#111. Buckfest, Buckden, Cambridgeshire. 16.7.22.


After many years of badgering our mate Jon Hill who is on the organising committee for Buckfest (voted Cambridgeshire’s best festival in 2021), he finally relented under the pressure (or was it just to shut us up?) & added the band to this year’s line-up. Thanks Jon.


The Phantoms were booked for a mid afternoon slot on the Introducing Stage. The stage where all the cool young new talent is unveiled! Words like ‘young’, ‘new’ & ‘cool’ haven’t been associated with us for many years (if at all) but thankfully there hadn’t been a mistake and we were warmly welcomed onto the festival site.

Everything was in place for a fantastic day. All 2500 tickets sold out, 20 great bands across 3 stages and lashings of sunshine (& beer) on tap.

The Phantoms were a little concerned whilst setting up as the band on the other stage immediately before us sounded brilliant. But we shouldn’t have worried. The fantastic ‘Funk Odyessy’ did us a huge favour getting a big crowd up & dancing to a string of disco & funk floor fillers and they thankfully stayed on their feet (the dancing crowd, not Funk Odyessy) as the Phantoms launched into their debut Buckfest set.

With only 35 minutes to play with we had planned a set crammed full of festival sing along indie & punk classics and I’m pleased to say that all our festival bangers went down a storm (if I do say so myself)! From the opening notes of ‘I Predict a Riot’ to the closing bars of ‘Song 2’ the set passed in a blur (no pun intended) of happy looking dancing festival folk with the paparazzi snapping away left right & centre (who knew we were so photogenic)?

With our part of the day concluded the Phantoms retired to a spot just in front of the two main stages & armed with numerous ice creams and beers to cool down in the extreme heat, settled down to enjoy the remainder of this great festival (with local bands ‘Last Minute Brigade*’, ‘The Atomics’ & ‘Rock the 90s’ concluding events in fine style). *Looking forward to seeing if our front man Mark gets any fashion inspiration from Last Minute Brigade’s memorable singer!

Massive thanks to our mate Jon Hill (#TaffySpice) & all the Buckfest crew & punters for allowing us to be part of such a fantastic day. We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to entertain such an up for it crowd & hope we can do it again one day. Thanks Buckfest. You rock! Hope to see you all again sometime soon. Check out the Buckfest facebook page here.

The Phantoms were: Mark Gibson (lead vocals & keys), Kevin Rogers (guitar), Jason Biggs (guitar & vocals), Jon Novice (bass & vocals) & Alun Westoll (drums & vocals).
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