Day 20 of 32 – Saturday 20 April – A sunny Manchester Punk Festival 2019

Set alarm for 5:30 so I could get up and get some breakfast for Our Jack and BG, but they were already up and showered and away before 6:00. That lad is a grafter 6 days a week managing the Arnold Clark Auto-trader branch in Preston. Hard-working and dedication is one of his Capricornian traits – we share the same birthday January 14th – his mum thinks we have a lot of similarities …. although he is a good 3 inches taller and wider than me and far better looking.

I was hoping to go to the gym this morning but had lots to catch up on as I had been less than productive yesterday. Once I’d updated the blog, answered emails, packed up records time was running short so any chances of a gym visit were ditched. I’m putting on a bit of timber as a result of not going to the gym for my usual work out and sauna.

Today is the only day I can get across to the MPF. I love this event as there are lots of cool bands I’ve never seen. We got a cheap room at The Britannia on Portland Street and for a change parking was easy – too easy ? 

This year the registration was at the Union on Cambridge St. which was a bit of a schlepp. Highlights were Frankie Stubbs’ (Leatherface) acoustic slot, Tom May from Menzingers and Snuff. I also wanted to see a few others but was unable to fit them in. I saw Will from Stay Clean Jolene, Vox Dolomites and The Leif Erikson at Frankie’s set, it was great to hear everyone joining in on the choruses. These songs will always be dynamite to me – love them.

Frankie – still got it at 73 (heh heh – only joking x)
Tom – Menzingers

TBF I’ve already decided (although I do exercise the right to change my mind) of the songs I would like to be played at my funeral and Lord Frankie of Stubbs opened with two of them Springtime and Never Say Goodbye. I know it’s probably a bit maudling and premature to be contemplating your own demise at the ripe young age of 54 but it was Parr and Ashy that got me thinking about it. The former not only has his songs but his pall-bearers sorted. Hopefully we will all have a few more trips around the sun and good times to share before the only inevitability in this life hits us.This year the registration was at the Union on Cambridge St. which was a bit of a schlepp. Highlights were Frankie Stubbs’ (Leatherface) acoustic slot, Tom May from Menzingers and Snuff. When I was depositing some records and CD’s in the ‘please can you consider these bands for next year’ box

Even Frankie is on our side … x

I met Bev (TNS) whom I’ve been in touch with for years and who is one of the organisers. Congratulated him on doing such a great job – I’m already looking forward to next year.

I wanted to catch up with the people for Drunken Sailor, Little Rocket and Specialist Subject Records but the pop up stands had been popped down when I got there. Emma, Tom, Sarah and I spent the last hour in The Salutation before calling it a night as we were going to be up early to hit foot it back to TGC.

One thought on “Day 20 of 32 – Saturday 20 April – A sunny Manchester Punk Festival 2019”

  1. Hi Andy , thanks for writing a very entertaining blog . The bad news is that I’ve sadly never heard of any of the bands you’ve mentioned – till now ! The main reason for typing this is wish you all the very best in taking on this clown Simon Blackburn . I come from a family of Labour voters but this pillock is not Labour – possibly from the ‘ I love me party . ‘ I’m just sorry I’m too far away to help directly but wish you all the very best for May 2nd . AW

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