We left home about 15 to head to the bus to take us to Lisboa. It was another cool, gray, windy day. It was raining a bit the day before. Really crap weather again in June this year. We have not really had much real summer yet. IT shows with the garden as well.
Bus trip was uneventful. We tried to sleep a bit. Got a taxi to our room, got some more money and then went out to an all you can eat Sushi place. It was huge and the food was decent but not that good. Run by Chinese people, not Japanese! I think the only think Japanese was the sake!
After dinner we walked around and then found an outdoor bar to sit and have a drink (Berião) and a beer/wine before going to bed.
UP early, shower and go have some breakfast. We are not in a rush. Flight is not until 12: 30 and we are about 10mins away in a taxi from the airport. You could hear the planes fly over the place if you listen carefully. It was a very quiet place except for the huge obese man, who was clearly not well who was hacking up crap from his throat at 6 in the morning and making a lot of noise.
We are on the plane to Brussels. All has gone smoothly today and the flight is due to arrive a bit early which is good as we only had 1hr to the next flight and I probably have to go through some sort of customs. I got a mail about it being a small plane and that they will be very strict about hand luggage so I am very worried about my synth. I will not let go of it unless absolutely necessary. No way..
I really look forward to this small festival of 400 people. A lot of great names and I hope to run into some old and new friends. First time ever ØSC plays in the UK. Tim, Jiri and Mogens arrive an hour after us and Vemund not til 18 and then he has to get a couple of trains to Birmingham and arrive at 23 or so. He will miss most of the Hawklords, who headline tonight. Tomorrow we have Quantum Fantay, Silas Neptune, Dr Hasbeen. IT is probably the best day. ØSC closes the festival on Sunday.
Sue and I are a bit nervous about the camping situation and we have our huge suitcases and if we have this tiny tent, where do we store our stuff, etc.. There are a lot of logistics. Food, drinks, are all to be provided to us for free since we play for no fee, only our flights. We will see how it all goes. Sue has quite low expectations as she has been to a lot of these small festivals in the past with poor conditions but it has been 15 years or so since she was at one so we can hope some things have improved. Showers, bathrooms, etc.. Never know…
|Our camping area|
|The main hall building where the bands played|
Dr Hasbeen was next, which made sense since most of the people from the previous group, where in this even bigger band with 3 guitar, two bass, drums, synths. This was more high energy space rock. The singer had this crazy outfit. The light show was so fantastic. Wow. I was really amazed. Very cleaver people doing the projections, lights, smoke, etc.. Good audience. We heard most of it from outside as Mogens, Tim and Jiri had arrived how and they had a really good trip and were feeling great and were so happy to be there. Mood was amazing.. Sadly, I did not get any good pictures.
|Hawklords with Nik Turner|
June 22nd (Day 2)
The first band was on at 12. Sue and I did not stay up late at all but the others guy stayed up and partied until there was no party left. We slept ok but getting up to pee in the night was a bit of a challenge. They had portaloos not that far away and good bathrooms and showers at the main building that were cleaned regularly, etc.. This was good.
Dragonjacks, made these night fried egg and mushroom sandwiches for breakfast. Tay took the other guys into town for a traditional English breakfast burger thing. They were happy when they came back. It was a beautiful day and last night was nice as well. Clear starry sky last night.
Gunafoe was the first band and a young instrumental 4 piece band. They played really well and had some good dynamics. Reminded me a bit of Papir a few times but they did not do many guitar solos at all.
|Burnt Out Wreck|
It was great to meet the guys from Sendelica. Super nice people. Great to finally meet Pedro. This line up was a four piece with guitar, bass, drums and sax. They played a lot of tracks from the new record. Really good band and some great songs but I got a bit tired of the sax. It would have been nice if he used some cool effects some times. He played so much better than Nik can play today.
Silas Neptune (son of Ed Wynne from Ozric Tentacles), he was up next. I met him and chatted. He was a really sweet and nice guy. His girlfriend was also there but very quiet and did not say much. She joined him and sang on a few songs and played acoustic guitar as well. I think he played some new songs but I recongized a lot from his album. IT was all preprogrammed drums and bass and some synths and then he played a lot of guitar and synth solos with his Novation Supernova. IT was a cool set.
The Lysergics was a pretty good psychedelic rock trio from Germany. Guitar, bass and farfisa (she also played the bass lines on a novation). This was straight up psych rock with a heavy guitar tone (SG). He played a teardrop guitar for the opening number and then just the SG. They had some great songs and the last one was a cool psychout jam.
|Twink and the Lysergics|
June 23rd (Day 3)
I slept much better this night and so did Sue. The weather was cloudy, cooler and a bit windy. Looks like it will rain today. We had the same fried egg –mushroom sandwich for breakfast. The guys were so excited to play today. Tim was looking tired as he was really partying yesterday and going around to every camp and jamming with anyone who would have him. He played drums, chairs, guitars, … he played music almost all day and was tripping away…
The first band today was Crossroads 531, three older gentlemen playing most if not all cover songs. They did voodoo Chile, Bridge of Sighs, Garden (by Groundhogs), and others. Great players.
|Electric Cake Salad|
Voodoo Sioux had a great front singer but was straight rock and roll with a high energy. They had a very wild and animated bass player. It was not what I really wanted to hear but people dug it.
|Chasing the Dark|
Flutatious, was a folk music quartet with flute and violin and mostly instrumental music played uptempo, so people were dancing and having a great time as well. This was a fun and totally different band. Excellent.
Around this time my friend Batu and his girlfriend, showed up to say hello and he demonstrated all the latest update to the Kybalion Virtual reality experience. It was a amazing. We could show it to some of the people around and the Quantum Fantay guys. It was great to see him again and the Kybalion experience.
The Trance Dimensionals, was a big band they had Nik Turner guesting with them. I did not like guitar sound at all. It was so thin sounding, no low end or balls to it at all and poorly mixed into the sound. They played a lot of bad versions of Hawkind songs and Nik can not sing hardly at all anymore, he just sort of talks in a slow manner. His sax playing is so weak and lethargic. He comes across as a not well man. Nik is a lovely guy but it is time to hang it up. The people love him and he gets big cheers but he is just hanging onto life and not really enjoying it much. We sat around with him and he is hardly there anymore. This was the first time, that he did not recognize me and say hello Scott. He is not well and needs to retire now while he can still have some dignity. If it goes on much longer like this all people only remember how bad he was, not how great. Sorry Nik.. Will always love you, man, but it is time to take a break.
|The ØSC band for this gig|
Anyway, we just set up and did our thing and people loved it. They were dancing and having a great time and the lights were cool. Vince Cory joined us and besides being nervous and not stepping up to solo enough, he was great and played cool guitar. I was standing right next to him and I heard every note he played. Great stuff Vince. Vemund was killing it on the lead and Mogens did a lot of synth solos as well. Tim was a bit slow to start but he and Jiri really got it going after a little bit. Pity we had to stop right at 00:30. No way to play a bit longer. Anyway, we were well received and sold nearly 1000 pounds of shirts, CDs, etc… I was very impressed with the people and it was a great and professional crew that took great care of the bands on and off the stage. What a great festival and highly recommended. The main thing they could improve would be a few more food options but the Dragonjack’s place was excellent food and they made different main dishes each day.
Great festival. More foreign people (there were none) should give this festival a chance.