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About paulwa

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  1. Predictions for 2018

    We've been waiting for Courtney Barnett for a few years and I reckon 2018 will be the year. I also predict the return of Ezra Furman.
  2. Favourite albums of 2017

    Actual Wolf - Faded Days Anna Ternheim - All the Way to Rio Big Thief - Capacity The Black Angels - Death Song The Charlatans - Different Days Damaged Bug - Bunker Funk Death Machine - Cocoon The Flaming Lips - Oczy Mlody The Gift - Altar Happyness - Write In The Hayman Kupa Band - The Hayman Kupa Band Japanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another Planet Ratboys - GN Ride - Weather Diaries Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - The French Press Slowdive - Slowdive Suzanne Sundfor - Music For People In Trouble Thee Oh Sees - Orc This Is The Kit - Moonshine Freeze Waxahatchee - Out In The Storm Widowspeak - Expect The Best
  3. Predictions for 2018

    They were brilliant a couple of years ago, but sadly this 'release 5 albums in a year' business means that quality control has been relaxed a great deal. Still, there's always hope for a 'best of' set.
  4. Predictions for 2018

    Thanks to Spotify, I've just discovered the easy going American folk rock of Actual Wolf. This would fit right in at EOTR:
  5. 2017 - How was it for you?

    Absolutely 100% with you on this. It would no doubt be accompanied by major corporate sponsorship - just not part of the EOTR ethos and let's hope it never happens.
  6. 2017 - How was it for you?

    A big shout out to the litter pickers, who seemed to be working before, during and after the acts. It kept the site a pleasure. Andy Loos also reign supreme. Both part of what sets this festival apart from others. Once I got used to how busy things were, I tended to leave one act a song or two before the end in order to get in early for the next one. I noticed this paid off for Nadia Reid in particular, where the Sunday rain added numbers.
  7. 2017 - How was it for you?

    I need to check the dictionary to make sure that 'sublime' doesn't mean 'offensively dull'.
  8. 2017 - How was it for you?

    Technical issues aside, she was just bloody awful.
  9. 2017 - How was it for you?

    I put my musical highlights from this year onto a playlist:
  10. Top 5 Performances 2017

    Father John Misty Band of Horses Lucinda Williams Vaudou Game Aaron Lee Tasjan
  11. 2017 - How was it for you?

    Compared to previous years, every stage seemed busy this time. Numbers were definitely up. I didn't see a big increase in DH quota, but there were a few there. Musical highlights included Lucinda Williams, Band of Horses and Father John Misty, who was the closest to one of those 'wow' moments this year. You know when you can just see the extra professionalism and stage craft oozing out of someone with star quality? That. Also, Vaudou Game just brilliant. They made a rainy day that bit happier and seriously moved some butts. It could have been awesome in the sunshine with one of those Bloody Mary's in the system, but it was still great. Low point... Julie Byrne. Dull as dishwater. And was Ryley Walker completely off his doughnut? I also wonder whether the Woods Stage headliners get their sound fed through a different mixing desk, or perhaps more attention to detail with the sound check, because there was quite a leap in sound quality over the earlier acts.
  12. Bands for 2017

    I'm really impressed with the new Waxahatchee album, Out in the Storm. It reminds me of the softer side of grunge back in the early 90s, like Juliana Hatfield and The Breeders. Really good stuff and it'll be great to see some "rock" on the Garden Stage. Sunday is looking awesome from start to finish: Vaudou Game > Nap Eyes > Rolling Blackout Coastal Fever > Nadia Reid > Julia Jacklin > Waxahatchee > Amadou & Mariam > Marika Hackman > Bill Callahan It's interesting that Simon was sharing album recommendations about the first 3 of these acts on Instagram during the year, so he does give some clues away as to what might be coming.
  13. Bands for 2017

    I totally agree, but it's interesting how Thursday is now more of "a thing" with Woods Stage headliners of some pedigree for the last two years, as opposed to competition winners and underground acts in the Tipi. Don't get me wrong, I used to love the old days, but things have simply moved on. I much preferred last year's Teleman/Shins combination to this year's, but each to their own.
  14. Bands for 2017

    Once Glastonbury has been on TV, End of the Road is all I can think about every year. Clashfinder already planned
  15. Cinema

    This is my 9th time at EOTR and the only time I ventured into the film tent was film occasion number 3 for @shoebox - but it was standing room only for The Muppets as everyone had the same idea. I soon ventured back out into the rain. I agree with @xxialac - why do something you could easily do at home? Too many bands, too many ales.