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It's time for the annual mega-bulletin from actually-not-at-all-muddy Glastonbury. Food-related reports will appear in a separate post, just for [personal profile] lathany. Photos are on Flickr (though heavily overcast skies mean a lot of rather flat-looking snaps this year...)

If you're not familiar with my Glastonbury write-ups, they're mostly for the reference of my future self. They go on and on.

3 Daft Monkeys

Haven't you always wanted a monkey? )

Andrew Maxwell-Morris, New York Brass Band, Elle & the Pocket Belles, Rusty Shackle, Napalm Death, [Mik Artistic], The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, Oh My God! It's the Church

A heavy bassline is my kind of silence )

Hacienda Classical, The Pretenders, Rews, Black Honey, Nothing But Thieves, First Aid Kit, The Young 'Uns, Kris Kristofferson, [Royal Blood], Ride, [Clean Bandit], The Flaming Lips
I know a girl who goes to shows )

The Bootleg Beatles, Afriquoi, British Sea Power, The Egg, Ralph McTell, singer-from-She-Drew-The-Gun, Steve Knightley, Billy Bragg, Kaiser Chiefs, The Avalanches, The National, Father John Misty, The Foo Fighters
You get a tan from standing in the English rain )

She Drew The Gun, [Marsh Fires], [Sound of the Sirens], Noble Jacks, [Cassetteboy], Dropkick Murphys, Beans on Toast, Perhaps Contraption(?) Barry Gibb, Blaenavon, Chic, [Courteeners], London Grammar, [Ed Sheeran], Metronomy
How long until they build a wall and call it a private city? )
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Right, this weekend was wall-to-wall gigs. I'll start and write about them, and then at some point I'm going to go back and cover gigs so far this year. Very briefly, partly in the interests of sanity and partly because my memory is terrible. Probably best avoided if you don't like reading about gigs.

DIY Popfest, Saturday @ The George Tavern )

DIY Popfest, Sunday @ The Shacklewell Arms )

Los Campesinos! @ Koko )
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So yesterday, at a gig, I discovered that my last LJ post tagged "gig" was January 2016. Err... Last year was a weird one, on account of not being able to walk for much of it, but I managed more gigs than that. I think my post-fu has been weak.

So! I'm attempting to lurch back into it. Not least because I won't have the least what bands I've seen otherwise.

So, to Whitby to see the Goths! )
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It's time for the annual mega-post reporting on Glastonbury. If you dislike words (or dislike an excess of words) then try the nearly word-free version on Flickr instead.

Also, a disclaimer: my legs are still not working properly. I was aware before I set off that this year was going to be quite a minimalist festival for me. Usually we rack up miles and miles each day walking backwards and forwards across the site, and I just wasn't going to be up to that. In addition, the weather was unfriendly and it was one of those years when everyone finds it difficult to get around; walking in thick, sucking mud is surprisingly hard work. Accordingly, there is much less serendipitous weirdness below than in other years.

The West Country's always been good to me )

Tankus the Henge, The Smyths, Mr B. The Gentleman Rhymer

Smiling makes the day go quicker )

James, Blossoms, Christine & the Queens, Beans on Toast, Billy Bragg, a couple of not-quite-sure people on Leftfield, Two Door Cinema Club, Editors, Explosions in the Sky, Bastille, Sigur Ros.

I'm doing my face with magic marker )

Palace, [Inheaven], Anna Meredith, Odissee & Good Company, Hurts, Madness, John Grant, Chvrches, Mercury Rev, Adele

You could be laughing 65% more of the time )

She Drew The Gun, Tired Lion, [Matt Corby], Mystery Jets, Bat for Lashes, Jeff Lynn's ELO, Fishermans Friends, [Bootleg Beatles], PJ Harvey, Jake Bugg.

