Glastonbudget Festival Review 2013
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- Axis Mundi
- Common Side Effects
- Abba Revival
- Julted Generation
Friday 24th May
Kevin Gaughan reports
Hard Suction – Main Stage, Friday
The main arena – which encompassed the Main Stage, the Icon stage and the Charny Army marquee – opened about thirty minutes late. A steward informed me this was to do with the high winds causing problems with the main stage. Although unfortunate, this did make me feel secure in the knowledge that the organisers were looking after us and the stewards were helpful and being kept up to date on the delay.
Kicking off the weekend’s musical journey on the main stage were Hard Suction, a rock band from the Leicester area who got everyone in the mood for a weekend of great music and good times.
The band played a range of popular covers, with a playlist of everything from T. Rex, U2 and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers to the Arctic Monkeys, they performed well and enthusiastically to an appreciative and enthusiastic audience.
Luzon Bleeding Heart – Icon Stage, Fri at 17:00
The first band on the Icon stage were Leicester based alternative electro rock band, Luzon Bleeding Heart. Suffering from a few technical difficulties, they pumped their original material out to the attentive audience. With some screamo mixed in to their original electro/rock sounds they provided some good hard core music to the early festival goers.
As with Hard Suction on the main stage, I was impressed by the size of the growing audience as the gates had only been opened a couple of hours earlier making me think this was going to be a busy Glastonbudget 2013.
Leaving Party – Icon stage 17:35
Leaving Party are a five piece indie band from Leicester who were still on a high after having won the prestigious Original Band Showcase round of competitions only a week earlier pulled a healthy, original and slightly unique set of songs.
These guys are going from strength to strength and it’s easy to see why, with their three guitars and synthesizer combination, they provide a full sound with their own edge.
Axis Mundi – Big Top Fri 17:40
Leicester’s Axis Mundi put on a storming set of high velocity electro rock songs. Delighting the crowd with with a colourful and exciting stage show, they drew enthusiastic applause from the audience. The band is about to launch a new album.
I’d be lying if I didn’t say that Axis Mundi were my actual highlight on Friday at Glastonbudget! – they were phenominal.
You can hear them on the Leicester Music Podcast with a Glastonbudget interview and two songs from Sci-Curious.
Knotslip – Big Top Fri 18:45
Knotslip are a tribute band to Slipknot and are from Plymouth. It has to be said, on entering the huge Big Top Marquee, with all nine of them dressed in red overalls and wearing horror movie style masks, I couldn’t help myself but to stop to watch the show.
Not being familiar with Slipknot, a quick Google search confirms they are indeed a theatrical and scary looking bunch, so knotslip probably look like the real thing and there’s no doubting the hardcore, rhythmical and heavy punches delivered by their music was nothing short of impressive
The marquee was impressively full, too.
The hard-hitting, dynamic show was hugely enjoyable, making me curious about Slipknot, I now can’t wait to see them headline this year’s Download festival on Fri. I would imagine that’s mission accomplished, as far as Knotslip are concerned.
Common Side Effects – Icon stage Fri at 18:45
This young punk band from Leicester always entertain and don’t hold back in coming forwards with raw, in-your-face, expletive ridden punk songs. Each one lasting, on average, less than two minutes. Good fun and, almost surprisingly, good music from this young punk band.
Unfortunately this was to be their last gig in the current line-up as the bass player, Sian, is leaving the band. Hopefully it’ll mark a chapter in the band’s career but wont be the end of the story for them.
Abba Revival – Main Stage at 20:00
Ahhh, Abba, a band a grew up with in my (very) early days, playing certainly most of the classics that I remember, ranging from Take a Chance on Me, through Super Trooper including some of the very later songs just before they split up.
Looking good and sounding impressive, complete with well rehearsed, choreographed moves they provided the whole show and did extremely well in the cold, windy conditions of the main stage. Last time I saw them at Glastonbudget was in the packed indoor marquee in 2011, I think I preferred seeing them in the more intimate, indoor venue, either way they didn’t disappoint and satisfied my thirst for the old Abba classics.
FourPointOh – Icon stage at 20:30
With the temperature dropping and the darkness approaching, Glastonbudget was taking on a new atmosphere. All stages had ample lighting provided by modern high-powered multi-coloured LED stage lights which provided a whole new look and feel to the festival as a whole.
At the Icon Stage were FourPointOh, a young, talented and enthusiastic four piece rock band from Leicester. With blistering, show-off guitar solos and a stage show to match, they attracted a constantly growing crowd who stopped to appreciate the entertaining and original song-writing ability of this band.
Impressive vocals, too, from Becky Woolman, who looked like she was dressed for the Antarctic!
Jilted Generation – Big Top at 21:15
I couldn’t go to Glastonbudget without seeing the great Jilted Generation. There’s one reason for that – they’re fantastic! A Prodigy tribute band with all edgy-ness of the real band, they are always a treat to watch and never fail to work the plentiful crowd up into a frenzy.