Having convinced the likes of Noel Gallagher and Chase & Status to make the short hop to the Channel Islands, this year's Jersey Live festival (1-2 September) is currently making its final preparations for an end of summer blow out. We spoke to the musical equivalent of Bergerac, festival co-director Warren Holt, for the insider's guide to the 2012 festival.
How are the preparations for this year's festival currently going?
"Very busy as usual, ticket sales have been more last minute than ever which has made for some nervous times but I'm happy to report that they're shifting like proverbial hot cakes now!"
What acts on the bill are you most proud of booking this year?
"Having Noel Gallagher in such a small, intimate arena such as Jersey Live's will be something special, and I'm also personally delighted to have David Holmes and to have discovered The Recks, a really great new band from the tiny island of Sark - population 500!"
What else are you looking forward to this year?
"The Stranglers on the Main Stage, Jake Bugg performing twice over the weekend with his full band after playing an amazing solo set at our sister festival Folklore earlier this summer. Also Par 4, a brand new field of weird and wonderful festival fun! Lots of interactive installations, street performers, vintage parties. Definitely something to look out for at this year's festival."
Have you managed to 'sneak' any personal favourites on to the bill
(that's got to be a perk right?) if so who?
"Okay, David Holmes is definitely a personal choice! He'll be playing a five hour set on the Hospitality Stage, so I'll be popping my head in there a few times I expect."
Can you recommend us one non-musical thing from this year's event?
"The Insect Circus in the Par 4 area. It's weird, wonderful and very clever."
Why stage a musical festival in Jersey?
"It's the most beautiful place in the world! Not to mention having more sunshine here than any other part of the British Isles. Lots of people come over and stay on for a few days after the festival just to take in the rest of the island. It's perfect."
Any site changes we should note?
"As mentioned, the new Par 4 field, and we have a Yoga Field, which has moved and will include a Yurt which serves as a Tea Room. We have an expanded food Food Village, which as opposed to your standard rows of burger vans, we're building to be as much like a real village as possible, with entertainment, bars, discos and stalls as well as eateries!"
What's the latest travel advice for this year's event?
"Flights operate from all major UK cities and ferries run from Portsmouth, Poole and Weymouth, but get booked up sooner rather than later, flights will become increasingly scarce the closer we get to the busiest weekend in the Jersey calendar!"
What one act who you haven't booked yet are you still desperate to have on?
Finally, do the famous Royal Jersey cows have a festival rivalry with the Glastonbury cows?
"They both put up with revellers, however the Royal Jersey Cows don't really talk to the Glastonbury cows as they are quite snobby, they need to live a little. All they do is mooooan! Glastonbury cows have been seen dancing on Country File; I witnessed this myself when Michael Eavis and his team were interviewed about the cows and the festival. The Royal Jersey cows don't watch Country File, so they're probably unaware of the Glastonbury dancing cows. I just think the Royal Jersey Cows can't dance."
For more, including the latest ticket news head to Jerseylive.org.uk.
11:05 AM | 21/08/2012
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