Hey you with the pretty face, welcome to the human race )

And that's that, for another year. I intend to do a separate post about food. And I intend to get tickets and have a much more reportable festival next year ;)
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Next stop in this summer's festival whirl: Derbyshire's finest tiny festival, IndieTracks


[Fever Dream], The School, Cinerama

Your first was a masterpiece, your second was just genius )


[Chorusgirl], [Rory McVicar], Evans the Death, The Free Fall Band, Mammoth Penguins, Desperate Journalist, Tigercats, [Colleen Green], Steven James Adams, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

When I was your age I had toured with Blondie )


The Catenary Wires, [Bill Botting], Colour Me Wednesday, The Tuts, Laeitia Sadier, [The Luxembourg Signal], Euros Childs, Martha, The Go! Team

We can sit by the daffodils, we've got some time to kill )

Earlier this year, there were news stories about how this year's festival line ups would look with all the all-male bands removed. (Clue: the answer is 'a bit shit'.)

My Indietracks experience )
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I promised, a few days ago, that I would do a separate post about the food I ate at Glastonbury. In some ways, this wasn't a great year to do it. Hot weather and a slightly dicey stomach meant I probably ate rather less than usual - in ordinary years, the net effect of being surrounded by amazing food stalls is that I have about five meals a day.

I endeavoured to take a snap of everything I ate, but be warned! They really are snaps. Food photography is hard, and due to feeling like a massive idiot taking photos of my food, I tended to get it over with as quickly as possible. There are also a few where I only remembered half way through a meal, and it's pretty much impossible to make a half-eaten dish look nice.

To The Food! )
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Right. It's been a week since I got back from the greatest performing arts festival in the world / that shithole in Somerset (delete as applicable). I've just about caught up on sleep and sorted out the photos. So!

(As usual, a band in [brackets] is one I either saw very little of, or heard vaguely in the distance while I was doing something else.

Also as usual, this entry is far too bloody long. Read at own risk.)

A lightweight, largely text-free version of what I did can be found on Flickr.


Big Beat Junk Band

Like the legend of the Phoenix, all ends with beginnings )


Wilco Johnson, New York Brass Band, [Gecko], Rory Mcleod, [Showhawk Duo], Beans on Toast, Mik Artistic, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing

Come rain or shine I'll deal with it )


Charlatans, The Egg, Bastille, Other Lives, Stornoway, Stealing Sheep, [Mary J Blige], [Motörhead], [TOY], The Libertines, Mark Ronson, Florence & the Machine, [Super Furry Animals]

The storm has broken, heavens opened )


Frank Turner, Everything Everything, [Burt Bacharach], Thee Faction, Paloma Faith, Todd Terje, Suede

It’s a lovely sunny day )


[Rival Sons], SOAK., [Unknown band], Cassetteboy vs. DJ Rubbish, Patti Smith, Alvvays, Django Django, Future Islands, New York Brass Band, Unknown-band-in-Engine-Room, [fka twigs], Idlewild, FFS, Slamboree, Gaudi

You don’t have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows )


Monday was shamelessly lazy; we walked about a bit as the site began to be dismantled, packed up our tent, and observed that both the human and avian recycling crews were moving in to deal with the shocking mess left behind. Our coach departed smartly at 4pm, but bad traffic meant it took until nearly 10pm to get back to the O2.

I really should have taken Tuesday off work :)

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Some time back, a festival was announced on Blackheath. OnBlackheath, in fact. We looked at it and thought, hey, look at Sunday's line-up. Frank Turner! The Levellers! And err... probably some other people. The tickets were £60+, and we decided that weren't that excited.

Then ChrisC spotted a deal somewhere, selling tickets for less than half price. He grabbed a couple quickish, and then we realised... everywhere was selling them cheap. Possibly everyone else had decided it was too pricey, too, and stayed away in droves. Would it end up being cancelled at short notice?

In the end, no. Blackheath is a very long way away from our bit of London, but a tube, a train, and a bit of walking got us there. And wow. You may remember me describing Latitude as the most middle-class festival every. Not so! OnBlackheath had celebrity chef demos, and a stall advertising and demonstrating the latest model of Neff oven... Probably not that surprising, given that it was sponsored by John Lewis. Rock and roll, man.

