Who’d be a…festival organiser with Gail Something Else

Gail did an interview with Behind the Scene Gloucestershire for their ‘Who’d be a…’ series..


How long have you been a festival organiser?

I’m heading into my fourth year with the Something Else festivals, and eighth year of running the Something Else Tea Tent – a small travelling venue and open mic space. My end of season crew party got too big for my house so in 2012 I decided to have it in a field, namely the back of Littledean House Hotel, with more bands and a festival feel. It sold out with a 250 capacity, so I decided to do it again on a bigger site.  It has evolved very naturally without the expected formula and I think that goes a long way to why it’s successful. No dance tent, no healing area, no bullshit – just quality live music running back to back, a good local ale and cider bar, fine food using local produce, interesting stalls and a brilliant craft workshop…

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By Ms.S-Else

Hello 2015!

2015 is off to a flying start! With your help, the idea of the Tea Tent becoming solar-powered is fast becoming a reality!

We bought a luvvly old truck that, as I type, is being converted into a solar power unit and stage by Gaz PunkBitch and RESource – who are already associated with the Something Else festivals – and it’s looking amazing!

stage launchWe’re still fundraising by selling stuff like tickets to the Solar Stage launch to help finish the build and repair the sides of the Tea Tent, so come! The line-up is immense, dinner and a pint are included in the ticket price, along with two nights camping, and Labyrinth Arts will be there alongside the adventure maze to keep kids entertained.

We’re also starting to get bookings for festival style weddings and private parties as well as being out at our favourite festivals!

Bearded Theory is HUGE for us this year! We’ve been with them from the start, and not only will the Tea Tent be there, but we’re also running the Something Else Big Top stage next to it!  For a full list of the brilliant festivals we’re at, see the events page. As ever, sound and PA will come from the wonderfully quirky Clegg and Techno from Tiny Music Tent, with additional help from our other top SE soundman, Al.

Our seating will be provided by Bartlett’s beautiful handmade furniture, which will also be for sale (Dan is a regular on the SE crew) and, to delight your taste buds, back by popular demand are cakes from the Handmade Cake Company.

There are also some exciting plans afoot for next year, but I’ll tell you about those later.

On behalf of the SE crew, of which this year we have the cream of the last eight years, we can’t WAIT to see your luvvly faces in a field soon!



By Ms.S-Else