Continuing to blot out everything in favour of the music I headed back to Lechlade festival for a second day.
Saturday had been a great day, what was in store today? Would it be as good, would it be better, all questions that were spinning around my mind as I entered the festival site, I’ll leave you to see what you think?
I aimed to catch up with bands from two main stages as you can see, first on todays list was:
A pair of siblings from Bristol opened proceedings on the main stage today, and had drawn an appreciative crowd enjoying the country rock style the have developed, it worked, and incredibly well. I did find the Lecklade, Lechfest and settling on Lechlade Festival comments interesting as so many seem obsessed with naming festivals Fest’s now. Was a good choice to open Sunday I thought.
I headed back to the SAM tent hoping to see Kath and the Kicks, but instead things had been re-jigged slightly and next up were someone different. Prior to this was a young band of teenagers that deserve a mention.
I arrived late to their set being the other end of the field, but they had clearly drawn a large audience on the SAM stage. They played with experience beyond their years, and went down a storm with the audience. Reading about them afterwards I saw they hit the national press a few years ago with the release of their first album, transpires on the album was a song about ‘Peppa Pig’ not being cool anymore, it certainly wasn’t and they were ordered to remove it from a well known download site. As they finished their set that appeared to run over, the crowd was brought to their feet and gave the young band a standing ovation.
John Adams Band
John came on stage with his band and instantly warmed up the tent, It emerges that John has played Lechlade before and was a firm favourite with the crowd. His music was beautiful, although I preferred the way he said it with his welsh accent. John had the crowd singing along with not only his observational songs, but with a lovely rendition of Sinead O’Connors Nothing Compares to you, which suited his vocal style fantastically well. John wasn’t someone I had planned on seeing but what a voice, what a delivery and I can see why he is demand.
Kath and The Kicks
I liked what the listings had said about this band so it was one I wanted to catch; they had travelled south from Leeds to bring their ‘powerhouse for rock lovers’.
Fronted by Kath Edmonds on vocals and guitar they belted the songs out, Kath looked out into the audience and asked ‘are there any girls here who play instruments, we need more’. If you are after raw rock music this was the band for you, they blew the cobwebs out and had the crowd ready for the rest of the day, I guess well planned by the organisers?
Heading over to the main stage I was going to keep the rock vibe going, and the festival spirit going as I settled on the grass to relax, but the band about to hit the stage, had other ideas
Unique was probably the best way to describe them, they came on stage bashing pink dustbin lids? Fjorka is a multi instrumentalist born in Dublin and now based in London. Their performance was incredibly visual and brought many genre’s into the mix, electro pop is far too simple way to describe them, but a band that needs to be seen, to be experienced, so much so, it wasn’t long before I was in the ‘pit’ taking shots of an mind-blowing performance.
Another band blowing the cobwebs out were London’s Dirty thrills, fronted by Louis James the son of ex Moody Blues vocalist Nicky James, all the info before suggested a ‘charasmatic blues rock quartet’. It was such an accurate description, they championed the cause and rocked with passion, putting on a performance that definetly made me stand up and take notice. If you like your rock raw with attitude, these were the band for you. Widely tipped as a ‘must see act’ by many.
Excuse the corniness, if there is such a word but these guys really did make me feel good,if no-one else, although judging by the crowds reaction they blew the roof off, with force. They opened with a fantastic version of Going Home, included other hits such as Roxanne , Back in the Night and Milk and Alcohol. Current vocalist Robert Kane is a great front man and with Steve Walwyn on guitar alongside helped make for a formidable set.
Indie band, The Hoosiers arrived later than planned on stage, but they couldn’t be blamed as they’d come straight from another festival appearance earlier in the day elsewhere. They played Goodbye Mr A, alongside many others from their back catalogue, and the crowd were loving it. Some great banter going on between vocalist/guitarist Irwin Sparkes and drummer Alan Sharland inbetween songs was great to hear, and it was clearly evident they were enjoying the set as much as the fans out their in the audience, dancing and singing along. For the crowd a real treat.
Summarising briefly this was a great festival, well organized, and ran, but as always it’s the people that make a festival and it cant go without saying a huge thank you to all the volunteers working behind the scene and helping this festival run smoothly with what appeared to be no hitches. One to catch up again in the future.