We arrived on the Thursday around 16, after a very nice grilled salmon lunch at the hotel. It was pretty easy to find the festival site and find a place to park. This was a sort of pre-festival and they had a stage set right on the water in a location near the church in town. It was basically free for everyone since it was on a normal street but you could get your wristband near the festival site so you could just to straight in the next day. The first band was supposed to start at 17 but they did not start until a bit after 18:45, so they were already nearly 2hrs behind to start. The first band was a PT band called Unrecognized. They were a trio with a powerful female singer, drums and guitar. The drums were very loud in the mix and terrible sounding (but it would get better). They played a sort of bluesy hard rock and would have been much better if they had a bass player. The guitar player played some cool riffs but it was all a bit too much the same in the end and no guitar solo or anything interesting to make their music stand out. They played like 25mins. There was around 100 people watching.
DW VOID was next and they were no psychedelic either, a pretty standard rock band with bass, drums, guitar and organ. The bass player doing the vocals. Sue and I hung out a lot this evening with the old bass player from Toner Low and his wife. Very cool people. They were ok but did not do much for us.
|Feeling of Love|
|Francois Sky and Guests|
|Born a Lion|
Sweredriver, were an old UK band from the 80s, I think. Sue and I did not like these guys at all. It was a very dated Indie psych that I was never much of a fan of. Crowd seem to like them ok but they did not get as good a response as The Wytches. We walked around and checked the artists, people selling clothes, the painting wall, merch stand, etc.. bought a t-shirt.
Red Fang, had played at Roadburn but I did not see them so this was the first time for me. There was about 1000 people now and they crowd was really into it and crowdsurfing, etc.. I quite liked the attitude and high energy. These guys were really into it, powerful and very professional with some tight arrangements. A really Rollins band, like hardcore energy.. Hardcore and metal mixed but almost no guitar solos despite two guitars.
Psychic TV started with a strange version of Astronomy Domine by Pink Floyd but it was pretty cool. They played another short, happy pop song that sounded like something from the late 80s. They have such a great guitar player. The best of the entire festival. The last song of their set was a killer song and also had great guitar solos and an awesome riff. They only played 4 songs for about 45mins or so and had amazing visual projections just like at Roadburn Festival. Cool band these days.