I am actually very excited, and here's why: The third SouthlandsLIVE one-day mini festival is upon us and this year promises to be the best one yet even though it's only the third one yet.
Tucked nicely away in a corner of West Drayton's village green, on Swan Road, lies a tranquil beauty spot in the grounds of a Queen Anne Grade II listed building. This is Southlands Art Centre and once a year, every July (since July 2013), these idyllic gardens have been host to a celebration of all the local musical talent available and this year's gonna knock all the other years' (all two of them) socks off. Both brilliant socks I might add.
Here's a run down of what to expect this Saturday (July 18):
1.30pm to 2pm - Periscope View. Laden with Evanescence style vocals this London/St Albans four piece rock outfit start the show with a blast.
2.15pm to 2.45pm - Bird Brain Mafia from West Drayton offer some punk driven rock and a spectacular demonstration of how each member can take on any other role in the band. Quick change artists.
3pm to 3.30pm - An Ceol - Literal Irish translation of 'The Music', this folk group have a warm and ancient charm.
3.45pm to 4.15pm - Tyrants are an inventive female fronted three-piece from Harrow. Sounding in part like PJ Harvey meets The Pixies.
4.30pm to 5pm - The Involved are Watford's ambient indie mod rockers.
5.10pm to 5.20pm - From Hounslow come the Babel School of Dance to offer a break in the aural with a visual display of superb choreography.
5.30pm to 6pm - Sweet Panic are also female fronted and also from Harrow yet unlike Tyrants they emit some fine riff ridden rock out groovy tunes.
6.15pm to 6.45pm - Husky Loops from Italy (yes I know I said local but...) are an exciting edgy indie rock band that you'll never forget.
7pm to 7.30pm - The Harlings are the darlings of Gary Crowley's BBC London Radio show. He can't get enough of them and neither can I. Singer James Page has a unique singing voice and the band just ooze greatness.
7.45pm to 8.15pm - Lips and a bunch of mainly girls from Cranford. Yes they rock. Yes they ska. Yes they dub. Yes you'll dance.
8.30pm to 9pm - Kick from Ruislip finish the evening off nicely. Kick won single of the week on XFM plus John Leckie (producer for John Lennon, Pink Floyd and Radiohead) predicts that only greatness lies ahead for them. They are great original writers, arrangers and performers.
What more could you ask for? Tickets cost £7 for adults, £5 for under 14's and family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) are £20.
You can purchase your SouthlandsLIVE tickets here.
Friday July 17
KD Band @ The Crown, High Street, Cowley
Bob Thomson @ The General Eliott, St Johns Road, Uxbridge
More Cowbell @ The Brook House, Kingshill Avenue, Hayes
The Cat's Whiskers @ The Ivy Leaf Club, Wellington Road, Uxbridge
The Power of Soul @ The Crock of Gold, High Street, Ruislip
Bootleg Boss (Bruce Sprinsteen tribute) @ Tropic, Grosvenor Vale, Ruislip
Saturday July 18
Mixed Company @ The General Eliott, St Johns Road, Uxbridge
Black Shot Rose @ The Six Bells, Station Road, West Drayton
U Watt @ The Three Steps, High Street, Cowley
Heidi McCaffrey @ Ye Olde Crowne, Station Approach, Hayes
Bible Code Sundays @ The Brook House, Kingshill Avenue, Hayes
Open Mic/Jam Sessions
4pm First Sunday of each month @ The Blues Bar, Station Road, West Drayton
8pm Tuesdays @ The Old Crown, Station Road, Hayes Town
8:30pm Wednesday @ The General Eliott, St Johns Road, Uxbridge
6.30pm Thursdays @ Harris And Hoole Coffee Shop, opposite Uxbridge Station
8:30pm Thursdays @ The Three Steps, High Street, Cowley
9pm Thursdays @ The Middlesex Arms, Long Drive, South Ruislip