Here is my annual post on the Eastleigh Festival of Music, which we attended last Thursday and Friday. It was held indoors again this year in The Point. It was a little strange to be seated for most of the acts, and we felt a little bit detached from the bands, but Treacherous Orchestra remedied this at the end. Overall it was a great time as usual.
This is the kit are (I think) from Winchester. I really liked this band. Quite a traditional sound in some way. Amazing voice and I really enjoyed the banjo and the humor. Lot's of pauses for re-tuning which always amazes me as it takes me ages to tune a guitar. "Our job is to make the other bands look ultra professional, and we do this very well" was an example of the self depreciating humor.
Treetops Flyers were up next. I wasn't quite so keen on this set as I couldn't get over how similar it sounded to Kings of Leon - both vocally but also I thought in the way the songs were written and arranged. Overall a good performance though.
Lanterns on the Lake were last up on the Thursday. A much mellower sound to finish up with. Great performance especially as the singer was suffering from a heavy cold. Really beautiful ballads. I recommend checking them out on Soundcloud via their website.
The Moulettes were first up on the Friday evening. We both really enjoyed them - excellent vocal harmonies and really energetic - it set a really good tone to the second night.
Alasdair Roberts & Mairi Morrison were more traditional. Rendering folksongs, sometimes in Gaelic. I thought the reference to folklorists from the 50's was interesting - how some of this music would be lost if it had not been captured with early forms of recordable media.
Treacherous Orchestra were the last up. Absolutely brilliant - they got the crowd up and dancing in no time. What I thought was amazing was that they were able to connect with the audience straight away with just sheer energy! A really good end to this year's festival.
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