So, up early to have breakfast at the hotel with (well, on the next table to) Asian Dub Foundation.
Okay, so we only realised that AFTERWARDS, but hey.
I had to dash off early as I had Choir practice from 10-12 noon: would have been good if the staff on the gates hadn't looked at me like I'd landed from Mars when I went to go in, but hey!
Finally we got set up on the floor of the Indoor stage, weren't allowed to bring chairs in to sit on, the crew doing soundchecks for bands not due on stage til 12.35pm, and us trying to hear ourselves think!
Bit hairy, but we managed.
The choir then went over to the Leicester College pop-up tent studio where we recorded one of the tracks we would sing on stage on the Sunday: after some negotiation with the nearby volleyball/energy drink company stand, we got enough quiet to do the recording. Hopefully will follow!
I then went over to join Neil in the HOT 'Into the Wild' tent to see the end of Hip-Hop Shakespeare. Akala is great ambassador and performer of Shakespeare inspired material. And he always has great female vocalists with him too.
We probably should have gone to see Savages or even Tim Edey and Brendon Power, but instead we drank tea in the sun. Well it hasn't often happened this year!
We listened to a bit of Dog is Dead from the main stage in the background of food, but 'twas nothing special. Molotov Jukebox however were great - very lively fun!
We then skipped indoors to catch the wonderful Agnes Obel with accompanying strings - mmmm, spotting a pattern yet! - again, some technical difficulties getting the monitors right for everyone on stage, but really lovely stuff. We did a bit of Friends in the background and then saw Micachu and the Shapes ---- this time without them having to wait for an age for some crazy Isrealis to stop tearing the indoor stage apart!
We then saw a bit of Speech Debelle - laughing like seals as she called out to the seats in the back of the tent "are you all okay in Seaworld?" and generally pleading with the lighting guys to keep the very bright lights off as "we're rotisserie!"
We then went back indoors to see the incomparable Jonathan Richman.
He may prone to ignoring his extensive back catalogue (and who could blame him not wanting to drag back 30+ years to old material) but he had the audience in the palm of his hand. Mad lyrics, crazy dancing, a brief flirtation with Egyptian Reggae for the fans, and just general FUN. A great experience.
We then scampered back to the tent for most of Akala's own set (after he fronted the Hip-Hop Shakespeare session). Always brilliant and LOVE joining in on the 'conducting strings' on "Comedy Tragedy History' which he did with a fuller backing band here. AWESOME reaction to 'absolute power' as well: "Absolute power corrupts absolutely, but absolute powerlessness does the same."
We then took in a bit of Adama Ant et al - "Prince Charming" is still awesome! - and the headed indoors for something I was really looking forward to seeing: the amazing voice and style of Merrill Garbus, aka tUnE-yArDs
Garbus is an incredible performer - again with pedals and loops and stuff.
Sorry - links etc to follow.