the Joyfest experiment is finished, and we're left tired, poor, but with
a maniacal grin on our faces. To call it a success might be to stretch
the definition of the word, but to nick a line from The Rocks, it was
brilliant and rubbish.
like to thank all of the bands (except for the few that were a bunch of
twats), for putting on such magnificent performances in difficult circumstances,
and to send out a massive thankyou to the few people who actually bought
tickets, I hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did.
a few of my personal highs & lows for the weekend:
Rocks, Special Needs, Mika Bomb & Art Brut, for performing such wonderfully
ramshackle and infectiously enthusiastic sets, that captured exactly what
Joyfest was all about.
Bikini Atoll, for being so beautiful
they made me cry.
We Will Be Pilots + October All
Over, the best new discoveries of the whole festival.
Violets, for backrubs & scuzzy riffs.
Bands in the crowd - The
Long Blondes kicked us off and before long everyone was at it - top audience
rambling marks to Mika Bomb, The Violets, Art Brut and thisGIRL.
The Favours, The IK+ & Rhesus,
battling it out for the title of nicest band in rock.
The Vichy Government for their
book dispensing (although I missed out on Alex Hurricane Higgins' autobiography).
Boyfriends, for providing the true anthem of Joyfest.
Art Brut (Top of the Pops!) for
giving all the other bands (Top of the Pops!) a namecheck.
following bands for their charity and good nature: The Favours, Art Brut,
The Boyfriends, Rhesus, The Swear, The Violets, Ciccone, New Rhodes &
And finally, everyone who helped
us out on the day, especially Dan Woodall, without whom I would probably
be writing this from the psychiatric ward of my local hospital.
who think they're The Libertines (one lot of Libs is bad enough, we don't
need 3rd rate imitations).
Managers who act like 7 year
old children ("I'm taking my kit & going home").
Utter cunts who think that throwing
lightbulbs at people is a enjoyable and fulfilling way of passing time.
Beer at £2.90 a pint.
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