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2014 Festival Feedback


Dear Lovely Linton People
Thanks again for arranging that – my sis and family loved it!
I hear from others too that Linton was fantastic this year (as ever).
See you again next year (disasters/deaths willing).
All the best until then
David Tulett

Hi Guy’s,
What a great weekend, Thank you to all concerned!
Thanks again

Just had to say after my 3rd/4th visit to Linton, how much the 8 of us enjoyed a really chilling and relaxing day watching and listening to the great bands that hit the stage.
Main reason for going was Vintage Trouble, who I missed at the Stone’s Hyde Park gig last year, and they didn’t disappoint one bit.
Such an energetic and enthusiastic band, catchy tunes and a great lead man who got the crowd whipped up.
Having said that I enjoyed all of the acts, varied styles and some good tunes.
The facilities, food, drink and atmosphere is second to none. Of course the great weather helped but can’t wait for next years festival !!
Regards – Mark, Jenny, Andrew, Heather, Pat, Trudie, Les and Pam

Had a brilliant weekend.
My only complaint – the barrels kept running dry in the beer tent!!!!!
It was a fantastic event and congratulations on your organisation
Hopefully – next year

Once again, a fantastic 3 days, the weather, the beer and most of all , the sounds.
Friday: Pat McManus, not seen this band but, excellent guitarist.
Marsden, what a great start, great guitarist. I know there were bands on before but I was late getting here.
Saturday: every band on was terrific, and Band of Friends, and Aynsley Lister,  signed my guitar post gig, wonderful chaps.
Sunday: again, all bands excellent with the excellent of excellent Ryan McGarvey, what a guitar player, and post gig, a really nice chap to talk to, re book that man ASAP.
Simon Mc Bride, 3rd time I’ve seen this wonderful guitarist, he just keeps getting better and of course Cregan & Co, absolutely brilliant, as his son!!!
Everyone there, staff, marshals, all excellent people.
Can’t think of any more compliments, as in the words of George Harrison and Steve Hillage,   “it’s all too much”.
Den P Gibson.

Hi All
Thanks for yet another great festival , please thanks all those who gave their time!

Many thanks to all for a great day on Saturday and Sunday breakfast.
Our first time at Linton and only for one day but we will be back for the weekend next year.
Can you try and book the same weather next year please
Many thanks to all concerned
Ian and Sara.

Please can you let me/us know the dates of 2015 Linton Festival.
Thank you for superb 2014 festival.

This was my first time at Linton festival & I wanted to say what a great festival you run, camping was easy with lots of space, organisation was really good, and most of all the line up was brilliant.
Well done from an appreciative regular festival goer.
Helen Vennard

No question…..
Just wanted to say thank you for a great 2014 festival –
Incredible live music
Incredible green surroundings
Incredible fresh cakes!
Annette Sherrington

Please put me on your email list. I came to the event for the first time this year. I want to return in 2015. Brilliant venue. Thanks.
David Lewis


Very well run and excellent artists.loved it. – Susan Callow

A great festival, thoroughly enjoyed the weekend – David Good

My favourite festival ever. Great line up, very very friendly, great campsite location and topped off by breakfast in the village hall. Vintage trouble were electrifying!! – Neil Hopwood

I think I have been for the past 5 years. I love it. Very intimate and very friendly. – Paul Collier

Great weekend as usual, massive thanks to all the organisers. Really good to have the campsite back behind the stage again, hopefully again next year? It was also nice to have a range of ciders and the perry  – Phil Barry

Thanks to everybody involved for a fantastic festival. World class music, great company and a chance to photograph – bliss! We’ve just started to edit here with the wonderful Ryan McGarvey… Thanks again. – Liz and Stuart Marshall

Just want to say thank you to all the team who put the Linton Festival together. Thanks also to all the bands for entertain us with their wonderful music. The sunshine also helped to make this the best ever we have attended . Thanks Guys. – Rob Green

Fantastic time at Linton what a brilliant festival. Looking forward to nest year. Hope you return as well Pat. – Mark Charlton

Dave and The Gang. Thank you all for organising another wonderful weekend. See you all next year. – Kevin Hultum

Thanks Linton for a amazing festival.The whole weekend was bloody great!!! Top bands and top weather :0) – Emma Godding

Well we had THE BEST TIME THIS FESTIVAL! thank you Linton festival everything was perfect the music,beer,people,campsite,showers and the bloody weather. See you next year. – John Ley

Had just the best time with mates at Linton yesterday. As always, Aynsley Lister and Vintage Trouble were astounding and discovered the brilliant Morland and Arbuckle. Perfect sunshine, an array of delicious beers, decent grub, and the closest thing to a private festival in a back garden. We’ll be back. Oh yes. – Ted Witten

Thank you Linton for such a fantastic weekend, weather was with us, line up was fantastic and last but definitely not least a great crowd who were well up for it! – Judith Horton

Outstanding weekend. Many thanks to all those involved in putting on this fabulous occasion. See you in ’15 – Ian Brough

Hate coming back from Linton, real life can’t compete ! Superb weekend as ever. Admit to having doubts about the last two acts but how dare I doubt the commitee ! Brilliant finish to a perfect weekend. I’m recommending Mr David Butler for an MBE for services to on-stage announcing, even if Vintage Trouble were too scared to use him  Thanks for all your hardwork guys, it’s recognised & appreciated. – Brian Burns

