Sep 2013

A Tale of Two Festivals

A Tale of Two Festivals

2nd Liverpool International Psychedelic Festival

Last year Liverpool's Camp & Furnace venue hosted Liverpool's 1st Annual International Psychedelic Festival and so one year on it's time for the 2nd one then - that's the way it works. Last year was one day crammed with bands from all over the psychedelic spectrum - and let's be honest, beyond. This time the festival is over two days (27th - 28th September) but is being hosted at the same venue.

There is of course even more music, and probably more spread still of the interpretation of the word - I saw Novella at Leaf last year and unless they've changed a lot then… Any hoo there is so much on and I'm looking forward to spending a good few hours their over the next two days.

Liverpool PyschFest

St.George's Hall Beer Festival

Okay that's Festival No.1 of the weekend, but I'll be tackling that with something of a beer sandwich as that's the way I roll (well, I'm working the first Liverpool Organic Brewery Beer Festival to be held at St. George's Hall). Assuming I've hit it right then I should be able to get back for some more tuneage back at the Camp & Furnace*. It promises to be a most interesting and packed weekend. Where's me ProPlus?

Expect photo's and write ups for both events - though mainly for the music fest.

Bring it on people!

* Shipwreck and other IPA dependent


Birthday No.1s

My Birthday Number Ones

It was my birthday at the weekend and I thought I'd take the chance to look back a bit at the music I've loved or endured on my far too numerous birthdays. I always knew that the UK Number 1 on my original popping out birthday all the way back in '68 was the Beatles 'Hey Jude', which as Number Ones go is always cool to hear (even on the Olympics ceremonies). But I thought I'd see what the other Number 1s were over these past 45 year. As well as being relatively interesting to see what they were and do some old reminiscing I wondered what else it may tell me.

I suppose it hasn't told me much I didn't know already, of course I remember - and like - most of the old stuff , whilst post 2000 I seem to have largely missed from a Music Charts Perspective. Eight of the songs - indeed three of the artists - since 2000 I have not knowingly heard. The only repeat appearances are two from at least one of the Osmonds and two from Pixie Lott - she must really like September. The 70s and 80s - and to some extent the 90s - were full of big name stars and class acts, then it goes horribly wrong with the giant iconoclasts of music such as Bob the Builder, Modjo, Sean Kingston and Laza Morgan (whoever she/he is?).

Below is a list of the Number ones, the Artist and the Number of Weeks it remained at the top (at least on that occasion). The songs in red are those I'd consider putting on a mix tape (yes, tape I tell you!), surprised at how good the 80s were for me. Okay, I may put Whigfield on there too. ;-)

What were the
number ones on your birthday - other than (Everything I Do) I Do It For You?

1968 - ‘Hey Jude’ - Beatles (2)
1969 - ‘
In the year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)’ - Zager and Evans (3)

1970 -
‘The Tears of a Clown’ - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (1)
1971 -
‘I’m Still Waiting’ - Diana Ross (4)
1972 - ‘Mama We’re All Crazee Now’ - Slade (3)
1973 -
‘Young Love’ - Donny Osmond (4)
1974 -
‘Love Me For a Reason’ - The Osmonds (3)
1975 - ‘Sailing’ - Rod Stewart (4)
1976 -
‘Dancing Queen’ - Abba (6)
1977 - ‘
Way Down’ - Elvis Presley (5)
1978 - ‘
Three Times A Lady’ - The Commodores (5)
1979 - ‘
We Don’t Talk Anymore’ - Cliff Richard (4)

1980 - ‘
Feels Like I’m in Love’ - Kelly Marie (2)
1981 - ‘Tainted Love’ - Soft Cell (2)
1982 - ‘
Eye of the Tiger’ - Survivor (4)
1983 - ‘
Red Red Wine’ - UB40 (3)
1984 - ‘I Just Called to Say I Love You’ - Stevie Wonder (6)
1985 - ‘
Dancin’ in the Street’ - Bowie & Jagger (4)
1986 - ‘
Don’t Leave Me This Way’ - The Communards (4)
1987 - ‘
Never Gonna Give You Up’ - Rick Astley (5)
1988 - ‘
A Groovy Kind of Love’ - Phil Collins (2)
1989 - ‘Ride on Time’ - Black Box (6)

1990 - ‘
The Joker’ - Steve Miller Band (2)
1991 - ‘
(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’ - Bryan Adams (16)
1992 - ‘
Ebeneezer Goode’ - The Shamen (4)
1993 -
‘Mr Vain’ - Culture Beat (4)
1994 -
‘Saturday Night’ - Whigfield (4)
1995 -
‘You Are Not Alone’ - Michael Jackson (2)
1996 -
‘Ready or Not’ - Fugees (2)
1997 -
‘Candle in the Wind 1997’ - Elton John (5)
1998 -
‘Millennium’ - Robbie Williams (1)
1999 -
‘Moving’ - Supergrass (2)

2000 -
‘Lady (Hear Me Tonight)’ - Modjo (2)
2001 -
‘Mambo No.5’ - Bob the Builder (1)
2002 -
‘The Tide is High (Get the Feeling)’ - Atomic Kitten (3)
2003 -
‘Where is the Love?’ - Black Eyed Peas (6)
2004 -
‘Real to Me’ - Brian McFadden (1)
2005 -
‘Don’t Cha’ - Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes (3)
2006 -
‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancing’ - Scissor Sisters (4)
2007 -
‘Beautiful Girls’ - Sean Kingston (4)
2008 - ‘Sex on Fire’ - Kings of Leon (3)
2009 -
‘Boys and Girls’ - Pixie Lott (1)

