Bostin Days Live – review

A strange thing happened to me on Saturday.  I attended a live music event with my camera and I barely took any photographs.  Why?  Simply because I was having too good a time.

Bostin Days was the brainchild of my good mate Addie Burns who dreamt up the idea of putting together an album of Levellers songs covered by other artists as a way to raise funds for Devon Air ambulance.

The concept came about after two workers were injured in an accident during the breakdown phase at the Levellers “Beautiful Days” festival in 2014.  Addie approached a number of bands and was overwhelmed by the response when some 30 bands agreed to get involved in the project and Bostin Days was born.  Never one to do things by halves Addie and Steve Bentley then came up with the idea of putting together a live event involving as many of the bands who contributed to the album as possible.

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Saturday saw Shirley and I head north to Nuneaton and making our way to Queens Hall for what was to prove an incredible days entertainment.  It should never be underestimated as to just what a challenge it is to put on an event involving over 20 bands at one venue in a single day.  Band commitments change, illness strikes, tickets have to be sold, merchandise organised and 1001 other things sorted and there was many a headache along the way, including one band who let down the organisers with less than two hours notice.

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Despite the hiccups behind the scenes none of that was apparent on the day.  The entire event seemed to run like clockwork to those of us who just turned up to have fun.  And what fun we had.

The wonderful thing about events like Bostin Days is that there is an incredible sense of belonging.  It is difficult to understand what draws us together in this way.  Certainly we all share a love of music.  It is probably fair to say that many of us lie to the left of the political spectrum and that most of us distrust the establishment.  It is more than that though.

Davey Malone of Hobo Jones and The Junkyard Dogs probably said it best when he explained that we are all a little different from societies mainstream.  We have a shared outlook on life and we accept each other unconditionally.  We understand and accept each others right to live life in the way we choose.  It is an unspoken belief but it is tangible.  Saturday saw 500 people drawn together united by a single cause.  We come from different parts of the country, we have different backgrounds, different politics but we share a heart.

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No-one cares if you are black or white, straight or gay, have different abilities or what religion you may or may not practice.  Gathered together we simply extend a hand and say “welcome friend.”  Admittedly at these events most of us recognise each other.  We may not know everyones name but I bet everyone there on Saturday knew at least 50 other people there personally and more than that by sight.  I would also bet that we were never more than one or two steps separated from everyone at the event.

I am not going to single out individual bands for praise because every single act that played on Saturday was outstanding.  They came along and shared themselves with us and we with them.  I know that every artist, every person attending and the organisers could feel the love.  It was wonderful to meet with so many friends, to have a laugh, hear some wonderful music and raise some cash for a fantastic cause.

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Sadly I had to leave a little before the end of proceedings as I was feeling ill and had a terrible migraine headache so I missed saying goodbye to my friends.  It doesn’t matter though. I will see them all down the road a ways.

Thank you to everyone of you and remember always: There is only ONE way of life, and that’s your own!

If you would like to find out more about Bostin days or buy the brilliant album you can do so here.  Check out my review of the album here.

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About The Sound of Summer

Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

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