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« Jun 19, 2021 21:44:54 GMT via mobile »
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John Bramwell of I Am Kloot fame in Norwich tonight.

Most pissed I've ever seen him to the point of being a bit concerned about him this time. Started off by properly taking the piss out of some bird near the front who had clearly been dragged along by her fella and kept coming back to her after every song. Knocked a couple of pints over during the set too but musically outstanding. Set took a dark turn when he went on a big rant midway through about us cunts in normal jobs being supported by the government while he had to survive on pence during this "made up covid bullshit". To make matters worse it was at this point someone requested a song he said he wrote about how daughter who he hadn't seen in two years and didn't feel able to play it. Looked like he was going to cry. Proper intimate gig though with only about 25 people there and it was brilliant despite the weird moments.

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« Jun 27, 2021 5:51:00 GMT »
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Went to the Albany in Deptford for a night put on by Charles Hayward of This Heat fame with popular forum member Krburg. He opened the night under his ZigZag+Swirl moniker. It's basically him on vocals/drums with some electronic soundscapes that he controls with foot pedals. It was a little absurd at times, imagine Bowie's Earthing being performed by one man & you kinda get the picture.


Next up were The Utopia Strong (Featuring six time Snooker world champion Steve "The Nugget" Davis). They were billed as the headliner but went on second. Lovely mix of ambient & psych. They performed 3 pieces, by the third they started to make me feel sleepy :D Not that it was dull, it just has that kind of relaxing feel to it. Enjoyed it a lot, these young kids definitely sound like they're inspired by The Jesus Abyss.


Morgan Simpson (Black Midi drummer) headlined. It was billed originally as The Morgan Simpson Trio but was changed to a group. Ended up performing as a six piece (drums, 2 guitars, stand-up bass keys & Sax). Geordie on guitar & the guys Black Midi have been using occasionally live on sax/keys. Loved this, very restrained for the most part in the same way In A Silent Way by Miles Davis is (mid way they even did a passage from that record, or at least riffed off of it).  As far as I know this was the first time they had done this type of set, really impressive. Morgan is so fucking talented. So refreshing to see musicians on a regular basis & get something completely different each time. Really impressed with The Albany, hadn't even heard of it previously.
All 3 sets are available to view on here:
www.thealbany.org.uk/music-is-social-space-streaming-access/



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« Jun 28, 2021 5:15:20 GMT »
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Black Country, New Road @ Islington Assembly Hall last neet with popular forum member Krburg (tho he was sat elsewhere). This was really fucking good. I'd seen BCNR maybe half a dozen times prior to this & my general opinion on them as a live act was that they always had a few moments that were outstanding, yet a chunk of their set always never landed for me. Tonight they performed maybe 60% new material which sounded wonderful with the older stuff chosen being the material that was always the highlight of their earlier gigs. The album surprised the hell out of me, was a little on the fence with these guys prior to that so maybe this has swayed my judgement somewhat but this is easily my favourite time seeing them perform.

Regarding socially distanced gigs... having seats & someone deliver beer to me is going to be hugely missed by old man Mahoney when things return to normal. VIVA LA COVID



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Saw Micah P. Hinson yesterday, 3rd night of a residency (we never have that kind of things over here). Seated 1st row for some reason, he was smoking and making jokes about Trump. It was weird, it was nice, lovely guitar playing, he played Leadbelly, Radiohead and Interpol covers. I'm really jealous of talented people.

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Saw Black Country, New Road again Tuesday with popular forum member Krburg. Had a good drink during the England Germany game & due to that this gig seemed to absolutely fly by. They did 1 or 2 different new tracks which they didn't perform the other night so I'd imagine they have enough material already for LP#2. The new song about the Concord is bloody wonderful. 


Went to the Windmill last night (no popular forum members in attendance) to see Black Midi. A 2-piece called Toe supported. Just Sax & drums, think it was one of their very first gigs & they were extremely impressive. They did probably close to an hour which perhaps was a little too long as it got a little samey in spots but they were really bloody good. Lazy comparison would be the more energetic moments on Sons of Kemet & Melt Yourself Down records. Not been able to find a bandcamp or social media for them as of yet due to their daft name. Will definitely keep an eye out for them


Black Midi headlined, was billed as secret guests but literally everyone was there for them. I say it every time but no 2 Black Midi gigs are ever the same. Did a fair bit from the new record which sounded great. Hey Joe which I've heard them do a couple of times before, a cover I didn't recognise which sounded like a metal number & an absolutely BANGING cover of War Pigs. Morgan was like a man possessed during that. Also did a number where Geordie moved on bass and Cameron an acoustic guitar... either a new song or a cover, folky but had some loud passages. What a band, though it's getting increasingly harder to get tickets for these Windmill gigs & (hopefully) they'll be back doing proper gigs in bigger venues soon, though I'll miss these little seated gigs.
Also, an Uber home in less than 30 minutes from Brixton for £18.. the stuff dreams are made of.


