Because we had so much to love about the festival, we had to split our review in two. If you haven’t already, read the first part of the post here.
A cloudy and slightly chilly morning followed the late night, perhaps not the best formula for a great day but the bands certainly switched our dull expressions around. We were first treated to Jo Harman in the Real Ale tent, a women who boasts such a strong voice she could reduce you to envy filled tears. Her audience surrounded her in awe, waking themselves up slowly as they marveled at her power. Over at the Big Top marquee, Venus Rising were doing a pretty good job of picking up the audience too. Their upbeat melodies and cheery personalities inspired a burst of energy within the tent causing everyone to leave the performance with a spring in their step.
A step outside and a dance off between Morris Dancers seemed to be taking place, each group taking turns to flaunt their different dances. It was an invigorating performance. The main stage then became home to From The Jam who’s relaxed performance pulled in a hefty audience despite their early stage time, the set list brimming with glorious Jam tracks.
Away from the crowds, a mysterious set was performed by an unnamed young lad in the Sessions Beer tent. His songs were all covers, perfectly executed covers, which really bodes well for his future if he can draw out some original material. In the Big Top marquee was another mysterious performance, this time by Kizzy Crawford. As we tried to tip-toe at the back of the audience we were faced with a fantastic artist, one who’s track ‘Shout Out’ is actually featured in a ‘Visit Wales’ Campaign. Crawford managed to hypnotize her large audience with her soul/jazz sound, a sound which really chased away the chill of the oncoming evening.
The last bands on the Open Air stage were all fantastic. First up was Merry Hell who sounded like a folkier Wonder Stuff. I loved this bands attitude and peace-loving personality, especially joking to their crowd that the male singer is often likened to a strimmer in a bucket full of gravel. This wasn’t exactly true, his vocals were more deep and authentic than the suggested violent sound. The eased audience were then prepped for Show Of Hands to take to the stage, earning an award on the way. It was evident why they earned these awards, they boasted a hard to hate sound that was gorgeous and mood lifting. Quill then closed the evening, and a fantastic festival experience.