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What a night….

Well our showing in London was just brilliant… It was also the last planned showing of our Hacienda documentary.

I keep saying that, but as the project was created to raise money for charity I just can’t say no if another showing presents itself & with it an opportunity to raise more money for Cancer Research.

At our showing, we had Graeme Park & Ben Kelly on the Q&A panel. The evening was hosted by the brilliant Claire Bueno

We also had a late addition to the q&a when Bobby Langley joined us for the last part of it….

I’ll hand over to Claire who sums the night up perfectly better than I can: Link

 

that ‘idles’ moment

I’m not at Glastonbury this weekend..it’s been quite a while since I missed it but as a lover of rain & cold weather (weird, I know) I’m really not pining for the baking sun.

I’d decided to not watch any of the festival coverage this year as it’s never the same as being there so why bother. I did however relent yesterday & switch on to watch Idles…I hope you did the same.

I’ve been to a lot of gigs both indoors and in fields & I might not be an expert on writing about them & my views my differ to yours, but I know what I like & I know the difference between a ‘moment’ and just another gig.

Idles performance on the Park stage was…a moment.

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I, maybe like you, first heard about them when they played on Jools Holland & it really was one of those performances where you sit up & think…I really haven’t seen anything like that before. And as someone who has spent most of my leisure time listening to music or watching bands, that’s what I’m looking for each time I see a band play live.

And as with anything in life, to see someone with a passion for what they do, makes them interesting and makes you want to go along for the ride.

I saw them play in Manchester not so long ago, told my brother who lives in New Zealand to go & see them, which he did… you don’t know my brother (or maybe you do) but he’s as picky as me about music. He’s lived in New Zealand a while and proclaimed “Idles renewed my faith in music…the best thing I’ve seen since I moved to New Zealand” and a lot of English bands do travel there to play.

The Glastonbury performance I watched yesterday was close to a perfect gig.

Energy, anger, presence and a lot of emotion.

I saw it in the eyes of some of the people at the front when the Fat White Family played the Park in 2015 , I saw it in the eyes of the congregation in the converted church when I saw Idles in Manchester & I saw it again last night.

Women were crying at the touching tribute that Joe, the lead singer, gave to his wife and men crying pretty much at the same.

Joe said that he had been the guy watching and being moved when we had seen bands at the festival such as The Walkmen & Battles play the Park Stage…that he had been the guy that had dreamt of being on the stage, and that he was now that guy. Something else that made it so moving was that could be any of us if we tried.

A great gig has that thing that a great film has where you don’t turn off after 5 mins, where you don’t want it to end, where something different is happening..I asked a friend the other day how you would describe “that thing” that grabs you and says this is a moment and we agreed you just can’t. You just know it and feel it.

Idles at Glastonbury had that thing & the vale of Avalon was a more beautiful place for an afternoon thanks to them.

Cancel whatever else you had planned for the next 58mins and see if you agree: link

 

 

 

Thanks… next stop London!

A massive thanks to everyone who came to our showing in Altrincham last night, I met some really great people and we raised yet more money for CRUK.

Special thanks aswell to Claire & Kate & the staff at Everyman for looking after me.

Also a massive thanks to those of you who went to see our film in Leeds, Newcastle, Bristol & Liverpool.

Next stop, May 21st, the Hacienda’s b’day… we show at the Everyman in Kings Cross, London.

There are a few tickets left here…

Graeme Park & Ben Kelly will be joining us for the q&a. Graeme will also be djing at the afterparty.

Hope you can make it.

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do you own the dancefloor?

Thanks for clicking the link & ending up here…

I made a film a bit ago called do you own the dancefloor? with the main aim to raise as much as I can for Cancer Research.

What’s it about: 
It’s about people, who happen to own a piece of the Hacienda nightclub.
Click this link and watch the trailer for the film: Click here

Can you help?
Whether you like the subject, the hacienda, or not, can you please share this page with anyone you might know who likes a good documentary.