We had a great time again!  The decision to move the camping field was an excellent one! See you next year!  – Caroline Fakir

Just back after a long drive home. Had an absolutley amazingballs time and the ORANGE HAT met friends old and new. Got to say…the ORGINISATION of this fest and quality of bands…well—yer cant get any better. I personally made a point of telling the volunteers how great they were doing. Musical highlights for me were Moreland & Arbuckle, Ainsley Lister (who kept my POUND COING the bugger) and Ryan McGarvey. Well done to all involved…XXXX den – Grate Denini

brilliant weekend. thank you linton – Micki Bennett

Thanks to the folks at linton for a brilliant weekend of top class bands , and just to add great campsite location cheers again, – Gavin Henry Davies

wrt: Bernie
Emma Godding – Never seen Bernie before. He was amaaaaaaazing!!! Nice guy too.
Andy Wright – Bernie was brilliant.
Annette Powles – He was great – a brilliant night!
Denise J Wilden – Bernie was awesome!
Patricia Davies – Bernie stole the festival!!

wrt: Cregan & Co
Taf Rock – They were wonderful. But even they seemed in awe of us linton lot belting out every single word of Maggie May
Susan Callow – Loved them.
Mark Willett – Awesome, is an understatement!
Patricia Davies – they were brill,
Mike Marshall – Great Band!!! They were superb

wrt: Albany Down
Lee Thomas – Awesome set at linton fest. Hot day and great music. Will be coming to see you play again.
Chas Rust – What a way to end a show, that was frickin’ awesome!!!
Denise J Wilden – An awesome band, I bought both their CD’s at Linton Festival last weekend, the woman in charge of sales said they were good but she was biased, I said she must be someone’s mum and she said the guitarist. I told both her and her son at the end that her faith in them was justified. They were something else.

wrt: Moreland & Arbuckle
Catherine Gardner – Amazing show at Linton fellas. Love the CD. You are my new favourite band!
Ford Glynnandkelly – awesome show guys good to meet you
Eleanor Blackmore – Fantastic show guys. CDs are awesome. I’m now a follower


Julie @juliedutton111  ·  Jun 26
@LintonFest brilliant

Emma ?@TheEmmaG Jun 23
@LintonFest It was amaaaaaaaazing! Thank you!
@vintagetrouble You guys were amaaaaaaaazing at @LintonFest Thank you for such a special night! :0)
Amazing time at @LintonFest weather and music were perfect :0)
@LintonFest Thanks for a amazing festival Linton! Every day was a winner. See you all next year! :0)

Albany Down ?@AlbanyDown Jun 22
@LintonFest thank you for having us! We had an awesome time! #topfestival #ontour #rockandroll 🙂

Moreland & Arbuckle ?@More_Arbu Jun 22
@LintonFest Thanks to YOU folks for having us play the festival. We had a blast.

John Bohan ?@johntbohan Jun 22
@vintagetrouble @LintonFest These boys are amazing,

John Bohan ?@johntbohan  Jun 22
Best boutique music festival in the land. @LintonFest

Moreland & Arbuckle ?@More_Arbu Jun 21
@LintonFest kicked ass!


Grainne Duffy ( FB )
Top gig, thank you to Linton Festival for having us back and to everyone who came to hear us play! Great fun was had, for sure!

Pat McManus (email)
Thank you to you and the whole team at Linton..we had a ball too.
So great to finally be there and lets hope we will indeed return swiftly to see you all again(but let me know ..Lol !!),but until then I hope to catch you and somewhere soon…I am sure I will!!
All the best from myself and the guys

The Blues Duo (email)
It was a wonderful day and both Johnny and I thought the festival was very well put together and plannned out by a great team of people.
kabukiuk is a new growing charity so all help is truly welcomed we have just started to give grants to families.
Tommy Allen

Steve Browning Band (email)
Thanks, I know all the band really enjoyed playing on Saturday, and I will forward your email to them, which I’m sure they will appreciate. Hilary and I also had a great time the rest of the day.
Thanks again for including us in the festival.
Best wishes,

Simon McBride (email)
hey mike, yes we arrived home safely, it was our pleasure to play for use, thank for your kind words and hospitality, it means a lot…
Yeh, Simon said it was hot! And that he appreciated the care and attention provided. Glad to hear it all went well for you.
Best regards,

Geno Washington (email)
Hi Mike, it was great to see you yesterday and on behalf of Geno and all of us in the band I’d like to thank you and everyone who was involved in the Linton Festival for your hospitality, help and superb organisation which made everything run so smoothly. Please pass on our congratulations to everyone involved because it was a pleasure to play for you all. I hope you enjoyed our show as much as we enjoyed playing it!
Very best wishes, Steve Bingham

Steve Bingham, Geno – bass, (email again!)
Hi Martin, many thanks for your e-mail and I’m so glad you all enjoyed our performance with Geno and the Ram Jam Band as we all had a brilliant time too!

