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  1. Anyone else doubling down on their dreams of the impossible after the new Nick Cave album? I would sacrifice all other line up aspirations for a performance of that album on a startlingly cold, breath-in-plumes, larmer tree night. I saw Jenny Hval doing Practice of Love a few weeks back at the Barbican. Feel like the venue was all wrong, but it was quite brilliant (and .. I hate this word.. feels lazy... but bizarre.. ritualistic and playful) Has stayed with me persistently. The most staged and developed I’ve seen her in terms of performance elements, not all of it worked (I
  2. Totally appreciating the urgency here, 'ridiculous' is an excellent way to put it. I managed to bag (literally) the last ticket for the Barbican performance next week. Imagine its going to be intensely ridiculous live. YES to Murder Capital. Their End of the Road set was up there with the best things I've encountered in a long time (across any art form! serious hyperbole, but I mean it..!), all this eddying intensity and coiled rage, but shot through with so much delicacy and eloquence – so close to the experience of grief, that doubling of SO ALIVE and SO CONSCIOUS of it all hu
  3. Can't find this anywhere, maybe I'm being blind.. How much are early birds?
  4. I fear we won't see Sufjan again any time soon, he so rarely does festivals, but I would also LOVE this to happen, I saw him three times that week (Edinburgh, London, EOTR) and the End of the Road setting made it even more special. There are other returnees I'd love, not as headliners per se, but bands who are touring agin after a bit of a hiatus like Efterklang and Explosions in the Sky. Would also be SO KEEN to see Jenny Hval back with her new project. Beach House as a Thursday night opener. Other people (not sure if any of these have played before...): Holly Herndon, PJ Har
  5. Have noticed a few people on the Facebook event bemoaning the dates as the kids will already be back at school... might impact some people in that way, a dash down post-3pm on Friday and back for school runs in the morning on Monday would surely factor into some people's considerations? Not suggesting its a choice, EOTR is falling where it always does, just the matter of the bank holiday being as late as it can possibly be in 2020.
  6. It's crazy how different everyone's experiences are. Music wise, this was the best ever for me, it was solid running around to catch moments of brilliance. I'm not into this post punk moment much, only band of that ilk I saw was The Murder Capital. In past years I've been there with a big group of friends and we were a smaller contingent this year, but even that more 'limited' socialising didn't take the shine off the fun. I wonder whether the later dates next year will change the audience makeup – I assume everyone will be back to school already, so it'll be dedicated families who make
  7. I must be mad, but I weirdly came to love the Big Top this year after hating it every other year. After my first Green Man, and the open-sidedness of the Far Out, there was something so delicious about stumbling into the dark for some weird and wonderful sets. That said, I didn't go to any of the big hitters that were in there (Fontaines etc etc) so perhaps I was just lucky and able to roam around and get into it. Loved the late night sets in there, Kelly Lee Owens, Joy Orbison and Beak> were fantastic and I can't imagine how they would've worked on any other stage. Also really enjoyed some
  8. It’s the people giving a totally banal BANTZ running commentary on the set that I can’t fathom. My absolute worst offenders this summer were two guys at Aldous Harding’s green man set — comparing her to Damon Gough / Badly Drawn Boy and listing out the similarities across two or three tracks. When one of them scoffed “huhuhurr and she’s not much of a looker either” I snapped (in a very nervous *intense stare* “what on earth, please be quiet” *walk away edgily* way). I’ll forever reserve a special hate for those two and all they represent!
  9. Im wondering if they were trialling something with the talking heads this year and we might see more programming moved from Tipi to there in the future. It’s a gorgeous setting but seems things didn’t pan out all that well this year... Anyone know if either of the “secret sets” ended up taking place there? I think BRJ was meant to be one of them – Big Jeff was sure he was going to be there, but later said something about it being moved. Wonder why? I was there when the heavens opened on Saturday and got absolutely soaked, don’t think the ground/steepness would be great if if rained cons
  10. I was sort of “back of the front” for Low (further forward than the side stage / let’s dance sign) and there were two pairs of offenders in ear shot. If anything, their total arrogance in not keeping their voice down when people three four rows either way of them could hear every banal comment they were making was even more galling. It was SO quiet and they weren’t even pretending to whisper, full blown tedious opining on the music. Grown ups too, mind, not kids, not high, just really inconsiderate arrogant bores.
  11. I’d never heard of them before, and missed the secret set, but had friends tell me they thought they were high and aggressive — they definitely missed that it was an act. Seems like a strange booking for a secret set. And I feel bad for the band that they were apparently so misunderstood But! Onto the main business... far and away my best End of the Road music wise, despite not seeing any of three main stage headliners. Highlights: Low — I’ve seen them 10+ times, including twice touring the latest album, and I’ve never seen a set like that before! Felt like I was being abducted.
  12. I wonder if the forest grants wishes...? I'm not one for hoping anyone ill, but I can't say my weekend would be ruined if I heard of the untimely demise (professional... or... otherwise) of a pair of straw-haired buffoons. Aside from that, I hope the 'real world' doesn't penetrate our woodland escape.
  13. I'm going further this year: out of office on, gmail and all news apps deleted, time for the sweet oblivion of Larmer Tree Gardens. What better antidote to the current shambles of the brexit-cycle? With any luck, there'll be a revolution before we re-emerge from the forest.
  14. Ufffft..! now I am VERY excited.
  15. very good... but seriously... @WM Hall IS THE MAN, just absolutely made my weekend.
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