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About paulwa

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  1. You're damned right it is, but in less of a special location. It used to be in that food zone just off the Garden Stage and was worth spending time at as a destination in its own right. Now it's in the row closer to the Tipi Tent, near the exit to the campsites. It's OK, especially once they fire up the nearby bonfires in the evening, but it has lost something.
  2. I was saying exactly this to a mate. There's not a lot of the folk-Americana-country strand in there this year. Israel Nash being the obvious exception. I always liked a bit of that relaxing stuff in the day, followed by psychedelic raucous nonsense in the evening.
  3. Sadly I have to miss EOTR this year, but I am quite relieved when I see this lineup. Other than missing Courtney Barnett and Cass McCombs I'm not that gutted. Low, Parquet Courts, Israel Nash, Steve Gunn would have been nice, but most of these have played before. I'm sure it'll be good as a complete event though, it always is.
  4. One of the 2019 headliners just announced...
  5. I saw Cat Power at The Garden Stage. She was a bit wobbly that night. Kept walking on and off stage, unhappy with the sound and the lighting. There does seem to be more stage monitoring issues on the Garden than any other stage in recent years - Big Thief, Jonathan Wilson and others this year, Julie Byrne last year. It's a shame because the sound quality for the audience is great.
  6. They used to have sinks on the path leading through the campsite towards the monument at the far end of the field. It was a few years back, but they were a regular feature at one stage.
  7. And they'll chuck bloody Interpol, Damien Jurado, Waxahatchee in there too. Perhaps the return of Bloc Party? Meanwhile I'll be having a nice birthday meal with my family. Not bitter at all. No, not bitter at all.
  8. It's not that hard to predict. There is a pattern. I'm not able to go there next year, so I predict Courtney Barnett and/or Sharron van Etten headlining, with Angel Olsen and Our Girl somewhere below, just to piss me off big time. I could also see Mogwai coming back.
  9. We bought a larger campervan pitch, but I honestly don't think the stewards knew what they were doing. Some were big, some small. Luck of the draw in terms of where the next group got parked next to you. We got lucky in that the people parked next to us got cheesed off with their allocation and moved, so we expanded into an area that felt like value for money. If we couldn't have done that we'd have felt like we paid the extra and ended up with a small pitch. Because it seemed like a lottery, I'm not sure it's worth paying the extra.
  10. Can't go next year. Only the second time I've missed it since 2008. Will be watching this forum for my remote fix :-(
  11. The best EOTR in 10 years of going. My top 5 this year (no order): ShameSt. VincentStella DonnellyLucy DacusSunflower Bean Saturday was amazing. As well as being my birthday, we had sunshine, bloody mary's, Beavertown, to the soundtrack of A. Wesley Chung (really impressed with him), Shannon & the Clams (great fun), Shame (am I allowed to say "Awesome" on here?), Sunflower Bean, Vampire Weekend. That day will live long in the memory. Disappointed with: Yo La Tengo. I was bored until Pass the Hatchet came on (ironically a 10 minute repetitive dirge!) Big Thief. They seemed all over the place. Too much talking, not enough music I didn't see any problem loos for the whole weekend. Some standout tracks:
  12. Well my prediction was totally wrong. I'd thought Big Thief on the Garden Stage would be special but they really seemed thrown after some stage monitoring difficulties. However, my top 5 acts of the weekend, in no particular order, were: Shame St. Vincent Stella Donnelly Lucy Dacus Sunflower Bean What were yours? After 10 years of attending, probably my best EOTR yet - for the outstanding depth of quality of the artists across the whole weekend, as well as the weather. Saturday was my birthday and it was like the dream day of music + sunshine + Bloody Mary's + Beavertown. It'll live long in the memory.
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    Wiltshire has been nice today, especially this afternoon. I'm about an hour from Larmer Tree Gardens.
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    Currently hammering it down in mid-Wiltshire. Let's hope this is it for the week, not least because I've a wedding to attend tomorrow, sober up Tuesday, pack on Wednesday, start again on Thursday.
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    I did a lot of the hot cider 10 years ago and have grown to dislike the stuff (and especially its effects), so I totally agree that hip flask brandy is the way to go. It used to be beer all the way, but I got fed up of nipping off for a slash. Age eh?
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