Wednesday, 28 April 2010

The Line Up.

Last night the Backwoods board got organised and pushed late into the night to cajole our line up (63 acts to date with only a couple of details to iron out) into place. Seeing it go from notebook to post it note to board was a pivotal moment. There is magic all over the Insider, runs of complimentary artists, dashes of theatre, amazing and unexpected collaborations, trad folk, new folk and not folk at all, brass, bass and reggae and somehow over 5 hours and a couple of bottles of wine it has been woven into 4 days of inspiring loveliness. Don't know about you but we are childishly excited.

You can click on this picture to make it larger if you can't wait for us to type it up and post it on the website.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Last FM and a really amazing stage.

I ought to have posted this weeks ago but I only just discovered how utterly brilliant the radio player on the Insider Last FM page is. Really everyone should be listening to it all the time.

In the meantime we have found a magnificent main stage, it's just like this one but has no chairs and lots of incredible bands...

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

The Firewood Festival

The Firewood festival deserves a little explaining.

The Insider proper and its line up starts on Friday but we are sharing some of the infrastructure with the National Park to organise a Festival of Firewood, woodworking and renewable energy. Its a free public day with talks, demonstrations, some yurts, good food and a few tunes. We will have schools in until 3 doing mask making, storytelling and friction firelighting so unless you are 12 or part of our crew we ask that you don't arrive until 4, after which those activities will continue but you can try your hand at pole lathing, woodworking and splitting and we will have some serious and some irreverent solutions to heating with wood, plus Ord Ban will be cooking on wood, Henry from the Woodland Orchestra will be conjuring up some rhythms and Bruce Luckhurst (who makes amazing stoves) is doing a fireshow. Its a good cause. And perhaps the electric car will offset my belching Land Rover a little.

If you hold an Insider ticket you are welcome to camp Thursday night but we are required to close the bar at 10pm in accordance with our license. You can stay up late on Friday.

Monday, 19 April 2010

A wee Interview

Here on Peenko's Scottish music blog is an interview I rattled off about the Insider. I ought to have proof read it a bit better but it gives you an idea of what we are up to.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Trouble buying tickets?

A few folk have got in touch saying that the Paypal link was broken. It isn't, it just disagrees with certain versions of Internet Explorer.

Try another browser and if that doesnt work send us a message at and i will sort it out.

Scooby Campers.

The lovely folks at Scooby Campers in Edinburgh have offered 15% off the cost of renting one of their fleet of classic VW campers for Insider ticket holders, bringing them in at £290 for the weekend.

So come on, get a fleet of them together and hit the highway...

Monday, 12 April 2010

Adding to the line up we have...

The line up just keeps growing, its got to stop somewhere but in the meantime we keep squeezing them in. We are extremely pleased to welcome Foxgang and The Little kicks to the fold.

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Some very cool camping.

The tastiest yurt to grace the Insider is already in residence and what do you know - the papers got a hold of it...

Then a nice man called Pete came by and we have arranged to have some of his Kabooses at the Insider, we havent worked out what to charge for them yet but if you are interested in a yurt or one of these let me know.