Ed’s… Highlights – Aug ’10

Another UK festival seasons draws to a close. So far this summer; the angel of dance blew out her ten candles as Global Gathering made the restaurants of Stratford “too busy to comment”, Festival Republic took over The Big Chill – employing an army of sixteen year olds stewards to block roads from Malvern to Ledbury, whilst the Mostly Jazz debut attracted,”enough people to make it worth doing again”. Only Shambala and the Moseley Folk Festival left then we can all stay safely indoors.

Back in the land of the live gig, The Glee Club’s unofficial summer hiatus makes way for Caitlin Rose and Willy Mason. The HMV Institute threatens to bring Ned’s Atomic Dustbin back to the city, whilst the NEC declares losing enough money to finance a small country.

All that’s left is to cross everything flexible before the Mercury Music Awards on Sept 7th. It’s a little early but if Laura Marling doesn’t win I’m going to burn all the guitars in the world. Except hers, then let’s see who wins in 2011.

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