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Sketching the riverside festival

Blast reporter Linda Mutunga
Linda Mutunga
BBC Blast reporter, BBC Tees

Linda gets arty sketches at SIRF

One of the reasons I was offered the opportunity to be a BBC Blast reporter was because I had the idea of taking a sketchbook to the Stockton Fringe Festival to get bands to draw artwork that they thought said something about them.

Along with my sketchbook I brought my suitcase full of art materials and over the duration of the festival I managed to gather some brilliant artwork.

Drawing by The Wildcats of Kilkenny
One of the favourites, the drawing by local band The Wildcats of Kilkenny.

There I was, carrying a book full of band sketches in a busy crowd, full of drawings by the likes of The Charlatans, Supergrass and Futureheads.

I was super worried that someone might have cottoned on to what treasure I had but I was buzzing with absolute delight that my idea had worked really well!

It had been a whirlwind adventure and a lot of time was spent waiting, come rain or shine.

My sketchbook, E. J Richards (my suitcase) and I were always ready to approach bands to sketch some art:

The most memorable moments were sitting in the sun on camper chairs with The Travelling Band, and having Tim Burgess thank me after doing some art in my sketchbook!

It was really rewarding to hear such comments, and to know everybody enjoyed the whole experience, it was fantastic that all the catalysts had been put into place to make sure that my idea could be accomplished.

The British Lichen Society creating art backstage!
The British Lichen Society creating art backstage at the festival!

I was slightly anxious beforehand, worrying if any of the bands would want to draw in my sketchbook, and was I mad to carry E.J Richard in a busy crowd?!

But the challenge meant I wouldn't be giving up too easy and am glad to say, we got art!

I managed to catch some live acts, there were some treats from the likes of Hatcham Social who managed to create catchy songs with grit, personality and vocals reminiscent to The Monochrome Twin Set.

Young Rebel Set, a favourite of mine entertained the crowd with their off-western indie twang, and the powerful female vocals from Andy Lewis's band, just threw me away! All in all it was a lot of fun!

Find out more about Linda and what she's up to during BBC Blast by reading her blog at the bottom right of this page.

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