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« Jul 2, 2021 8:04:41 GMT »
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a black midi gig without popular forum member kevin burgess? outrageous

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He decided to see PVA instead. Geordie was furious

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« Jul 2, 2021 9:30:00 GMT »
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I felt so guilty all night. :(

But, I'd had a couple of PVA gigs cancelled in recent times, so it was time to see the previous owners of my Korg Minilogue. They were really good as well, played a handful of new songs.

But I did miss Geordie :(

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« Jul 5, 2021 15:56:58 GMT »
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Saw a night of garage-rock at the New Cross Inn with no popular forum members. Local 3-piece called Harsh Buzz opened, rather forgettable. GOGO LOCO were fun, a guitar/drum duo doing a Bo Diddley meets surf-rock kinda thing (including all of Bo's signature guitar poses). The night was headlined by TCOTU's premier part-time garage-rock icons King Salami & The Cumberland 3. King Salami is such a star. Pretty much the type of band that can never fail to be a great time. Was a bit strange watching something like that sat down, I'm used to them being on late night & everybody getting into it but it was still a wonderful evening. 



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did a day at latitude yesterday and fuck it was good. i thought it might feel a bit weird as my first "normal" event in so long but within minutes it was as if covid had never existed and everything was back as it should be.

started out by seeing the goa express whose singles i really like. they were really strong live but a couple of the numbers i'd not heard before didn't sound anywhere near as good as the singles. it was during this set i found myself stood next to an old man wearing a fairy outfit with his hairy back on display and it reminded me that actually festivals do still have a fucking horrendous side to them.

there wasn't anyone i particularly wanted to see on next so ended up going to see lynks on the main stage. basically he's a camp bloke wearing a gimp mask with some backing dancers. it was fucking amazing haha. simple songs almost in the style of tim ten yen but about masturbation.the crowd went fucking wild for it with circle pits and stuff. charlie sheen from shame came out and did a song too. lots of swearing and rude lyrics which im not sure how well it would have gone down with all the middle class parents and kids latitude tends to get. main stage seemed a bit of a weird choice but it worked. so glad i checked him out. left with a massive smile on my face.

then went to see the cool greenhouse who were high up on my must see list. they didn't disappoint. did a nice little improv bit at the start of alexa where they thanked loads of the bands playing on the bill and various mundane festival staff members. only complaint was the set was over far too quickly.

i stuck around in that tent to watch a scottish band called vlure next. they've got potential but it was a bit too much for me. they were like a cross between the twilight sad and simple minds with a touch of glasvegas thrown in. intense frontman but a few too many tight leather trousers and shit tattoos for my liking.

in the same tent next were hotel lux who were a last minute addition and someone i was excited to see as i loved their ep from last year. i was surpsied to see they look like a bunch of geeks but the gig was good.

pva were meant to be on next but had to pull out and were replaced by the folly group another upcoming postpunk band from TCOTU. i wasn't so keen on the recent ep but they were pretty good live. left just before the end though as i had kinda had enough of postpunk bands by that point so decided to squeeze in...

stephen fretwell! someone id not seen in 18 years. tbh i was never that fussed by him and have found his resurgence and especially signing to speedy wunderground all a bit weird. i quite liked the songs on the new album but find his voice a bit too nice at times. really enjoyed him live though and will definitley go back and give the new album a few more spins now.

rushed back to the alcove (the tent with all these young postpunk bands playing) to see sinead o'brien. she was another act i was excited to see after loving her ep from last year. she really surprised me with how strong the live set was. one of my big surprises of the day.

went to a different tent next to see another hotly tipped new band - regressive left, play their first ever gig. stage was running a bit late so when i got there some terrible drag act was doing opera. it was only when a mate arrived they informed me it was the drummer from happyness! managed to catch the first 3 songs from regressive left and sounded pretty good but as they had come on late i had to leave to go and catch...

