2008: Phew, as vintages go, this one couldn’t really have got off to a worse start with the Egerton Arms announcing that they would not be playing ball with us on the morning of the event. Bring on the Dancing Horses, in their debut year, proved themselves to be made of sterner stuff and pulled off a remarkable recovery by helping ship camp across the road to Central Salford Train Station and the rest is, as they say, history.. we may never get to see a voice as otherwordly as Seaming To‘s transcend a train station again.
This year also saw some mighty wild action on the edge of town, the Disco Opposite Tesco Karaoke uniting the masses at the Black Lion, the Chairpersons soapbox firing wisdom and bile on the former Flat Iron Market at Sacred Trinity Church, Talibam‘s sonic destruction of the tiny Salford Restoration Office, Howlin’ Rain packing the Kings Arm with more hair and sweat than is surely allowable and Man Like Me making it party down at the Mark Addy
THIS YEAR’S HOSTS WERE: GOLDEN LAB, LAMB & WOLF, CLUB BRENDA,COMFORTABLE ON A TIGHTROPE, HEY! MANCHESTER,RED DEER CLUB, PROSTITUTES AND POLICEMEN, BRING ON THE DANCING HORSES
WHO BROUGHT TOGETHER THIS HEAVYWEIGHT CAST: The A Band, The One Ensemble , Trembling Bells, Seaming To, Cath and Phil Tyler, Ross Parfitt & Jon Collin, Beach Fuzz, Howlin’ Rain, Cats in Paris, Gentle Friendly, A N Other, Hot Bone, Gnod, Midnight O’Connor, Magic Arm, Cowtown, The Wave Machines, Warm Widow, Tim and Sam’s Tim and Sam Band, Talibam!,Former Bullies, May-Ming, Carcascara, Nathaniel & SYS Band, Thomas Settle, Rozi Plain & FrancoisSean Vinylment, Black Lodge, Last Harbour, The Bottomfeeders, David Thomas Broughton, Stranger Son of WB, Vinny Peculiar, The Declining Winter, Planet Earth, Sara Lowes , The Moulettes, The 1,2,3,4’s, Sophie’s Pigeons, Los Grecos, Down the Tiny Steps, The Winter Journey, The Badical, Man Like Me, Modernaire, Darlings of the Splitscreen, The Thief, The Witches, Performance, ddd , The Old Romantic Killer Band, Copycats, Lonelady, The Man Amplifier, Jon Trayner, Rachel Parry, Joe Stretch, Yol, Andrew Beswick