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  1. Post-TGE, the only one of these I've not seen now are Porij. The other 7 are all fantastic, ridiculously good in fact! KJP is quite well established at this point; Honeyglaze and Keg are two of my favourite bands of the past year but I think a lot of people know of them now. English Teacher are hyped with good reason. Off key post-punk beats, interspersed with quiet sections of perfectly delivered lyrics on the mundanity of life. Can't wait to see them again. Lime Garden are lo-fi but catchy and hugely danceable too. Would perfectly suit early evening in the Walled Garden (or Rising?), IMO. Joe & The Shitboys were hugely fun. A number of songs were under 30 seconds and one that was one beat long! Lots of repetitive, shouting lyrics (in a fun way), with louds of crowd engagement - Joe moshing and people shouting the lyrics in almost every song. Widest smiles I've seen this year! Potential festival opener, @lessthanwill1? Unschooling are a northern-French, guitar-based (including 10 and 12 string!) post-punk. Great fun live, but could do with a couple more songs with a known hook, I think. Very exciting set of bands!
  2. I can't really recall that much, to be honest! They were definitely enjoyable though without blowing me away. Having said that, the bands before and after set a very high bar.
  3. Definitely. A bit like travelling, the pre-planning and anticipation last weekend was half the fun! Essential really given how many acts there are and the multiple sets, giving almost limitless possibilities. I still had to change plenty on the fly, but at least I had a few options pencilled in. I cannot stand queueing (and the stress of perhaps not getting in) so I learnt after the first day to get to stop rushing around so much and stay in one venue for a while, get to the front and focus on my must sees. Saturday was definitely the weakest day musically for me but I still very much enjoyed English Teacher, Lime Garden and Lido Pimienta. English Teacher at Komedia Studio we worth the wait, after not getting in to their previous show. The sound wasn't perfect, but they were still fantastic. Off key post-punk beats, interspersed with quiet sections of perfectly delivered lyrics on the mundanity of life. Can't wait to see them again. Lime Garden were my other must see of the day suited their post-sunset slot on the beach, just as the beach and city had calmed down after a frenetic day. Lo-fi but catchy and hugely danceable too. Lido Pimienta closed out the festival for me. I hadn't heard of her but Big Jeff recommended her and he was on the money, as ever! Colombian, but drawing influence from right across central and south America and the Carribbean. It was just her and a drummer/percussionist and between them they carved the perfect rythym for a Saturday night. I loved her lyrics and chat too - fierecly standing up for women's rights, Palestine etc. A great festival. I'll be back next year too.
  4. I popped back for Maria Uzor first thing today and it was much improved (good, in fact). That was only one person though - not sure if it's any better for bands.
  5. Completely forgot that Portron Portron Lopez were brilliant too. Another French (or French-Belgian) band. Two guitars and a drummer. The drummer was wild (he also gave me their album in the bar afterwards, so will check that out!). The fastest beat I've seen live. A fair few songs built up speed gradually to a phenomenal crescendo. They've been around for over 10 years, but don't seem very well known in the UK at least?
  6. An absolutely epic day today. Tonnes of post-punk and heavy stuff and the standard was outrageous. I went Slow Down Molasses > Bleach Lab > Treeboy & Arc > Opus Kink > Thumper > Portron Portron Lopez > Powerplant > Unschooling > The Byker Grove Fan Club > Joe & The Shitboys (could've also added Scalping in there, but saw them last week so sat quietly for a few minutes for once!) All of those bands were very good, but four blew me away - Treeboy & Arc, Unschooling, The Byker Grove Fan Club, and Joe & The Shitboys. I knew of Treeboy & Arc from their Speedy Wunderground single a few years back, but hadn't listened for ages. They are top-notch archetypal post-punk of the current generation and I'm amazed they've not broken through since then. Unschooling also post-punk (northern French), but slightly more guitar-based (including 10 and 12 string!). Great fun live, but could do with a couple more songs with a known hook, I think. The Byker Grove Fan Club are LOUD. Self described as post-macho noise pop, with lyrics all about toxic masculinity. Great humour and crowd engagement too. Joe & The Shitboys were hugely fun. A number of songs were under 30 seconds and one was one beat long! Lots of repetitive, shouting lyrics, with louds of crowd engagement - Joe moshing and people shouting the lyrics in almost every song. Widest smiles I've seen this year!
  7. In the venue already where Joe & The Shitboys are later. Seen some awesome acts today. Will post more on the train home!
  8. Fairly decent first day for me, although a few disappointments too. I didn't get into the venues for any of Joe & The Shitboys, Bleach Lab or English Teacher, despite arriving 100 minutes early for ET! I find that far too stressful. Sound across many venues was also poorer than expected, especially so at Revenge - avoid at all costs. Also, the VIP music journo thing is very, very irritating, especially when they turn out to be the biggest w*nkers in most venues, talking through quiet sets or making notes stony-faced whilst a punk band goes down! TEKE::TEKE were the discovery of the day for me - a fantastic psych psych/punk band from Canada and Japan who use a vast variety of Japanese traditional instruments. I loved Gustaf too (imagine Bodega with the singer from audiobooks and you won't be too far away). Kills Birds were fantastic, ascerbic punk. ARXX were joyous at the youth centre and were the most life affirming have of the day, and Penguin Cafe were a beautiful, calming way to end the day at St Mary's Church.
  9. How many screenshot attempts was that?!
  10. I quite liked the video (assuming there's a normal map at some point)! Although it's probably not very inclusive.
  11. Stage times next week, according to their Twitter.
  12. Stella Donnelly's also playing a couple of times this weekend at The Great Escape, too. She played the main stage at Green Man in 2019 and was one of my highlights of the weekend. Cutting, but often funny lyrics, often semi-spoken. Would draw easy comparison to early Courtney Barnett, but it's definitely more energetic.
  13. That RBCF gig with Stella Donnelly supporting is one I've been really looking forward to!
  14. L'objectif and Powerplant on my hitlist too. Going to almost exclusively focus on acts I've not seen, so unlikely to get to Keg, PVA etc. this time. Still very tricky to plan a day though isn't it, with 39 stages!! Wow, that's incredibly frustrating. I'd be livid!
  15. I agree Honeyglaze would be great quite early on Far Out. I think the first slot though have generally been acts with a WTF element to them - International Teachers of Pop, audiobooks, Wet Leg? Perhaps Melyn Melin (or Mermaid Chunky if they're added?!) would fit that? edit: just seen that my memory was playing tricks and audiobooks were second on in 2019!
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