The line-up for last year's inaugural Ritual Union festival in Oxford was good, but this year's is even better - testament to the pulling power and connections of local promoter Simon Bailey of Future Perfect. I'm a big fan of Jane Weaver's latest album Modern Kosmology, while Gnod, Nadine Shah and Boy Azooga have all been hugely impressive in Cardiff in the last 12 months. At just £25 a ticket, it's also a bloody bargain.
So it's gutting to discover that, despite it still being four months away (20th October), I'm already booked up. Next year it is, then.