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best weekend ever?
I worry that I won't be able to walk past a large concrete building for some time without expecting to see MJ Hibbett deep in conversation with a large group of well wishers on the other side.
even better than last year, despite the rain. The food went from terrible last year to great this year, with plenty for both vegans and people who like to eat whole pigs. Art Brut were not only the best band of the festival, but one of the best gigs I've seen.
MJ Hibbert on the packed (gay) train
Secnd half of Camera Obscura's set
Au Revoir Simone
Lipstick On Your Collar disco playing Kenickie and Spice Girls
Ludicrous Spanish indiepop and 60s disco
The half-tailed cat at the farm
The attempts to get on Big Brother's Little Brother during Emmy the Great
Crocheting and badge making workshops
Louisiana Porter Smoked Ale
and it was okay... mighty mighty were really fun and lying in the sunshine for camera obscura was pretty great... oh and le casa azul or whatever it was, crazy madness. more fun however came from the old digger behind the church and the hidden scooter in the bushes.
seeing gareth campesinos getting assaulted by indie kids
sounded like Elton John playing Sonic the Hedgehog. It was...odd.
but still had a really good time.
Bad points: the rain yesterday, and the people in the cafe giving my dinner to someone else by mistake and making me miss the start of Art Brut. :(
it took 15 minutes to get some chips. FIFTEEN MINUTES. the staff need to be dumped in a kebab shop in a city centre for a few months.
The Specific Heats
The Marshmallow Kisses
Adam MLS on the train (although a shame they've split up)
Gopal's combo special
The sunshine on Saturday
Spanish indie girls
Meeting people I haven't seen for literally years!
Watching people knitting
The rain on Sunday
Full review coming here in the next day or two.
If the music had not been so good I would have been utterly misersable. MJ Hibbett on a train was my personal highlight, also enjoyed: au revoir simone, la casa azul, camera obscura, (although they are a dead dull live band), art brut, stereo total, (I had no idea they were so brilliant), disasteradio, pocketbooks, cola jet set.
i apologise for my dancing at the spanish pop disco
i'm still very hungover
Highlights: Meeting Stuart from Big Brother Two.
Really stole the show for me. Can't see much past that.
Amazing weekend. I think the partying til god knows what time in the Marquee thing just about topped it all off. The staff sitting there drinking watching us all must've been slightly perplexed, they certainly looked it.
I've never gone from being so ambivalent a band to being absolutely in love with them after seeing Art Brut. I want to be Eddie Argos's best mate.
Bit annoying that the speakers broke in the Marquee on the first night, had to go upstairs in the bar and rinse the jukebox, which was quite a fun task. People started clapping after I put on Virginia Plain, , which warmed my heart as to the power of music.
Also: FREE SANDWICHES YESTERDAY = STALE BREAD AND LOVELY PORK.
if the disco died on sunday night, we were going to spend all our money playing No Diggity on the jukebox over and over and over.
You cannot go wrong. Nearly...
I liked this - http://musosguide.com/indietracks-midland-railway-sunday/6341.
Cola Jet Set are playing on Friday at Dublin Castle - see you there!
Twas fun. Nick Garrie was ace. Emmy the great was behaving like a brat. Does anyone know she is from London? She never really mentions it. She can well and truly EAT MY SHIT. Lots of fun bands, including stereo total, lucky soul and Camera Obscura. Good food, no diggity, captain morgans and lots of pretty girls in dresses. I highly recommend it.
I had a big beard, you were holding a torch, as an ad in the London Love might say...thanks for the cheap imitation Archers on the Saturday night, too, it went down a treat.
I was going to hug you on Sunday night. Lovely to meet you sir.
Nice to see some more Nick Garrie love. Really enjoyed lying down on the bank and listening to him.
Enjoyed Emmy's set but thought she came out a bit defensive with the crowd, not really sure she really got what it was all about...probably the lateness didn't help, either.
I don't know why every description of her starts with 'Emma Lee Moss was born in Hong Kong' when quite clearly she wants to be 'Emmy The Great from London'
One Happy Island were brilliant! I'd like to see them again. I enjoyed the kazoos.
seriously, that festival is nigh on perfect. i had a wonderful time, was great to meet up with some friends from all round the country, make new friends and see some excellent sets. oh, and the improved food made one hell of a difference - though i feel quite bad that i didn't go to the burger van that was there last year, if only to marvel at the fact that the old couple are still flipping burgers at that age.
art brut TOTP - this band can do no wrong for me. they are literally the most fun thing to do once you have had a few beers, especially with the invention of dc comics makes me want to rock out
cats on fire - band of the day on saturday for my money. stole the show in the engine shed
downdime - on criminally early. i think they could easily have taken the slot before art brut and got the crowd just as whipped up
little my - so much fun. nice to see gareth lending a hand on sellotape too
moustache of insanity - great train ride, great to see it packed for the moustache boys. one scary moment was when a little kid fell off her dad's shoulders backwards as the train braked. eek. nothing a jelly baby couldn't fix though.
lovely eggs - get better every time i see them. pretty sure that they will have won over a load of new fans this weekend.
my hangover on sunday morning lasting through to sunday night
impromptu weePOP gigs in the merch tent on saturday night. and the talulah gosh (near enough) gig in their too on sunday afternoon.
I'd never heard them before. The little felt fruit badge things they had at the merch stand were really cool as well.
I really wanted to see Little My, but I think they were on quite early on the Saturday and we couldn't get there until later, unfortunately.
It was just lovely!
Someone's already posted part of my review above (thanks), and for those who want to read about the Saturday, it's here: http://musosguide.com/indietracks-midland-railway-saturday/6328
Also I'm SO glad to hear others echoing my sentiments on Emmy The Great.
Not just because she didn't seem to be with it at all - apparently her car broke down, which would partly explain her mood - but it was supposed to start after Camera Obscura finished but the line checks started well after everyone was gathered in the shed, and even then it was often like they hadn't rehearsed for ages. And she didn't have a keyboard player, did she?
As in, is that her stage act? Or was it just a one-off? Curious...
She probably hadn't had a good day and there were probably a couple of hecklers. Bad mood. I don't think she was grumpy, it was just very ODD.