Obligatory list:
Rhys Lewis and the Relics, [Athlete], Stealing Sheep, Levellers, Steve Mason, Imelda May, [Red and Pink], [TOY], Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls, Radiophonic Workshop

You sound middle-class, but I'll let it pass )
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Wait, what, it's August and Venta hasn't been to a folk festival in Whitby?

Of course I have, I just haven't found time to write it up here. Regular readers may assume that it was quite a lot like last year. Only a lot, lot windier. Dance displays at Capt. Cook's monument were all about trying not to get blown off the cliff and out to sea.

Unexpectedly, we managed a whole four days of dancing without injuring anyone seriously (unlike the Wallingford festival this weekend where our very first dance failed so badly someone ended up concussed).

However, as anyone who's ever been to any kind of festival knows, it's not a terribly restful sort of a holiday. Since getting back, I've mostly been either at work, asleep, or one-but-wishing-I-was-the-other.

Normal service will be attempted shortly. (This is also the first entry I've attempted on a phone, so humorous typos are Swype's fault. Anyone know a decent Android app for LJ?)
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Once again, I have been off and Done A Thing I want To Write Up, and then not found time for the writing. As I've mentioned before, I have to keep track of festivals or ChrisC and I have arbitrary arguments about which bands we saw, usually about ten years after the fact.

So, off to Derbyshire for the music-, steam-engine-, beer- and owl-fest that is Indietracks.

[Spearmint], The Chills, Allo Darlin'

I'm so happy I could throw things around )

Ace City Racers, [Skeletal Shakes], The Royal Landscaping Society, MJ Hibbett and the Validators, [Thee Ahs], ONSIND, [Linda Guilala], [Dorotea], The Blue Minkies, Alpaca Sports (acoustic), Spook School, [Joanna Gruesome], The Popguns, Dean Wareham, Gruff Rhys.

Though this band is awful I like them an awful lot )

[Axalotes Mexicanos], The Swapsies, The Thyme Machine, [No Ditching], The Wendy Darlings, Bordeauxx, The Hobbes Fan Club, Cosines, Flatmates, Martha (acoustic), [Sweet Baboo], The Just Joans, [Mega Emotion], Withered Hand, Hidden Cameras.

I could stay for ever, hanging out )
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Hello. It's July. And at the end of June you know what happens, right? I go off to the world's greatest performing arts festival, and then drivel on for pages and pages about it.

So here we are, Glastonbury 2014. If you are allergic to words, you can find the pictorial version on Flickr.


Can't get a gig at Glastonbury this year )


Gaz Brookfield, The 1975, Metronomy, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer

There's a festival in Pilton where I need to sink a beer )


Kaiser Chiefs, Alabama 3, [Blondie], Rodrigo y Gabriela, [The Young 'Uns], [De La Soul], Kevin P Gilday, Abe Nouk, [Fishermans Friends], The Tuts, Foster the People, Interpol, [Elbow], Lykke Li, Arcade Fire

What do you want for tea? I want crisps )


Nick Mulvey, Balina Whalers, Prof. Elemental, The Riptide Movement, Warpaint, Courtney Barnett, Clean Bandit, [George Ezra], Manic Street Preachers, [Goldfrapp], Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip, Metallica

Thou shalt not question Billy Bragg )


Billy Bragg, English National Ballet, CC Smugglers, Attila the Stockbroker, [Billy Bragg], [Soak], [White Lies], Public Service Broadcasting, Dolly Parton, Jake Bugg, Bombay Bicycle Club, [Kate Tempest], Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit, Kasabian

Theirs is a land with a wall around it, and mine is a faith in my fellow man )
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It's that time of year again. At least, it's one of the many times of year when I bugger off to Whitby. This one was goth flavour.

Friday. No cheese at all. )

Friday's bands )

Saturday. Just enough cheese. )

Saturday's bands )

Sunday. Too much cheese. )

Still, in summary: brief but fun, good company as always, some decent bands.

footnotes )
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At the weekend I went to Indietracks, the tiny indiepop festival held at the site of a preserved steam railway in Derbyshire. I've never been before.

And, do you know what? I really, really enjoyed it. And as a result, I'm going to write about it in excruciating detail. Read at own risk.