squid! they fucking smashed it. big slot for them in and they drew a huge crowd. i thought the socially distanced gig i went to recently was good but this was on another level.

dry cleaning were my last set of the day and something i had been so pumped for. i'd last seen them in 2018 supporting bodega when they'd not even done a headline gig at that point. fucking hell they have grown in confidence and stature since then. had a real big crowd and the atmosphere was immense. could tell the band were proper touched by it too. i'm pretty certain it's their first uk gig since the album came out so quite a big deal for them and they've no doubt got loads bigger since their last uk gigs. i knew i loved this band but this gig took it up several notches. all 4 of them are totally vital. i don't think i'd appreciated what a good drummer nick is before and tom's guitar work was mesmorising at times. felt quite taken aback after their performance and still in awe now.

overall a great day. latitude worked it quite nicely for me this year with all the pop shit on the main couple of stages but a really good lineup of young upcoming bands i love on the smaller stages. it meant i could stay away from most of the dicks and have a solid lineup of good new bands with proper music fans. only thing missing was karl mahoney by my side.

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« Aug 7, 2021 8:22:39 GMT »
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a mate got pinged yesterday so I ended up with tickets for Mick Head at the corporate hellhole that is Arts Club last night, support bands were horrible, ale far too expensive, I felt like a fucking moron being in a packed room with 700 other people and my legs are just gone from being out of practice standing in the same spot for hours on end but I'd not seen Mick live since a horror show matinee gig were he fell off the stage drunk at a rehab charity a decade ago and he was sober and wonderful, even threw in a bit of pale fountains 9/10

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also the gig required VACCINE PASSPORTS and loads of bellends where crying about it.

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John Bramwell of I Am Kloot fame in Norwich tonight.

Most pissed I've ever seen him to the point of being a bit concerned about him this time. Started off by properly taking the piss out of some bird near the front who had clearly been dragged along by her fella and kept coming back to her after every song. Knocked a couple of pints over during the set too but musically outstanding. Set took a dark turn when he went on a big rant midway through about us cunts in normal jobs being supported by the government while he had to survive on pence during this "made up covid bullshit". To make matters worse it was at this point someone requested a song he said he wrote about how daughter who he hadn't seen in two years and didn't feel able to play it. Looked like he was going to cry. Proper intimate gig though with only about 25 people there and it was brilliant despite the weird moments.



Sounds epic JP - Seen him in a pub a few years ago with just an acoustic guitar, he was happy and relaxed, no more than 50 people, love the guys voice.

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Black Midi again @ The Windmill a few weeks back with popular forum member Krburg. Brilliant as ever. Support band In Tongues were quite impressive too. Definitely keep an eye and an ear out for them.

Nadine Shah @ the barbican, again with popular forum member Krburg. The last of the socially distanced gigs for me. Nadine played the last album in full + a few hits for the encore. Good set & it was finished real early. Awful reading what happened to her last night, people are such cunts.

Weekend I went to Crystal Palace Bowl for South Facing festival with Popular forum members Krburg & Forever_Rod. Jane Weaver was good in spots, yet largely forgettable. The Orielles were completely forgettable. Fat White Family smashed their set. Kinda weird being in a crowd that is kicking off after a year of only seated gigs. Great set, probably the set of the day for most people there. Baxter Dury was on next, been meaning to catch him for ages. Was much better than I expected, probably my favourite set of the day. Sleaford Mods headlined, seemed good though I was pretty bolloxed by then. Nice day out though, small capacity, on a big hill so everyone can see & no queues for bars or bogs.

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The last gig I went to was the first proper gig i've been to since Tony Allen/Jeff Mills in March 2020.

It was Deliluh on Wednesday at Rotondes in Luxembourg. Part of the Congés Annulés summer series of gigs we have every year. Had tickets for Dry Cleaning and Black Country;New Road, but both were cancelled. Have Kikagaku Moyo tonight and missed Gruff Rhys as I was on holiday.

I knew nothing about Deliluh but read they were from Toronto and were variously described as Art Punk, Post Punk, Post Rock....so thought worth trying out.

The last album from 2019 was pretty good on a few listens through on Wednesday, but the gig didn't really resemble it much.

They played about 6 pieces coming in at just under an hour and it was decent.

Just the two of them, lots of electronic wizardry, a couple of guitars, a sax and some vocals.

