This week I found myself in Italy in the wonderful city of Palmanova for the first year of the SuperNova festival. Palmanova is a magical city built in the shape of a nine pointed star with a moat surrounding the the whole town. The architecture is authentic Italian and the people warm and friendly.
I went over to forge links with the festival organisers to bring ACM bands and artists over to be part of next years line up.
The festival welcomes British acts with open arms and also runs a battle of the bands for local acts to win the chance of gigging in London. To my complete surprise, the Friday night headliners were all ACM alumni! The Greasy Slicks performed a rocking set of high octane blues based heavy indie tunes, and were preceded by the amazing Manchester based Johnny Lucas. Michael Kilby from the UK was also opening on the bill on the Saturday.
SuperNova festival organisers welcomed the idea of ACM bands becoming a large part of the structure and festival line up, and now I am to work with them to make it into a reality. Italy has always been a fertile ground for young English bands success.
I left them with a selection of songs to sample the excellent quality of the bands and artists that are coming out of ACM and the projects of the Alumni.
While I was there I was also part of the judging panel for the battle of the bands alongside Emma Bartholomew from Metropolis studios and famous Italian solo artist Omar Pedrini who was headlining the bill on Saturday night.
Having met Omar on his TV show in Milan before where we made friends, he asked me to get up and play with him on stage. We ended the night with a loud and raucous version of Neil Young's "Hey Hey, My My" which went down a storm. On from there, drinks at the bar, late night, early flight... The rest is history.