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Summer Madness, mark 2

Posted in christianity, friends, Summer Madness on July 9, 2007 by Phil Alcorn

Ok, so here are my feelings on summer madness this year… and seeing as I was helping at a venue at it, I’ll do this in two parts…

Smart1 (exodus venue)
I was helping at Exodus’ venue at Summer Madness this year, Smart1. It was basically the live ‘local’ band venue in the evenings, having the likes of Bluetree, One Hundred Hours, Four Kornerz, Six Star Hotel, The Good Fight… and during the day it hosted seminars and workshops. As I was one of only two members of the visuals team (basically anything to do with the cameras, visuals and powerpoints) I had to be present at every event held in the venue, meaning I missed a LOT of the ‘summer madness’ experience. However, I loved helping out at the venue. I learnt about using visual mixing boards, which was awesome. I made some new friends, which was even more awesome. I did find it quite hard, however, being part of the ‘team’ of helpers. Most people who were on the team seemed to know each other already, whereas apart from the two exodus staff running the thing, I knew one guy, and not even that well. It was kinda hard, trying to fit in, and I have to admit I’ve come away after spending over a week with the team only knowing names of about half of them (which is probably actually due mostly to my memory rather than anything else). But yea, that part was difficult. However, the friends I made on the team are great, and I’m really glad I can call them my friends, they’re great people. And the bands we had in were fantastic. Overall, I enjoyed my time helping at Smart1

Summer Madness
So, the actual event. Being in Smart1 so much kinda limited my whole experience of the actual event, but from what I was a part of, here are my thoughts. Insofar as general banter with people goes, it was fantastic. I caught up with old friends, had some incredible chats, some random chance encounters… and all immensly enjoyable. One chat in particular stands out, with a friend I hadn’t chatted to properly in about a year. We just wandered around the grounds of the Kings hall for over an hour, catching up with each other – I really enjoyed it.
As for the main meetings, I was only able to get into two of them (due to Smart1 responsabilities), so I can only comment on what I saw myself. I heard Bart Campolo talk, and another guy I forget the name of. Whilst I only heard about half of each of their talks, I thought they were very well suited to the age range they were addressing, and were very challenging. Whilst I’m not sure if I agree totally with every little thing I heard them say, they were very inspiring, challenging and biblically accurate in their talks. The worship, however, didn’t sit well with me at all. I realise worship is not a part of the programme that is there for us, but rather is there to facilitate us in praising God. However this is what didn’t sit well with me – the worship just seemed so showy, so performance-esque. I found it really difficult to try to focus and connect during the worship in the main meetings… but maybe it was just me, I don’t know. I guess I should hear some other peoples opinions as well…

Anyway, there you have it, my two cents on Summer Madness this year. There is more I could write, but this is a long enough post already, and its very late and I’m tired. Who knows, maybe I’ll have more thoughts on it further down the line…

Home from SM…

Posted in friends, rain, randomness, Summer Madness on July 6, 2007 by Phil Alcorn

Still formulating my thoughts on what was a long and very different SM (for me) than past years… and hence I won’t blog on my thoughts specifically until I get them clear in my head… I’ve also began to notice how often I finish sentences with three dots… it’s probably something i should work on, but I’m too tired to really care right now…

One thing I SHALL mention now (because I promised I would) is how much I love the rain. I don’t know how many other people like the rain… seemingly it depresses a lot of people. Not me, however. I love going for long walks in the pouring rain, wierd as it may be. I remember one day in particular I passed Connor on the way home from a lecture, and the sky had really just opened up, we were both drenched, and he seemed incredulous that I was enjoying the whole affair… Anyways, it was raining last night as we were leaving Summer Madness, and Ruth, Michelle and April were huddled under an umbrella, giving me the most intense ‘you’re a wierdo’ looks for enjoying what was barely more than a drizzle under the night sky. Of course, since it was late and we were all a little tired, this led to discussion on whether I was, in fact, a merman… I have had some WIERD conversations this past week…

saturday fun

Posted in christianity, Foy Vance, parties, Summer Madness on July 1, 2007 by Phil Alcorn

So, I wasn’t at summer madness today. I had to work in Tesco from 11 until 5, and had my friends 21st birthday party from 7 until about an hour ago. It was ‘super-wicked-awesome’ (just as it was advertised to be)!! Amazing food, great drinks, good friends… and Foy Vance. Can’t get much better than that! Was the first time I’d ever actually heard him perform live… and he was incredible! Guess what the next album I’m buying is gonna be… It was just a shame he couldn’t stay longer than he did. Performed an awesome set though, played a good few songs, and then had to rush off to another gig (which we made him late for, I have to admit… he told us, before playing his final 2 songs, that he should have left 5 minutes ago!). Also, ironically enough, the other gig was… Summer Madness! That amused me, I have to say. Got some cool photos of his performance, and a video or two. Will try and put a link to them here when I get them uploaded.

Two songs in particular really stood out to me tonight though – Gabriel and the Vagabond, and Indescriminate act of kindness – amazingly well written, lyrically and musically, and fantastically performed. Really told a story – they were awesome. You could really see Foy’s faith shining through… they got me thinking too, will maybe put a post up on them soon…

Anyway, time for sleep now – up early tomorrow for more summer madness fun! Will probably blog again next week, after I’m home again!