Thank you!

October 2, 2008
And that was that!

We’d like to express a hearty THANK YOU to everyone who came to, played at, helped out with and generally believed in This Ain’t No Picnic 2008. The weekend passed by in an absolute blur and everything ran as smoothly as possible, for which we’re eternally grateful.

Eternal gratitude is extended to the following people: Rob Hampton and all the staff @ KCLSU, Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabadooey Mahon, Mark Lewis @ Elastic Artists, Charlotte Moss and her team of awesome stewards (Emily Andrews, Julia Lambeth, Lauren Ding. Ashley Scarfield, Kerri Manning), Jamie jATPmie Summers, the lovely people at WeGotTickets, Sarah Fox @, Kev @ BSM, all the bands who contributed tracks to the festival CD, Aaron Connolly, Ben Lancaster, Dan Reeves, Tori @ Badmoon, Mike Diver, Sean Adams and all at DiS, The Dreaded Press, anyone else who wrote nice things about us (please send them to us if so!), Ricochet Ricochet for their awesome fanzine stall, the makers of Red Bull, Ryan Adams and, last but not least, Daniel Kelly for being the first person to buy a ticket.

A massive thank you to Simon Tyers for putting this programme together. Check out his blog, it gets the STA stamp of approval.

All festival artwork comes from the genius brain of Matt Littler. Check him out online at If you run a label or a zine or something, give him some work. Not too much, though, as we want him back next time.

A super special thanks goes out to all the bands who’ve given up their time to come play for us, to help us put on a fantastic weekend of live music and raise some money for some good causes. A
super duper special thanks goes out to ALL OF YOU who came along and enjoyed the weekend.

We’ll be back next September for another weekend, but in the meantime we’ll be running some smaller events. The first of these will be taking place on December 14th at KCLSU again. It’s going to be a Christmas party to remember.


Lineup changes

September 24, 2008
Unfortunately Fighting With Wire have had to cancel their appearance at this year’s festival. Shame!

We’ve lined up Irish instrumentalists And So I Watch You From Afar to join the bill instead. They’re about to race around the country on a Rocksound sponsored tour, and we’re fairly sure they’ll tear your ears off.

Final names!

September 18, 2008
Here are the final names for 2008’s festival:

4 or 5 Magicians (UK, This Is Fake DIY Records >>> myspace)
Joe Gideon & The Shark (UK >>> myspace
William (UK, Tough Love Records >>> myspace

This brings us to a grand total of 34 bands playing across the weekend!

Tickets for the festival are available now from and We Got Tickets. Why not check us out on Last FM and Facebook as well?

New names!

September 8, 2008
Unfortunately, both Hooray for Humans and Panther have had to pull out of the festival. However, we’ve got a whole bunch of new names to announce in their place!

Applicants (UK, Brainlove Records >>> myspace
Crimesss (UK >>> no myspace because they’re totally punk)
Gindrinker (UK, Businessman Records >>> myspace
Instruments (UK >>> myspace)
The Retro Spankees (UK >>> myspace
The Strange Death of Liberal England (UK, Fantastic Plastic >>> myspace
Tubelord (UK, Big Scary Monsters >>> myspace)

There are still a few more names to come, we’ll be revealing them by the end of the week.

Also, if you head over to the lineup page, you can see who’s playing which day!

More new names!

August 20, 2008
Here are the latest additions to the bill:

Brontosaurus Chorus (UK, Popart Records >>> myspace)
The Duloks (UK >>> myspace)
Fighting With Wire (UK, Smalltown America >>> myspace)
Laura Wolf (UK >>> myspace)
Superman Revenge Squad (UK >>> myspace)
Super Tennis (UK >>> myspace)

There’s still more to come as well!

Finally, both day and weekend tickets are also now available from the nice folks at Go! Buy!

New website!

August 2, 2008

Hello! Welcome to the new This Ain’t No Picnic 2008 website.

Sunday Night Headliners!

July 3, 2008
Wondering who the Sunday night headliners are? Well, wonder no more…

POLYSICS hail from Tokyo, Japan. Formed by Hayashi in 1997 and named after a brand of synthesizer, they’ve spent the past ten years fusing blasting guitars, computer noise, high energy beats and their love of American New Wave oddballs Devo to create a heady, energising sound that they dub “technicolour pogo punk”. We’re not going to argue with that.

Over the last ten years released six full length albums and a number of compilations, whilst consistently wowed audiences with their energetic live performances and wild stage shows on numerous tours around Japan, the United States and Europe.

Given all of this, we’re incredibly proud to welcome POLYSICS as Sunday night headliners for This Ain’t No Picnic 2008! It’s going to be something special. Get your dancing shoes ready!


HAYASHI Guitar, Voice, Programing
KAYO Synthesizer, Vocoder, Voice
FUMI Bass, Synthesizer, Voice
YANO Drums