We have a handful of showings left, and we’d really like to make a final push to raise more for CRUK.

Where is the film showing?

May 17th (at Everyman Cinemas)

May 21st (the hacienda birthday)
As part of the Everyman Film & Music festival we have a special showing at the Everyman Cinema in Kings Cross – Tickets
DJ Graeme Park & Ben Kelly (who designed the Hacienda) will be there for our q&a.
The q&a will be hosted by the brilliant Claire Bueno – Here’s the link to Claire’s website

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There will be an afterparty across the road at Spiritland, where Graeme will be DJing

Now you have read this..
Please retweet, share the link or share this webpage.

And lastly, thanks so much for your support

A Saturday in Avalon…a short film

What am I doing?
I’m making a film about The Glastonbury Festival.
It’s a short (approx. 10 mins long), with profits going to Wateraid.
I’ve been in touch with the Festival who would like to see the finished film, hopefully with a view to showing it there next year.

What’s it about?
I’m asking people to share what summed up the Sat. of the Festival last year. It doesn’t matter what it was. It can be some food you ate, a sunset, someone you met…anything.

Then fast forward to June 23rd this year…
I’m asking the same.. what did you do on this day, from the time of day that really sums up the essence of it. It doesn’t matter what it is. It can be waking up, having a great
breakfast or a nice walk, reading a book or having your own festival in honour of the great festival that is Glastonbury .

What am I asking people to submit for the film?

If you’d like to contribute, record a piece to camera of yourself saying what 1 memory you have from each of the Saturdays, last year at the Festival and on June 23rd this year. Nothing too long, say 30 secs max.

If you don’t want to show your face…just record your voice.

Not essential, but would be nice…Please also send a max number of 4 pics, 2 from each year, and some footage if you have it.
If you send footage or photos…
If you can clearly make out someone’s face, as in they are in a group photo with you, please ensure you have checked with them that we can use the photo.
Please send to my personal email mypig7@aol.com with the subject line: Avalon
 
If the files are large please send by wetransfer.com, it’s free upto a certain amount.
Unfortunately I can’t pay you.. for your contribution to the film, I’m funding it from my savings. So in sending your footage etc. you are agreeing that no payment will be given for your contribution.
I will be giving a % of any money I make to Wateraid. I have already told the Festival people this. Once the film is done, you’ll get a credit on the film, and I’ll ensure you get notification before anyone else of where it will be shown. I’ll also share with you exclusive pics etc from it.
One last thing
Please put your full name, your location in any message that you send to me so I can keep track of who has sent what.
If I haven’t told you before…
I made this as my 1st film. Let me know if you’d like to know more vimeo.com/130747919
Anything else?
Nope, just go for it and tell me the story of your perfect moment when you might normally be sat in a field on a Saturday in Avalon.
And finally, thanks so much for agreeing to be part of this. I’ll try and make it amazing!
Cheers
Chris Hughes
Shiny Brick Films

#1 A Saturday in Avalon

Did you goto the Glastonbury Festival lest year?

Do you want to be in my new documentary A Saturday in Avalon?

Please read on….

With Glastonbury not being on this year I’m making a documentary (looking at 30min running time) where I ask people who went last year to share with me a couple of images, short bit of footage or i’view to camera of them summing up which moment captures their Sat at Glastonbury last year.

It can be from anytime on the Sat. but must capture what made that day so great.

Then for the Sat this year when it would be on if it was running, to do the same. Share with me what captures the essence of that Saturday.

I’m not asking for any pictures or footage just yet, I’m just hoping to get some people interested.

I showed my first film at the festival and aim to premiere the new one at next year’s festival.

Here is my trailer from my last film….vimeo.com/130747919

A percentage of profits will be going to water aid.

Do you think you’d be kind enough to contribute if I provide some more details?

Cheers
Chris

LCD Soundsystem came to town

Last night LCD Soundsystem played at the Manchester Apollo.

