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6 Mar
London Popfest 2010 Recap

Well… it’s been of couple days, so I’m finally recovered, I think, after all of the plane flights and nights without sleep. Oh wait, this isn’t Ed, my name is Drew, you know, from Horse Shoes, and this is actually my first post on the Shelflife blog! Hopefully I will be doing more of these in the near future, but don’t get too excited, none of my deepest darkest secrets will be revealed on here.

I am just going to recap a little bit of my to London and what went on at London Popfest 2010 while I was there. Unfortunately I only was able to attend on the Saturday and Sunday event; There were other bands in the prior days I would have loved to see and meet. The trip went by like a blur, but there was never a wasted or dull moment.

So anyways, here is a little overview of my experience Saturday. Somehow I managed to escape New York to Detroit where I had to sit on a jet for an hour while the airport plowed some snow to make a cozy spot for our airplane. I then patiently waited out a six hour layover in Detroit; and of course another hour wait in the jet while it got de-iced. After all of that was said and done we managed to lift off and away we flew; fighting the perils of the Arctic Sea, from Canada, then over Greenland, Ireland and finally my destination, Heathrow international airport in London.

Now I did not get very good sleep on the plane. So basically I didn’t sleep for over twenty four hours. The jet lag kicked in around 7PM Saturday evening and everything was just a lethargic haze. I met a lot of great people in this haze, the members of Shrag ( WIAIWYA records ) were wonderful, Gorden of Ballboy ( Who also put on a very solid set ) and so many more. It was also great to finally put a face to the people whom I have had correspondence for so long with over the internet.

Sunday, February 28th was basically a Sarah Records reunion. A good majority of people involved came out.. Clare Wadd came out to Dj. Harvey Williams, Bobby Wratten and Beth Arzy were in the audience, and who could forget the headlining band the Wake joined by members of the Orchids?! The Wake put on a phenomenal set, they played a good mix of Factory era and Sarah era songs, a little something for everyone you could say. Everyone just seemed to be in a trance while they were playing. I for one was simply blown away. I for one never thought I would see them live in my lifetime let alone get to share an evening and a stage with them. In fact most of our day was spent talking with Caesar and the very lovely Carolyn of the Wake. They shared some deep secrets with us, but alas those are forever sealed.

All in all I received a lot of free records which I will hopefully get around to finishing and maybe do a post or two on here highlighting any favorites; I met some new faces and connected with ones I only thought to exist in the world of blogs, record labels and emails and got to entertain a lovely group of people.

Until next time,

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