I hope those of you who braved the abysmal weather last weekend to go to the Isle of Wight festival had a good time and made it back unscathed.
I realise I’m probably damning myself as I write this, but at this point I’m cautiously optimistic that the weather will hold for Hop Farm this coming weekend. That said, it’s only Tuesday and the summer’s not exactly covered itself in glory this year, has it? Anyway, rain or shine, Allan and I will be heading down on Saturday, and both of us are predictably excited to see Patti Smith and, of course, Bob Dylan. I must admit, the prospect of a set from Bruce Forsyth also holds a strange appeal. Allan will, I’m sure, write about the show over on his blog when he’s back in the office.
At the moment, we’re eagerly anticipating the arrival of some early copies of the new issue of Uncut. I don’t want to tease you too much about the content, but look out for an exclusive interview with one of our favourite artists. Needless to say, we’re very, very pleased with the issue – and we think you’ll be thrilled, too.
Over on the blogs, John’s report on the Best Of 2012 So Far continues to generate debate, while I’ve filed an early preview piece on Lawless, the new film written by Nick Cave and anchored by a typically muscular performance from Tom Hardy. This evening, John and I are off to see Damon Albarn’s opera, Doctor Dee, so expect one of us to report back on that tomorrow.
Anyway, I hope the rest of your week passes peacefully. And if you see Allan at Hop Farm, do please come up and say hi. I’m sure he’d be delighted to stop for a blether. Especially if you buy him a pint, too.
Photo: Andy Willsher/NME/IPC+ Syndication