this is a two day festival we only went along for the Saturday along with some 10,000
other people. The acts for the day were V-male, Peter Frampton,
Steve Lukather (of Toto), Uriah Heep, Marillion, Roger Hodgson (of Supertramp), and finally Joe Cocker. We arrived to see the end of
Peter Frampton and managed to get a good place near the front. All the acts were
really superb although we did leave early during Joe Cocker's set because it was
getting late and we anticipated some large queues at the car park. A shame really
because we could still hear him performing as we were driving off and it sounded
like we missed a lot of his more familiar work.
our shame we didn't arrive early enough to see the whole of Peter's set but what
we did see we enjoyed and it seemed that the rest of the crowd were enjoying hearing
him play too. He played 'Show me the way' and 'Baby, I love your way'. If you are
now thinking 'Oh that Peter Frampton' then you are not alone, I had to refer to
my walking encyclopedia. We managed to work our way through to quite near the front
and stayed almost in the same place until the entire day was over.
Lukather was a real hit (and I'll hear no comments such as did his bass player take
time out from recording DIY SOS). He didn't play anything that we recognised although
clearly the rest of the crowd knew his work and were singing along. It was very
easy to get caught up in his strongly guitar based rock.
Heep were on before Marillion. Naturally I'd heard of them but never heard anything
by them despite their long career. I am now very tempted to go and check them out.
I was extremely lucky to be in the right place to catch the pick that was thrown
into the crowd. Normally I cannot catch to save my life and if I'm honest I just
threw my hand out and was lucky that the pick hit me.
were also on top form with H performing his gymnastics during the Easter encore
by climbing up the rigging. This time he chose only to stop slightly before the
lighting rig. The rest of the set was awesome and you could see that H was loving
playing to the crowd.
He made a passionate speach relating to the make poverty history campaign. Given
that we were sharing the day with Live 8 this seemed very appropriate and well received.
I must mention the guy who got me the Marbles pick. He had asked one of the security
guards to get him one of the picks and he obliged. I offered to trade him the Uriah
Heep pick but he said he preffered the Marbles one. Then he spotted that they swept
another one off the stage and obligingly dived over the barrier and fetched it for
me and was back before the security new what was going on. I am forever in your
debt. BTW if there is anyone out there with any of the other Marbles picks that
might like a trade along the lines of some of my pictures then please get in touch
(well I have to try).
Hodgson formerly of Supertramp gave a superb performance selecting a wide range
of their well known work and it went down extremely well with the crowd. It brought
back so many good memories for me and obviously for so very many people in the crowd.
When you hear the crowd yell out for a particular song you don't expect it to be
played. Well they shouted for School and he said they would have a go. Clearly it
was lacking in some minor areas but it really did feel like they were doing it on
request. Two guys on stage managed to reproduce the sounds of Supertramp so well
it really amazed me.
When he asked to see all the unbrellas in the crowd during the song it's raining
again it made for a spectacular site, I only wish I had a picture of it. Again I
think we will be looking out for Roger touring.
was the headline act and not scheduled to come on until 11:00 and when he did it
was with around nine other musicians. Even so the vast stage seemed quite empty
as most of the musicans were placed well at the back giving Joe plenty of room.
Again the crowd seemed to be really taken by Joe and his growling voice.
As a reference to the Live 8 he played a version of U2's 'One'. We left at around
midnight and at that time he was playing 'You can leave your hat on'. As we pulled
away in the car we could hear 'With a little help from my friends'.
On the way in we happened to meet another Brit and he said he had been coming to
the festival every year of the festivals 25 years. It really was a very well organised
festival with everything taken care of (even the ground was covered to reduce the
mud). Regardless of Marillion playing or not I think we are very likely to return
to this festival next year.