By a weird coincidence, in a bit of wasteland just outside the venue (outdoor stage) there was some mechanical digging going on (at 9pm- what kind of workmen are they FFS?) And the motorik thump of the machine breaking up the ground threatened to overpower the music but ended up fitting quite well!



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Kikagaku Moyo on Friday.

Last minute stand-ins for Dry Cleaning on the last weekend of the Congés Annulés festival.

Considering half the crowd were ticket holders from Dry Cleaning they were super responsive. Perhaps the best crowd i've known in Luxembourg. It helps that KM were mesmerising. Been wanting to catch them for ages and will deffo see them again.

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Went to my first in person show in 18 months last week. A local independent singer-songwriter named Jim Bryson, who has a small bit of fame in Canada from working with Kathleen Edwards, the weakerthans and the tragically hip. It was supposed to be an outdoor show by the rideau canal, but due to thunderstorm warnings, was moved indoors to...a curling club. How very Canadian. In any event, the sound was terrible (on account of it being in a curling club), but it was nice to actually see live music again, particularly since the cancellations for the fall are starting again, so who knows when the next one will be. 6/10

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Nice to see you've got live music back Titch & SRK.

I had my first non-socially distanced gigs over the past week plus a festival, fucking great to have music back properly again. Apologies for the essay below so it's ok if you don't read it... I know JP will though!

Black Midi @ the windmill with popular forum member Krburg. So Black Midi have been life savers for me during lockdown, their socially distanced gigs in the Windmill boozer have kept me going + it has been incredible watching the band develop new ideas as well as have fun with a bunch of covers. This was the first time they'd had the sax & keys players for the pub gigs, basically did this as a warm up for festival dates. Short hour set that flew by. Crowd was going pretty mad, kinda weird after having seats for so long to see people moshing about but it felt good. Support came from FC Malina, a 2 piece industrial/electronic shouty thing. I think they were Russian, it sounded Russian anyway :D It wasn't particularly any good but I admired the energy of it. Lucas Loveridge who runs the black midi facebook group did his debut gig too, lots of beats and silly vocal effects, kinda cool for what it was.

The Cribs @ Pryzm in Kingston with popular forum members Krburg. Never been to Kingston before, the venue is like a really hold carpeted theatre that is now used for what I assume is an awful club. However Banquet records use it for their instores. This really felt like a return to normality. Cribs smashed through 16 songs, fucking love that band. Seems they were really close to calling it a day in recent times. Long may they continue, there aren't many straight up indie rock guitar bands that I can say I genuinely still love but The Cribs do that anthemic, heart-on-your-sleeve thing better than pretty much anyone. Long live the Cribs.

Just got back from Wales for my first Green Man festival & it was fucking incredible. The coach arrived slightly later than expected so I missed Wet Leg but made it in for Lynks, hadn't heard of him/they until JP mentioned seeing them at Latitude. A electroclash/dance pop hybird with a man in a gimp suit and a backing band of 3 dancers that he calls bodywash. Ridiculous fun with a great Courtney Barnett cover thrown in too.
The Cool Greenhouse were on next. Annoyingly they were clashing with Yard Act, a similar type band that I'm sure sets of both bands would have loved so that was a bummer. Cool Greenhouse got a small but decent crowd, though the sound was dire for the first half. Thankfully by the time it was fixed and Yard Act had finished they had a pretty large crowd & the set went down great.
PVA were pretty damn good in the big Tent. They've come on a ton since I saw them opening for Dry Cleaning a few times in 2019.
I did my usual of not really eating anything and got pissed pretty quick, saw some of Nubiyan twist, funky jazz type thing though can't comment too much on if it was any good. Working Men's Club were on next, I feel like I should like this band but something just annoys me about them a bit. It feels like someone trying to do New Order, but through a Kasabian lens. I'm not even saying that like it's a bad thing, they just don't really land for me. Was a choice of bands playing after, neither of which appealed so I called it an early night.

