View Full Version : I was there

07-07-2008, 08:49:09
See those clouds in the background (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/surrey/7492321.stm) : they rained on me, they did.

Only did the final day (http://www.guilfest.co.uk/2008/index.php?module=lineup&sid=69856073cf734997246dbfbca731804c), this year, but I think that it was one of the most enjoyable days I've had there.

The Rock Choir were playing when we got there: pretty boring really. The Ents24 stage captured most of my attention. First band we saw were The Rebs (http://www.myspace.com/therebsmusic) , who didn't appear on the programme, so were a bit of a surprise. Normally, for the early bands, we just listen to a minute or two's worth and then carry on wandering and absorbing the sights and sounds, but we hung around for the remainder of the set. Middle of the road, but certainly worth a listen.

Headed back to the main stage, to be surprised to find out that Never The Bride (http://www.neverthebride.com/) were already on: the website has the up-to-date running order, but the printed programme must have caught quite a few people out. I've seen them a few times before, and they did a cracking set, getting a surprisingly good reaction from the audience who wouldn't have known them from Adam. Next up was Cerys Matthews (http://www.cerysmatthews.co.uk/). I've a lot to thank Cerys for, because Catatonia had to pull out of Guilfest a few years back when she was in re-hab, and the replacement band were Reef. One of the best substitutions ever!. Anyway, I was glad to see her this time around, and it was a very good set - mostly new stuff, but 'Road Rage' was excellent.

Somewhere along the line, I saw 3am (http://www.3am.uk.com/index.htm) on the Ents24 stage. Just my sort of blues - really enjoyable.

What's next? Ah yes - the highlight of the show. I returned to the Ents24 stage yet again to catch Cog, but they'd swapped with Shihad (http://www.shihad.com/) (also known as Pacifier) - New Zealand rock band. OUTSTANDING! Buckets of energy and presence, and great music to go with it. I was rocking and trying to take pictures at the same time, however it was pretty difficult to catch the vocalist standing still - or even on the stage rather than taking a jaunt into the audience or climbing on the bass drum or amp stacks. Shiny; LadyR - be at Christchuch Town Hall on Friday July 18th and be prepared to be blown away. Following them were Cog (http://www.cog.com.au/sharing_space/index.php) from Australia. If anything, better than Shihad, but they had a disappointing audience response.

From the Jam (http://www.fromthejam.net/) on the main stage didn't miss the presence of Paul Weller - the only thing preventing them from using the name 'The Jam'.

A side-trip back to the Ents24 (http://www.ents24.com/web/) Stage to catch British Sea Power (http://www.britishseapower.co.uk/) left me unmoved. I like their stuff, but there were better things to do ...

Such as catch The Australian Pink Floyd Show (http://www.aussiefloyd.com/). This was excellent. Pitch perfect and with an amazing light show - who needs the real thing?

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This year's line-up seemed very weak at first glance, which is why I only took in the Sunday - but be assured that I'll be back there next year.

Resource Consumer
07-07-2008, 11:44:18
I seem to miss this every year