Another great year. Didn’t know as many acts going into it as in previous years, but highlights for me were -
Jessica Pratt - missed her a few years ago and love her albums. Mesmerising on the garden stage in the hot sun.
TVAM - heard they were great at Green Man. Loved their sound, would see them again for sure.
Angelo de Augustine - beautiful set on talking heads stage. Felt that venue really worked for him.
Low - more apocalyptic than when I’ve seen them before...what about that 5 minute wall of sound?! Was like a jet taking off but in a good way.
Bodega - much better live than I thought they would be, totally commanded the Woods stage.
Spiritualized - stunning set, even without some of their better known tracks.
Sam Evian and Hannah Cohen at piano stage / tipi - still think Americana just suits the place ... it’s in DNA of the festival.
Kelly Lee Owens - right at the front for that. Even better than previous EOTR set. A triumph.
Stella Donnelly - totally engaging, got a great reception.
Pottery - wow, what a live act for kickstarting festival.
Metronomy - did everything they could on a chilly Sunday night. Loved the way they all introduced themselves at beginning of set - made them instantly likeable.
Only a few gripes -
Chatterers - as others have said, most are middle aged men like me who seem disappointed that they are not watching The Fall or The Clash but are stuck watching Low or Mitski. Just move then, rather than banging on about how crap you think the act is.
Some of the food - spectacular mark ups. Weirdly under - spiced and inauthentic. Bored by a lot of it now, but the vegetarian Mexican place was v v good.
The comedy ‘Oi!’ band in tipi early on Sun morning...I get they are a comedy act but their sound really polluted the fields around them and when out of context was a bit intimidating...especially in our current political climate. Or maybe it’s just me.
Altogether brilliant festival though ...
Roll on next year!