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Larmer Tree Saturday let the sun shine

19 Jul


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.

Duvet Biscuits and No Romance (In General) at the Open Mic, in The Social.

18 Jul

It’s very chilled in ‘The Social‘ at Larmer Tree 15 and there’s an Open Mic on.

First to go on stage is Sara, who reads a poem, a long poem of duvets, dads, sex and biscuits. I never mix sex and dads, it’s just wrong. “He told me there was no romance in general and I tell him my dad was magic – the biscuit turns into some sort of cramy shared thing, split in two kind of metaphor and some folding happened, and bruises – a mix of metaphors. This was performance poetry!

Next up gentle yoga lady, playing handmade glock, and we all feel a bit more chilled, even sleepy, and social in the Social. Lovely.

A young girl plays as singer song writer with a belting Ed Sheeran voice into Sam Smith . She’s very good. I’m impressed with this open mic and the atmosphere it maintains in the tent, in the social at Larmer Tree and it’s sunny outside and cool in here. It has something to do with the generous Justin MC (of Bella Figura), I am sure. Lovely. Yes Lovely again.

Nathan sings an original song with a very little guitar. He on the other hand is very tall and once had a romance with a woman in Cornwall who he never met. The original song is about ending it with the woman from Cornwall. “221 miles just to see you again.” The Social is confused, we thought he’d never met her … Oh – pen – mic – mo – ments. Next song, Nathan requests backing vocals and audience participation: some are seen to shuffle to the beds at the back ( yes beds: Larmer has it all). “Somebody, somebody, somebody, somebody find me … Somebody to love.” In a non-Freddy voice. He had somebody, somebody he never met and ended it all with.

Paul Ecentric reads us a story and it’s pretty good. He has a book for sale 😉 about Fleur and her man, and some flowerpots they call a garden. she gets abducted by aliens and it’s still chilled in the social until …

The Anti- Poet is mixed with Jake Bird and Paul Ecentric is playing a washing board. They all knew the same song so their open mic slot was combined because, The Social was all out of time.

Everyone was in the Social today because it’s nice in there, Larmery lush, a bar, soft floor, beds and even some peacocks.