Realised after dinner that Campfire Trails show did not start until 9pm so got antsy and decided to push my luck and hit another club first.
Hype hotel with a huge line was starting Tuesday night and first band of the evening was Oberhofer..lots of buzz about this Brooklyn band so we took the chance, and though there was a huge line, badges went on in.
The spirited, Strokes"ish" Oberhofer hit the stage and these kids were fantastic, highlight of the evening for sure. Young but very polished, energetic little fellas, floppy haired and rocking. it was a hoot.
Then it was off to Bat Bar for Campfire Trails night. First off,. Apache Relay. Almost Dry the River but not quite there, their set was haunted by what I thought was no vocals audible for the first few songs. This turned out to be an issue all night. Good little band with a little Springsteen thrown in with a cover of State Trooper.
Our fourth visit to the LarmerTreeGardens for the End of the Road festival reveals a few changes. New main stage (Woods), new pathway and entrance to the site from the car park (which was the only real negative issue all weekend, being a trolley-busting experience made up of large sharp rocks) and a new layout meaning a wider expanse and no overcrowding on the site. I would guess the capacity was around the 8,000-10,000 mark and still a ‘small’ festival...
A great selection of food and a brilliant selection of beers and just like the Green Man festival, a nice, friendly mix of people of all ages. What everyone had in common was with an appreciation of the music, their surroundings and fellow festival-goers. I really cannot recommend this festival highly enough along with Green Man - they are both just perfect weekends, whatever the weather.
Arriving at the Green Man festival site around mid day on Thursday and avoiding the wristband exchange queues later in the afternoon also meant plenty of lush green grass to pitch the tent on. The weather held for the entire weekend. Very cold Thursday night and very overcast on Saturday but, whoever was controlling the water tap above the mountains this year, kept it in the off position, with just the occasional drip of warm Welsh rain, all weekend. Tans and smiling faces guaranteed!
I don’t think I have even seen so many children at a festival but there was plenty to keep
them occupied including the rather wonderful Einstein’s garden (for big kids too).
Thursday night had the brilliant (twin) guitarist, Rodney Branigan delivering an acoustic
blues set, followed by the hilarious Tim Minchin with a guest spot on the Far Out stage.
The end of his set included a crowd 'sing along' to Leonard Cohen’s hallelujah.
Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party began almost by mistake in 1997 like an impromptu band practice crashing into a backyard bar-b-que spilling into the neighboring streets. Back then, it was a one-day event on a single stage in the epicenter of Capitol Hill.
Capitol Hill is arguably the most eclectic and entrepreneurially driven neighborhood in the emerald city. 14 years later this three-day festival happens on multiple stages with line-ups that have included MGMT, The Dead Weather, Sonic Youth, Vampire Weekend, The Dodos, Visqueen, Silversun Pickups, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, The Gossip, The Thermals, The Melvins, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Mudhoney and Built to Spill.
Three consecutive days of perfect sunny summer weather in Seattle is a rarity but luckily this year for the 20,000 plus in attendance to catch headliners like TV on the Radio, Ghostland Observatory, Explosions in the Sky and The Head and the Heart sunscreen and cold beer beat out coffee and wellies.