Having recently played at three festivals, namely Black Deer, Staxtonbury and Meadowfest, I must confess to loving the vibes. These events seem to unite people, and it is great to escape all the other "stuff" for a while. Black Deer was lovely, and as a player it was great to have such a welcoming team to support the acts, and provide a great sound system. Main acts such as Kris Kristofferson, Billy Bragg, The Dead South and The Sheepdogs were highlights for me. Staxtonbury was a local event and a chance to catch up with fellow musicians from around the area, and it was great to team up with The Woolgatherers once again for an evening performance in front of a lovely crowd in the packed Acoustic Tent. Meadowfest was also a treat and a great addition to the festival circuit. In its first year, the festival attracted a lovely crowd in a fabulous setting. Top of the bill was Levi Roots and his reggae band, which rounded off a lovely day with locally sourced grub and some excellent ales from the Brass Castle Brewery. I have the feeling that this festival will go from strength to strength in years to come in the vibrant market town of Malton.