I actually played at your festival some years back with an unknown Blues/Power rock trio called “Blue Pig” We played there on a sunny afternoon and I remembered the hospitality and warm welcome we received and was really amazed how the festival had grown but the welcome and hospitality had not changed one bit and it was an absolute pleasure to return there with Geno. It’s just so impressive when festivals are run professionally and having played most of them (including Glastonbury) I can honestly say that the Linton Festival is superbly run and long may it continue! Geno always responds like that when he senses things are right and when he’s in that kind of form there isn’t another entertainer to touch him and it’s a wonderful experience being alongside him on stage.

I’ll pass on your message to Geno and all the guys in the band….today is our first day off for ages as we’ve just completed a nation-wide tour.

Cheers Martin, thanks again for everything and please pass on our thanks to all your team at Linton as everyone played their part to make it a night to remember.

Steve again…..
You may be a small festival run by people with day jobs but having played most of the festivals in this country with lots of different bands over the years I can assure you that you’re doing everything right and I’m very much hoping to be there again playing my bass in the near future!!

Cregan & Co. (email)
Hi Mike, thanks so much for yesterday – Cregan & Co had a fab time and really appreciated all the hospitality and the relaxed nature of the gig.  Hope you manage to draw breath and recover from the weekend !    Thanks to Bob and Liz too.
Toni Weekes
Big thanks to all at the festival for a great reception and organisation. What a great day Cregan & Co had. Hope to see u again!!
– Pat Davey

Bernie (email)
Hi Martin,
How are you, I enjoyed the gig, even with a noisy rig!
Hope you are feeling better,
Best to Ben

Movinmusic – Mike Hellier (email)
Hello Bob, David, Martin and Mike (and all the lovely ladies in the hospitality area)
We just all wanted to say 1000 thanks for the guest tickets and for making us very welcome yesterday at this years Linton Festival. The last time I was there was in 2005-playing drums with the mighty Sherman Robertson.
Yesterday was a fabulous reminder of how great and friendly the Linton Festival is.
It was a real pleasure to be there.
Thanks again and hope to see you all next year.
Very best wishes
Mike, Simone, Finn and Oscar Hellier

Lisa Mills ( FB )
Big thanks to everyone at Linton Festival yesterday. Terrific turnout, great sound and lovely food backstage. *Ian said, “especially the chocolate brownies”.

Laurence Jones ( FB )
Cheeky selfie from tonight’s gig at Linton Festival. What an amazing crowd, you guys rocked out for us. L.J

Ryan McGarvey (email)
Martin! Thank you so much for taking the time to write, but even more, thank you for having us at your lovely festival. We really had a great time and are really hoping it all works out to return again.
Thank you so much for the great memories, and outstanding level of professionalism in every way
You’re the best!
Looking forward to seeing you again soon…
Your friend..

Linda Valentine, Ryan’s UK manager (email)
Glad you enjoyed them – Ryan said they really enjoyed it, they loved the whole thing.
I’m sure he would be delighted to come back. Let me know as soon as you know the dates and we’ll try and program his European tour to hit them.

Thanks so much for hosting them, and for all your support, and please pass on our thanks to everyone involved in the organisation of the weekend.  It’s been a pleasure to work with you.

I’m sure Ryan will want to contact you himself to say thanks. He loved the experience and was grateful for you giving him the opportunity.

Speak soon and once again thanks so much.

2013 Festival Feedback review here


If Heineken did a festival it would be Linton! – Kevin and Carole.

This is my third year at the festival. Thanks for a great time yet again. Highlights were: – Larry Miller, Grainne Duffey, Nimo Brothers, Ben Poole and Band of Friends. – John

Not a question but a big thank you for a fantastic festival. We were there for Sat/Sunday performances. Think this year was the best for us that we have attended. Think we have been to 4 Linton festivals over last 10 years and we enjoy them so much. Lovely intimate outdoor facilities with great real ales and wonderful music. Combination made in heaven!!
Didn’t think the savoury foods available this year were quite up to previous standard but still better than usual outdoor event food.
Well done commitee/organisers!! Another success!!  – Janet & Nick Baker

No questions, just want to tell you that we had a fantastic time at the festival but not sure how to contact you. However, it was not just the excellent music we (me and my other 8 friends) want to comment on. The organisation was excellent. We had reservations about camping but have nothing but praise for the facilities (ie how the toilets where maintained throughout our stay) and the quality of the refreshments available (and the prices), along with the friendliness of everyone involved. We only stayed for 2 nights but will definitely make it 3 next time. Well done! – Janet Wilcock

Thanks for a great weekend, this was our first visit and it was great many thanks to you and all your staff, see you again next year. – Mick Scott


Another great weekend, as always, so huge thanks to all concerned. This was our 9th consecutive visit and plans are already in place to celebrate next year’s “milestone”.  One small request, if I may. At the last few Festivals we have been kept awake on the Saturday evening by fellow campers playing (quite) loud music into the early hours. Now we aren’t killjoys but, after a full day’s drinking, eating and dancing we need all the sleep we can get. Would it be possible to politely ask campers to have some consideration for others. In fairness, I think it was only one tent this year, but I guess that means the majority didn’t feel the need to continue the party, and may have also found the noise unwelcome.  Thanks again for yet another brilliant Festival. Keep up the good work.  Kind regards,  – Steve Law

