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First acts announced this am:
Django Django are Sunday night headliners.
Despite living just down the road I contrived to miss this festival last year. Will definitely go this year.
I don't even think there's one act there that I'd pay more than £5 to watch.
Theo Parrish b2b Andres
well worth it imo
Nothing really excites me yet but I'm 99% sure I'll go so fingers crossed.
And I just checked the line-up and either its changed dramatically or I missed a lot of stuff first time round. Looking forward to most:
Local Natives (Hummingbird is one of my favourites from 2013)
Melody's Echo Chamber
SBTRK DJ set (would prefer a live set but should be good)
...which is pretty good in itself but there's also a host of acts I haven't heard of that look interesting (Throwing Snow, Bill Ryder Jones, Ofei, Wet Nuns). Looks like a really good little festival now, hope they get a good attendance.
and that Theo Parrish b2b Andres *5 hour set* should be an epic way to close out the fest.
Gutted I can't make it this year.
Really want to know
They just said that will close out the fest somewhere. I imagine it will go on later than the other stages in a similar way to the Weatherhall thing last year.
They've released a lot of the running order (sans times) through the Facebook page though.
Looking forward to the Whisky Tasting!
Also, the food stands look incredible at this place.
Please please please let there be good weather.
Sunday night has a bit of a pile-up, thank fuck the Parrish b2b Andres set is five hours
looking awesome though. can't wait
Although I expected it, the Local Natives/Wire clash is pretty harsh, and deciding whether to catch the end of Melody's Echo Chamber or miss the start of Julia Holter isn't going to be fun. Looking pretty good otherwise though...but how the hell are Django Django meant to do an eighty-minute set with just one album?
Peace and bloody luv.
I want to see all of Julia Holter, Melody, Malcolm Middleton, Galaxians and Dutch Uncles but it won't be possible (Holter takes precedence though). Otherwise...it's just deciding between two for each headliner. Saturday I'll take Local Natives over Wire and for Sunday I can Imagine 45-60 minutes of James Holden is enough so I'll saunter onto Django. However, Friday is tough, because I've really been getting into Bonobo...but Fucked Up are definitely a big coup for the festival and will be unlike other stuff I watch that weekend. Hmm...would be good to know what Bonobo is like live...
Which DiSsers are going?
I'll be running around with a microphone and some poor cameraman, harassing Mikal Cronin and Bondax and whoever else for Beacons. Gonna be megafün
Here's the site map:
So work from the beginning of sets rather than end.
If the weather's a tad nicer than last year that'd be great too.
pretty excited...Couple of my mates are DJ'ing but its same time as Hookworms, can someone confirm they are amazing live?
Weather report's a bit mixed. Can I have a few tips from DiSsers about bands that are on early (i.e the least well known ones)? Heard a couple of tracks by Fun Adults, thought they had promise.
I'll be going to see Dan Croll as well, nice chap, sounds a bit like Beirut:
On the Friday - Nope (heavy kraut/psych rock with dual drummers), and Cottonwoolf (Jonathon Wilson/Junip type folk-psych) are both decent.
On the Saturday The Horn The Hunt are unmissable. Powerful electro pop. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_NxWLvty1E
so I'm chuffed with that. Also quite scared I'll do a horrible job of reviewing it but how hard can it be writing about bands you love?
The list of people I want to see is endless, wrote it down but hopefully seeing Drenge, Wolf Alice, Local Natives, The Wytches, Hookworms, Splashh, Childhood, Best Friends and loads more.
Looks like they've moved it to where it would have been in 2011 when it flooded, was on slightly higher ground last year. Anyway shouldn't be an issue as this has been a comparatively dry summer, but bring your wellies as forecast particularly for Sat / Sun is mixed.
Friday's gonna be awesome. Pity about the rain on Saturday, though..
Enjoyed Melody's Echo Chamber, Galaxians, Menace Beach, Cowtown, Eagulls, Bill Ryder-Jones, Moon Duo and Mikal Cronin.
Apparently a load of people had their iPhones nicked on Friday night, including my buddy. Sounds like a gang effort. A load got nicked out of pockets during Fucked Up, not good.
Also: BOMB SCARE.
Brought to light how poor the security was on site. I've been trying to find about that scare outside into the woods, what makes you think it was a bomb?
definite life highlight
A couple of my mates went but came back first thing in the morning because the Sunday line-up was apparently a bit shit. Told them to stay for Django Django and Hookworms, like.
Granted, I missed Danny Brown and DD were good...but far too much of the main stage acts had a similar sound going on...more variety needed I thought.
