As soon as the academic year had finished, there was just time to work a quick festival date before heading off on a UK and European tour mixing the US dub reggae band Easy Star All Stars. They were in Europe for the first time in 5 years touring their ‘Dub Side of The Moon’ version of the classic Pink Floyd album in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing in July 1969.
The tour took in shows across the UK and Europe. There were festivals, concert halls and club venues including the iconic Melkweg in Amsterdam. A real highlight for me was the Blue Dot Festival in Cheshire. This was a first as I’d never mixed at a World Heritage Site and it was amazing to have the performance here on the actual anniversary of the moon landing. The headline act that night was Kraftwerk, who I had wanted to see for a long time, which was another bonus. The stage was next to the radio telescope at Jodrell Bank, illuminated with projections as the evening light dimmed.
Italy was extremely hot, with a run of 6 outdoor festivals including fabulous locations on the harbour in Genoa and in the rolling countryside around San Mauro.
For me, it was a chance to use my skills in the heat of the kitchen, check out new equipment, network with industry and cement new friendships with some astonishing musicians.
After staying on in Italy for a short break to recharge the batteries, it was back to the UK to look after a BBC Introducing stage at another festival before heading back to college for A Level results day. It was a hectic summer, but one that left me with an endorsement deal, experience across a wide range of the latest mixing desks and sound systems and a further understanding of current international professional working practices. All of which will enrich and inform my subject delivery this coming academic year.
Nils Edstrom (HE Music Lecturer)
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