The festival has begun with an explosion of colour, laughter and large animals. It all began with the VIP launch party at Chutney Ivy, which has been transformed once again into Dave's Curry House by Reach Marketing - and a fine job they've done, with red carpet and other luxury trimmings, full-size knight in armour, several large animals dotted around the place and photos of past performers adorning the walls. Outside we could see Captain Comedy wandering the streets along with a posse of Nando's promoters led by a giant chicken - which immediately led everyone to wonder whether we'd see Peter Griffin turn up at some point to fight it. Sadly not... yet.
|Ian #1 - Mcmillan|
|Ian #2 - D Montfort|
|Ian #3 - Stone|
So there we have it - day 1 out of the way, 16 more to go. Two shows seen, three Ians witnessed and I'm still feeling fresh! I'll be back with another installment of the festival diary tomorrow, and there'll be plenty to talk about, as my schedule for today involves an early morning seminar with a panel of industry experts, Alfie Brown at Just the Tonic in the afternoon, then Norman Lovett at the Looking Glass, Antony King at Kayal and Benny Boot at the Belmont! Something tells me I'm going to be rather tired by the end of that lot...See you tomorrow :)