So we did our first open air gig of the year a couple of weeks ago, undercover in a huge tent. Jedburgh was the venue, at the annual rugby Sevens event. This was the first time we’ve played at a Sevens tournament, and I have to say it was great fun. The venue was at the same place as the Riverside Rock festival, one of our old stamping grounds.
Time was tight, with the stage to be built, a sizable PA to be set up, and two bands to soundcheck in two hours. However, it all came together, and it was great to play in front of a sold out one thousand strong crowd.
Our pals Scocha were the headline band, and we always enjoy playing with them. We’ve got a few more open air gigs in the pipeline this summer, including the brilliant Lindisfarne Festival (31st August – 3rd Sept.) If you live in the Borders or the North East then you really need to get to this festival, I can’t recommend it enough. More on this one nearer the time.
There’s a very strong rumour that we are about to do some recording soon, and dare we say it – maybe even a video – who knows? No smoke without fire!
a>Well we’re about to begin our live gig season for 2016, starting at the Paxton House Scooter rally on Friday. We’ve played the scooter rally a couple of times before, but this will be our first time at the Paxton venue. It’s always been a pleasure and despite the fact that we’re a bit different to the other bands, we’ve always had a good reception. Hopefully the weather will warm up a bit.
Also coming up we have some festival gigs which I’ll look at in more detail nearer the time. These include our second appearance at Shielfield Rocks in Berwick, in a very interesting line up. In August we are heading a bit further afield to play the Festiville festival in Leicestershire, then back up home for Coquetfest and the Lindisfarne Festival.
As well as those, look out for our usual smaller gigs, including a long overdue return to Galashiels. And the more observant might even spot a guest Mangel filling in for one us at some point!
I’m finally back from down under after the longest journey in the history of mankind, and the worst jetlag since the first recorded case, in August 1746.
And it’s back to Mangels business. Spring is about to get Sprung, and we’ve got plans afoot. We spent last weekend shrouded in secrecy, taking part in a project in Edinburgh. I’m not allowed to say what we were involved in yet, but hopefully all will be revealed in a couple of weeks. Let’s just say it’s not what you’d expect!
We’ve also been back rehearsing, my amp has risen from the dead, thanks to the wonderful folks at Marshall Amplification. Can I just take this opportunity to recommend to anyone who has a Marshall – if you have a problem with it, send it back to them at Milton Keynes. Very efficient and very reasonable.
Our last rehearsal was brief but very productive, with a new song well on the way. It’ll be in our set by the time our live season kicks off later this month.
Talking of gigs, next week I’ll be looking ahead to some of the shows we’ll be doing this year. Stay tuned!
Welcome to the latest Mangels blog, bang on time as threatened. I’ve had a few people asking about gigs – when our next one is and why don’t we play much during the winter. Well, that’s easy. It’s too cold. You feel it more when you turn 30. We’ve always been much more of a summer band anyway, so we’ll be back in live action pretty soon.
Talking of gigs, we’ve had a few confirmed this week, including a couple of interesting festivals. Stay tuned for more details.
Just because we havn’t been playing live lately, dosn’t mean we havn’t been busy. With the help of invisible Mangel Mr. B, we’ve been putting together some video footage of us rehearsing, for your delectation. It’ll appear here very soon.
The sick amp is off to intensive care at Marshall, and I’m off on my travels too. Til next week, byeee!
Welcome to the latest blog, admittedly a bit late, due in true style to some typical incompetence and buffoonery.
We’ve had a change of scenery over the last couple of weeks, with a move back over the border to the originator Mangels HQ. We’ve recorded live versions of a few songs, which might even appear on this site. Our rehearsal yesterday was a disaster due to my amp throwing in the towel after one song. At least it wasn’t on the stage at Riverside Rock like the last time it died.
We’ll be moving back to Berwick next week, and hopefully getting through a full rehearsal without any blow ups or breakdowns. Andy has asked me not to mention his new toupee, so I won’t.
Tune in for another update next week, I promise it’ll be here!
Hello and welcome to the first ever Mangels weekly blog. We have wasted the first one by trying to find an apostrophe on this computer, and failing dismally. that#s two hours of my life I will never get back. Stay tuned for next week/s update.
Stand by for some more classic country & western on the way.
Early rehearsals sounding promising . . .
Happy New Year Everybody!
Huge great big thanks to anyone that came to see us in 2015.
Loads more stuff happening in 2016. . . . . .