• Muddy meets James Mayhew

    James Mayhew is the illustrator of the best-selling children’s books Katie and Ella Bella. He studied illustration at Maidstone College of Art and his first book, Katie’s Picture Show, was published in 1989 and is still in print. There is a wonderful display of his books at the equally wonderful David’s Bookshop in Letchworth. On […]

  • Things you never knew about…Midge Ure

    We love an ’80s rockstar here at Muddy. They don’t take themselves too seriously, they enjoy reminiscing about their worst ever haircuts (and neckerchiefs) and they always have great yarns about that time they got hammered back in 1984. Midge Ure, Ultravox singer, Band Aid co-founder and genial Glaswegian, is no exception. He’s playing ace local festival Chilfest in Tring on 8 July so Kerry Potter at Muddy HQ gave him a buzz to talk music, mullets and more.

  • Fromage-free Valentine delights

    In relationship terms, whether you’re a lifer, a newbie, or something in between, 14 Feb can be excruciating. Even if you vow to ignore it, it’s impossible to ignore. The confection of romance can make you wince. Far better to grasp the nettle by doing something different that won’t make you feel like an extra […]

  • Early bird Muddy summer festival guide. Book now!

    The music festival season feels a long, long way off right now (although we wouldn’t say no to a pear cider if you’re offering) but these days you’ve got to book mega early if you want to be happy campers come summer. Many of the biggies sell out in a flash – we haven’t managed […]

  • Win a family ticket to BerkoFest!

    BerkoFest is a proper fixture on the local festival calendar now — with its spot-on musical choices and family-friendly feel. This year, headliner Miles Hunt, him from The Wonder Stuff, and others like Republica are sure to bring the house…. well, the field… down.

  • BerkoFest: Robin Ince talks to Miles Hunt

    This year’s BerkoFest is being headlined by The Wonder Stuff’s Miles Hunt (*squeak*) and Radio 4’s Robin Ince (*squeak*). And get this: here’s one of them interviewing the other…

  • See This: The Wiz

    Ease on down…. Ease on down the road… Oh yeah, I’m still buzzing — and singing — after Vivo D’Arte’s production of full-on, high-energy production of The Wiz last night…

  • Edinburgh: How to Get the Best from the Fest

    Ok, I wouldn’t tell just anyone this, but I have never been to the Edinburgh Fringe. I know, right. I like to think of myself as a fairly cultured. cosmopolitan soul, but … well … apparently there’s an Edinburgh-shaped hole in my sense of self. However, Debbie, down in Muddy Sussex, knows all about it — so I’ve been busy picking up tips from here for when I finally make it there for myself. Even if you’re a serious Fringe-ite, I reckon there’s plenty in here for you, too…

    • My Fave Places: Kelly O’Brien

      Ok, so maybe the picturesque village of Aldbury, with its duck pond and its stocks, doesn’t immediately seem to have much in common with Nashville, Tennessee. But I bet you didn’t know that as well as the ducks it’s also home to the national winner of this year’s Best Dolly Parton Tribute Act….

    • #whatIreallyreallywant: A New Generation of Girl Power

      We Muddy eds spend a fair old time on Twitter, and the lovely Lou, down in Muddy Cornwall, spotted this — and shared it with us all. If you’ve not seen it already, check this out — and I bet you’ll be singing it all day…

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