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TZUKESTOCK 1999





The date was Saturday the 24th of July 1999. It had finally arrived. TZUKESTOCK 1999. The first major festival to *ever* hit Britain. More: 'roaring' than Reading; 'outstanding' than OzzyFest; 'tantalising' than T in the Park; 'women' than Woodstock.

Yes this was the event to beat all events.

Buses, trains, taxis... they were all in use as people travelled from all over the world to this little town of Durham. Thousands of people were walking through the streets. Tzukestock had commenced. I can recall my first visions as I exited from the train; Rare 'Shoot The Moon' tour jackets, Phoenix albums and TzukeStock banners.

Tents had already been erected in the fields. Fans were being ferried from the railway station to the main venue areas. People had travelled from various countries throughout the world to be at this event.

It was to commence with a tour of the Town. Numerous fans gathered at the riverside to feast on the food provided. More fans arrived as the day went on.

More tents were erected, beneath the shadows of the old castle ruins, as the fields began to fill. The stage would be prepared shortly. The Roadie's working their hearts out to get everything ready. The cabaret was commencing with Jugglers, Fire Eaters and magicians taking the stage. Races commenced between the selected few that were thought to be of a high enough standard to compete. These races were fierce and several peole were injured in the process. The sweat was really beginning to pour from numerous brows as the heatwave continued. People could be seen getting escorted, carried from the grounds. A lot of the attendees were on their knees. It was amazing to see.

A huge fire was started and whole cows were roasted above the flames, chickens were tossed on to the fire and the banquet commenced. More juggling, 'car building' and competitions.

Dancing broke out and then it was time... the band took to the stage, a huge roar from the crowd, thunderous applause. This was the ultimate Judie Tzuke Band with talented musicians from England, Scotland, Canada and The Netherlands all joining in to make this a day to remember. Some of the artisites that took to the stage included: Mick Danby on strings, piano and percussion; Adrian Melia on Keyboards and backing vocals; Fred Koene on Drums and percussion; Teresa Driscoll on main vocals and Simon Walker and Davie Damnation on backing vocals. Three galmorous and talented backing singers joined in to assist with some of the tracks.




OF COURSE ALL OF THE ABOVE IS TOTALLY TRUE!!!



Although maybe it could be slightly reworded with different pictures?


Five Go Mad In Durham!!!





The date was Saturday the 24th of July 1999. It had finally arrived. TZUKESTOCK 1999. This gathering like so many in the past had transformed form a major venue... to a barbeque.



Buses, trains, taxis... they were all in use as people travelled from all over the world to this little town of Durham(Although only five of them were actually going to the TzukeStock Convention). Thousands of people were walking through the streets - as there is every Saturday. Tzukestock had commenced. I can recall my first visions as I exited from the train; Rare 'Shoot The Moon' tour jackets, Phoenix albums and TzukeStock banners. The Jacket was mine... The Phoenix album was Adrian's and the banner... well - what can I say? :-)

Tents had already been erected in the fields - Fred had arrived the night before and his tents were erected. Fans were being ferried from the railway station to the main venue areas - ME. People had travelled from various countries throughout the world to be at this event - Fred had travelled all the way from the Netherlands and Adrian's cousins were here from Nova Scotia.



It was to commence with a tour of the Town. Numerous fans gathered at the riverside to feast on the food provided. More fans arrived as the day went on - Adrian and I were at the river with Adrian's wife, mother, cousin's all a whole buch of kids! Mick arrived with Teresa later.

More tents were erected, beneath the shadows of the old castle ruins, as the fields began to fill - Mine. The stage would be prepared shortly. The Roadie's working their hearts out to get everything ready - some of the kids were playing with Meccano.



The cabaret was commencing with Jugglers, Fire Eaters and magicians taking the stage - Yes we juggled, some smoked and the food disappeared! Races commenced between the selected few that were thought to be of a high enough standard to compete. These races were fierce and several peole were injured in the process - Piggyback races, wheel barrow races, etc.





The sweat was really beginning to pour from numerous brows as the heatwave continued. People could be seen getting escorted, carried from the grounds. A lot of the attendees were on their knees - the kids again. It was amazing to see - kids playing without fighting!



A huge fire was started and whole cows were roasted above the flames, chickens were tossed on to the fire and the banquet commenced - Not all at once of course... little bits at a time! More juggling, 'car building' and competitions.



Dancing broke out and then it was time... the band took to the stage, a huge roar from the crowd, thunderous applause. This was the ultimate Judie Tzuke Band with talented musicians from England, Scotland, Canada and The Netherlands all joining in to make this a day to remember. Some of the artisites that took to the stage included: Mick Danby on strings, piano and percussion; Adrian Melia on Keyboards and backing vocals; Fred Koene on Drums and percussion; Teresa Driscoll on main vocals and Simon Walker and Davie Damnation on backing vocals. Three galmorous and talented backing singers joined in to assist with some of the tracks.





Courtesy of Adrian we have an amazing soundbyte to give you the atmosphere safe in your own home!! Download loser.zip (802K)

So the Full review consists that Adrian Melia, Mick Danby, Fred Koene, Simon Walker and I, along wife Adrian's wife, Fred's wife and Teresa Driscoll, had a fantastic time with friends and family. It might have been a small gathering but it was fun.

It was great to get a chance to meet other fans, share thoughts and make great music together. The camp site location was brilliant and with the warm weather, and clear night sky, it was great to sit and listen to music, share some thoughts and a few drinks. Even at two in the morning.

It has certainly made me a firm believer that Tzukestock should continue. It should get bigger and better every year. We may have started small but with a little bit of commitment from a few fans maybe we can arrange a large convention at some stage? It wasn't an 'organised' event - it just happened. With a little organisation... who knows!

I'm certainly looking forward to TzukeStock 2000! :-)

Davie


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