We know it isn't quite the end of the month yet but thought we'd sneak in a quick news update before the bank holiday, because we've got lots to tell you and we couldn't wait any longer!
The Magpies Festival happened! And we can't really find the words to describe what an incredible weekend it was ...
We've been absolutely blown away by the love and support from everyone who came along. And we want to say a massive THANK YOU to all of you who supported the event in its inaugural year.
You were such a fun audience and a lovely festival community. You left the grounds of Sutton Park absolutely immaculate, which certainly helped us out on Sunday morning, when we might have been sporting slightly sore heads.
We've been looking through your feedback and it's all so wonderfully positive, it has genuinely made us a little bit weepy (although that might have something to do with festival-organiser's-sleep-deprivation!)
And we're very pleased to announce that all your excellent thoughts and ideas will be put to good use because we will be going ahead next year with The Magpies Festival Part 2! More very exciting news on that coming soon!
We headed straight from the festival, slightly dazed and bleary-eyed, for a gig at Runcorn Folk Club, which was lovely. And then had a rather eventful journey to Purbeck Valley Folk Festival on the South Coast, featuring a minor car accident just minutes into driving Bella's brand new car (it wasn't my fault!) But we had a fantastic weekend, with highlights including a wonderful gig, lots of brilliant music, a trip to the beach and a delightful morning swim at our new favourite hotel.
We also managed to squeeze two Magpie birthdays into this month - Kate and Bella are now another year older and wiser!
And in less than a week, we will be kicking off our September tour! In exciting news, we've sold out The Live Room at Saltaire, Downend Folk Club have released more tickets and a few others shows are just a handful of tickets away from selling out. Get your tickets now and help us sell out the rest!
We very much hope to see you somewhere along the way!
The Magpies x
The Magpies' Pick of the Month
Service station of the month ...
Winchester Services: 3.8 stars
Pros: Fresh flowers in the toilets. Good natural light.
Cons: Long queue for Burger King, but we did sample the new halloumi burger, which was excellent.
Hotel of the month ...
Springfield Country Hotel & Spa, Dorset.
Pros: Very friendly. Provided refuge from a very damp campsite, as well as hot beverages and spa facilities well before check-in.
Cons: Bella stubbed her toe in the steam room.
Band of the month ...
The People Versus.
We had the opportunity to see them twice this month and they are awesome. Check them out!