Friday 4th August
As usual we arrived in dribs & drabs throughout Friday & Saturday. I arrived around 6pm Friday to find Paul, Jane, Kai & Callum Chisnell already there, along with Tim Stenton, Andy Holleran (Three Legged Cat) and his oversized dog 'Bart'. Gordon & Richard (Treebeard roadie) arrived as I was pitching camp, as did Daniele & Elisa Castracane, Daniele's brother Nicola & his family & Francesco Ragazini & his girlfriend, all the way from Italy.
Tea & beer seemed a higher priority than seeing the bands, so it wasn't until Celtus took the stage that we hit the main hall. We'd had a less than happy experience with them, when, in another life as 80s heavy metalers Mamas Boys, Haze supported them at Newcastle Mayfair. They sounchecked until the doors opened, thus allowing us no time, & then their sound engineer unplugged half the PA just before we went on. Running scared I reckon!
Anyway, enough old bad blood, I really liked the idea of Celtus, traditional instruments & tunes backed by modern sequenced bass, drums & keyboards. When it worked it was really good, but too much of it drifted into Clanad territory for my liking, big 80s washes of keyboards & too many slow songs.
Saturday 5th August
Suitably shagged out, we headed for the main hall to load in the Haze gear. IQ were playing last, so soundchecked first, then Cardiacs, who were delayed by the late arrival of their sound engineer, but got on with things quickly enough when he arrived. By the time it was our turn, there was just a narrow strip of stage left at the front for us to fit onto.
There was only time for a 45 minute set, due to the long playing times of Cardiacs & IQ, so we picked mainly songs from 'Cellar Replay' to promote the new CD & T-shirt. The set was:-
We then took turns to man the merchandise desk while the rest went back to the tents to eat/drink.
Cardiacs put on a truly demented performance, which kind of split the 'proggy' audience, but was highly entertaining. By the time IQ came along we were all too drunk to care, and when those of us who'd stuck it out to the bitter end headed back to the tents we found everyone else crashed out. So no repeat of last years excesses then.
Sunday 6th August
Not sure exactly what we played, except it was an hour and a half of something like:-
We all drifted away after the Treeebeard show, Tim had already left - hence no pictures.
We're already looking forward to next year's festival. See you there!