It was 03 November 1972 when I was first in the same space as Brian Eno. Roxy Music's first single was riding high in the charts and a few of us went to Rugby's Lanchester College to see them. Eno's flamboyance and synthesiser wizardry then only hinted at what was to follow. In the 43 years since then and I've followed and enjoyed his music, commissioned his art for a previous festival but had not met the man in person.
So this weekend was special in so many ways. After a tentative email to Brian in winter I was surprised and humbled when he immediately accepted my invitation to make a keynote speech at the inaugural Campfire event. That spurred me into action to create an event that I could confidently hope might interest him in a broader sense. His speech was as strong an opening keynote as anyone could hope for and, I felt, set the tone perfectly for the weekend. Brian and his partner Mary stayed around for the whole weekend and met many Campfire attendees and chatted with several of them.
He told me he had enjoyed the weekend, felt an affinity with what we are doing and offered up some practical suggestions about the event too. I am very happy that he also accepted my invitation to be a patron of Campfire.
It was an iconic speech and a pleasure to meet him.