I just wanted to thank you for a fantastic Festival 2013. We had a brilliant time as usual and were so impressed by all the music. All the bands were top drawer and my own particular favourites were The Nimmo Bros, Band of Friends and Hayseed Dixie. The organisation, as usual, was superb. I loved the food, beer everything!!!!!!!!!  So just a big thanks to everyone involved and see you next year!!!!!!!!!  – Martin, Linda and Luke Osborn

Hugely enjoyed the event this year – our first time. We look forward to a return trip  Thanks to everyone involved.  – Elizabeth Gladman

Linton is a great festival, and we have been three times. This year however, I was disappointed there was no ‘real’ cider. Herefordshire after all is home to cider. Yes there was Stowford press, but it tastes the same as all the other fizzy,chilled pop that passes for cider these days, come on, support the traditional art of cider making. You had an excellent array of real ales (so my husband tells me). Yours hoping. – Catheine Coopey


“Just back from a wonderful weekend at Linton festival. Thanks to all I met, all the band’s that played and most importantly. the hard working committee that put the whole thing together. Couldn’t fault it. See you all again next year. Thanks again”  – Taff Rock

“Great weekend at Linton Blues and Beer Linton Festival. Near Ross-on-Wye.” – Andy Wright

“Nimmo Brothers and Connie Lush brilliant last night. Sandi Thom (surely not right for Linton) seemed to sing the same song all night and murdered “I need your love so bad” at the end. Ruby Turner never recovered from complaining at the engineers for her feedback speaker who then balls’d up the sound for the rest of us – shame. Great day though. Let’s hope for some sun for next year.”  – Tony Freeman

Just returned from a fantastic couple of days at the Linton Music Festival, this was our first visit but will definitely be back!  – Janet Wilcock

Fabulous weekend guys. Many thanks to all those involved in putting this festival on. So much work goes unseen but gives us punters a brilliant time. Next year already in the diary. – Iain Brough

A fantastic day today Linton, we were just overwhelmed with the reception we received! Thank You from The Idle Hands. A brilliant festival with a wonderful atmosphere & so superbly organised. Cheers All. – The Idle Hands

Great Festival we really enjoyed it. It was the first time that we have been to Linton festival and we will be back next year. Nimmo Brothers stole the show for me, they were brilliant and should have been headliners. What a Diva Ruby Turner was. No complaints form any of the other acts, she should stick to playing theaters. Campsite was excellent, clean toilets and showers, well done to all of the organisers.  – Dave Morse

First time this year at Linton, had a great time, good atmosphere and some superb music including the Nimmo brothers , Ruby and hayseed thank you !  – John Ley

great weekend, grainne duffy and hayseed dixie were our highlights – Tony Smith

Brilliant 2013 festival, big thanks to all the organisers for a grand job done. Already looking forward to next year! xx  – Annabel Giles

WOW Babies…….LUV to everyone back stage and out front…always such a vibe amongst the haystacks !!! Thank you babies…….long may Linton reign…..xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx keep those haystacks…oh and the cakes backstage mmmmmmmmmmm – Connnie xxxxxxxxxxxxx

What an amazing weekend we have had. Would like to say a big thank you to Probett guitars. I have been using this guitar as my main guitar and im loving it. Had a fantastic time at the Bridge in and Linton Festival.. Back on the road this week to do some master classes at my old Uni in Bham. Thanks to all my fans for all your support was great to see so nany familiar faces. – L.J

Thanks to the lovely turn out last night in Redcar. So wonderful to see so many people supporting live music. Thank you Alan and the guys for having us also. Great fun today playing the Linton Blues Festival! Was our pleasure and thanks for having us. Great meeting Gerry Mc Avoy and his band of friends at it also! Off tomorrow so heading to see the lads in Z.Z. Top do their thing in the Apollo before our show in The Blues Kitchen Camden, London this Tuesday night. Hope to see some of you there. Lovely vibe today, thanks for the support, to all who made it a rockin’ one for us! Much appreciated. – Grainne and the lads…


A3 Music @A3MusicOnline 23 Jun  A great performance last night from @Sandi_Thom at @LintonFest – best harmonica intro ever? Maybe….just maybe….

Sandi Thom @Sandi_Thom 23 Jun @MissJoJo86 @A3MusicOnline @LintonFest thanks guys!! I absolutely loved playing the festival ☺

Sandi ThomVerified account @Sandi_Thom 26 Jun @juliedutton111 @LintonFest thank you! I loved the festival. Hopefully be back! ☺

Ruby Turner @rubyturnersoul 23 Jun Thank you Linton festival a great night had a ball. A great way to end my birthday. cake, flowers you’re so kind on tour bus party home x

Ruby Turner @rubyturnersoul @LintonFest thank you so much. We really enjoyed it wonderful audience you treated us so well. From the band and myself we thank you x

Glenn Smith @GlennSmithUK 23 Jun Hayseed Dixie. Linton Festival. Comfortably Numb. (Really). YAY!

TheEmmaG @TheEmmaG 18h @LintonFest Amazing weekend! Such friendly people, Hayseed Dixie were spot on :0)


2012 Festival Feedback

Just wanted to write and thank you and ALL the team involved yesterday for looking after us so well. We had a good time and were made to feel very welcome. I had been told what a happy festival you have and yesterday proved that, bearing in mind the conditions you had all endured, there were smiles on everyone’s faces. All the very best you for your future festivals and I HOPE that was the last rainy one!!


