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The day starts at 8am... we all have a bit of a groan due to the wedding gig the night before, early starts aren't for The Busketeers!

Alas, we set off and headed to Derby for Bearded Theory 2024! The line-up was pretty good which included some legends such as Jane's Addiction and some of our favourites such as Future Islands!

It was about a 4.5-hour drive that stretched into 5.5 hours with traffic and breaks, but we finally made it with just under 30 minutes to spare—only to be greeted by a sea of mud.

Mud. Dirt. Sludge. Everywhere. We had no wellies, and Ken was stuck in his Converse. But we had a job to do and couldn’t let our four fans down, so we jumped into action.

After grabbing our wristbands, we cautiously drove through the muddy field, the tires sloshing with each turn. We asked for directions from a few festival-goers since we had no idea where we were going. Eventually, we arrived at the back of the main stage, needing to pass through to reach the Maui Waui stage.

Our timing was terrible. As we approached a security guard, we were told we couldn't access the area for 20 minutes—and we were on in 20 minutes!

Olly reversed and parked, and we hurriedly grabbed our instruments and gear, slogging through the thick sludge to our stage. We set up in record time, completed our sound checks, and had one minute to spare. They called us pros, though we didn’t quite agree. But we nailed it and had a good laugh.

Then things took a turn for the worse.

Olly performed an amazing set with some new original material and then Matt gets on... breaks a string after 45 seconds. Usully when this happens, we just grab our spare acoustic guitar, but we had one car, and took minimal gear with us. So we had to improvise and quick! Matt finished the song and Luke took the acoustic fix the string, meanwhile...

Ken jumped on and performed a song we didn't think we would be playing on this day... Killing In The Name by Rage Against The Machine, however it went down well and we got into it!

Once the acoustic is passed back to Matt, he notices quickly the string hasn't been replaced and Luke looking sad, said he couldn't find the pin so... we carried on and cried a little inside.

The crowd still enjoyed it, we put on a great show and did what we could! Our time was short at the festival but it will be a memory for all of us for a very long time!

After the performance, we took a breather and had backstage grub, which was lovely including fresh flowers! Abosulte luxury! (see Gentlemens Dub Club in the background on the image above)

Once we had some scran and drinks we went out into the wild where Ken and Matt had to buy some wellies, this did mean the boys had 2 bags with their muddy boots in and it looked like they had done something in their pants. Shortly after this, we watched a few artists and then headed home!

Also we got to chill out with some dogs... this ones called Gimli!

Until next time, thanks for the support

The Busketeers!

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The sun blazed overhead, casting a golden hue over the scene as we geared up with our instruments, sunglasses and ensuring suncream was stashed in the cars. It was the dawn of festival season, and Rattler Fest was about to kick it off in style.

Arriving at different intervals, each of us brought our own vibe to the day. Anticipation mingled with a hint of nerves as we eagerly awaited our moment on the main stage.

Stepping into the festival grounds, we were greeted by familiar faces from backstage – sound techs, and crew. Their presence was like a reassuring embrace, calming our nerves and affirming that we were in good hands.

Just before heading on stage we had a quick catch up with True Foxes as well! They performed earlier on in the day and had a great crowd! Go check them out!

For those unfamiliar with our style, spontaneity is key. While we had a rough set list in mind, it was always subject to change as we fed off the crowd's energy and adjusted accordingly.

Ken kicked off the set with the timeless anthem "Born To be Wild" by Steppenwolf, seamlessly transitioning into one of our originals, "Steam," penned by Ken himself.

The crowd was electric, and Ken spotted a group of lads in orange shirts ripe for some rowdiness, treating them to an Arctic Monkeys cover which they enthusiastically embraced.

Luke took the spotlight next, acknowledging a wedding couple in the audience with a shout-out before leading a sing-along to classics like "Wagon Wheel" and "Country Roads," followed by his original compositions "Ghost In The Wild." and "Hard Days".

Olly then took to the main mic with a blast from the past, performing "Feel Good Inc." by Gorillaz, drawing in a diverse crowd with its infectious energy. We debuted Olly's latest track "1703," much to the delight of our fans, though its official release date remained a mystery.

Matt closed out the set with a nod to the band's roots with "Kansas City," igniting a spark in the audience, followed by the crowd-pleaser "Arrows," with voices joining in from both the front row and the back. Josh Curnow (as seen on Britains Got Talent) loved this one, as he filmed from the side of the stage!

As we wrapped up with "Bittersweet Symphony," the audience sang along with passion, reaffirming the unifying power of music in that moment.

And of course, no performance would be complete without our signature encore – the Thunder Mash-up, a concoction of energy and excitement that left the crowd buzzing. (Watch video below)

Once we finished, the adrenaline was buzzing, we had such a good time and great crowd. Time went so quickly and we wish we were back on the stage as soon as we came off! But as we left, we saw East17 rocking up and tried to scout out... Scouting for Girls but with no luck! Maybe next time!

Honestly, Rattler Fest and the team were nothing short of exceptional. Their dedication and professionalism, combined with their infectious sense of fun, made the experience truly unforgettable. We couldn't help but feel grateful for their support and camaraderie, from the bar, to security, to artists and the crew. Rattler Fest is amazing!

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To say today was a bit of an adventure would be an understatement.

The day kicked off in traditional British fashion... with rain and a maccies breakfast and some Lidl pastries, we are big growing lads so we need sustenance. After finishing off breakfast we were on our way to Fowey, Cornwall.

Alas, we were all very excited and lucky to be invited by the team over at Sound Factory SW who over the last year or so have been recording live sessions for acts all across the country including The Lottery Winners, Land of the Giants, The Horizons and more!

For those that don't know, Sawmills Studio is a very unique place and the only way to get there is by boat!

After arriving at Fowey, we got on the boat and

our Captain Liam told us a bit about the area

and the history of the studio!

The Studio was established in 1974 and was one of the first residential recording facilities in the UK. Over the years the studio has hosted a number of famous musicians including:

Robert Plant, Oasis, The Kooks, Jessie J, The Verve, Supergrass and now... The Busketeers!

Once we docked, we had a little walk up to the studio and Matt almost fell over, but he isn't good wth his legs. Ken thought he forgot the Cajon (our box drum - yes thats the official name of it!) but it was a false alarm as the Captain put it in the hold for safe keeping! Phew.

We finally arrived and this secluded journey was worth the wait. It all felt very fast but we got in the studio straight away, said a quick hello to John Cornfield and we got setup.

The Soundfactory team were there and had been staying the whole weekend (lucky boys), recording loads of artists and creating some amazing content for local bands! We couldn't thank them and John enough.

Soundchecks started and we all felt very calm, although nervous, to record with the lads and John! Cameras everywhere, lights all around, amps buzzing, yet no make-up or hairdresser, Ken was a bit sad about this. Olly was in awe of all the analog gear, whilst Luke was eager to adventure outside, but we had a job to do first.

Recording got underway and we got 3 live videos which will be coming out within a few months! This includes, Steam, Ghost In The Wild and Arrows!

After recording, we had to wait for the boat back which would be around 5:30pm so because we finished recording early, we headed to the house to have a look around and we found some pics of who had been there previously...

Honestly, the day went too quickly but we had such a great time with the team and we can't wait to share the sessions with you!

Make sure you got check out Soundfactory & Sawmills Studio!

See you soon,

The Busketeers

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