We eventually found the campsite at Blackshaw Head, and by the time we'd put the tent up and caught a taxi back into town the evening's entertainment was about to begin.
The Trades Club was the venue of the evening, one of three main venues for the weekend along with a few “Free to enter” Juke Joints around the town.
A slight change to the programme made no difference to the quality of the music, and Poorboy, followed by Steve “Pablo” Jones warmed the night up a treat. John Amor Blues Group completed the evening's entertainment, performing only their fifth live gig with this line-up, and boy did they perform. A spectacular and jaw-dropping set from start to finish, leaving the crowd in no doubt of the quality of this band. Must see again and again!
Most of the audience remained as the stage was prepared for what was to become Hebden's Piece de Resistance of the weekend, Paddy's Midnight Jam. A mish mash of quality musicianship, unrehearsed and raw, they played into the early hours. Paddy Maguire and his band put on one of the most exciting and top class jamming sessions ever, with contributions from John Amor, Jenna Hooson, Lance Lopez and various combinations of their bands.
And this was only the first night!