Friday (the proper start of the festival) I started with Hanya, a young dream-pop/indie-rock band from Brighton. They were fine, if a little forgettable. It felt like the guitarist wished he was in a shoegaze band but everyone else wanted an indie band. Still, thumbs up
Nuha Ruby Ra is another artist I just took a punt on from a tiny clip on youtube, she opened the main stage. She basically just had a backing track she sung to but used two microphones in her hands to do some playful things with the vocals. Proper brooding art-pop with some interesting lyrical themes. Definitely going to check out her record, I dug her style.
Had been talking to The Cool Greenhouse after their set the night before & they told me they'd be doing a gig in the festivals record store tent the next day so I popped along to that. Basically these sets are only like 15/20 minutes long & recorded for the festivals website. The sound was perfect from the get-go, unfortunately it was too short. Still, what a wonderful band.
Next up were Home Counties, a band who's debut EP sounded like a lot of other British post-punk bands right now, but didn't grab me. Seeing them live it all made sense, their set went down great, one of my surprises of the weekend. Will revisit the EP, hopefully it'll sound better to my ears now.
Had some time to kill so checked out The Surfing Magazines on the main stage. Think they contain members of The Wave Pictures & a couple of other unsuccessful indie bands. They was fine, basically felt like some older blokes living out their rock & roll fantasies but I don't say that as a negative.
Tiña went down a treat on the smallest of the 4 music stages. Was a ton of members of other bands down there watching them, proper rowdy crowd with PVA constantly shouting "take your shirts off!" at them. Nice to see Tiña pull a decent crowd.
Los Bitchos drew a huge crowd in the tent, one of the first times I couldn't walk in straight to the front. Seen them a few times doing support slots, sorta surf-rock/indie instrumental thing & I usually lose interest after about 3 songs. However, seeing them with a huge crowd it kinda works a lot better. Still I think their sound comes tiresome after a while but this was the best I've seen them.
Nadine Shah was great on the main stage, much better than the Barbican gig I saw last month. Mostly as that night she did the new album in full, here she mixed it up and basically did an hour of her best material. Wasn't much on after I wanted to see for a bit so took a punt on Georgia, upbeat synth/electro-pop. If I'm being lazy I'd say she's like Robyn but plays a load of pads/drums whilst running too and from her instruments. The crowd seemed to enjoy it, but I thought it sounded really safe & got bored quickly. Egyptian Blue are a band I've wanted to see for AGES. Basically the 1st time I wanted to see them at a day festival I moaned like fuck that they were late coming on, only to realise I was stood at the wrong stage. By the time I'd made it to the stage they only had one song left which sounded phenomenal. Another time I had tickets but Dry Cleaning announced a gig so I sacked that off & then the last one I was going to COVID ruined. I like both their EP's but find them a little samey... however live they were fucking MONSTERS. Pretty much everyone to this point at Green Man had looked overwhelmed to be there, mentioned that it's good to be back & all the rest of the usual shit.. Egyptian Blue came on stage, said nothing, looked like they had a purpose and thrashed through some really beefy post-punk. It was ferocious. Really blown away by their set, think they said thanks at the end of a song and that was pretty much it.
The main stage at Green Man is bloody incredible. It's on a massive hill with the stage at the bottom so thousands can watch like you'd normally watch a band, but the rest all sit on the hill & you can see the Welsh mountains in the background. Not only is it a great picturesque setting, the sound is GREAT wherever you place yourself around the main stage. So decided to sit down and watch Caribou, an artist I've never really got TBH. The set was so-so, there was a couple of moments where it totally made sense when things turned into a big tech/house kinda thing. The slower moments, especially when he attempts to sing I just find lifeless. I enjoyed it for the most part though, wouldn't ever pay to see him mind.
Thankfully sitting on the hill put some life back into Old Man Mahoney & I found the strength to make it to CHARLOTTE CHURCH'S LATE NIGHT POP DUNGEON at 1am. This was RIDICULOUS fun. Basically she has a covers band featuring her husband that do an eclectic bunch of songs. It worked best when they jumped from one song to the next. They ranged from Kelis to Radiohead, Can to Alanis Morissette, Prince to Rage Against the Machine. They also threw in a beautiful version of one of the songs off MWNG which I don't think any of the crowd knew what the fuck it was. If she's ever at a festival near you, make the effort it's a great time.

