After 13 years: ‘From those at Eagle’s Rock - we salute you!’

A section of the delighted audience pictured enjoying Paddy Nash and the Happy Enchiladas set at Glasgowbury.
A section of the delighted audience pictured enjoying Paddy Nash and the Happy Enchiladas set at Glasgowbury.

The biggest and best bands in the North made their 13th annual trip to Eagle’s Rock, Draperstown, and the Glasgowbury festival last weekend.

It was certainly a worthwhile outing but also one tinged with sadness.

“I’m a wee bit sad, can anybody tell me why?” asked Paddy Nash starting his storming Friday night set; the reason being, this was the festival’s swan song.

“Everyone should just come up and camp here next year anyway,” laughed Nash. With this strong a pedigree, it is certainly difficult to accept Glasgowbury will be missing from 2014 ‘to do’ lists. This was always more than a festival; it was a support mechanism, a learning ground for bands and fans alike, a community festival on a grand scale. It is that synonymous camaraderie which will be missed most by the near 5, 000 who attended.

This year the bill boasted internationally renowned acts, The Answer, Japanese Popstars and, And So I Watch You From Afar. Jetplane Landing too proved their eight year hiatus has not dimmed their ability to light up a stage. But it is in the hidden gems, the up-and-comers, at which Glasgowbury really excels. Donegal’s ‘In Their Thousands’ perhaps the best of this talented bunch, but any one of the dozen of bands on offer deserve much credit.

The unassuming Paddy Glasgow started what became this ‘small but massive’ festival to raise awareness and funds for the Ulster Cancer Foundation. He did so on a not for profit basis and has promised to launch new challenges in a similar vein. So “look out for a Small but Massive stage near you”, he promised.

No matter what follows next Paddy, “for all at Eagle’s Rock, we salute you!”