Wednesday, 28 July 2010

WOMAD and some music recommendations

Well what can I say....it was utterly utterly wonderful!! The weekend started on Thursday night with a Moroccan meal (thought since we were going to be spending the weekend listening to world music we should have something suitably appropriate!) which consisted of an orange, date and almond salad (sounds odd but was really yummy) followed by a lamb and olive tagine, hot chickpeas, mediterranean couscous and salad followed by stem ginger chocolates (I ran out of steam by the time we got to pudding). Chris was working from home on Friday (I think it was just so he could weasle out of putting up the tent...sometimes he really is not as daft as he looks!!) so he dropped Tom, Jo and I at the camp site. Oh dear!! An hour and a half later the tent was still flat as a pancake (honestly, I couldn't believe we had spent so much time fighting with the bloody thing and were still no nearer to having anything that looked even vaguely tent shaped!!) Tom had been hit in the knackers with a tent pole, Jo had been in tears from laughing so much and I had fallen and landed in sheep shit....it was safe to say that we lacked the necessary tent putting up skills!! After Tom had had a jump up and down hissy fit at the tent our lovely tent neighbours came to our rescue....Isabelle (age 11) came over and basically put our tent up for us. We spent an hour and a half and trying to put up a tent that an 11 year old put up in under 30 minutes (oh the shame!!)

Right, moving swifly on.....tent errected we then went a meander round the site....it was amazing!! There were five main stages spread out across the site (and countless smaller ones in the beer tents!), a fairground, a wellbeing area (with a spa and everything!!), a children's activity bit and loads and loads of eateries and stalls (My favourite stall was called Prat in a Hat...and yes, we did see a fair few of those!!). The three day programme was absolutely packed and I loved the fact that you not only had the bands playing but there were dance and music workshops running as well as an area where the bands played more acoustic sets whilst introducing the audience to authentic dishes from their part of the world....it was just phenominal!!

I'm not going to bore you with a blow by blow account (to be honest, I'm so knackered that I don't think I would be able to even if I wanted to!) but I will introduce you to some of my festival highlights!! (I'll do a few posts featuring the different bands otherwise I'm going to be here all day and your going to lose the will to live!!)

The first one has to be Nouvelle Vague!! Utterly brilliant....they take cherished punk and new wave songs and offer their own unique twist on them....think bossa nova and easy listening then apply that style to New Order's Blue Monday, Buzzcocks' Ever Fallen In Love and even The Dead Kennedys' Too Drunk To Fuck. It really shouldn't work but it sooooo does!! Here's one of their songs...what do you think?

28 comments:

  1. It sounds like you had a marvelous time! I think the salad sounds lovely...I don't eat meat, so the lamb doesn't sound too appealing.

    The nice thing about camping in England is the lack of insects and snakes. :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and joining in on the random fun...

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  2. Sounds amazing! I'm jealous. BBC3 had some of the music on Sunday afternoon and it sounded fantastic.

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  3. Hiya sweetie, my you have been out having fun and I am dead jealous.

    I'm all topsy turvy atm - you know what moving can be like so I'm going to be in and out of the blogosphere and Facebook. Once I'm settled in the UK all four of us will really have to meet up at a central point for us all.

    Re the song - you can't been Roland Gift doing this (FYC).

    xxxx

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  4. been? been? of course I meant 'beat'

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  5. Carol - lucky you. I haven't done a festival for years. Maybe I'll give WOMAD a try next year. Your tent story reminded me of our one and only family camping holiday. I just knew we shyould have tried putting up the tent before we left! Loved the Nouvelle Vague song you posted but I'm with FF, Roland Gift - Awesome!

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  6. Thank you for the tactful description of the tent erection (and the omission of the other one which is still givimg me the heebies eeewwww!). I will now formally apologise for Tom's injuries in writing, but yet I still find myself giggling as I type.....
    Jo

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  7. Sounds amazing. And I had to laugh at the tent fiasco! Thank goodness kids can do all sorts of things we adults can't...

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  8. Sharon - The salad comprised of Oranges with all the skin and pith cut off (juice saved for later), lightly toasted almond flakes, chopped dates, Orange flower water and mint. Mix the flower water with the juice put everything else on the plate then drizzle the juice mixture over it. Easy and surprisingly good :-)

    Snakes I will give you but insects...nope...there were ants, spider, flies and bitey things (Tom got bitten).

    Talli - Yep, BBC3 had a stage at the event and were featuring highlights all weekend. We thought we might download it as a podcast so we could hear some of the bands we missed.

    French Fancy - It was great fun! I had never been to a festival before (Well, apart from the radio 1 big weekend last year but that was only for a day) and I think we chose well. It was a real family affair!

    Yes, I remember the horrors of moving house (and country) well. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes as smoothly as possible for you both. It will be fab to finally meet you!!

    I didn't know FYC had done a cover of that song...will have to see if I can find it on YouTube.

    Previously Very Lost in France - We knew we had had a good weekend when we took the tent down, looked at one another and said 'Same time nect year?'. Perhaps we'll see you there :-)

    Hehehe, where's the fun in that?? We provided much needed entertainment for the people surrounding us! (Hopefully next time we won't be so bad!!)

