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For several years, Butlins in Skegness has hosted an annual Great British Rock and Blues Festival - a three night weekend featuring some of my favourite bands and some unfamiliar ones.  All enjoyed in the company of some good friends, as the pictures will show.

This link will take you back to the older photo albums of Skeggie, 2002 and 2005, in my older music pages.

Skeggie BROWN


On-stage bands include: Stray, Eddie and The Hot Rods, Dr. Feelgood, plus a few pictures off-stage with members of the audience.

Skeggie 2008a

This set includes Paul Jones, followed by Masd, Bad, & Dangerous (John Otway & Richard Holgarth, The Wilco Johnson Band, The Hamsters).

Skeggie 2008b



Due to an equipment failure, namely my brain (the bit that deals with memory), this set of pictures is not up to the usual standard.  In fact, several ‘on-stage’ pictures had to be discarded altogether, as my replacement camera could not cope with the lighting conditions.  Apologies.  On the other hand, what remains serves as a record of the weekend.

Skeggie 2009

Skeggie seems to have a jinx on my cameras.  These are all that survived (and some only just) for 2010.  Look out for some friends, not only from last year, but from Otway’s  Acrostic Tour and from the 2009 Dunkerque trip.

Skeggie 2010



2012: Day 1, Friday. Of  the nine acts performing, I saw at least some of The John Verity Band, the Krissy Matthews Band, Ten Years After, Chantel McGregor, and Virgil and The Accelerators.

Skeggie 2012a

Day 2, Saturday. In the afternoon: The Jokers, then Juall.  In the evening:Deborah Bonham, Cherry Lee Mewis, Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash.

Skeggie 2012b

Day 3, Sunday. In the afternoon, there was a Jam session.  In the evening: Skinny Molly, FM, Crucified Barbara.

Skeggie 2012c


I wasn’t able to take many pictures this year, so this single album shows a tiny proportion of what was going on.  Featured here are: Eddie & The Hot Rods, Stray, Hawkwind, Curved Air, and The Animals.

Skeggie 2013


2014: Day 1, Friday. Acts I saw were Grainne Duffy, Slack Alice, Blue Swamp Band, Pat McManus Band, The Quireboys. A great start to the weekend.

skeggie 2014 1

Day 2, Saturday. Today’s sightings: The Mustangs, Stray, The Groundhogs, Dan Burnett, Albany Down, The Yardbirds, Carl Palmer Band (ELP Experience), Eddie & The Hot Rods (eventually), Steve Roux’s Brass Knuckles Blues Band. It was a long day.

skeggie 2014 2

A break from the bands, as I take to the countryside around Skegness. First up was a visit to the windmill at Alford - a fine example of the many five-bladed windmills peculiar to this area. Then shopping! There’s a place I found a few years ago that sells clothes for big men. A visit to a nature reserve wasn’t that inspiring at this time of year. Neither were the general views along the sea-front North of Skegness.

skeggie 2014 T

On the final day, 3, I saw: Wilko Johnson, Michael Katon, Paul Lamb & The King Snakes, Modigniale, Mungo Jerry, Rev. Ferriday & The Longdogs, Chantelle McGregor, and finally, Chas Hodges.

Altogether another great weekend. I’ve already booked for next year.

skeggie 2014 3


Later in 2014, I returned to Skeggie for The Great British Alternative Music Festival.  On day 1, Friday, I watched in the Reds venue Fukdust 4, UK Subs, and Bad Manners.  At the same time, the Centre Stage venue had Anti-Pasti, The Damned, and The Anti-Nowhere League.  (14/103, Friday 10th October 2014)

skeggie 2014 1

On Day 2, I started the day with an excursion to Cleethorpes, where I had lunch on the seafront.  Back at Butlins, in Reds, I Saw The Boomtown Rats and Ed Tudor Pole.  In the big tent, I saw Celtic Cross, before going to the Centre Stage for a brief look at The Rezillos.  Also appearing that day were Goldblade in Reds, and The Chords UK and Sham 69 were in the Centre Stage.  (14/104, Saturday 11th October 2014)

skeggie 2014 2

Day 3.  Seen: Billy Liar, John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett, Big Country.  Not seen:  The Lambrettas, From The Jam.  (14/105, Sunday 12th October 2014)

skeggie 2014 3


2015: Day 1, Friday. Acts I saw: Split Whiskers, Red Butler, Girls With Guitars.  Not: (not a complete list)  Slim Chance, Caravan.  (15/006, Friday 23rd January 2015)

skeggie 2015 1

Day 2: Seen; Roadhouse (Jam), Babajack, John Coghlan’s Quo.  Not: Connie Lush, Danny Bryant,Skinny Molly.  (15/007, Saturday 24th January 2015)

skeggie 2015 2

Day 3: Seen; Nine Below Zero, Del Bromham’s Blues Devils, Roadhouse, Dr. Feelgood, The Blues Band.  Not; Lez Zeppelin.  (15/008, Sunday 25th January 2015)

skeggie 2015 3

This, by the way, was my final visit to Butlins.  Over the years, I’ve made and met loads of good friends there.  The music is great, and I’ve relished the opportunity to have a few drinks and not having to drive home after a gig.  I’ve had some great times  there, as these photo albums will testify.
Unfortunately, Butlins itself is a travesty.  It is no longer acceptable to provide 1950s standards of accommodation in the 21st century, and, frankly, I’ve had enough, and will not be crossing their threshholds again.  This year was particularly awful, starting with not having my booking details at check-in, downgrading my catering arrangements.  Here are a few illustrative pictures.

Skeggie end

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