What a fun Bank Holiday it’s been so far, and there’s still a whole day to go!
There’s a bit to follow, but I figured I’d do it in order. So, as I mentioned a couple of posts ago, Saturday saw us head over to Bristol (firmly made it’s way into my top 5 cities in England) for Dot-to-Dot Festival. We perhaps didn’t take advantage of the festival itself in the same way that our friends Kirstin and Dan did, and staying inside the O2 Academy when it was such a nice sunny day was a little disorientating, but seeing 5 bands for £20 is pretty great value all the same.
We managed to get through Beans on Toast, London Grammar, Tom Odell, Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Dry the River, and we only weren’t happy with one of them. Only having Gathering to go on as a comparison to other one-day festivals, Dot-to-Dot does seem to be organised a little better. Although there were a couple of full to capacity venues, the ‘headlining’ venue seemed to have a good turnaround – meaning Bristol is either full of hipsters who love music nobody’s ever heard of, or they sold the right amount of tickets for the space available.
I found the sets a little short, with London Grammar and Tom Odell only just getting started before they were finished, but I guess it’s better to be left wanting more than to be stood there feeling bored. My favourites were, of course, Dry the River, they played three (fantasic-sounding) new songs and I’m now even more excited to see them again in a couple of weeks; sorry I’m not sorry for the soon-to-be DtR overload, everyone needs to know about them, hear them and appreciate them. The sound was a lot better than at the O2 Oxford, where we saw them last, and they were so on-point, despite a new, unfamiliar beard and the lack of familiar vest.
Tom Odell (and his wonderful hair).
Benjamin Francis Leftwich – I’m sorry, man, I really wanted to like you but you swore far too much and it sounded like you were just singing one long 45 minute song…
This stagehand was channelling far too much Steve Zissou to resist taking a snap.
I am really pleased with some of these snaps, now I’m a little more familiar with my J1, I feel like I have a better handle on how to get what I want from it. I’m a little sad that it needs sent off for fixing, especially since I haven’t had it all that long but it did a really good job yesterday all the same.
Today was about being in the sun, having rolls for breakfast and lunch and really embracing Berkshire country living – this is the best bank holiday!