Off to Knowsley Hall!

Michael Bonner

Hey, more festival fun to come... Our intrepid picture editor, May, and myself are off to Knowsley Hall tomorrow morning, and we'll be bringing you blogs and news from this latest addition to the growing list of festivals, located in the grounds of a stately home outside Liverpool.

We're very much looking forward to seeing The Who -- I must admit, I only saw them for the first time last summer, in Hyde Park, and they were truly fantastic. I'm hoping they'll put in an equally exciting show tomorrow night.

Also on the bill are Madness, surely one of the great, fun-time festival bands. I saw them last year in Spain, and you can't really fault a set-list including "Our House", "It Must Be Love" and "One Step Beyond". Expect conga lines stretching right across the Mersey.

I'm sure local heroes The Zutons, Pete Wylie, The Coral and Shack will all get a great welcome, so the atmosphere (if not necessarily the weather) should be excellent.

Check back here from tomorrow to find out what's been going on. As long as the pear cider hasn't done too much damage first...


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