Some big news for fans of Twiddle, as the Vermont jam band has detailed plans for their 2017 edition of Frendly Gathering. The festival will return from June 29th through July 1st, moving to its new home at Waitsfield, VT. The festival’s new location of the Sugarbush Resort in Mt. Ellen is sure to be an idyllic home for three days of music.The lineup features two sets of Twiddle at the top, with Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Turkuaz, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Moon Hooch, Kat Wright, Monophonics and more featured on the announcement. Sonny Knight & The Lakers, Cobi, Madaila, Start Making Sense, Annie In The Water, Smalltalker, The New Crew, and DJCre8 round out the initial posting, with a promise that more artists will be announced soon.“We are looking forward to working with Frendly Gathering to host a multi-day cultural event that suits Sugarbush and the Mad River Valley,” said Win Smith, president and majority owner of Sugarbush, in a statement. “Frendly Gathering is known to attract a fun-loving crowd of music lovers who are respectful of their surrounding environment. Mt. Ellen will provide a beautiful landscape for the festival, allowing participants opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, and exploring the Mad River Valley’s many offerings.”See the lineup announcement below and head to the festival’s website for details.
Press Association Administrative issues mean Lassana Diarra will not be adding West Ham to a CV which includes Real Madrid, Arsenal and Chelsea. However, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce confirmed after the 0-0 draw at Southampton that the France international would not be arriving at Upton Park. “I have to say we have waited and we have negotiated for weeks to get the right deal and now we’ve got it, we find we can’t get the right paperwork and the right clearance, so we have wasted his time and our time,” he said. “On the basis of the situation we’re in right now, he would have been a very crucial player for us between now and the end of the season.” The France international has been without a club since making an acrimonious departure from Lokomotiv Moscow in August and has not played in almost nine months. Diarra reportedly refused to train for the Russian club following a bust-up with manager Leonid Kuchuk and has recently been working with West Ham ahead of prospective move.
In most hotels in St Petersburg for instance, the sky-blue and white colours of Argentina that used to be the dominant jerseys in sight have started to fade following the exit of the Albiceleste against FranceÂ SundayÂ night.The boisterous fans of the South American nation were seen in solemn moods at most barsÂ SundayÂ night, wondering why they have to leave at this stage.A group of five that have become close to this reporter failed to show up at our usual rendezvous. Franco, who appears as the top dog of the traveling Argentine party in St Petersburg was seen at breakfast table this morning not his usual self. â€œAmigo, I am not happy today,â€ he muttered in his heavily accented Spanish guttural intonation. â€œWhy, Messi, Why?â€ he continued to stress over Argentinaâ€™s loss to a Kylian Mbappe inspired Les Bleus in that Round of 16 seven-goalÂ thriller at the Kazan Arena.I could not hide my happiness that the Argentines were going home like the Super Eagles, not after that insulting, â€˜f-ck youâ€™ finger gesture from Maradona, when camera picked him out from the crowd during that last Group D game against Nigeria. Though I feel sad losing the company of these noisy, football crazy Argentine fans, I said in my heart that the injustice of Turkish centre referee, Neyt Cakir, not awarding a second penalty to Nigeria has been taken care of by my â€˜African brothersâ€™playing for France here at this Mundial.BAD MARKET FOR LATE ARRIVALSThe exit of African teams at the group stage is not only been felt by those of us that came here all the way from home but also turning out bad business for those selling jerseys of the five teams here. Our â€˜Aso Ebiâ€™ that was the â€˜hottest cakeâ€™ here exchanging for as high as three hundred Dollars for the original stuff from Nike has dropped in value. Racketeers who were selling the â€˜China-madeâ€™ for equivalent of between 50 and 30 Dollars are now at a loss. Customers have thinned out due to the loss. The same applies to jerseys of other African teams already gone home.Even in the face of bad business, one lady who came in early with her stuff from Nigeria is smiling away, having sold off her wares while the market was â€˜hot.â€™ She certainly must have learnt her lesson from previous outings to make hay while the sun shines.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Now, the men have been separated from the boys. The real gladiators have taken over the battlefields here in Russia with majority of the pretenders either home already or on the way to their various destinations.Most cities where the group matches were played are now witnessing quiet moments, with rancorous atmospheres witnessed in pubs and eateries gradually simmering to their usually acceptable levels.But Moscow and St Petersburg, the two major bubbling cities of in Russia remain in top tempo as they are stiff full of actions with matches lined up till semi finals, Third Place and final in the two respective cities.