I got a small insight into what it was like at the Somme from the grounds of a Escot Park country house on Friday. 10,000 people plus lots of rain equals lot of mud. By Sunday it had dried up a huge amount. Bit (or even a bit more than a bit) of mud on the 1st day is fun, a weekend of mud is not.
Year 10 of the festival, and I have yet to miss one. One of the better years in terms of line ups.
Best experiences of the festival in approximate order for me were
- Folk in a Box : just magical. Me and the kids in a box with a guy playing and singing an beautiful folk song.
- Toot and the Maytels : class reggie from a band with a combined age of over 350. Where does he get his energy from?
- Mad Dog Macre : 2nd act on the main stage on Friday. Lively and fun
- Public Image Ltd : I have seen John live, tick. The sound they make is big, though I think the music is aimed at a target audience who are really off their heada [which I was not].
- Dreadzone : much fun, but missing Earl 16.
- Cube Theatre's Pinocchio in the Theatre tent
- Billy Bragg : 100 years of Woodt Guthry. A bit of my music history education filled in. Good fun and good tunes as well.
As previous years, I exclude the Levellers as I have seen them 70 odd time and I have thus lost perspective of how good they are relative to past performance or other acts, so I don't think about it.
I missed most of Bellowhead [sent back to get stuff from the van], though what I saw was very good.
Found myself more relaxed than previous years, maybe down to having moved house.
Roll on year 11.