My very brief thoughts on what I saw.
The Cool Greenhouse
After the long queue to get in I'm glad I chose these over Yard Act. Funny, catchy and just right to go along with a beer in the sun. 8/10
I remember really enjoying their set at the time but kept forgetting that I had actually seen them throughout the weekend. 7/10
Horseman & The Uppercut Band
They were alright, not a band that I would particularly rush to see again or buy any of their stuff but it passed time quite enjoyably. 6/10
I had big hopes for these before the festival and I had been listening quite a lot recently. The set was good but maybe didn't live up to my expectations, could have been due to the on stage problems. A lot of people I spoke to were raving about them though so may have just been me. 6.5/10
Nuha Ruby Ra
I only caught the beginning of her set but really liked what I heard. I know she won the Rising competition but I would have preferred to have seen her somewhere more intimate and darker. 8/10(for the bit I was there for)
The first of my must see bands for the weekend. Like the proverbial can of Cuprinol, they do exactly what they say on the tin: fast, loud, aggressive, all called John. I enjoyed it but I'd like to have a bit more light and shade throughout the set, it got a bit one dimensional after a while. 7/10
The second of my 'must sees'. A set of two halves this one with the second half being a lot better than the first. I'm not sure if it was a bit of a dodgy mix on the sound or if they just chose a few of their plodders to open up with but it took a while for them to get going. 6/10
A hat-trick of must sees. I loved their looseness and the way they switched from super-chill to super-aggressive and back again. A 30 minutes set may have suited them better to concentrate their stronger material. 7/10
A nice change of pace from what I had already seen. Happy music for happy people. 7/10
The last of my must sees for the day. Brilliant performance, she looked like she belonged on a stage that size. 8.5/10
Ibibio Sound Machine
My stamina was starting to wane at this point after a few too many Growlers. I just remember that it was a lot emptier than the crowd had been for Greentea Peng when we arrived. 5/10 because I don't remember much of it
Charlotte Church's Late Night Pop Dungeon
Could have been the best set of the weekend but my body gave up on me and I fell asleep sometime after War Pigs. 7/10 for playing War Pigs.
Nice, wholesome pop music. A bit too twee for me. 7/10
I don't know if it was the hangover or the sound but I struggled to hear them so struggled to get into them. 5.5/10
After taking some time to recuperate from the previous night's excess some jangly-guitar based indie-pop was a nice way to ease back into things. 6/10
I enjoyed the arty-talking-pop but she may need a few lessons in crowd interaction. 7/10
Yes to bouncy, synthy stuff! No to drawn out introspection! 8/10 for the synthy stuff 5/10 for the rest.
My first 'must see' of the day and another must see that was slightly underwhelming. I don't know if I had been building bands up too much in my mind but I found them particularly 'meh'. 5/10
Finally a must see band that not only lived up to expectations but totally blew them out of the water and beyond the stratosphere. One of, and possibly even the best live shows I've seen. Complex, challenging, fun, irreverent, mimes, smoking jackets and slippers. It had everything! 10/10
I went to catch some of their set before Mogwai, sadly Black Midi had just ruined all music for me so I didn't enjoy them quite as much as I would have done if they had played a couple of hours earlier. Still good though. 7/10
Just what I needed to bring me down from a Black Midi high. The moon rising couldn't have been timed any better. Loved them. 9/10
Yes to the Devo-y/Rezillos-y type stuff! No to the smooth Terence Trent D'Arby 80s pop type stuff! 8/10 for the Devo style bits 4/10 for the rest.
The Golden Dregs
Really cool stuff and great on a sunny Sunday afternoon. We couldn't quite pick out whose voice the singer's sounded like. We ruled out Nick Cave, Johnny Cash, Neil Hannan and John Spencer before giving up. Any one know who it is? 8/10
Some really interesting ideas I wasn't blown away though. 7/10
Amazing! Pure, unbridled fun from the first song to the last. 10/10
A lot, lot better live than on record. Lots of bouncy synths, costumes, people in costumes planted in the crowd, what's not to like? 8/10
We Are the Robots
Kraftwerk tribute in the Round the Twist tent. A guy with some mannequins playing Kraftwerk songs, I loved everything about it. 9/10
I didn't know much about them other than "Hey Heartbreaker". Totally blew me away and are now one of my favourite new bands. 10/10
My fifth time seeing Gwenno and probably my least enjoyable - it could have been due to a post Dream Wife high though. 4/10
Will and the People
Didn't know anything about them, I probably wouldn't buy any of their stuff and can't imagine going to see them specifically. But they were perfect band to close the festival out with. Fun, upbeat, a mix of styles. Loved it. 9/10
A bit hit and miss. Crispy Duck Fries were a hit, the tartiflette from Le Grand Bouffe on the last night was inedible!!
The less said about them the better.
Cracking, the queues weren't too bad for the most part although I always seemed to get stuck behind a group of 7 who wouldn't decide what they want to drink until they got to the till and would spend forever deciding what they want.