I recently joined tens of thousands of sweltering, sweaty and very often staggering, music fans on a hot weekend near Kinross. T in the Park is Scotland’s premier music festival and I loved every minute. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea and it certainly isn’t Pete’s: he doesn’t do big crowds, dancing and happy songs. He does Quo, AC/DC and Molly Hatchett (well at least he did 20 years ago).
The whole weekend was fun and refreshing. The only talk of the arctic was those Arctic Monkeys with which my niece Amie and I have an ongoing love affair. Have you seen that Alex Turner? He’s still got it and I hope somewhere deep down, so have I!
Back in the real world, I’m turning my thoughts to the next Festival. Not quite as rock and roll but the Scottish Nature Photography Festival (SNPF), like T in the Park, is a celebration and SNPF brings together artists of a different kind. Just like musicians, photographers are an eclectic bunch but all share a passion for their craft and I’m looking forward to seeing some great images and hearing some amazing stories.
Our Norwegian friend Roy Mangersnes will be sharing tales of his arctic adventures. There’ll be a wee bit of girl power going on with young photographer Jodie Randall and in the wings will be Charlotte Benvie with her mouth-watering Carlotta’s Chocolates (I think I might be spending quite a bit of time with Charlotte!)
As with T in the Park, SNPF offers something to suit everyone with some fun along the way. I’m looking forward to seeing Northshots’ customers old and new, so please come and say hello at our stand. I’ll try to resist wearing flowers in my hair and tattoos on my cheek but I will be wearing a friendly smile. Andy Rouse is no Alex Turner and Peter Cairns is certainly no Rick Parfitt but we shouldn’t hold that against the old boys.
I hope to see you at SNPF.
Photo: Me and ma wee boy, Sam Cairns, at T in the Park 2014