Now I’ve been to the Apollo many many times, I’ve left gigs early if it’s not happening (no really!) and I’ve told the whole world when a band has just changed the face of it.

Last night was one of those that just seemed to happen just right. As someone once said..”…it felt like the stars aligned.”

The queue with 15mins to go looked like this…

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(I think a nice evening, and people making the most of it before the gig led to the longest queue I’ve ever seen at the Apollo)

From the very off there was an atmosphere that I don’t often see at the venue. I could best describe it as a party/rave feel to it, but being generated most definitely by a band playing real instruments.

For me seeing a band enjoy what they do, and to hear a front man share things that make you think ‘you’re real’, ‘your not too different to us’ just adds to it all.
Mr Murphy did just that….he told us that in Piccadilly Records, Manchester was a real gem… (he spent 3 hrs there yesterday)…a gem that New York struggles to compete with & to see them enjoy us being there makes a gig that so much better.

The band played these songs, I won’t run through them all, this website does a great job of that…

James Murphy explained the deal with the ‘encore’ to everyone in just the perfect way. “We’ll go off, go to the bathroom maybe get a drink…we’re old.” To then add that we didn’t need to clap in the traditional way, maybe we could have a chat, meet someone new, then they would come back on. We did, they played some intermission music, it worked  a treat…

I think the closest I can describe to the energy in the room was the band have taken a crowd that most definitely have been quite partial to a rave or 2 in their time, captured an essence of what makes a rave so good…when it’s good, and given it a flavour of its own.

If you want to know what I mean…ask anyone who was stood on their feet, arms in the air as if praising the words of an evangelical priest at the height of a sermon, and belting out…Where are your friends tonight?

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All that and throw in a massive mirror ball.

It was just spot on.

“I wouldn’t trade one stupid decision, for another five years of life…”
James Murphy, LCD Soundsystem

(Click here to watch them at Madison Square Garden)

LCD came to town

Last night LCD Soundsystem played at the Manchester Apollo.

Now I’ve been to the Apollo many many times, I’ve left gigs early if it’s not happening (no really!) and I’ve told the whole world when a band has just changed the face of it.

Last night was one of those that just seemed to happen just right.
As someone once said..”…it felt like the stars aligned”

The queue with 15mins to go looked like this…

img_7512.jpg

(I think a nice evening, and people making the most of it before the gig led to the longest queue I’ve ever seen at the Apollo)

From the very off there was an atmosphere that I don’t often see at the venue. I could best describe it as having a party/rave feel to it, but being generated most definitely by a band playing real instruments.

For me seeing a band enjoy what they do, and to hear a front man share things that make you think ‘you’re real’, ‘your not too different to us’ just adds to it all.
Mr Murphy did just that….he told us that in Piccadilly Records, Manchester has a real Gem… (he spent 3 hrs there yesterday)…a gem that New York struggles to compete with & to see them enjoy us being there makes a gig that so much better.

The band played these songs, I won’t run through them all, this website does a great job of that.

James Murphy explained the deal with the ‘encore’ to everyone in just the perfect way. “We’ll go off, go to the bathroom maybe get a drink…we’re old” to then add that we didn’t need to clap in the traditional way, maybe we could have a chat, meet someone new, then they would come back on. We did, they played some intermission music, it worked  a treat…

I think the closest I can describe to the energy in the room was the band have taken a crowd that most definitely have been quite partial to a rave or 2 in their time, captured an essence of what makes a rave so good…when it’s good, and given it a flavour of its own.

If you want to know what I mean…ask anyone who was stood on their feet, arms in the air as if praising the words of an evangelical priest at the height of a sermon, and belting out…Where are your friends tonight?

IMG_7544.JPG

All that and throw in a massive mirror ball.

It was just spot on.

“I wouldn’t trade one stupid decision, for another five years of life” — James Murphy, LCD Soundsystem