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After doing over 20 amazing weekenders over the last 12 years, I have never ever seen so much love and positive messages, as I sit here today in my office I’m as tearful as I was when we returned home from the very first weekender back in 2002. The event itself was a team effort and I want to thank everyone involved (apart from a couple of rogue security guards who were supplied from an outside company) The Ideal Tidy team is smaller than it was back in 2002 and so everyone had to work twice as hard, it’s impossible to thank everyone involved but special thanks go to Sue White who dealt the with stress of a check in system so well. Production Pete (Goulding), Matty Jacques, Bill Allard & his team on audio and visuals, plus RB and Johnny for making the whole show look so good. As I have mentioned before I would also like to thank my wife Angie (AKA Babs) for working for 9 months dealing with every single booking, how she did that I don’t know. My partner in crime and best friend Andy Pickles does a lot of behind the scenes management as well looking pretty, he works hard, holds the ship steady and deals with the shit I don’t like, such as financial and business stresses. Other team members who certainly need mentioning are Gareth Rees, Greg Young, Irish Dave, Sally Townend, Ollie Riley, Hollie Jones & Lee Clayson, Jack Hart and Cluboverload, The crazy Madfams, Anne Savage & Daryl Mc Call, Kym Ayres, Shaggy, Bradley Ingleton, Ellie Moore, Max Mozart, Stuart Drage, Dawn & Trevor from the Tidy Merchandise Production team, Anthony Alderson, Andy Parker and Bryn Whiting. I would also like to thank the paramedics for their excellent work in keeping everybody safe.
So many to thank but my final thank you has to go to the only other person in the world who has worked harder than me on this weekender and that is Sam Townend. To call someone super human may sound a little over the top but trust me I’m not using that term lightly or in a flippant way, like me, Sam has dedicated his life to the scene and in the last 12 months and has worked so so hard. We have both suffered to make this event happen both financially and mentally working almost every hour of the day on it. Then to top that Sam becomes head of the event, being responsible for over 2000 people for 3 days and 4 nights, something which is so stressful it makes me have acid indigestion just thinking about it… yet he pulled off an excellent job. He not only ran the event but kept smiling, being polite and continued to be a DJ when required, I have to say with my hand on my heart, no one has worked as hard as Sam in 12 years of the weekenders we have put on, he deserves a medal and fucking long holiday somewhere hot.
I would also like to thank every DJ who played, not just the established artists we all know and love but to all the new talent we had, the first time players who I personally think help make this one of the best weekenders ever. Finally I would like to thank every single one of the passionate Tidy/Ideal faithful who not only supported this event but gave it an incredible atmosphere, the effort you put into the themes and outfits was unbelievable, you lot never let us down. We put on the weekenders and supply entertainment but to be honest it’s the clubbers that make it what it is, you are the real stars of the show, it was so nice seeing so many new faces, people who had never ever been to a weekender. I had more people come up to me, shake my hand and say it was the best weekend of their lives than ever before, this makes all the hard work seem worth while.
Losing a large amount of money we did on the first Ideal weekender would normally mean that most companies would have shut up shop, not paid it’s debts and gone bankrupt, so many other big clubbing brands do that, its tradition. We decided to not do that, we said fuck it let’s do another and try make back that loss, put on another great event and try and come out the other side breaking even… And thanks to your support plus me and Sam living on Super Noodles and tinned tomatoes for 9 months I think we might have pulled it off.
The other good news is HDM scene is about to explode, we have some fantastic new music, the relaunch of all your favourite Tidy labels and albums, a new tidy.com superstore, some very exciting new events and a couple of experimental project which will shake up the whole of the scene. I have been doing this Tidy thing for years now (on and off) and yet I’m more excited about the next 12 months than I have ever been in the whole of Tidy’s 19 year history.
Thank you all for such a fantastic journey, a journey which seems to be getting better and better…
Love and respect from the Ideal Tidy Team and myself
It’s been a while since I sat down and wrote a blog or two, it’s been very busy at Square Daisy HQ and things are hotting up on the new Ideal label. So this coming bank holiday weekend (weather forecast is shite) I may sit down with a big cup of warm milk and fill you in whats been happening, especially on the IDEAL & Tidy Boys front.
In the meantime here is a picture of Lee Haslam with no hair