her friends came looking for her at 6AM and after not finding her just went back to London without her. Doh! Luckily I can report she took a 6 hour bus ride home and is safe.

I got back to London at 430PM on the Monday and managed to go out at 6PM and DJ at the Social for Bethan Elfyn’s xmas party. I don’t know HOW I did it. I am still in pain from the weekend and that’s probably why.

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