Saturday it pissed down all morning. I don't think it was just the weather though as the festival seemed to suffer from fatigue, it felt like the last day of a festival for a lot of the day. Got some food by the main stage and listened to Gwenifer Raymond (instrumental acoustic American Primitivism). Felt sorry for her as the weather was so shit nobody was watching, had it been a sunny day she would have had a nice crowd. Was nice but the weather to grim to enjoy that sorta thing.
next up were Peaness, a 3-piece indie-pop band from Chester. Very basic & predictable sound but their songs had some hooks. I enjoyed though not sure I'd bother listening to them on record.
Deliluh were up next. So, I saw this band a couple of years ago & they had a full band (I forgot how many members, but I'd guess at least 5) so was kinda disappointed when they came on stage as just a 2-piece. Also, nobody showed up to see them which was a shame. Anyway, once I accepted the new direction I was really impressed with the performance. It was moody as fuck, the pieces were kinda abstract with tons of atmosphere. I definitely prefer them with a full band lineup, but this worked wonderfully.
Emma-Jean Thackray was on next, had been listening to her album a fair bit leading up to the gig & was on the fence with it. It's perhaps too eclectic for its own good, though there are definitely some great moments on there. Live I was hoping it'd all make sense, but I was left with the same feeling. Felt a little flat so left before she finished.
Had a sit down on the main stage for Richard Dawson, seem him a few times in recent years now & each has been solo with him doing the same sorta gags & same songs. Really love Dawson, made my favourite album of 2019 but I'm dying to see him perform those songs with a live band now. Enjoyable, but nothing I've not seen before.
Was a secret guest in the record store tent booked so we headed over there. Nadine Shah had said she was appearing again in the weekend so assumed it was her. Got in there and it was packed. Couldn't really see what was going on the stage so was surprised when out of nowhere Laura Marling started singing. Unfortunately they didn't mic her performance up properly so you could barely hear anything. She only did 3 songs anyway so was no big deal.
Sinead O Brien was up next, solid set from her. Still not been blown away by her live (would like her to get additional musicians) but I'm confident she'll make a hell of a record eventually.
Popped to the smaller stage to see The Goa Express on JP's recommendation. I thought they were really fucking shit :D first song sounded like an Oasis bootleg from 93, I thought fair play I'm down for this but then they did 3 tunes in a row which sounded like the fucking Kooks. I left in disgust and cursed JP so loud it could be heard in the Welsh Mountains.
Next up were LUMP. I enjoyed the debut but this second album is definitely a step up from the debut. Set was actually alot better than I'd imagined. The bloke from Tuung's lead guitar parts helped put a lot of energy into the performance + Laura's vocals are hypnotic in this setting.
Black Midi were on next.. I'd been on a bit of a downer all day but the whole day I kept thinking Black Midi's later. After seeing them play the Windmill so many times trying out new material it was insane seeing them play to a huge crowd on the second stage. It felt like they were headlining. I can't say enough about this fucking gig, they were phenomenal. Yeah people went mental from the get-go moshing about, but you could see the looks on people's faces that they were gobsmacked at what they was seeing. Seeing them perform these songs on a huge stage and it sound even better than I've ever heard it before was quite something. Despite seeing them live & loving them for being so unique there was always that nagging feeling that outside of small venues Black Midi wouldn't work for me but I couldn't have been more wrong. The sound was unbelievable in there too... Morgan's playing as incredible as ever. The Sax sounded fucking killer. It was just perfect. Plus they broke into a Kate Nash song mid set :D Even doing a big gig like that they still had the balls to perform a huge chunk of unreleased material and a cheesy cover. Not only was it the gig of the weekend by far, it's probably one of the best gigs I've seen in fucking years. Mindblowingly good. I can only imagine Jose Gonzalez backstage thinking fuck I've gotta go out with an acoustic guitar next :D
Finished the day with Mogwai on the main stage.. I'm not much of a fan & wasn't too keen the last time I saw them. I don't like a lot of post-rock, it just doesn't sit with me & just feels like a massive "look how epic we are" wankfest. I got bored after maybe 45 minutes. I guess if you like that sorta thing, they're great at it. A

