Posts Tagged ‘festival’

SXSW Breakfast, Anyone?

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

I’ve been a regular at Austin’s SXSW for far longer than I care to remember. It’s a heady mix of music, film, and ‘interactive’ stuff and I’ve always met many old friends, made new ones, and had my creative batteries refilled from spending a week or two in Texas.

This year is no different, and I’m flying out today.

The other thing that happens every year at SXSW is Saturday morning breakfast at Magnolia Cafe on South Congress. As usual I’ll be there a little bit ahead of 8am to grab a table and see who else turns up. A few of you have already asked and got the date in your diary, for everyone else reading let me know if you plan on turning up.

And if you want to meet at SXSW for any reason, I’m there for the full duration through to Sunday 19th March.

Edinburgh Fringe Show 2012 #17 – Walking Down The Royal Mile

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

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It’s the traditional Sunday walk down The Royal Mile, as I open the microphone and talk to the flyerers, the performers, the public, and anyone else that looks interesting on the busiest street of the Festival. More at the Edinburgh Fringe Podcast and The Stage. Follow via RSS or in iTunes.

It’s Time For… The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (and Podcast) for 2008

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

Ah yes, August is almost here. And that means, for many in the Arts and Festival scene, their thoughts turn to Edinburgh, and the Fringe.

As do my thoughts, because for the fourth year running, I’ll be producing and acting as the main host on The Podcast Network’s Edinburgh Fringe Show. It will also continue as a co-production with The Stage, and feature in their coverage as well. The show format – a daily 30 minute ‘magazine’ style with news from around Scotland’s capital, interviews with the people behind the shows, the venues and the organisations, along with whatever ideas I come up with while out on the streets – stays pretty much the same; but the guests and topics are as varied as the Fringe itself.

The numbers of the Fringe give an idea of the scale of the event, and how much it can take over the city. There are 247 venues hosting 2,088 shows from 18,792 performers for a grand total of 31,320 performances. Now try pouring that into 21 thirty minute shows. Along with your diary management, and the diaries of the people you are interviewing and are appearing on the show, or doing accoustic musical numbers, or teaching me to play the Ukulele… Don’t forget you need to see the shows as well.

It’s something that a lot of people do for various websites and publications (and I’m sure I’ll talk to many of them throughout the month), but it doesn’t make it any more than a black art that you can only learn by being faced with the programme, a blank diary, and a list of phone numbers that may or may not still be people’s agents after last year. So that’s what I;ve been doing on and off throughout July – maybe thirty minutes a day of planning.

Today was the first day I sat down with the schedules, diaries and bits of paper, and started dropping names into the actual programming grid to see who would go where, which interviews could be ‘paired up’ to make thematic shows (which then lead to fluffy bits between the major elements), and generally how good the three dimensional jigsaw looks this year.

No I’m not saying who’s already on it, who’s in the probables list, and who I’m avoiding with a wide berth. Neither am I saying who else will be joining me on the show to help with interviews and providing a behind the scenes look at the Fringe. For that you’ll have to watch the blogs over the next few days.

The first full preview show will go out on Friday ( August 1st 2008) so until then add the RSS feed to your podcatcher or RSS client, and if you’re in Edinburgh… let me know.