Just back from Camp Bestival. Really not a festival kind of a chap these days to be honest, but had a quite splendid time on the whole. Four days of glorious sunshine obviously helped, and it's a very mellow family-friendly type place where the kids can wander off and do their own thing - whilst us parents get nicely shit-faced.
Adam Ant. God bless the silly cunt. No Ants but he had a band of enthusiastic kids - including the obligatory two drummers; one a rather lovely young lady - and started off by storming through half of 'Dirk Wears White Sox' of all things. The sight of five thousand forty-somethings, half of them with face paint, doing the crossed arms thing to Prince Charming in the afternoon sunshine was utterly fucking hilarious.
Dodgy. Bit meh really, but this
became the earworm for the weekend for obvious reasons.
Earth, Wind and Fire. Just fucking wow. Saturday was a sort of 70's tribute night. Chic, with only Nile Rodgers left, came over as a bit of a naff karaoke version of themselves. Kool & The Gang were OK but a few of them were original and they were a bit too old and fucked to get it up properly. EW&F was billed as the 'Earth, Wind & Fire Experience' or the Al McKay All Stars - basically a set of shit-hot musicians around the original guitarist / songwriter. They were just insanely tight and belted out proper, old school 70s funk. Incredible brass section. Like this
, in fact.
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. Curiously lovely. Bit of a kid with half a dozen laptops and a voice like Neil Tennant. Somewhere between Example, 808 State and the Chemical Bros maybe? Mind I'm slightly freaked out that the 90s have already become retro enough to do all over again.
Happy Mondays. Gloriously, magnificently, beautifully shite. Poor ol' Shaun's pretty much had it, sadly. The thing it did make realise was just what an under-rated bass player Paul Ryder is; he's the glue that holds the whole band together. Great sound overall, terrible vocals. And I got a picture of Mrs O with Bez in the ice cream queue, which obviously crowned the Facebook album nicely.