May Bank holiday takeover

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What an absolutely #wompin weekend.

Friday – Kingsfest
We kicked it off with the trek up to Llanidloes for the annual Kingsfest event, now it’s ninth year. This, from what I can remember, is our fifth visit back to the festival, each year working our way up the bill so this year we were delighted to headline the Friday night. This really is a truly brilliant festival run and attended by people who really do love their music. To most people it seems like a little town smack dab in the middle of Wales but as soon as the tent goes up…mayhem! It gets proper messy too. It’s easier to count the number of times Lewis hasn’t spewed. Seriously.

Having caught great sets by both The Callout and The Kryptics, the daylight died and I could feel something was on the way! We cranked the amps up to 12, my guitar screaming impatiently….1,2,3,4, dun, dah…Caged Bird set free.

We played for a full hour to a packed tent playing songs off the album as well as 3/4 new songs, including my favourite song at the moment Cut The Wire. We were even joined by local legend ‘Sponge’ for old Tidal classic OTT.

Moshing, singing, screaming, shouting, dancing… the festival go-ers did it all. It seemed like they knew the words better than me!

Thanks to Garth Stephens for offering us the headline slot, and thanks to everyone for the support. Having been up there as a four piece for years it was great to talk to people and hear that the three piece has kept all the balls we had before, and even managed to grow more.

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Sunday – Bulletfest
With a days recovery we then ventured up to Abersychan to play a set at Bulletfest, a charity festival raising money for Clapa – Cleft Lip & Palette. We were invited onto the bill having played with Deathbullet at a show in Weston Super Mare last year. Suffice to say that venue housed some of the heaviest bands we’ve played with. Desalvo were like 90s New Orleans sludge, I drooled for 30 mins over the Gibson Black beauty on the hands of Electric Furnace guitarist, then it was our turn…

…so we layed it down! Given the audience we used what we call the “heavy set”. No letting up for air at all. Seemed weird just playing a 30 min set after recent shows, over in a flash. Maybe we just thrashed it up by playing all our songs at 230bpm.

Black Light Machine provided some epic soundscapes of steel, like a terminator soundtrack or something. Then Deathbullet smashed it. Between the Mesa half stack and the Orange bass rig it was #phat. Hats off to Paul for organising another amazing event, all in the name of charity.

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Amazing weekend, a pleasure to be part of two such great festivals and it’s great to be back playing again. The three of us are having a BLAST!

Over and out,

Vaughan

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