Fab show at Linton BluesFest, my dressin room had been spanglyfied, fluffy fairylight mirror, incense sticks & surprise Mojito in’t fridge…..Thanks so much to the wonderful people who looked after us and the wonderful people who watched and enjoyed what we did! xxx

Chantel MgGregor

Hi there! No problem at all 🙂 Really enjoyed the festival, congrats to all involved. Perfectly organised and weather-proofed!

Lloyd Baytliss

First time at the Linton Festival and I have to say it’s utterly brilliant! Superbly organised, friendly, about 50 varieties of real ale (I’m a convert!), excellent food,and most importantly, some really fantastic bands-hats off to: Eric Bell, Vintage Trouble, The Mustangs, Cadillac Kings, Bernie Marsden, Larry Miller and The Grand Slambovians! When does next year go on sale?!!!

Robert Cooper

First time for us also…. sat in the rain on Saturday we decided that we would be back in ’13!! Top marks to all the team for setting up a fantastic festival and working so hard to make sure the punters got what they wanted. I hope they have a super “thank you” bash!! Bands for me……..Vintage Trouble, Larry Miller, Grand Slambovians. An extra big thank you to the steward on the camping field on Sunday morning who helped us get our van out of the mud.

Iain Brough

Just a note to thank you very much for another wonderful festival, it is an absolute gem! Everything is so well planned and organised, GREAT CREDIT MUST GO TO ALL concerned: in particular, for all the extra work (stress and expense!) involved this year because of the awful weather. You did an amazing job which enabled the event to go ahead in its usual format. We look forward to many more years of Linton!

Many thanks, Mike & Annie

It was our first Linton Festival this weekend; we came because Gandalf Murphy was on. Wow, we were blown away with the fun of the whole show; despite the rain (or maybe in spite of) we had a fantastic time. All thanks to the slick operation and site staff, camping was challenging but ok and the loo’s and showers great. Beer was priced sensibly (£4 a pint at Wychwood fest was a pound too far) and served with knowledge and a smile. Our only gripe was the incline back to the caravan after the evening…..maybe a charity mini bus service next year? A big thanks you to everyone involved, we will be back another year.

Cheers, Lorna, Bob & Callum Fyfe also Jude & Bryan Wimbush.

Just wanted to say, thank you to the organisers and everyone for putting on Linton, it was stellar. Its so obvious the passion behind the scenes for the music and, the atmosphere can’t be bottled, or if it could it would be toward the 8% proof end on the ‘ale scale’. Came on Friday night and witnessed Vintage Trouble ripping up the field, Saturday we were the fair weather festival goers who turned up at 5 pm but were blown away again by Bernie Marsden, King King, and King Mo… blistering guitar. Judging by the continued standard or music I suspect we missed a bit in the morning, checked out Chantel McGregor on YouTube and yep, brilliant. Sunday reached a number of peaks with Larry Miller, having us alternately laughing and gob-smacked. Oli Brown, wow, heavy and just go bloody good really. I can’t take much more … maybe we should head home, we’ve got an Oxford, then Brighton trip to do and a Monday to contend with. OK, we’ll stay for a couple of tracks of the Grand Slamovians … no chance, we were there til the rousing encore and love it. We are aware that it takes a lot of dedicated people to pull together such an event and wanted to say a big, Thank you.

Thank you for being independent, a charity and bringing such great music to out ears.

Three very happy blues/rock chicks…

Maria Robertson, Wendy Hollick, Lindsday Jordan

Well, I’ve just got back to reality…WORK, but I’m still knocked out by the 3 days I had at your festival, it was brilliant. Even though it was raining at times, it was the best thing I’ve been to, the village, the pub, the venue ( if I can it that) the atmosphere the stage, the lights, the covered part, the beer etc but most of all, the PEOPLE, ALL JUST BRILLIANT.

The gate way in personal, all excellent, always friendly to me and again, the tall girl who wore the cowboy hat, lovely girl, every day she said, “welcome again, did you enjoy yesterday”. The lady in the tent who gave out the days paper wrist bands, lovely. Liz or Lyn, sorry I’m useless with names but, the lady I rang up on the Friday morn to make sure the gig was still on, she was busy doing rolls and food if I remember, she said to me, “drive carefully etc”, excellent.

The beer staff, Mike, John, etc, all fantastic people, the blonde lady who gave me grief every time I went for a beer, only in fun though. The 2 lady’s on the beer ticket table, excellent. The dark haired girl on the bar and the taller blonde lady on the bar, just lovely lovely people.

And, I must say a special thank you to Aaron, he looked after me and my guitar like it was the crown jewels. He was one of the most pleasant chaps I’ve ever come across. Each day he went to the locked room and fetched my guitar/case etc, never ever too much trouble and I really do thank him for looking after me and my guitar.

Young Richard, I thinks that’s the lad, Mikes boy, who was taking photos of the bands, we had a great chat about cameras, a real pleasant chap, so polite, a credit to Mike.

The whole sound set up, excellent.

The lack of heavy security which mars lots of live gigs I go to, this was great, even though I’m sure it was safe.

I was almost on the stage at time`s while taking shots with the Nikon, no trouble from anybody. The roadie/helper who came back later with a Larry Miller pick for me….smashing. The festival fans, everyone I spoke to, and I did get around, not one person had a bad thing to say about the event and its organisers.

