“Sadly, some folk will bang-on about young people standing around on street corners getting up to no good, while others might moan that there are too many coffee shops, too many festivals, and, when the music is over, what about their carbon footprint? What do you think?”
Good afternoon friends, what are you all up to this weekend, I wonder? As for Bang Your Drum, we’ve got some catching up to do and will be mostly working – on a couple of websites, and some SEO. I’m also house sitting, or should I say dog sitting, for some dear friends who I’m sure will be having heaps of fun at the small music festival Ravenstonedale, at the foot of the Howgills in Cumbria. After my dog walking duties this morning, I’ve taken some time out with a pal to visit a treasured coffee house which is just around the corner from where I’m staying – The Coffee Kitchen. What a great start to the day, reading the papers, orange juice, delicious breakfast, great coffee and above all, service with a smile from Andy and Angela Walsh’s young, talented team.
Another dear friend, Manon Plouffe, is working this weekend at a brand new festival in West Cumbria – Women Out West, AKA WOW Fest. Manon is the founder of the mobile catering and event planning company Wild Zucchinis (right now I’m working on the WZ website) and I’m looking forward to hearing next week how this festival went. Here’s a quote from WOW’s website: “The ethos of the festival is to encourage women to embrace and discover their creativity by giving them the opportunity to see women who smashed the mould, and use them as role models.”
Sitting here pondering about the festival season has got me thinking about a quote from The Coffee Kitchen’s website: “There is nothing wrong in being ethical in the way you do business -
We first heard about LeeFest, a music festival held on a small working farm, just on the outskirts of Bromley and Croydon in Kent, via Social Enterprise UK. LeeFest is an interesting, positive story. In 2012, the Association of Independent Music named LeeFest ‘Best Independent Festival’ of that year, and earlier this year, via Kickstarter, LeeFest was successful in raising over £50,000 to grow the festival “into a 5000 capacity festival that remains independent. No sponsors, no corporate investors – just run by you!” Run by you indeed, LeeFest took the extraordinary step of allowing fans to join its board of creative directors.
Sadly, some folk will bang-on about young people standing around on street corners getting up to no good, while others might moan that there are too many coffee shops, too many festivals, and, when the music is over, what about their carbon footprint? What do you think?