Sunday got some food by the main stage, some competition winner called Teddy Hunter opened the day. Whoever judged that competition needs shooting, boring as fuck. Next up were a Jazz band called Duski, tight band though the Sax felt a little cheesy for my tastes. Usually like my jazz to have a funk element so this didn't quite land. Next up were LYR which is the poet Simon Armitage's band. Basically it's him reading spoken word pieces over music that doesn't sound a million miles away from early Doves. This was my kinda thing. Nice set, need to hear their album. Caught The Golden Dregs next. The singer (who I think is basically the band) has one of those deep voices like the guy from The National or Absentee. Infact musically I guess they were kinda like something like Absentee, nothing too exciting but hanging on his lyrics/voice. Again, can see myself really digging these on record.
Had a lay down by the main stage and listened to Matt Maltese, strong piano-based ballads, liken it to something like Ed Harcourt. Was happy resting whilst listening. Also, he used to be a slaphead but now has a wonderful head of hair.
Crack Cloud were late getting started so the set was short, but what they did perform was pretty banging. More energetic danceable post-punk.
Porridge Radio drew a big crowd & a young audience (most the festival is basically 30-50 year olds). Their sound was too basic for me to enjoy, watched half but got bored quickly.
Was a DJ by a nearby tent blasting out reggae which sounded incredible! now, you always get reggae played at festivals inbetween bands but I don't think I've ever been in a setting where it's played like it's a club with DJ's talking between tracks. I could have stayed in there all day TBH. Done soul clubs in the past and loved them but man, this was proper joyous.
Snapped Ankles I'd heard a record before & wasn't too fussed but fucking hell, proper impressive live. A real driving dance-punk, like NEU meets LCD Soundsystem. Had the whole tent dancing & moshing about for the entire set. Listening to some bits on youtube now & it sounds fine.. but I'd highly recommend catching these guys live. Incredible energy.
Saw a bit of DEEP THROAT CHOIR, basically a big choir singing songs over hip hop beats and a keyboard. Seemed OK though only caught the back end. Got right on the barrier for the festivals secret special guests SQUID. Everyone knew it was them as they'd been there the entire weekend watching bands so wasn't much of a secret. The band before had overrun & Squid took ages setting up, the stage manager was getting proper arsey with them to the point the guitarist threw down a guitar pedal and stormed off :D Once they got going they absolutely smashed it. Huge crowd with circles pits and crowdsurfers, though there was zero security so they were all just crashing to the floor :D Been incredible watching bands like Squid and black midi play to large audiences and completely kill it. Again, this felt like a headline slot.
Headed to the main stage for Thundercat, which we watched from the back but again, sounded really great. Always feel like I should love Thundercat but whenever I try his latest releases I'm always left feeling a bit cold. Live however it completely made sense. He & his band were incredible, the audience down the front were all completely into it. Did a mindblowing tribute to Chick Corea. Usually at these big festivals if I'm not stood near the stage I feel like I'm not part of the experience but it just works at green man so well. Definitely going to go back to Thundercats back catalogue now in hope that it'll just click, but even if it doesn't he has become a must see live performer.
Fontaines DC headlined the main stage & it felt like the entire festival would be seeing them. Unfortunately for me I think they're bang average so, in retrospect probably foolishly went to watch the sad, pethetic dying remains of Teenage Fanclub. I walked in a couple of minutes before they were due to start to find there was only about 200 people there :D Even Deliluh pulled more people in. When they got the few songs I wanted to hear out it was fine... but they look fucking ancient & I've never really thought about it before but fucking hell their lyrics are proper embarrassing shit. I had committed to seeing them so had to see it through as I knew they'd finish with Everything Flows, which I won't deny, still sounded incredible so in some ways it was good to finish the festival with one of the best songs ever created my mankind. But fucking hell, it's time for them to give it up. They've got cult Welsh hero Euros Childs on keys now, but when they introduced them he barely got a cheer... what a fucking waste of talent. I felt bad for The Swede making her watch them, I don't particularly like Fontaines DC but at least that wouldn't have felt like a funeral.
Only plus side was as soon as they finished we were right by where they burn down the giant wicker man & do the fireworks display so that was a nice finish.

all in all, a fucking incredible festival. The older I get the smaller I need things like this to be & this was the right size. Bars could have been faster, but they don't stop you bringing your own booze in so I can't complain. The sound on all the stages was ace, the crowds really responsive to the bands, seemed a lack of dickheads in the crowd plus the campsite was pretty quiet at night. Also was really easy to get down the front for pretty much everything so no worrying if you will get into a tent if you arrive late. Will definitely be my go-to festival of choice, especially now Glastonbury gets ever increasingly hard to get tickets for.

thanks for reading, JP.

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A magnificent review!

I really feel like i've missed out with Black Midi and smaller stages, but there's time yet. Bands that come through Luxembourg tend to play on smaller stages than elsewhere as there isn't the same fan base.

I really enjoyed Deliluh the other night and Los Bitchos are closing the month run of gigs that forms the Congés Annulés festival here on Saturday night. Sounds like it might be fun so will probably pop along.

What a shame about Teenage Fanclub. I've only really started getting into them over the last year, so guess i'll never see a decent live performance.

The main stage sounds amazing. It's a festival i've been thinking about for years. Maybe next year is the time if I don't get Glastonbury tickets.

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I read it all. Twice.

Thanks Karl.

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