The bands, just ace, Eric Bell, I saw him as a lad in a pub in 1971/2, me was the lad, not him, well I thought, if he doesn’t do much id still be happy but, he was really ace, a great guitarist, really impressed. Chantel McGregor, well what a find there, excellent guitarist and signed my guitar. The band with the big guy in the kilt….excellent, great rock sound from his band. Bernie Marsden, absolutely magic, a real real player and the 2nd lead, excellent, great songs great sound, great rock, signed my guitar. Young Oli Brown, another young, and I don’t mean that in a bad way but, what a player and such feeling on the Telecaster, very impressed, all the band`s there, not one band you wouldn’t want to see again, and many, for me, which I hadn’t heard before.

I could go on and on but I think you get my message, a real treat to be there and one which I will defiantly do again. Even on the way out from the village on Sunday PM, the marshals up the road by the church, all waved etc, all smiling. I didn’t meet any one person who wasn’t nice, I’ve never been to a thing like that before. May that carry on forever.

I took over 880 shots on the camera, a bit of record for me.

Yours, an impressed gig goer, Den.

2011 Festival Feedback


This was my first visit to Linton Festival but it will not be my last. I came for the Sunday and thought the organisation, music, beer and friendliness of the staff was outstanding.

Many thanks

John Weyman

Dear Festival Team

Thank you very much for this email. I was wondering what you were doing organising a marquee etc. The weather was unfortunate but the year before was superb. Take it as it comes but prepared for anything the British summer throws at us.

In our mind, the Linton festival is the best by far (and we do quite a few each year) as it IS outdoors and it is so compact that you meet so many people and talk about music and bands and discover a lot more. We dIf you don’t Marcus Bonfanti check him out. He would go down a storm.

Once again a big thanks to all your team for putting on a great weekend. It is appreciated.

See you next year

Kevin and Carole


Hello team,

I am so glad you sent this e-mail regarding the original Linton Festival remaining unchanged.
I felt so disappointed when I read the other email saying it was to relocate etc. etc.
Where it is, as it is, IS SUPERB.
Can’t wait till 2012.

We came for Saturday as usual and as usual we enjoyed the bands and the festival.The mix of bands was great and we love the straw bales and the pork rolls!! Yes, we have had e-mails from “the other lot” and thought it was very sad that such tactics were being used. We and all the folks I’ve spoken to wouldn’t want to stay on a caravan site with all the facilities offered. We love Linton Festival as it is… has a real charm and we certainly wouldn’t enjoy it as much if it was different (Could we have a guest appearance by Les every now and then he was such a character!) So thank you all for your hard work and long live the true Linton Festival. Please could you add me to whatever list i need to be on to get updates about the tickets as this year I didn’t hear anything and nearly missed out.
Annie C.

Thanks for a wonderful weekend of music at Linton Festival this year. Despite some poor weather at times it didn’t spoil our enjoyment of the music, beer, food and companionship.

I found it rather disconcerting to receive an unsolicited email knocking Linton Festival. It’s hard to put on a festival that pleases all. I think Linton gets it right with a selection of music for all tastes. There didn’t appear to be a problem with the beer with such a wide selection real ales. Any queues I can only imagine were due to the popularity of the ales. The food was as always freshly prepared and well presented. As for the camping. I didn’t hear any complaints. Revelers were able to be close to the festival.

Well, done to all those involved for all their hard work and dedication in the run up to the festival, during the festival itself and the clean up.

We had a great time!

Val & John

2009 Festival Feedback

From: Ian Godsave

Linton Music Festival
Committee, Helpers – everyone involved

Greetings all,
This is just a quick note to say thank you for all the work that went into this years festival.
Congratulations – Linton Music festival is amazing – words fail me.
Thank you again, Ian

From: Deb Clayton

Dear Linton Festival organisers,

Trucked the three miles over to you as ever and was totally blown away by Gandalf Murphy. How good are you to book that one? Do hope you didn’t let them leave until they had signed up for next year!

Debby Clayton

From: Roger Mayes

Hi Committee!

Committees are not known for successful creations but you lot are something else! We were festival virgins but what a splendid first experience. We cant fault a thing from venue through food and drink to the main thing – the music. Please, please get Matthew Lee back before I die! Never seen such talent linked to high energy before.

Only one thing to sort – a size LARGE T shirt (the blue version) which had sold out by the time I dragged myself away from the music. Can you help or do I get in touch with cartoonz?

Congratulations once again and thanks
Roger and Andrea Mayes

From: Steve Bowles

Congratulations for an excellent festival. It’s the first time I’ve been; the sound quality was superb, the line up great (especially Mike Sanchez, a brilliant finale act),
food, everything! Keep it up, and see you next year.

Steve Bowles

From: Julian James

Just to say thanks for a great weekend
Some things i really liked about this festival
No security fencing around the main stage
Only a few stalls, but all the necessities were provided
Only one stage, but a quick turn around
The informality of it all
The bands
The god weather
The last one was just lucky
But the others were down to you guys
Well worth travelling down from Leicester
Will be back


From: Rob Green

Just a note to say thanks to everyone involved in the superb organisation of your wonderful festival last weekend. As first time visitors to ‘Linton,’ our friends who have been several times before, told us how good it was, what an understatement it was Brilliant! We were totally knocked out, the whole event was sheer quality, the bands, the sound systems, the local food and caterers, well done Cornwalls for their excellent pork pies and burgers, real food!, and finally the friendly bar staff who worked so hard throughout the weekend dispensing quality real ales and ciders.

