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Did anyone go?
How was it?
I missed all three days due to various stupidities.
The Skaters had to pull out on Friday and instead were replaced by Alexander Tucker which made me very sad.
I already knew that it was only going to be a James Ferrero solo show but as I think his solo stuff is just as good as The Skaters then I wasn't concerned. But he was trapped in Belgium and Mr Tucker was added in the last minute.
Now it was nice of Mr Tucker to jump in in the last minute but I really don't like him so lucky he was playing last.
Astral Social Club were intensly awesome. Best thing I saw all weekend. Heather Leigh Murray and Richard Youngs were pretty good as well.
On Sunday I missed the opening act, The Caretaker was very good and Broadcast were also good but played a very short set, twas around 25 mins in my estimation. I knew they were sountracking a film but would it have hurt them too much to do a couple of tracks as well seeing as the film was so short? I mean they have got a new album coming out...
Twas a decent weekend, The Vortex itself was a nice venue.
Had a good time both nights, despite the disappointment of no Skaters or James Ferrero.
Astral Social Club were indeed one of the highlights, the other one being Broadcast. I did stick around for Alexander Tucker, as I do like his stuff, and it was pleasantly soothing and droning, but not any different from when I've seen him before. Thomas Ankersmit on Sunday was a very interesting performance, a weird combination of glitchy electronic noise and wailing sax.
All acts (except Richard Youngs & Heather Leigh Murray) had video projections that complemented the music well. And as stated above, the Vortex is a very nice venue, and although tiny, not cramped or too hot, despite all shows being sold out.
My only frustration was the short duration of each set, in particular Richard Youngs and Broadcast could have done with a more expanded performance.
In conclusion, a weekend worth repeating.
I pretty much agree with everything thats been said before, Astral Social Club was definitly my highlight, I was a bit disapointed neither the Skaters or Ferraro could make it. And for what i thought was going to be headline set Youngs & Murray only played for 20 minutes, though it was pretty lovely. I probably would have stayed for Tucker but my leg was killing me. Also yes, Vortex is nice! So well I have added nothing to the others.
also, nice to meet you tom, i kind of popped out at you at the station.
Nice to meet you too.
Very much enjoyed it. Thomas Ankersmit was very good, I particularly enjoyed the textural saxaphone tones that mirrored the electronic elements rather than any more melodic elements. The Caretaker was fantastic, I was blown away - special note to the projections as well, as whoever did those did an amazing job. Broadcast was good but over so quickly, about 20 minutes by my count, when I was just getting into it! A few of their own songs on top of the film soundtrack improv would have rounded the afternoon off nicely.
A very lovely atmosphere on Sunday afternoon, a bit like an old school Camber ATP vibe. The Caretaker's stuff was utterly brilliant, and accompanied by very effective projections. Nice guy too - sold me his double CD for £8 ("I don't really know what to ask, how much is a double CD these days? how about £8"). Broadcast fabulous too, if indeed rather short.
If only more gigs were like this. Someone should start a Sunday afternoon club.