Deer Shed Festival 8

An awesome family festival that I’d recommend to anyone. Loads to do, great music, great atmosphere and great company.

This is the third year in a row that we’ve been to the Deer Shed Festival and we’ll be going again next year.  Amy nudged us all in the direction of this “family friendly” festival back in 2015 and it’s now a permanent fixture on the calendar.

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DS6 & DS7 were superb and this probably topped them both.  The line-up isn’t packed with household names, but it’s fair to say that for me the music is a bonus as there is so much else to do there.  The website notes this as a family friendly festival and it most certainly is.  There’s so much to do and explore that every year we reflect on how much we missed.  The organisers do a fantastic job of making sure there is something for everyone and it would be fair to say that the kids activities are for the big kids too!

This year our kids did the following activities; fashioned a bow and arrow in the wilderwild, created “arty stuff” (screen print & designed bunny kids), did a forensic investigation, slack lining in the sports field, fairground rides, made paper airplanes and a paper dodecahedron…

You literally could spend all day in the sports field, science tent and wilderwild, but then there’s music across 4 main stages on top of that.

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Present at this one: Clare & I with Lana & Erin, Set & Amy with James & Ewan and Andrew with Mayu and Shumei.  The kids are aged from 4 to 9, but there’s something for everyone of any age.

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Food: the food is always great.  There’s a broad range of foods available from a variety of cultures.  I had Mac n Cheese, Red Thai Curry & an awesome steak & ale pie & mash.

Beer: probably the one frustrating thing about DSF is that you aren’t allowed to take any alcohol into the arena.  I know that’s standard at most festivals, but I’ve been spoiled at Glastonbury.  Nevertheless, that’s a minor complaint and the beer on offer is great.  Unfortunately I didn’t get as far as the Obelisk bar which had around 30 ales available.  I stuck with the main bar and enjoyed a few pints of the excellent Mary Jane and the specially brewed Wilderwild.

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Music: as always we created and shared a spotify playlist in advance.  I hadn’t heard of many of the bands in advance and so have now picked up a number of new favourite bands / artists.  I was looking forward to Teenage Fanclub anyway, but most of the others were pretty new to me and in fact many of the ones I did know were just because of previous DSFs.  Unfortunately I didn’t get to see anyone on either the In The Dock or the Obelisk stages, but that’s the perils of having a family!

Friday

Happyness turned out to be the first band I caught on Friday.  I was familiar with a couple of tunes from the playlist and the played to a crowd that was beginning to build as the day wore on.

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Honeyblood were the main support on the main stage.  They’ve got some great tunes and have a good stage presence.  They can certainly make some noise!

I then caught a bit of Jesca Hoop on the Lodge Stage before the main headliners.

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Teenage Fanclub were awesome,  I saw them back in November and they were equally good tonight.  It was a career spanning set with a focus on their latest album, Here (4 out of the 16 tracks were from this one).  The tracks from my favourite two TF albums were my highlights (Grand Prix & Songs From Northern Britain), but it was all good.  Shame there was no encore, but it was still a treat.

Teenage Fanclub Setlist Deer Shed Festival 2017 2017

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Saturday

Two all female groups kicked off the music on Saturday.  The Big Moon were in fine voice and She Drew The Gun started the poetry theme that spanned to the headline slot.  I enjoyed both and will certainly be following The Big Moon in the future.

Sandwiched in the middle, Ste & I managed to catch the second half of the Roddy Woomble set on the Lodge Stage.  It was enjoyable, although I was hoping for a sneaky Idlewild track.  He may have played one and we just missed it.  I plan to check out some of his solo stuff after seeing this.

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King Creosote was next (after a fast spin on the Ferris Wheel), followed by Ibibio Sound Machine.  ISM aren’t my thing, but they certainly got the crowd dancing.

We all then went to see John Smith on the Lodge Stage.  He was great.  I hadn’t heard of him before the line-up was announced and I can see myself getting an album before long.  I might have got one that night in the march tent had events not conspired against me.  I had Erin on my shoulders for the last 3 or 4 songs and she was enjoying the sweet sounds.  She was obviously enjoying it so much that she drifted off.  We were all amused as she continued to stay asleep as the set ended and we left the tent.  The heavens then opened…

…as we headed to our base in front of the main stage.  With Erin asleep and clearly struggling, Clare and I decided (as did Andrew and his kids) that we wouldn’t brave Kate Tempest.  Not our thing anyway, but the weather took a turn for the biblical.  We were all saturated by the time we got back to the tent.

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Sunday

The festival has a shortened Sunday and consequently you get a feeling that the weekend has gone very quickly.  You can stay over on Sunday night for an extra £50, but we’ve only done that the once.  We only caught two bands on the final day as we emerged ourselves in the Wilderwild and the sports field.

Teleman were one of my most anticipated new (to me) bands.  They didn’t disappoint.  There’s something joyous about finding a new band that you take to.  It’s an almost certainty that I’ll have bought Brilliant Sanity within the next few months.