The natural amphitheatre provides everyone a good view of the stage, better than many football stadia. This event is a great tribute to the organisers for allowing families to bring their youngsters in FOC and introducing them to live music. Everyone was so friendly as were the bands who freely mingled amongst the crowd. Talking to the boys from Vulnerable Thing they were overwhelmed by the friendly atmosphere and the appreciative comments from everyone, they really enjoyed themselves.

Thanks ‘Linton for a fantastic weekend and thanks to all the wonderful people with whom we had the pleasure of sharing their company and love of live Music.

See you in 2010
Rob and Ann Green and our many friends from the Brewhouse Blues Club, Lamp Tavern, Dudley

From: Ginny Twist

Hey Martin, thanks for saving that ticket for me. I really had a great time and Dr Feelgood still do the same as they ever did to me. Didn’t stay for the last band as I wanted to leave on a high and didn’t want to drive back in the dark, but next year I might try and make the whole festival and camp.

Shame I missed Otis Grand on Sunday as he rocks too!


Congratulations on a great festival! It is the first time we have been to Linton and were impressed by the organisation and atmosphere. The weather certainly helped.

An impressive line-up of beers. Any chance of barrels of cider or a local Perry next time?

Good selection of food which was popular.

Great music and Mike Sanchez gave 110% as always.
Well done. Keep up the good work, and I hope you made plenty of money for your charities and local causes.

Best wishes,

From: Steve Herbert

Just recovering from a great weekend. This is the 5th one we’ve be on to and I
have to say that yesterday (Sunday} was probably a day we will never forget.
Planned to only stay a couple of hours to see Otis Grand, but arrived at 12:30
and could not drag ourselves away unit 9:00PM. The highlight for us was Gandalf
Murphy, but what a 1ineup for the rest of the day.

The headline act on Saturday night was not really our thing, as we prefer
blues, folk and rock, rather than rock and roll, but it certainly did not spoil
a very memorable experience.

The organization was impeccable and a better selection of boors and in better
condition than .1 remember from previous years.
Our thanks to all the organizers and helpers, We will be back next year and
will in touch chor tly tickets for 22nd August as well.

Kind regards
Steve & Jesette

From: Andrew Watkins

Martin, Just a quick note to say how much the four of us enjoyed the festival.
It was our first time and it was ‘BRILLIANT WELL DONE TO ALL ORGANISERS.
Thank you very much and please keep me updated regarding next years festival..
PS Please try and persuade TEN YEARS AFTER to play The Linton Festival 2010!!


From: Mel Curtis

We just wanted to say what a great nite (friday) – excellent music, very professional set up, well organised, ideal venue with stage and seating perfectly situated and a pleasure to go back for the second year!

Pork rolls and all the food/drink tents were fantastic, and the music (in particular Dr Feelgood and Nine Below Zero) were great.

Thanks for another brilliant festival

Val and Pat Curtis

From: Beverley Price

Dear Festival People

Some feedback from our visit,
Fantastic music!!!
Good food, great beers, nice prices
But the camping was NOT in the same field as last year it was one field over and very close to the motorway and consequently it was very noisy at night – not enjoyable.
We came to relax, listen to good music, eat and drink, NOT listen to some fat guy trying to auction off tacky stuff – impressed even if it was for a good cause. Idea put them in a stall in one of the side tents.

thanks for all your hard work

Beverley Price

From: David Hollands

Thanks to all who organised the event We attended Sunday and had an absolutely brilliant day out Can’t wait for next year keep up the good work

David and Sue Hollands

From: Tara Roberts

Firstly let me compliment you on running what must be one of the cutest but most professional of Festivals in the country. As a seasoned festival goer I think it is great and everyone should pat them themselves on the back, BUT [sorry!],some of the photographers really began to tick me off, especially those with huge cameras wandering round like lonely buffaloes

J noted the singer in nine below zero, did ask them to stop. But I felt the americans were
way to polite to say anything, even when some of them were pushing their long lenses inches in front of their faces and snapping away.I observed one chap lying on the ground in some absurd position for lO minutes with his finger OVER the lenst! but even if his finger wasn’t over the lens I would have found it bizarre behaviour. Maybe I am out of step and people regard this as normal what do you think? You can tell me next year.


From: John Payne

Thanks for a great festival it’s the fourth year running I’ve been and not a bad one yet, I particularly enjoyed the Italian Jerry Lee Lewis and hopefully you’ll get him back some time. I’m very envious of you being able to indulge your whims of who to book for the festival but luckily most of the time I’m in total agreement with your
choices, and also for all the hard work you put in you deserve some whim gratification!!!

I have one minor observation / irritation – would it be possible to ask the photographers to stop running round like demented lemmings amongst the people dancing. I’m not a kill joy [at least I don’t think so] and I can understand people want to take pictures in moderation, but the need to take hundreds of pictures at numerous angles including up nose shots and lying in ridiculous shooting position I feel unnecessary. I know the singer from Nine Below Zero got quite pissy with one guy who had a camera shot right in his face for most of the performance. Also several of the people dancing around commented on how irritating some of the photographers were.

