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Broadstairs Sessions?

G-Force 27 Jun 13 - 06:58 AM
GUEST 27 Jun 13 - 07:22 AM
Richard Bridge 27 Jun 13 - 07:42 AM
Girl Friday 27 Jun 13 - 09:43 AM
Van 28 Jun 13 - 09:39 AM
Richard Bridge 28 Jun 13 - 01:50 PM
GUEST 28 Jun 13 - 04:09 PM
banjoman 29 Jun 13 - 06:56 AM
GUEST,Frug 29 Jun 13 - 10:30 AM
My guru always said 07 Aug 13 - 04:11 PM
Richard Bridge 07 Aug 13 - 05:03 PM
G-Force 08 Aug 13 - 04:26 AM
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Abdul The Bul Bul 20 Aug 13 - 02:39 AM
The Barden of England 20 Aug 13 - 05:28 AM
stormalong 20 Aug 13 - 02:09 PM
Richard Bridge 20 Aug 13 - 05:57 PM
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Subject: Broadstairs Sessions?
From: G-Force
Date: 27 Jun 13 - 06:58 AM

Thinking about going to Broadstairs. Are there any free/impropmptu tune sessions round and about the town? We know about the Woodshed sessions, but are there any others?

Many thanks


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Subject: RE: Broadstairs Sessions?
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Jun 13 - 07:22 AM

Good singers sessions in the Neptunes Hall every lunchtime


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Subject: RE: Broadstairs Sessions?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 27 Jun 13 - 07:42 AM

As far as I know impromptu are now rare since most pubs have electric midatlantic shit in them. But there used to be and maybe still are diddly and humpty sessions - now, how to describe where? Come out of the Tart and Frig It down by the jetty and turn right up the narrow road and past the tiny cinema until you come to hell - the corner with the three pubs on and every leery yoof calling all the folkies smelly unwashed wierdos. Turn vaguely right but slightly inland and past the carpark and soon there is a pub there on the left - is it the Nelson? That used to be tune corner.


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Subject: RE: Broadstairs Sessions?
From: Girl Friday
Date: 27 Jun 13 - 09:43 AM

I am told by many Broadstairs regulars that there is a session running most of the day in what used to be the Crown (pub that lays back on the left of the High Street opposite Superdrug . There is also a place called Four Candles nearer the campsite where a good deal of singing goes on. Probable music session as well.


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Subject: RE: Broadstairs Sessions?
From: Van
Date: 28 Jun 13 - 09:39 AM

Interesting that two posters give an indication of where the pubs/venues are while the others assume that the world and its sister will automatically be able to find the ones they recommend. Not that some folkies try to be exclusive.


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Subject: RE: Broadstairs Sessions?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 28 Jun 13 - 01:50 PM

Van- Mr Google will find places by name.


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Subject: RE: Broadstairs Sessions?
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Jun 13 - 04:09 PM

Ban, walk down the hill from the camp site, you fall in the Neptunes Hall...


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Subject: RE: Broadstairs Sessions?
From: banjoman
Date: 29 Jun 13 - 06:56 AM

Best advice to anyone thinking of going to Broadstairs Don't
It used to be a great festival rivalling most of the other major festivals. Now its too artist based with little room for those who just want to sing or play. Its now little more than a sort of pop festival with a limited fringe.
As Richard says, most of the pubs just want electrified music/bands.
The current organisers have little or no regard for those who supported the festival over many years.
We have found that Whitby is a far better choice, and far more welcoming as well.


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Subject: RE: Broadstairs Sessions?
From: GUEST,Frug
Date: 29 Jun 13 - 10:30 AM

Personally I like Broadstairs and I have no problem with its artist focus ... that's why I go to it. For me festivals are a cost effective way of seeing a number of high profile performers without having to travel to different concert venues, or missing performers because they don't come to my neck of the woods. As for singers festivals, that's great if its what you want .... my experience of them is not good and some of them appalling. Broadstairs is not a suitable venue if you want organised sessions and a big fringe scene. It's evolved into something different and wow it is now bloody expensive but I like it and will go for at least some if not all of it this year.


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Subject: RE: Broadstairs Sessions?
From: My guru always said
Date: 07 Aug 13 - 04:11 PM

Hoping to get along Friday evening & part of Saturday and will try to find somewhere for a Sing. Looks like the weather will be good!


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Subject: RE: Broadstairs Sessions?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 07 Aug 13 - 05:03 PM

I was planning to go, purely because my then girlfriend was going. She is still going but regrettably is no longer my girlfriend, so I shall not be going. I think it's quite fun if you are with a morris side and want to dance.


