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I didn't make it in the end but was a lot of good bands playin. See anyone good?
good - Times New Viking, Turbowolf, Ungdomsskolen, bits of Cursive, Wintersleep, Let's Wrestle, Casiokids
not so good - not being able to get into quite a few of the bigger venues, big queues for some, so I ended up spending most of the time in smaller places, and, you know, you can usually see bands in the Old Blue Last for free or considerably less. Still, it was mostly fun and I think I got my money's worth ;)
I saw 7 sets for £10 so you have no grounds to compalin at all !! Better atmosphere,Sensibly priced and far better run then the camden crawl . No horrid sponsership by Gaynmers or Red Stripe !!Didnt queue once but i actually went out to discover new bands i'd never seen (or in several cases ) never heard of before .Therefore i didnt queue once Ark People/Turbo Wolf/Trailer Trah Tracys/Phantom Band/Mae shi/Navvy and Band of skulls were all superb .Got 2 set lists and a free magazine with cd !!
Compared to the time i wasted queing in vain in The Dublin castle before gettingt kicked out by horrid management before Billy Bragg or witnessing the shambolic set by The Fall in the electric ballroom i will stick to seeing smaller bands at festivals !!There is great new talent out there -it isn't all about headliners !!
Teeth were good, wasn't expecting much from them. Bird on an Airpump were ok but then they went on for too long. The Mae Shi were missing a guitarist and were mostly playing to backing tracks. Cursive were brilliant. Lets Wrestle were wank.
I missed it again, second year running!
didn't see that much though. Bits of Cursive were good (they played a few old bangers like Sink To The Beat and A Gentleman Caller, which was cool), and Duchess Says were amazing. I saw Slow Club too, not really my kipper tie but folks seemed to be into it.
because I had a freebie. I saw:
a bit of Everything Everything
Trailer Trash Tracys
1 song of Teeth!!!
Experiment On A Bird In The Air Pump
The Mae Shi
most of Soy Un Caballo
the last bit of Let's Wrestle
Dando, Abe Vigoda and The Mae Shi were the highlights.
Also I liked The Twilight Sad. Especially as their singer is snooker player Stephen Maguire.