Back to the positive it’s a great festival and I APPRECIATE ALL THE ORGAN ISATION THAT GOES INTO IT.

Two of my favourite festival bands are Jon Amor and Trevor Burton band any chance of checking them out during whim indulgence time?

Keep up the good work

From Annette Fuller

We came to your festival today and on the whole had a really good time, the music was excellent. I bought 2 small children with me and would like to add that it really did feel as though they were not very welcome, the ‘keep your children under control’ announcement was I thought rather off putting especially as you say you are a family event. Perhaps a small area where children are allowed to be children rather than be seen but not heard?

That aside, thank you for an enjoyable day.

Annette Fuller

From: “kandgtingley

Just to say congratulations on another successful festival. We come most years with four friends and we love it, great organisation! I was a little concerned with the lack of hand washing facilities and the use of gel only in the toilets, it’s used in between certain procedures, on entrance and exit into wards and department, but never after visiting the b fluids. This is because it’s not effective against certain bacteria’s which are also present in the community.

Kind regards

From: Chris Tunstill

Thanks for putting on a great Festival.
Bands : —
Highlights were Key Frances & Gandalf Murphy, please try & get them back next year.

I thought there were too many Bands that sounded the same, viz the three on Friday night & The Duke Joints were all much of a muchness. Obviously there is a strong R&B following in your Committee!

Two Bands in this vein for next year :
— Wilko Johnson himself

Ones you probably won’t have heard of : —
Chris TT (Solo best IMHO), see him at Beautifull Days (Exeter August) festival BTW (PS although I share the same initials as him I am in no way connected)
Gareth Pearson, a young Welsh finger-picker, disciple of Chet Atkins & Tommy
Emmanuel (ought to be performing somewhere within striking distance as he’s from Cardiff IIRC) www.
John Otway, always goes down well
Weird String Band
Wobbley Squadron

Kind regards, Chris.

From: Christine Croft


Just had to put pen to paper so to speak, and put our thoughts down regarding our first visit to Linton. We travel quite a bit to various fests here and there and have recently invested in a folding camper so we now manage to get our creaking bones off the lumpy ground! The camping bit was great by the way. We were at The Rhythm Fest last year and of course were bowled over by Gandalf so just had to come to your fest this year, has to be a first time does’nt there, won,t be the last!!

Now for the superlatives – great bunch of people, lovely surroundings, superb organisation – food, beer Etc. As for the line up of bands, truly wonderful and something for everyone without doubt. We can’t stop talking about Key Frances and have been playing his
cd’s continuously. To have been so close to the band was such a privilege ditto Joziah Longo and Co. Having seen the Beatles and all that stuff, to discover new music that creates such emotion is truly a wonderful experience.

Thankyou very much for a fab weekend. We will meet again. See you at the Rhythm Festival.

Chris and Andy, Bolton Lancs.

From: The Grate Denini

Just returned from this years fest.., a long 6hr drive!!
Anyway-glad we made the effort to come down-was well worth it…. from the moment we arrived at the camp site and our cararvan got stuck-Rob towing us up-field to a more suitable spot. .to leaving–cant say anything other than we had a great time.

Some observations… The Bands….. well tbh—for a festival of this size—- there was no duffers at all.. .and to get the likes of Key Frances and (personally the whole reason for us going) Gandalf Murphy… WOW— bl000dy well done!

The Mowtown caper–well not TOO sure about that–but seemed to go down well enough, but nobody in the camp site we spoke to felt it was their cup ot tea.

Stewards…. brillliant.Nowt else..just really really good and enthusiastic people.

The Beer. . a good selection at reasonable prices.No complaints.

Food…. weli a bit limited I suppose…and with our lass preferring veggie… being as it is etc etc. Good job we brought some bait ourselves.

The Auction well yer bugger I seen our son on stage being held up as if he was being auctioned… I shouts down from the bar area.. .waving my hands frantically…. Whoa whoa— thats my boy! Up here! Next thing –heres a lady asking me for 20 quid for the most hiddeous pair of dolls in the land!!! Apparently I won the auction or something!!! 20 quid to get me lad back eh!!! (well it was 10 actually cos thats all ihad left!! What a hoot that.

Met some really lovely people and a few old festies we’ ye known for a while.. .had good sing-song back at camp which was nice.

Overall— a really enjoyable time esp with no stalls selling the usual arraay of shite—that was a pleasant change.
Only downside…. the twat of a bloke down the front who was about to clip Larmer for knockmg into him with his Larmer Mobile I saw it happen—and I tell yer… if he’d have touched a hair on him— he would still be in Hereford General, I laced into him (verbally) –tbf—i was pissed–well pissed.. but the boy is only 3 and couldn’t help it,

Tok the edge off the night a bit—but the steward who came over was very very good about it and calmed it all down, no harm done in the end.

Well—there you go.. .might see you next year–or sooner if any of you going to some fests during the summer… please look out for the ORANGE MAN flying and say hello!
x den, silke, larmer dalyon and baby hendrix Santana

The Grate Denini 3rd Earl of Hart le Pool

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