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Subject: RE: Broadstairs Sessions?
From: G-Force
Date: 08 Aug 13 - 04:26 AM

Thanks for all the replies. As it happens, we were going but now we're not because I've done my back in, so no caravanning for a while.

But thanks anyway.


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Subject: RE: Broadstairs Sessions?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 18 Aug 13 - 07:37 AM

I am hearing that there were many more pub sessions this year in place of the previous horrible wall-to-wall mid-atlantic rock.

I am also hearing that the shuttle service was good (at least for bands).

Indeed one fiend reports

"a bloody good week, little to no rain, proper good company, great bands, proper showers and loos, proper food in the school with proper tables and chairs, cooked in a proper kitchen, cheap beer if you knew where to go, all in all why go anywhere else, defo back next year with ots of changes for the better this year, even more improvements on the cards I hope."


What we need now (IMHO) is to use BOTH school sites and allow camping (at a modest profit cost) that is not tied to the season tickets.


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Subject: RE: Broadstairs Sessions?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 19 Aug 13 - 02:03 PM

What, no general post-mortem?


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Subject: RE: Broadstairs Sessions?
From: Abdul The Bul Bul
Date: 20 Aug 13 - 02:39 AM

The Woodsheds were fully subscribed, I didn't get to em all but thoroughly enjoyed the ones I did.
I agree 100% with your suggestion about camping for us that don't want the full week. Would have done a long weekend.
Al


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Subject: RE: Broadstairs Sessions?
From: The Barden of England
Date: 20 Aug 13 - 05:28 AM

Very sensible idea Richard. It would bring extra monies into the funds from campers only,some of whom would also buy the odd ticket for artists they would like to see. As an example Sidmouth charges £60 per person for camping, £35 per person for campsite passport which comes to £95 per person for the whole festival. If you have a caravan then it's a further £30 one-off supplement. Not figures to be sniffed at for camping in August.

John Barden


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Subject: RE: Broadstairs Sessions?
From: stormalong
Date: 20 Aug 13 - 02:09 PM

In response, Richard B, to your suggestion and call for a post-mortem, I can only give a personal take…

I go more-or-less only to the participatory events - the Neptune, the Woodshed and Tom and Barbara's singaround. They're essentially sessions IMO but gently organised, not spontaneous/unofficial. We stay in B&B or, in previous years, self-catering in the town. Season tickets, especially when linked to camping, are a total mismatch for the sort of festival I actually experience and I would never buy one. I agree that it would be far better to uncouple the one-size-fits-all approach of linking the season ticket to camping. The modern way is to let people pay for what they want.

The festival itself was much as I always experience it, i.e. brilliant apart from the almost intolerable 'fugginess' in some sessions. You have to be quite highly motivated to contend with that and, for me, staying awake is quite a problem.

I've noticed a migration of emphasis towards the so-called 'Hub', i.e. campsite events. This is bad news for non-campers/non-season-ticket holders, but understandable in view of the decline in support by town pubs and the under-age drinking problem which BFW has seemingly attracted, despite TOTAL disconnection with the festival. For the first time there was a massive police presence this year. While reassuring in some respects, this is not the festival - or the Broadstairs - I once knew. I don't have an answer. It's depressing. I'll continue to enjoy the town festival as long as it lasts, but if it goes out of town I will very sadly be looking elsewhere for my annual high.

Richard


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Subject: RE: Broadstairs Sessions?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 20 Aug 13 - 05:57 PM

Thank you Stormalong - but fiends of mine have suggested that there were gazillions of pop-up sessions in local pubs that had eschewed mid-Atlantic-electric-shit. Was this not so?


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Subject: RE: Broadstairs Sessions?
From: stormalong
Date: 20 Aug 13 - 09:07 PM

I believe there were nightly sessions in the 39 Steps (a new 'mini' pub with excellent beer at £3 a pint during the festival). I also heard mention of the Nelson, and then there is always 'The Shed', an informal daytime gathering in the seafront shelter. Perhaps someone with direct experience of the pub sessions could confirm?


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Subject: RE: Broadstairs Sessions?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 03:20 AM

One I heard mentioned was the Rose - but it will be a block of flats by next year.

It would be a shame if Broadstairs did not consolidate on the good reports I have heard of this year.


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Subject: RE: Broadstairs Sessions?
From: Girl Friday
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 07:41 PM

I agree Richard. It is encouraging that pubs are moving away from the loud music and opting for sessions. this is probably a cash saving exerlike the early yearscise on their part. the Festival charges the landlords to have bands. The bus shelter session seems to be semi official now... not the spontaneous coming together of musos that it once was. Wonder if the police still moves buskers on.


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Subject: RE: Broadstairs Sessions?
From: stormalong
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 01:54 AM

There were loads of buskers, some with festival tins and some not. I didn't see anyone moved on.


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