No mains power, water or other services meant this was totally off-grid with three solar rigs providing power and water coming from the spring that gives the farm its name. The loos were also great: there were plenty of them and they stayed clean, stocked and serviced throughout the three days. All a credit to the brilliant organisation.
|Douglas (with Helen and Neil)|
|3 Daft Monkeys|
Gaz took us all singing along blissfully up to the midnight curfew on the new solar stage after which we retired to the bar in the barn for a few songs, the odd drink and a lot of convivial chat. It was here I first encountered Gee of Small & Gold and formed plans to get together again with more than just our voices. The night that followed was a wild one with the wind getting up, tents flapping noisily and the odd gazebo taking a trip across the field but things were relatively intact by the morning.
KilnAboy are a Welsh folk/punk outfit with their own powerful anarchic songs played to dance and sing along to. Another personal favourite, they are veterans of many a protest and the songs speak powerfully to the anti-establishment cause. Their new bassist made a convincing call for support for a project helping displaced people isolated in northern Morocco (not sure the exact project but perhaps No Borders Morocco).
|Boot Hill Allstars|
|Folk The System|
|Cable Street Collective|
|Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs|
Then RDF provided the marmite in the sandwich between these and the last couple of acts. They attracted a good audience but I still don't quite see the appeal and when they seemed to overrun rather on a night with an 11pm curfew it pretty much put me off them for good.
Leatherat. A relatively short set so they only had time for a few favourites and were missing guitarist James this time but were bloody superb. A brilliant moshy mess to finish off was followed by more singing around the fire with Skeg and a few others. A brilliant end to another brilliant Something Else experience that has us looking forward to the two more to come this year.
It's a testament to how much these events are loved by those of us who've experience them that before I could get this blog written all the early bird ticket and many full price tickets had already been sold for next year's Something Else Somewhere Else. Get 'em while you can!
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