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The Sunday night headliner was another band that I’ve never really “got”, but you could tell that most of the crowd certainly did.  The Divine Comedy ended proceedings and left us all adding the early bird DS9 ticket sale date to our diaries.

Weather: the weather was variable.  The Friday was pretty awesome, Saturday was pretty patchy and then insane rain.  Sunday was pretty good with the odd showers.  If you come prepared with wellies, then it really doesn’t matter.

Thank you to everyone involved in making this a great festival.  See you next year!

 

Glastonbury 2017 – Friday – Day Three

Glastonbury Friday. A great day for music. Some outstanding performances on offer.

The pace immediately builds on day 3.  Friday arrives and from that point on there’s barely a break from the music.  The day started with a cup of tea and the opening act of The Other Stage.  The Pretenders were up first.  They started slow with tracks off their new album, but soon played some crowd pleasers.  Not my type of band.  A satisfactory, if not impressive start to the festival.  It soon improved.

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We headed to the John Peel Stage next.  We’d just discovered Rews on the playlist and thoroughly enjoyed their set (missed the first few tracks).  Black Honey immediately followed.  They also sounded good, but we only caught a few tracks before we needed to head off.

The scheduling at Glastonbury can be a personal challenge.  You need to work out who you want to see in their entirety and prioritise accordingly.  Blossoms were one of those priorities, so it was our first trip to The Pyramid Stage.  They were really good without ever really sparkling.  I feel like they are holding back a little at times, but I’ll be really interested to see how they develop on album number 2.

The sweet sounds of First Aid Kit followed.  This is a band that always sound amazing.  They didn’t disappoint.  Oddly, Ste and I had been rubbishing the song, You Are The Problem Here, in advance, but this was a great part of the set.  A trip back to the Other Stage followed.

Glass Animals were up next.  We were eating a square pie for a few songs of this set and never really got involved.  It was decent without ever engaging me significantly.  They did trow some awesome inflatable pineapples into the crowd though which is something.

Back to The Pyramid Stage for three of our most anticipated sets.

Royal Blood took to the stage and were immediately impressive.  Those two produce such an awesome noise.  So powerful, catchy and engaging.  The two of them seem to have a great stage presence.  Their second album had juts got to number one and they celebrated by cracking open a massive bottle of champagne on stage and guzzling it all in front the huge crowd.  Class.

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The xx were next.  This set seemed to go quickly.  This may have had something to do with alcohol which had been a steady intake since 12ish.  The xx sounded great and seemed to have a set full of familiar tunes, despite the fact that I’ve only properly got into them since the most recent album.  Elbow were playing a secret set of the park stage and in previous years we’d have headed there, but given how many times I’ve seen Elbow, I’m glad we stuck with The xx.

An so for the first headliner.  Radiohead.  We hadn’t seen Radiohead live since 2003, so were really looking forward to this, especially in anticipation of an OK Computer heavy set.  Unfortunately its was a bit of a led down (no pun intended).  Despite featuring 6 OK Computer tracks and a tonne of other great tunes, it lacked some emotional connection.  We thought a significant problem was the stupid use of the big screens.  There was rarely a standard image displayed and instead you had to watch an arty collage of nonsense.  We were to far from the stage to see what was going on directly and could really only see the silhouette of an unmoving security guy on stage.  Consequently there was no connection.  This had a significant impact.  Don’t get me wrong.  It was good.  Just not great.  OKNOTOK I guess.

The night didn’t quite end there.  Just enough time for a lengthy dash to The Park (first visit) to catch the embers of The Flaming Lips set.  I think we caught 4 tracks.  All were good and seemed very entertaining.  A pleasant coda to the first full day of music.

Unfortunately, post Lips, we got caught in a massive crush outside of the park area.  If we did have any plans to continue on to anything else (we probably didn’t), then they were swiftly brought to a close be being sent in opposite directions.  We met back up at the tent.  Day three done.

On Friday 23rd June we walked 15.25km and saw 10 bands across 4 stages.  Highlights were First Aid Kit, Royal Blood and The xx.

The Pretenders Setlist Glastonbury Festival 2017 2017, Alone

REWS Setlist Glastonbury Festival 2017 2017

Black Honey Setlist Glastonbury Festival 2017 2017

Blossoms Setlist Glastonbury Festival 2017 2017, Blossoms

First Aid Kit Setlist Glastonbury Festival 2017 2017

Glass Animals Setlist Glastonbury Festival 2017 2017

Royal Blood Setlist Glastonbury Festival 2017 2017, How Did We Get So Dark?