Danny Brown was really good fun. SBTRKT kept the energy levels up, and James Holden delivered on the Red Bull stage.
Surprised at how well organised it was.
+ Loved the Into The Woods tent, especially Nancy Elizabeth whilst nursing a nice double Scotch at 1am.
+ Local Natives were predictably amazing.
+ Julia Holter was really lovely.
+ Glad Dan Croll lived up to my expectations.
+ Machinedrum's a badman, Theo's a badman, T. Williams is (especially) a badman.
+ Amazing food, amazing beer, drank way too much 5.5%+ stuff. Shout out to Laynes coffee for waking me up every morning and being dead friendly.
+ Hot showers well worth the price of a pint.
- The Pavemenet-loving (probable DiSer) bellends camped next to us who continued to actually scream along to their distorted boombox until about 5am every night. STFU FFS.
Would definitely go back.
Kept going back for Rapture, when it hadn't sold out.
Switched around a lot, tried to have everything from the kegs at least once. Got a bit of a funny look when I ordered a stout, mind.
But the stage was definitely too small.
Guess my tent wasn't right next to theirs though
Few pointers for next year. Sort the sound out on every stage. Wayyy too quiet.
Also, the layout could use some work. Into the Woods being siphoned off like that didn't work at all.
bugged me out a bit. Not the one after that kind of evening.
- real ale tent meant my sobriety pledge lasted all of a few hours
- You Need To Hear this tent was consistently brilliant. Thumpers, Dan Croll, Fucked Up, East India Youth, Galaxians, Mikal Cronin, Menace Beach all great
- Local Natives played the best overall set
- The Space Between made my Fri/Sat mornings. Shame about Sunday
- Mother Clucker burgers
- Red Bull stage often dominated the arena
- Not enough toilets. Could all be solved with some urinals
- Cider sold out too quickly
- Largely non existent security or police presence
- Making people empty water bottles before the arena...despite there being no fill up points inside.
- Resident Advisor stage not loud enough
That's a number of complaints, but there more pointers for the future, most of it didn't affect overall enjoyment.
+ Gold Panda blew the roof off.
+ Galaxians / Sky Larkin / Jaws / Oneman / Hookworms all top.
+ Barely any / lax security. Made for a relaxed atmosphere imo.
+ Don't agree on the bottle checks problem. Sneaked in anything and everything. Gin. Water. Illegals. Not a problem.
+ Toilets were genuinely alright. Clean most of the time. Queues weren't too bad.
- agreed on RB stage. Made listening to melody's echo chamber a little tricky.
- lack of post-2AM fun esp on Sunday. RFID Dome was awesome but tiny. Into the Woods was way too isolated.
- Line-up needed a bit more oomph.
- Main arena needs a bit more FUN injected into it. Stages. Toilets. Bar(s). Nothing else. Barely any arty things / comfy places to lounge around on etc.
- Overzealous security post-2AM as a result of above. Only time I actually saw them actively do anything.
- Food selection was a bit poor. No noodle-y places. Veggie choice was a tad boring.
- Plenty of great music: Fucked Up, Wire and Savages in the small tent were highlights, but Hookworms, Ghostpoet, John Talabot, East India Youth, Melody's Echo Chamber, Lulu James and Django Django really impressed me too.
- Amazing food selection. Red's BBQ is a revelation. And the ale tent too, lovely.
- Space Between is a great idea, even if I didn't go to it much due to it being a seperate arena.
- Northern hipsters, whilst still a bit annoying, are nowhere near as bad as Southern hipsters. My friends who I was with commented that it showed up Field Day as the knob-fest it truly is.
- Still some total dicks around. Guaranteed at any festival, but we ended up camped near some very obnoxious public school girls with their monolith tent.
- More toilets are really needed, and the campsite is a tad small for 7,500 people.
- WTF was with that security alert on Sunday morning? Apparently someone left a phone charger out of their tent and security mistook it for a bomb... :/
- Too many shitty beach/lo-fi bands on the small tent. They need to do one.
Some things they could do with looking at in the future, but still a great weekend. If they put together a decent line-up next year, I could certainly be tempted back.
Re the people: I guess the space between and kids area meant the festival demographic was middle class thirty somethings alongside the "hipsters". I did notice that those who might irritate me were dotted across the site...by and large the crowds seemed quite amiable. Those girls you mentioned sound familiar, you weren't near the coffee stands in campsite 1 by any chance?
Forgot how good Ghostpoet was. I had been told his live show is a little different to his records but he still surprised me. Plastic Bag Brain is a great song