The Tuts, Bis

This is the good stuff, this is music for girls )


[Northern Spies], Finnmark!, Jupiter in Jars, Tunabunny, [Pale Spectres], The Understudies, Milky Wimpshake, When Nalda Became Punk, [Secret History], [McTells], [The Wave Pictures], Cars Can Be Blue, [The Pastels], The Brilliant Corners, Camera Obscura

Oh, the thing that you do, you make me go, oooooh )


The French Defence, Seabirds, Good Grief, Alpaca Sports, [Flowers], Lardpony, Kid Canaveral, Making Marks, [Fear of Men], Martha, The Lovely Eggs, Helen Love, [The Still Corners]

Jumping up and down to your favourite tune )
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Wow, it's a festival whirl round these parts at the moment. First Glastonbury, then Elton John developed appendicitis and caused his headlining (and very expensive) show in Hyde Park to morph into a free gig, and then last Friday was a day out at Latitude. Next stop, Indietracks.

Latitude! )
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You know the drill by now, don't you? I go to Glastonbury, I come back, and then I write about it at phenomenally tedious length. The bands I saw are listed at the start of each day. []s denote a band I either saw only a little of, or wasn't paying much attention to.


De Fuego

I'm glad I'm on the right side of the fence )


[Keston Cobblers Club], [Balina Whalers], Gaz Brookfield, Tankus the Henge, Ed Gerhard, Sieze the Day, [Django Django], Alt-J

Oh, the west country's always been good to me )


Jupiter & Okwess International, Teleman, Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra, Peace, [Rita Ora], [Savages], Tribes, [Palma Violets], Dinosaur Jr, Django Django, [Billy Bragg], Portishead, [The Horrors]

It's always weirdness while you dig it much too much to fry you )


The Staves, [The 1975], Beans on Toast, Slamboree, [Bombay Royale], [Azealia Banks], The Strypes, Daughter, Johnny Marr, Primal Scream, Savages, [The Beat feat. Billy Bragg], The Rolling Stones, Hurts.

You've got soul, jazz, ska, punk, classical guitar... )


[Zulu Winter], Bridie Jackson and the Arbour, The Demon Barbers XL, [JJ Grey & Mofro], Vampire Weekend, Editors, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Smashing Pumpkins, The xx, The Egg.

Where secrets lie in the border fires, in the humming wires )
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And so, to Whitby once more. Because I like a challenge, I left my phone at home and decided instead to rely on serendipity and my psychic powers to find people and, indeed, locate the extremely well-hidden house I was sharing with [ profile] davefish, [ profile] keris, [ profile] ceb and [ profile] damerell.

(This is not true, of course. I left it behind by mistake. I'm not quite sure how far away from London I'd have to be before I decided it wasn't worth going back for my phone, but can provide as a data-point that north of Coventry is too far.)

Friday )

Saturday )

Sunday )
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Right. This post has been a month in the writing, so is hideously out of date. It's also hideously long, being mostly for my future-self's reference. You have been warned :)

The Shows I Saw At The Fringe )
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Regular readers will know that I trundle off to Glastonbury every year to frolic among the madness and mayhem. Except this year, Glastonbury had no festival for me to frolic at. Nothing daunted, ChrisC and I headed up to the Edinburgh Fringe to do some frolicking there instead.

Lengthy musings on the topic of Edinburgh Fringe )
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Wow. It's nearly a fortnight now since I headed up to Manchester to see the Stone Roses.

Not so much a review, more of a bit of a waffle )
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I was away up in Whitby last weekend, playing with all the little gothlings. As well as my usual Spa-ing partners, [ profile] keris and [ profile] davefish, I was sharing a house with [ profile] ceb, [ profile] damerell, [ profile] waylay and Ian (WIVPOLJ). In my new-found capacity as Goddess of Domestic Disasters[*] I managed to cause one of the showers to leak into the kitchen and the dishwasher to blow a fuse within the first day or so.

With a few exceptions, I didn't do a very good job of catching up with people this weekend, so the rest of my write-up is all about the bands )


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