This Year’s Stage Names Revealed
You may remember that, a couple of weeks ago, we asked you to help us name the car park at JoeFest.
There’s a long tradition at the festival, stretching back to last year, of naming stages, campsites and toilet blocks after notable and deserving individuals. From a shortlist that including such luminaries as Joan of Arc, Steve Backshall and Beth Tweddle (bronze medal), you, the people, have chosen the people to have things named in their honour.
Without further ado, we are delighted to reveal this year’s famouses:
The Danny & Nicky Cowley Main Stage
Winston Churchill, Sven-Göran Eriksson, the main one in The Lion King.
All of these people have, at some point in their lives, given hope to a reasonably large group of people.
Add to that list Danny & Nicky Cowley, whose transformation of Lincoln City Football Club has been nothing short of remarkable. After season upon season of mounting despair, the brothers steered the club effortlessly back into the promised land of the football league, with an FA Cup quarter final away at Arsenal to boot.
Truly, the people of Lincoln will not see anything like this again in their lifetimes. That’s why, in August, the likes of Krrum and The Pylons will be taking to The Danny & Nicky Cowley Main Stage.
The Michelle Obama Food Court
Even in an age where social media makes it so easy to come across the work of uplifting and inspirational people, few people can claim to have had such an inspirational effect as Michelle Obama.
Sure, there was no shortage of sass. Yes, she did have (and still has) a very enviable pair of arms. More importantly, however, the good work she did in encouraging us all, and young black women in particular, to re-imagine what we considered to be achievable.
The thing is this: However highly people thought of Michelle Obama over the last decade or so she was always playing a *very slight* second fiddle to her husband, Barack. And for what? Just because he made a few speeches and attended a lot of meetings?
As we have seen since Barack Obama stood down, even an idiot can do that job.
It is clearly time Michelle achieved something her husband has not: The naming rights for the JoeFest food court.
The Brenda From Bristol Campsite
The voice of a nation and a great symbol of our times. Quite possibly the only person to have spoken any sense at all at the 2017 general election, and a strong contender for meme of the year.
Brenda from Bristol swept to fame when the BBC interviewed her outside her home on the day Theresa May announced the public vote.
Presumably, her front garden will once again be awash with cameras, newspaper reporters, autograph hunters and well-wishers as we announce the official name for the JoeFest 2017 campsite.
The Sir David Attenborough Car Park
A documentary-making god amongst men. Not only was Planet Earth II the best thing we’ve ever seen, but if anyone else was narrating it that baby iguana probably wouldn’t have survived.
Over a decades-long career, the nation’s favourite wildlife documentary voiceover chap has firmly cemented his place in the hearts and minds of the nation by talking about lions having bust-ups with giraffes, as well as rhinoceros hanky-panky, in his own unique and inimitable way.
Now, we are delighted to be able to present him with the latest in a long line of accolades (we’ve not actually looked it up, but we presume that he must have shed-load of awards): The naming rights for the JoeFest car park.
More Surprises To Be Announced
That’s all, so far as the public vote is concerned, but keep your eyes peeled for one or two more announcements in the coming days: There’ll be the chance to lend your own name to part of the site, and we’ll be dedicating the festival toilet block to someone you probably won’t expect.
In the meantime, don’t forget that the final batch of tickets for JoeFest 2017 is on sale now, so make sure you get yours before they’re gone.