Although festival season is undoubtedly winding down for another year, the blues and roots music fans among you might want to keep that groundsheet out for a little bit longer.
There’s a new music fest on the block – well on the farm actually – and it’s kicking off in a couple of weeks.
Now I know what you’re thinking... another ‘new’ venture, probably a load of students who don’t know their quality fast food provision from their chemical toilets. But you’d be sitting squarely in the church of opinion marked wrong.
You see, this festival has been organised by some of the region’s longest serving - and much respected - music promoters, the Jumpin Hot Club.
The Jumpin Hot Jamboree is billed as a boutique festival and will place at Thorpe Lea East Farm in Easington Colliery from September 13 to 15.
“We’ve been asked loads of time to do something like this,” says Club co-founder Graham Anderson, “but we’ve never really fancied it. We’ve programmed the outdoor stage at the Summertyne Americana Festival at the Sage for the past eight years. That’s kind of like a festival, but then again people don’t stay over.
“A festival means camping to me so we thought we’d give it a go and see what happens.”
Booking the venue was job one and it just so happened that the bass player in Graham’s band, Shipcote and Friends, had a girlfriend who lived on a farm.
“They’ve been great. It’s got 300 capacity, a barn... it’s a terrific venue for what we want to do.”
Next up was putting the line-up together. Graham says he was looking to book a headliner who would have wide appeal and outfit Davina and the Vagabonds fitted the bill perfectly.
Led by the hip young blues lady Davina Sowers, you’ll be able to hear influences from Etta James, Fats Domino and Amy Winehouse, among others.
They’ll be taking to the stage on the Saturday night, which is the Jamboree’s main event, and are joined on the bill by Bob Stork and the Heaton Playboys, Martin Stephenson, Archie Brown Trio, Hannah Rickard and The Relatives, Holy Moly and The Crackers, Mush, Samson and Delilah and Cakes and Ale. Meanwhile BBC Newcastle’s Steve Drayton will perform MC duties.
The night before, Newcastle-based singer/songwriter Gem Andrews will be among those conducting sessions around the campfire and on Sunday morning, Shipcote and Friends will be providing the soundtrack.
“We’re really pleased with how things have gone in terms of organising the event,” says Graham. “People really seem to be looking forward to coming down.”
As well as authentic roots music, festival goers will also be invited to enjoy a cajun barn dance, a range of great local food, coffee, tea and cake (courtesy of La Fiesta and Teasy Does It in Heaton, Newcastle respectively), real ale from Jarrow Brewery who have made a Jamboree Ale for the occasion, free camping, six “posh and plumbed in toilets” and more than enough parking space.
Sounds like the kinds of festivals which only exist in dreams. And if all goes well, Graham and the rest of the Jumpin Hot team are more than open to making it a regular occurrence.
“Well, why not?” he says. Couldn’t have put it better.
The Jumpin Hot Jamboree opens at 6pm on Friday, September 13 and runs until Sunday, September 15 at Thorpe Lea East Farm in Easington Colliery. Weekend tickets are £25 and Saturday only tickets are £20, available from The Cluny on 0191 230 4474 or www.wegottickets.com . Under fives go free and under 18s tickets are £10. Check out www.jumpinhot.com for full schedule.