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TGt Meets...Clive Jackson, the Doctor from The Doctor and Medics

TGt Meets...Clive Jackson, the Doctor from The Doctor and Medics. We asked the rock legend all things Mintey Festival and he gave us an insight into the life of performing.

How would you describe your music?

After almost 40 years of making “Medic” Music and being described over the years as anything from Punk/Trash to Neo Psychedelia via Goth, Glam, Anarcho Punk and just good time Rock and Pop.. I have stopped trying to describe it apart from saying that within that mixing bowl of music there is something for everyone.

What can festival-goers expect from your live show?

Old medics songs, new medics songs, the usual healthy mix of “Medic’d Up” covers all delivered with the traditional Dr and the Medica air of flamboyancy!

What are the main differences between playing festivals and regular gigs?

All Gigs to me are sacred be they in a field or a church hall! It is about bringing people together, breaking down social boundaries and pre-conceived stereo typing, usually paraphrased by the media!

Getting people from all social, ethnic, and religious backgrounds to celebrate music from all genres together is very special and the festival arena is the best for that. Festivals offer a broad church of music so people will experience many bands or musical styles, live, for the first time.

For me to see an audience uniting over a universal love of live music and exchange is one of the most powerful mediums of unity in divisive times.

What’s one of your fondest memories from one of your shows?

It’s the same memory and it’s from many shows. A certain moment when you see everyone has joined you in the moment. The world and all it’s troubles have been left at the gate and we are all as one.

It’s very magical when that happens!

What's your favourite thing about what you do?

It’s an honour to do our job, a privilege. People put their trust in you to entertain them, make them smile, make them feel good about life and themselves.

That’s a very special thing and I respect it and it humbles me greatly but it’s also what I love about what I do!

If you could pick one highlight from your career so far what would it be?

Playing St Marks Square in Venice around 1995. I had Flu. It was February. Freezing. It started to rain and the stage had no cover.. not the ideal circumstances for a show!

But once onstage there was something magical and I can see it now. Looking around and telling myself to remember this moment.

I still smile now thinking of it!

What is 3 things that you always take with you when performing?

Make up, flared trousers, my band!

Do you still get nervous when performing in front of large crowds? If so, what's one thing you do to calm your nerves?

I still get nervous performing to ANY crowd. It’s part of the deal. Respect for the audience and always wanting to do your best for them gets the adrenalin going every time. The thing that settles the nerves is taking that first step onstage!

What are you most looking forward to when you perform at the Minety Festival?

Seeing old friends, Rich and the team, but most of all being part of a growing festival that we took part in on it’s first year. It means a lot to be invited back and to be able to see it growing.. more magic!”

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who wants to be a performer?

If you want to be rich.. forget it! If you want to follow your dream and make other people dream, then just do it. Don’t over think it, don’t talk about it or plan too much. Just do it. Throw yourself into your art and performance. You can’t go onstage thinking about your bank balance! And most importantly of all, trust your instincts, not what others tell you!

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