End of the Road Festival 2014

I just got back from a weekend of camping at the End of the Road Festival in Larmer Tree Gardens in South Wiltshire in England (kind of where Stonehenge is).

It was probably one of the best festivals I’ve ever been to! It was very friendly, with great music, some art installations, comedy, films and a lot of different food options. No crazy teenagers getting wasted, no overflowing toilets (sorry for the graphic description but I’ve seen it all!), no camping on top of each other.

It was relaxing and a lot of fun! Here are some photos of the weekend.

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Owl John gig at Oslo in Hackney

Last night I saw Owl John (Scott Hutchison from Frightened Rabbit) play a solo show in a venue called Oslo in Hackney.

I have to admit – and I hardly dare say it – that I had never consciously heard a Frightened Rabbit song before but I just tagged along with a friend who’s music taste I largely trust. If he raves about them, then they must be good! Well shame on me, turns out that Frightened Rabbit are awesome.IMG_6382

And Owl John was absolutely brilliant! It was just him with a guitar but the music was captivating, exciting, dramatic, funny and just really good. I definitely didn’t feel short changed for not having other band members there because he is so engaging and really filled the stage with his presence.

I was also really impressed by how he dealt with the audience. You don’t often see a singer who calls his audience “c**ts” repeatedly, tells them off for singing along badly and yet there is a constant stream of drinks being bought for him. He drank various red cups with questionable contents – one turned out to be a Jägerbomb which he really struggled with.

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The National in Hyde Park (12 July 2014)

I went to see the wonderful band The National play in Hyde Park  at the weekend. The gig was part of a concert series called British Summer Time. The headliner of the day  was actually Neil Young but The National played on the main stage for about an hour before the headliner came on.

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BP1010939 BP1010913 BP1010918The played a great set. I wish it had been a bit longer. I felt like the band really connected with the audience, especially the singer. He came down from the stage and went into the audience for one of the last songs.

He seems like a very interesting character. He really gets into the songs when he’s singing – to the degree that I worried that he would explode. When he’s not singing, he doesn’t stop pacing up and down the stage like a caged lion. Definitely an intense guy. I really need to watch the recently released film called “Mistaken for strangers” about him and the relationship with his brother. Apparently it’s very good.

But here are some more photos from the gig.

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I also recorded a couple of videos which I published on YouTube. Click the links below to watch them.

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The National – Afraid of everyone

I took all photos and videos myself.

 

Jack White and The Kills in Dublin

Two of my absolutely favourite bands, The Kills and Jack White, played at Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin on 26 June 2014. It was a fantastic gig.

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The number one Alison Mosshart fan was wearing the same shirt as her!

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I also recorded a couple of videos of their songs. Here’s ‘Pots and Pans’

And here’s ‘Satellite’ (click to go to YouTube).

The Kills played for about an hour and then the stage setup for Jack White began. It was quite elaborate with all rowdies wearing matching black suits and black shirts and light blue ties.  Most props and things on stage were white with a bit of blue here and there.

Jack White requested that people don’t take photos but rather enjoy the experience. Fair enough! So I’ve only got a few of the stage set up before the show. And the rest will be words…

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Jack White’s band came on stage first and started playing their instruments one after the other. And then Jack came out. Wearing a blue suit with the same blue colour shirt. While the band were playing he took his time to walk to the front of the stage and tie his black tie while checking out the crowd. He then walked over to his white TV screen in the middle of the stage, switched it on so three stripes came on, got his guitar and started playing High Ball Stepper. The crowd was engaged straight away and howled along (if you know the song, you know what I mean).

Everything on stage was white, blue or black. Except the bottle of champagne that Jack was drinking from. It had the famous orange label.

For about two hours he played songs from old White Stripes songs to new songs from his Lazaretto album.

It is interesting to watch Jack White on stage because on the one hand you would think that he would be a badass rock ‘n roll guy but on the other hand he seems super nice. Acting like a good friend towards the audience, telling stories, feeling sympathetic about the rain (it rained for four hours straight). And to his band he is a mix of a fatherly figure who seems to encourage the others and a conductor who is in full control of what’s going on. Everybody listens to Jack’s commandos.

Halfway through the set a special guest appeared on stage: Alison Mosshart. They sang ‘Love Interruption’ as a duet. It was really good although they were both struggling with the lyrics. It seemed as if this was a bit of a spontaneous performance but that made it even more charming.

Overall it was a brilliant concert. Luckily he’s coming back to London in November.

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All photos shot by me on some digital camera. :-/

Field Day 2014 in Victoria Park

On Sunday I spent the day at the Field Day in Victoria Park in East London.

The Field Day is an annual music festival which I’ve been to three or four times over the last years. It has grown significantly since the first time I went and this was the first year that it took place over two days rather than just one. On Sunday the festival was headlined by the Pixies, a band that I’ve been wanting to see play live for ages.

The festival also has some really good food stalls. I implemented a two meal strategy – I ate early, so that I could eat again later on and hence fit in two meals. The first was a Greek steak and halloumi sandwich. The second was Jamaican jerk chicken salad. Very tasty but very spicy.

We were also very lucky with the weather. It was a hot sunny day.

A London based band called Temples was playing in the afternoon. I really like them, so was happily dancing along when suddenly the man with the globe head appeared. Spot him in the photos below. Wow!

We also saw the Horrors and finally the Pixies. They played many of their famous song including ‘Where’s my mind’ as their last song. Really good!

I just had a look on YouTube and there’s already a video of the Pixies performing ‘Here comes your man’ at the Field Day. Credit: S Sunege

Also read my adventures at the End of the Road festival.

All photos taken by myself on my iPhone 5s. The video is from YouTube – credit as per above.