Friday, February 08, 2008

Laugharne Weekend 2008

It seems like only yesterday that I climbed the stone steps in Cardiff indoor market to Kelly's second-hand vinyl emporium and clapped eyes on Horses by Patti Smith. Seduced by the Mapplethorpe cover and the promise of some arty New York punk I bought it. Life was never quite the same again. But that's enough wistful nostalgia because the legend that is Patti Smith will be here in the flesh at the Laugharne Weekend (March 28-30)!

Organisers of this year's event have surpassed themselves with the line-up. On the literary front there will be appearances by the superbly cheekboned Will Self; Booker Prize-winner DBC Pierre; We Need To Talk About Kevin author Lionel Shriver; and the always amusing Jon Ronson. Robert Lewis, Willy Vlautin, Niall Griffiths, Helen Walsh, and Nikita Lalwani, amongst others, will also be doing their thing.

As far as music is concerned the aforementioned Patti Smith will perform a few songs and read some of her poetry. Mike Joyce ex-drummer with The Smiths will be showing a new dvd of the band called Inside The Smiths before hosting a Q & A session. There will be musical contributions from Richard James, Jack Henderson, Patrick Wolf and Edward Larrikin. For the full line-up, plus info on accomodation and tickets you need to visit the website.

So, if you are looking for an alternative to overpriced mainstream festivals get yourself down to Laugharne on March 28-30 where you can rub shoulders with a few cool literary types, hear some great music and get joyfully muntered into the bargain.