This weekend was the amazing Upton Jazz Festival. I had been so excited about having a stall here for ages, and even more so because I was sharing with a group of friends, The Pixley Crafters. We are a mixed bunch of crafters with a broad range of skills and experience, which is why I think we all work so well together. I’ll do another blog post about us all at some point.
Anyway, back to the festival. Well, we had been rather worried about the weather – lots of rain, lots of wind – not good for an open sided marquee and a load of non water-resistant stock! but we were lucky, very lucky. Only a few spots of rain, and lots of lovely sun.
As for sales, they were dismal – well, non existent. The layout of the site was pretty bad and there was just not enough footfall through our area. I understand it was partly due to another part of the site being flooded and a shift around of a few locations, but even so, you would have thought for a festival in its 27th year they would have been a little better organised. Oh well, I will know not to do it next year.
But, even though I didn’t sell anything and hardly gave away any promotional cards, I did meet some really interesting people and have lots of fun, plus listen to some great live music and drink some scrummy local beer (thank you Malvern Hills Brewery!)
So I would like to give a shout out to those that made it worth while….here we go….
Firstly, the chap who really lifted our spirits was Tom Spice – click on his name to check out his facebook page and songs. We loved his cheeky grin, giggly mates, lively music and vulgar lyrics!
Secondly, the fab people at the new venture Lovers Orchard – a Worcestershire based company promoting local arts and crafts. THey are due to laugh this summer and have a huge range of art, gifts, homwe-wares etc all hand picked by the two lovely ladies in charge. I shall let you know when they are up and running.
Thirdly, another new company that we were next to – Pump It Up Events who do zorbing – it looks like immense fun – I want a turn! Have a look on their website to see what it is all about. The chaps who set it up, Sean and Jason, were just lovely – we were so lucky to have good neighbours for our pitch!
Finally I met the vetran stall holder Stella Draper, who also produces a great Jazz guide magazine, also available online www.jazzwestmids.co.uk – if you like Jazz, it’s the best place to check out what is going on locally (well, if you are in the West Midlands!)
As for the music, you have to check these Dutch guys out – amazing, and so much fun! Lamarotte Jazzband
The other upside of being so quiet is that I got take lots of photos – want to have a look?