Larmer Tree Saturday let the sun shine

19 Jul

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Unlike England in the 2nd test or the weather at The Open, Larmer Tree Festival on Saturday did not disappoint. The day began as all days should begin with breakfast on the top deck of a London bus. First stop was storytelling from the sun and the wind, the audience of children (and adults) enjoyed the story and the show, why wouldn’t we, it was funny and as the sun shone the crowd was in a happy place.

Further stops took in Naomi Bedford with special guests in the Arc, great set, beautiful voice and an appearance from Del Amitri legend Justin Currie and Paul Simmonds, the man they still cannot hang. A quick jog over to the main lawn and the Caribbean infused rhythms of Kobo Town created the perfect vibe for late afternoon on the lawn.

Meanwhile as I dashed about the festival the joy of bumping into street art was a pleasure. From walking flowerpots, men at work heckling festival goers, a piano playing nun and my personal favourite, the bemused ladies covered in pigeon poo, completely original and I keep laughing thinking aboutm.

Respite came with dinner, a wide variety of choice that made selection the hardest part of the weekend. We took the twins for a rest at the campsite, I was happy to kickback for an hour before hitting the Social for Saturday night. A gentle start from the glorious Cate Ferriis, followed by a trip to the Big Top to see Pronghorn whip the crowd into a frenzy. From young to even older than me the tent was bouncing and I swear I saw a hipster smile.

The Social was our base for the rest of the night. Bella Figura with their west coast laid back blues got the tent into a blissful state before Simon Panrucker turned it upside down. His energy levels and sheer joy matched only by Clarence soon had the Social filling up and dancing, one of my highlights of the weekend.

Follow that was clearly the message to a the enlarged 8 piece Nudybronque. They did with yet another blistering high energy tongue in cheek rock and roll performance. What an end to the best Saturday since Larmer Tree 2014.

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