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Distracted by Seven Million People and Nudybronque at Larmer Tree 15

18 Jul

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The atmosphere at Larmer Tree Festival 2015 was a buzz with everything good and then add some Nudybronque and a whole tent is smiling and dancing and laughing and gaping in did-they-just-do-that? Lead man Aidan is adorned in flarey jeans, cape and girly top to strut the stage in a million personas that we can’t quite put our finger on. He’s got friends too in Luke (bass) and Wolfman (drums) both dressed to the sparkles and looking handsome and bright. Add John on keyboards, Faye Rogers on Sax and Connor on guitar plus glitter, and add a NudyExtraSomethingAmazing to this immense set.

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This was a magic, mesmerising show pulling together their own creative mix of 70’s Avant-Garde, Post-Punk and Britpop boogie in a new rock opera Graffiti & Her Friends: Against The Never Ending Sadness. The tent was rocking with little kids at the front and teens going crazy forming a moshy mess of arms, legs and sweaty hair. The place was full – “They are amazing,” says the guy behind me, due at the Magic Numbers 5 minutes ago. he was late but I get the impression it was worth it.

Larmer Tree Festival next week

7 Jul
The carnival procession at Larmer Tree Festival near Salisbury

The 2012 carnival procession at Larmer Tree Festival near Salisbury

Next week is the big family party known as Larmer Tree Festival, down, down at the bottom of Wiltshire barely squeaking into the county. We’ll be there for the whole thing (slipped disc permitting) hoping, for its quarter century birthday, that it will be more like a garden of pleasure and less like a mud pool. Anyways, here’s our highlights from 2012:

  • the garden’s peacocks – they like an audience more than comedians
  • parading to the sun – who eventually got his hat on – with a colourful sculpture made at an art drop-in session
  • Paloma Faith
  • pockets of poetry
  • local beer
  • shaking a tail feather in a tent full of people to Shake a Tail Feather.
  • blearily enjoying The Artist at Mark Kermode’s Film Club
  • the home-made pizza tent

Alongside highlights Tom Jones, Bill Bailey, Jimmy Cliff, Femi Kuti, The Magic Numbers, Ed Byrne (etc), is Nudybronque who are awesome and partly made by the son of chronicler Hilda.

See what we made of 2012.

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Larmer Tree Festival – ploughing on through the mud

19 Jul

What Larmer Tree Festival lacks in big names (and firm ground) its makes up for in smiles, as Chronicler Pete discovered.

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I’ve been going to music festivals for twenty two years – exactly as long as Larmer Tree Festival has been in existence.

Yet until this year I’d never been to the five-day boutique festival, which is held practically on my doorstep in the grounds of a Victorian pleasure garden near Salisbury. Continue reading

Larmer Tree Festival – a bit muddy…

17 Jul

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So…why didn’t we put our six year old in a wet suit?

Saturday (day three of the Larmer Tree Festival near Salisbury /Shaftesbury) was the ‘All at Sea’ themed fancy dress day. So: tons of mud, sea theme and an aquarian outfit which keeps a body warm and one which can be hosed down at the end of the day. I saw one clever parent who’d thought of this which made me slap my hand on my forehead, accompanied by ‘oweeeee.’

I’d been at the festival since Thursday and my son turned up Friday afternoon. And immediately jumped up and down in the muddy gunk before scooping it up in his fingers. Sigh.

On the whole the kids loved the mud. Usually accompanied by resigned looking parents, desperately trying to keep the mud on their wellies and nowhere else.

Okay, I realise I’ve nearly got to the end and haven’t mentioned music, comedy, art or even toilets. But the mud is all pervasive. It splats and slops and it’s really hard work to walk through. Whine, whine, whine.

That’s it, enough about mud. It won’t pollute the other posts.

Paloma Faith at Larmer Tree – Jessica Rabbit?

13 Jul

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“Marry me!” yelled an admirer of Paloma Faith, on stage last night on day two of the Larmer Tree Festival.
“What do you look like?” she replied in her little girl voice, peering into the crowd. “Oh quite handsome. What do you do?…A student? Oh dear. Come back when you’ve graduated.” Moving back from the crowd and flinging off her white stole, she added: “I’m not a gold digger. I don’t want you to be intimidated by my success.”
Charming and entertaining as well as good tunes, she glittered in a sparkly blue dress, all womanly curves. Add the white fur and flowing red hair and – a thought struck chronicler Pete – “It’s like watching Jessica Rabbit.”
She dedicated a song to hers and other people’s curves. Giving the finger – or the wiggling bum – to the red top media who have commented on her so-called weight. No complaints from the crowd or the marriage-proposing student.
So – day of firsts for me, chronicler Louisa:
1. First time at a full-on mud-fest. It’s like wading through chocolate.
2. First time in the ‘pit’ with proper press photographers.
3. First time it took so long to put up the tent (see point one) that Paloma Faith was the only thing I saw on my first day here. #Epicfestivalfail. We’ll never speak of it again.

Joss Stone and Paloma Faith among big names at Larmer Tree Festival

5 Jul

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Joss Stone and Paloma Faith are among the big names appearing at boutique festival Larmer Tree, which opens near Salisbury next week.

Grammy Award-winning soul diva Joss will be making a special guest appearance to perform with Yes Sir Boss on Thursday, July 12.

The You Had Me singer’s gravelly but lustrous vocals will bring an extra treat to an already great evening of entertainment on Thursday as she joins Yes Sir Boss – the newest signings to her own Stone’d Records label – on the main stage. Continue reading