The xx Setlist Glastonbury Festival 2017 2017, I See You

Radiohead Setlist Glastonbury Festival 2017 2017, A Moon Shaped Pool

The Flaming Lips Setlist Glastonbury Festival 2017 2017, 2017 Summer Tour

 

Glastonbury 2017 – Thursday – Day Two

AKA the day the music begins.  Glastonbury is about a lot of things.  Peace, love & harmony, to name but a few.  You can do all sorts at the festival and can have all sorts of different experiences, meeting people form all walks of life.  Ste & I keep to ourselves and see as much music as possible.  It’s not that the other stuff isn’t fun or interesting, it’s just that the music is why we are there.  We don’t spend ours honing a spotify playlist to ensure we have a quality itinerary, just to watch a man run naked around a stone circle, or watch a woman on stilts juggle with flame throwers, or listen to a debate.  We go for the music and try and consume as much of it as possible.  We did well this year and made sure we started as early as possible.  This meant the Thursday resulted in some exploring of the site until around 4.30pm (including 2 hours stood by the march stall drinking beer) when we began to get hungry for live music.  We made our way to Strummerville (high on the hills away from the other stages), had a bite to eat and made our way to catch our first band.

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The glasto musical adventure began at Strummerville on “Miller’s Stage”.  Two members of DIN were performing, although the show was advertised as just Nick Grimes (the lead singer).  They were decent enough and an entertaining way to kick off the music.  A trip to the William’s Green followed for the rest of the day.

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In 2015 we heard Drenge and Wolf Alice from outside the WG, but couldn’t have got in if we tried.  This year it was all but confirmed that Circa Waves and Everything Everything were due to play “secret” sets, so we decided to get there early and claim a spot.  There are other stages to watch music on the glasto Thursday, but only the WG has any acts of note.

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them and were singing along as the show progressed.  Set & I were about halfway to the front and got a reasonable view.  They seemed nice and soulful and I enjoyed the set.  Since getting back I haven’t listened to anything of theres, so I can probably guess that this will be my one and only interaction with this group.  It was a decent one.

 

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Pumarosa we the first band of the festival that I was familiar with.  I’d given them a bit of a recent listen and enjoyed some of their tunes.  The show was fine, helped by the fact that we were pretty near the front.  They were a bit arty in terms of songs and performance.  This didn’t seem to get the crowd going and I was fairly unmoved.  It was a performance that I’d describe as promising.  I wasn’t put off listening again in the future and would be interested in catching them again.

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Circa Waves

The steady flow of beer that Set and I had been consuming meant that Set split off at this point.  I got right to the front and it took a while for Ste to even get back in the tent.  Watching Circa Waves here, meant that we didn’t have to worry about a performance clash later in the festival.  This is where the music really started for me.  The set was only 7 songs long, but it was awesome.  Heavy pop rock is the best way I can describe Circa Waves.  The debut album was more poppy and the latest album turns the guitars right up.  I really enjoyed this and so did the crowd.

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It was a real treat for EE to play as they weren’t playing at any other point in the festival. Unfortunately it was my turn to be beer affected and as Ste moved forward I found myself outside the tent with little hope (seemingly) of getting back in.  I managed it…just. You can tell from the photos that my view was poor.  Ste will add some better ones later.  EE were great.  They played 3 new tunes and 6 classics.  No Reptiles, Kemosabe and Spring / Sun / Winter / Dread were all great and each one got the crowd involved in fine voice.  A great end to the music on day 2.

Day three is were the festival truly starts for music and there’s no let up from that point on.  It was worth it!

Deer Shed Festival – Deer Shed 7

Amber Arcades Lodge
Beth Orton Main
C Duncan Lodge
Cattle & Cane Main
Ed Harcourt Main
Everything Everything Main
Fronteers Main
Lanterns on the Lake Main
Misty Miller Main
Richard Hawley Main
White In The Dock

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Chase Park Festival feat. Turin Brakes

Headliners: Ash
Support Act: Turin Brakes (pictured)
Others on the bill: Slug, Blizzard, Hot Soles

 

 

Deer Shed Festival – Deer Shed 6

Acts watched (Chris)

Black Rivers In The Dock
Cattle & Cane The Obelisk
Dan Croll In The Dock
Diagrams Main
Emmy The Great Lodge
Frankie & The Heartstrings Main
Honeyblood In The Dock
Ibibio Sound Machine Main
Rozi Plain The Obelisk
The Hinds Main
Villagers Main

Glastonbury 2015

Alabama Shakes Pyramid
Alt J Pyramid
Barbarella’s Bang Bang The Spinney
Belle & Sebastian Other Stage
Ben Howard Other Stage
Circa Waves BBC Introducing
Courtney Barnett Pyramid
Death From Above 1979 John Peel
Django Django John Peel
Everything Everything Other Stage
Father John Misty The Park
Florence & The Machine Pyramid
Gaz Coombes The Park
Jungle Other Stage
Kate Tempest The Park
Leftfield Sonic
Mini Mansions John Peel
Paul Weller Pyramid
Rae Morris The Park
Ryan Adams John Peel
Soak Other Stage
Suede John Peel
Super Furry Animals The Park
Swim Deep Other Stage
The Charlatans Other Stage
The Chemical Brothers Other Stage
The Courteeners Other Stage
The Cribs Other Stage
The Libertines Pyramid
The Maccabees Other Stage
The Staves The Park
The Vaccines Other Stage
The Waterboys Pyramid
The Who Pyramid
Young Fathers Other Stage