    Jo - Aaaarrgggg you have just brought back the horror that was the 'other' tent erection!! I had successfully managed to block that out and now you've reminded me you evil woman!! *shudders* Eeeeewwww indeed!!

    Hehehe, I giggled as I typed it too....twas very funny!! (Well, funny for us anyway!)

    C x

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  9. LadyFi - You sneaked in there!

    Hehehe, I fear that if Isabelle hadn't come to our rescue we would probably still be in that field trying to put the damn thing up!!

    C x

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  10. Sounds brilliant! We went to ROTW (Rhythms of the World) last weekend - similar to WOMAD but on a teeny tiny scale :- ))

    Glad you had a great time, and thanks for sharing. x

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  11. Amanda - I've not heard of that one...must google it and check it out! Did you hear any bands that you would recommend?

    C x

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  12. Sheep sh**, huh?

    *chuckling*
    Sounds a bit like my adventure in tenting--which ended with a room at the closest hotel.

    Oh, but what a doings you got to be a part of! When himself pries himself from the comforts of bed, I'll give a listen.
    OH WAIT!! What am I THINKING?!

    <-- turning up the volume and giving it a click

    LOLOLOL

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  13. This sounds like a lot of fun - and you told it beautifully; interesting, funny, informative. Thanks for this.

    All the best, Boonsong

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  14. Mel - Yep, all over the right knee of my jeans!! Still, it was a few days old and had dried somewhat so the smell wasn't too bad (Too much information?)

    Hehehe, we only live along the road so at one point I was seriously considering saying 'sod it! Let's just walk home at the end of the night'...glad I didnt though...it was good fun and I would have missed Tom attempting to strangle himself with his own sleeping bag!

    What did you think of the tune? (and was it loud enough to wake himself up :-D)

    Boonsong - It was great fun! I love most kinds of music so it really was my kind of thing!!

    C x

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  15. I have just re-read this post Carol and I love your 'tent putting-up' episode! It was brilliant and can so relate to it. Your meal before you started out sounded so good, it would have been so tasty and the ginger chocolate would just right for me.

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  16. I must go to WOMAD next year, especially as it is so near to Wiltshire home. Who else was playing I wonder? My older boys are really keen, but I guess not with Dad!

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  17. Marilyn - There we were three well educated adults being beaten by some plastic and poles...was very embarassing when Isabelle managed to get it up with no problem at all!!

    I might share the recipe at some point...it's easy and extremely tasty :-)

    Mark - Oh you must!! It was absolutley fab and a real family affair...people of all generations were there so I would say come along and bring the boys :-)

    I'll be blogging about some of the other acts we saw soon

    C x

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  18. Carol, I'm sorry, but I laughed so hard (poor Tom! and poor you for the unexpected sheep dip). You write it so well, I could see it all unfolding (or should that be collapsing?)!

    I loved that song! That sounds like a really awesome festival. I love old tunes with a new twist.

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  19. That looks like such fun. Mind you, isn't it typical that youngsters find some things we can't do (putting up tents) so easy. Love it.

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  20. Talon - Your an evil woman you know that!! *sniggers* don't worry...we laughed too! Hehehe, that should defintely be collapsing

    I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I thought they were amazing!

    Debs - It was superb and the thing I loved about it was the fact that people had come together to listen to great music and age differences didn't matter a jot! The standard was amazing!

    C x

    C x

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  21. Carol--You won a random daily prize over at my blog...Please email me your address to skmayh at q dot com...

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  22. Sounds like my kind of weekend - very much looking forward to more posts! Oh, and that pre-fest meal sounds to die for!

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  23. Crikey - that sounds fantastic! (and the bit about the tent made me laugh - a lot!)

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  24. Hey, I was there, too! Yes, it was fab (although sadly, somehow I seem to have missed out on Nouvelle Vague, so thanks for your link).

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  25. Womad - believe or not I've still not been (weddings keep getting in the way). However, I can hear all the music from my back garden which helps a bit. Next year....I'm sure!

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  26. Carol--If you sent me your address, I didn't get it or in my flooding confusion I misplaced it. Could you resend it?

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  27. Sharon - I'm so excited that I have won something! I have just sent you an e-mail :-) (Apologies for the delay but I have my Mum staying with me at the moment!)

    Jennifer - It was a wonderful festival. I have written another couple of festival highlight posts but have not got round to actually publishing them!! Will try and upload one once I've finished commenting.

    Helen - I think you would have loved it! (and your an evil woman...mocking the afflicted!)

    Little Brown Dog - I keep forgetting you live so close! We really should try and arrange to get together...with wine of course :-)

    Kevin - I can't believe you live so close and you've not been!! Hearing the music in your garden is cool but your missing out on the atmosphere of the place!

    Sharon - Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. E-mail has been dispatched :-)

    C x

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  28. I went to Womad the year of the mud and as my little boy was only 3, I spent all my time squelching and carrying....haven't been back but I can see it would be fantastic in great - or even mediocre - weather!
    xxx

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