2010 -
‘Start Without You’ - Alexandra Burke featuring Laza Morgan (2)
2011 -
‘Mercury’ - Pixie Lott (1)
2012 -
‘Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)’ - Ne-Yo (1)
2013 -
‘Roar‘ - Katy Perry (2)


The Festival at the End of the Road

The Festival at the End of the Road, at Larmer Tree Gardens, sounds like a book and seems like a dream. This year the guys and gals at EOTR looked to surpass last years headliners, which had included Grizzly Bear, Grandaddy and Patti Smith. Along with Glastonbury it is one of my two must go to festivals. Different ends of the scale but both wonderful. The Park at Glasto is dear to me, but my favourite festival stage must be the Park Stage at EOTR - when the weather is good and the bands keep coming there’s nowhere else to be.

The festival site is easy to get around, but the paths and various hidden gems in the woods make it feel bigger - you just need to keep an eye out for the wild wild life.

The Tipi tent in the almost constant sunshine

Food at the festival is varied and excellent - not the dirty burger and a plastic cheese slice of some fests, decent ingredients and food with flavours from India, Mexico, France and even the Balkans. There was plenty of real ale in the bars across the site and of course the Somerset Cider Bus is on hand too.

Cleanliness at the site was notable and special mention goes to the
AndyLoos teams for their hard work - no emergency toilet paper required here. The festival goers themselves no doubt helped too.

This years weather was very kind again with sunshine almost constant. Even the rain, which came on Friday, was nicely accompanied by a double rainbow.

The music line-up was strong throughout and it’s not easy to pick out just a few highlights, but I’ll try:

After the truncated
Eels set at V we were lucky enough to get the opportunity to see a full set on the main Woods Stage on Friday night. The Adidas track-suited band rocked out - throwing in some Pete Green era Fleetwood Mac - and the crowd lapped it up (as did the weather gods who signaled their delight with a double rainbow).

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Rainbow for the Eels on the Woods Stage

Headliners David Byrne & St Vincent came on with their fantastic brass to an expectant if slightly damp crowd. We were not disappointed and the choreography of the group was something to behold, really adding to the experience. The biggest cheers of the day were undoubtedly to the Road to Nowhere finale.

In the afternoon
King Khan & the Shrines had entertained with the mighty Khan channeling something between James Brown and Ronnie Barker, but in the early hours of the Saturday morning they claimed the Tipi as their own (despite seemingly having Brian Blessed on drums and the angel from Barbarella on keyboards).

King Khan & the Shrines

Saturday began with the simple charms of singers with guitars including Ethan Johns and Angel Olsen on the Park stage and Night Beds (I must now purchase that album). After the straightforward joys of the singer songwriters the evening ended with the light, video and blustering soundscapes of Sigur Ros. The band on tip top form lit up the cold starry night (the hot spicy cider from the Somerset Cider Bus was an essential accompaniment on the night).

All too soon Sunday was upon the happy festival goers.
Damian Jurado on the Park Stage was a great start with his class tunes interspersed with some jaunty banter. Then it was over to the Woods to let Heartless Bastards rock us before the rightly popular Caitlin Rose came out to delight with her fragile-cum-unbreakable country voice. Lovely.

Woodpecker Wooliams
Woodpecker Wooliams on the Park Stage - after getting dressed

The early evening brought us Jens Lekman back at the Park, which became something of an enjoyable dancing flash mob - great moments. Then it was time for the last headliner Belle & Sebastian who’s buoyant performance were an uplifting end to the main festival performances.

Following the headliners it was inevitable that it had to be continued via the disco in the Woods then it was onto the Tipi for a couple of fab performances from the
Barr Brothers and Caitlin Rose, who despite struggling with a sore throat was awesome.

So the audience, including the resident macaws and the peacocks, are already looking forward to next year and I for one have already nabbed an Early Bird.

Thank you once again
EOTR and I’ll raise a cider and an ale to you this week!


End of the Road 2013 - Bands

Before I work on a review of this years End of the Road below is a list of the bands I saw there. It's hard to believe there was any time to go to the Woods to enjoy the off stage stuff, let alone stop and smell the coffee (and eat!).



Woodpecker Wooliams - Park Stage
Diana Jones - Park
Mark Mulcahy - Park
Doug Paisley - Park (part)
King Khan & the Shrines - Woods Stage
Eels - Woods
David Byrne & St Vincent - Woods
Dawes - Tipi Tent
King Khan & the Shrines -Tipi Stage



Ethan Johns -Park
Night Beds - Park
Angel Olsen - Park
Leisure Society - Woods
Sigur Ros - Woods
Joe Gideon & the Shark - Tipi (part)



El Perro del Mar -Tipi
Damian Jurado - Park
Heartless Bastards - Woods
Caitlin Rose - Woods
Jens Lekman - Park
Frightened Rabbit - Woods (part)
The Walkmen - Park (part)
Public Service Broadcasting - Big Top (part)
Belle & Sebastian - Woods
Barr Brothers - Tipi
Caitlin Rose - Tipi