Festival Boreal

It’s that time of year again, Festival Boreal is almost upon us. La costa de Los Silos es ‘el must’ de Tenerife.

From the initial festival, two years ago,  celebrating the unveiling of a rare complete skeleton of a whale, Boreal grew last year to accomodate 5000 people,

The two heads of the festival team have worked their nuts and tits off to get this happening, and with very little financial assistance coming through this year for cultural events, the festival was almost cancelled, but a decision has been made to go ahead, instead of throwing in the towel on all our work, so this year we are going to have to charge a little entrance fee.  We need  the people’s assistance now. Many of us here in Tenerife have grown accustomed to free government sponsored events but with many events not taking place due to lack of pennies from the government, we are fortunate to get this one rolling. Entrance fee is a measly eight euros, what you sayin’?

There will be a whole heap of things going on during the day, plus events taking place from the 13th of next month, and for all ages – workshops, discussions, re-introducing turtles to the sea, photo exhibits, yoga, batucada, plenty plenty.

More details soon

Venga ya!

Fstvl Boreal

Si tienes un grupo de música y te apetece actuar en el Festival Boreal 2010, envíanos tu disco o maqueta en formato cd o dvd adjuntando un breve curriculum, datos contacto y caché, a FESTIVAL BOREAL, Birding Canarias. c/ Doctor Jordán, 11. CP. 38470 Los Silos – Tenerife. De entre todas las propuestas enviadas antes del 10 de junio, se seleccionarán tres grupos para actuar los días del Festival.

Iceland volcano – Tenerife chips

Finished the previous post, bounced over to The Guardian, I saw Volcano in Iceland has left us trapped in Tenerife

“What’s this then?”   Click!

Gill Hornby writes about her holiday in Tenerife, a volcanic island, has turned into a nightmare because what a gwan in Iceland.

Read, read, read.

Our quick dash to “paradise” lost its charm when the ash cloud lost its funny side – about teatime on Thursday.

We’d started packing first thing, with the usual vague sense of apprehension. Four young children, easyJet, too many bags, a sister-in-law with a hernia: what could possibly go wrong? The list was lengthy, and yet Iceland volcano, and ash cloud were not even on it. How naive we all were.

Since then, the resort has changed its identity. No longer guests, we are captives. We’re bored of chips – imagine! – and Sky News, and sun.

‘sick of chips’

She’s here, on holiday from England, and she’s staying in a hotel that serves what she eats everyday at home.

Now she’s sick of them.
Serves you bloody right, typical English busman’s holiday type.
Bet your first meal when you finally get home will be paella!

Reminded me of the guy seated behind me on the flight here to Tenerife, when I moved here.  It was a British Airways flight, and they served breakfast meal that included cheese with apricots in it.  Upon receiving his tray, he looked at the cheese, then raised his head and his voice said, “Ain’t there no fucking English cheddar on this plane?”  Why don’t you get off this motherfucker right now, and shut the door on your way out.  Man is barely out of English airspace and he’s balling for his typical chow down material.

Stay home.

Carnaval – Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Nothing has been confirmed with me yet, however according to Lagenda, I’m going to be doing a set at the upcoming Carnaval de Santa Cruz down Calle La Noria way.  Also on the bill are El Killo, who is a bit of a legend in these parts; Tariq – who without a doubt, has the best bhangra/desi collection on the island. Also expect some unexpected behaviour from the one known as Billy Flux.

The action will be happening between Feb. 12-15.  More as it happens.

One of the best ‘costumes’ for me from last years carnaval, is in this  clip posted at my old blog

Salpica Festival

For a year now various people have suggested I play at this festival in Buenavista, Tenerife, as if we dj-types initially  decide where and when we play.
So thanks to whoever it is that decided to take the gamble this year. Now it’s up to me to deliver what my supporters & friends have been talking about.

Famille Bou Bess will also be doing their thing, and we should have some extra bottom end courtesy of a man called Pedro alongside Ventor de la Guardia (Species) on percussion.

The folks out Buenavista / Los Silos way are especially into keeping their environment somewhat clean, and this festival, as with the Festival Boreal three weeks later in Los Silos both have environmental themes to them.

No cigarette butts on the beach please, gracias.
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Festival Boreal


Music, art and the natural world will be embraced at the Festival Boreal, taking place September 20 – 26 in Los Silos, Tenerife.

Conferences, discussions, photo exhibitions, recyle art, workshops for adults and nińos, story-telling.  There will also be a moment when turtles that have been nursed back to full health will be returned to the sea.

Román Morales will relay his journey down  the Amazon by kayak, Manuel García de Viedma will discuss the seas that surround us, and there will also be discussions on the Azores, and the last frontier, Antartica.

The festival culminates Saturday 26, with music from The Conquerer of Dub, Estación Zoo, 8 Islas Sound Sistema, Karlory Vary, Tropico28, myself and more.

Oh yeah, as in keeping with the tradition of Tenerife, it’s free for you good people, courtesy of Birding Canarias and the Ayuntamiento de Los Silos