Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Together the People - a new music festival for Brighton

It seems that I have been attending a lot of music festivals this year. Together the People is a new festival situated centrally in Brighton and with a Saturday line-up that included Billy Bragg, The Levellers and Super Furry Animals there was a combination of the left, local and eclectic that should fit well into this city and also my earlobes. But there was also the promise of lots of new music too, with young bands on three alternative stages, including one promoting the local music college - BIMM.

All the photos have been added to my Brighton Together the People gallery.

I bought weekend tickets on the strength of the first wave of artist announcements. Then Jose Gonzalez and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas were added to the bill - perhaps 'safer' sounds to bring in the extra crowds. When the days were allocated, Billy Bragg, The Levellers and Super Furry Animals were the Saturday lineup with the newcomers on the Sunday. Despite it being the sunnier day, the Sunday attendance was noticeably down on Saturdays, perhaps a pointer to the promoters One Inch Badge that you can be too safe in this city! 

Anyway, we had a great couple of days, each time getting home on buses to comfortable beds within half an hour of the festival closing. I took a few minutes out to get photos of the music makers and and a few of the people (together), in no particular order....

Bess Atwell on the excellent Folklore stage
Billy Bragg - plenty of topical material to air his views and influence his choice of song
Brakes headlined the Second Stage
Carnival Collective opened the event on Saturday on the main stage.
Glass City Vice on the Second Stage
Please can you take our photo? On their camera - but I got one of my own too.
Cash is all you need
With under 12s free and entertainment laid on there were loads of local families, many no doubt rolling out of the smart local Preston Park houses
There was a substantial funfair too
Our local Green MP Caroline Lucas on the main stage saying her bit. She was savvy enough to keep it short.
Horrible Histories Live - entertainment for the kids
Lots of good humour in the audience
Even the security staff were smiling
Siesta in the sun
Impromptu entertainment from the food stalls
On Sunday a live performance of Cat in the Hat - I assume the kids are on on the mat in front of the audience
Live street art - very possibly entitled "Together the People"
Verity Sessions - the first act on the BIMM stage
Dizraeli and the Small Gods
Fly Golden Eagle - and a ear plugs notice
George Ogilvie on the Folklore stage
Ghostpoet - an enjoyable mid afternoon set on the main stage
Jose Gonzalez - by the time he was on as headliner on Sunday on the main stage, temperatures were falling. Since, just to confuse us, he's from Sweden, he was probably in his element.
Kudu Blue on the Second Stage
Lucy Rose on the Sunday main stage
Another Lucy, Spraggan this time, on the Saturday main stage. Together the Lucy's was never to be.
Luke Sital Singh was a pleasure to listen to headlining the second stage on Sunday
Luke Sital Singh
Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
Mindofalion on the BIMM stage at Together the People Festival 2015
MOK opened the second stage
Neon Saints Brass Band on the main stage - putting in great energy but too early for the crowds
Neon Saints Brass Band - playing Brighton Komedia on October 9th when I am sure they will get a better audience!
Normanton Street on the Second Stage
Public Service Broadcasting signing albums at the Resident Records stall. Loads of lovely vinyl!
Public Service Broadcasting on the main stage
Roots Manuva - on at 3pm Sunday, a bit earlier than I expected, but well received
The germ free super Super Furry Animals, headlining on Saturday.
The Levellers played to a very appreciative home crowd
Didgeridoo meets The Levellers
The Xcerts pulled a big crowd to the Second Stage
Thyla on the BIMM stage
The excellent Written in Waters on the BIMM stage
Yonaka on the second stage

Thursday, 3 September 2015

The final day of Latitude Festival 2015

I suddenly realised that I had not got as far as getting my photos of the third day of the Latitude Festival online. So pushing aside further processing from France and before I get another slew of festival images from the Together the People festival in Brighton this weekend, here is a document of the final day.

Well, it was not quite a full day because we left the festival at 9pm. My wife Shirley had to get into work the next morning and with no real desire to see Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds we escaped after the Manic Street Preachers set. In the camping area we had a Gallagher brothers lookalike next door - soundalike too - so we had to say farewell and make it sound that we'd would really loved to have stayed but unfortunately we just had to go.

All images have been added to my Latitude Festival 2015 gallery.

And when we did go we got to witness a fantastic sunset. I got these images on my phone...

Farewell to the helter skelter
Arriving from the festival campsite just as we were leaving
Look out tower at sunset

Rewind to the start of the day, 12 hours earlier, the queue for the portaloos
Glamping in mini-houses? Or human kennels?
Three different varieties of 'glamp'
These pink tents looked special - but how many were occupied? Seemed too pristine...
Cereal killer cafe, constructed from recycled milk crates
We started with our only visit to the comedy tent - this is Tom Deacon
Relatively local act Izzy's Daughter on the Lake Stage
A Winged Victory for the Sullen on the Radio 6 stage
From Brighton - Theo Verney on the Lake Stage
Collecting litter - probably a job in exchange for tickets
Selfie in the crowd
A brash Bob Geldof and The Boomtown Rats
Sharing smartphone photos
Kwabs on the Radio 6 stage
Sir Bob may have been brash but the crowd seemed to enjoy it all
Great energy from Young Fathers
Vintage costume on show
And spotted glamour
Years & Years and loads of kids on shoulders
Effortless Scandi-cool from Warpaint
The Manics are on stage
Manic Street Preachers
Cymru am Byth!