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Wychwood Festival: Day 3 Roundup

 
By on Tuesday, 14th June 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

As dawn breaks over Cheltenham racecourse for the final day of Wychwood Festival, the sun is nowhere to be seen. Despite earlier forecasts stating the weekend’s weather would be warm, it is raining. Around the camp site wellies are being donned and waterproof ponchos unpacked, nothing is stopping the revellers enjoying the remaining hours of the weekend.

Opening the BBC Introducing stage is someone who could easily be headlining the tent this evening, Tim Gilvin. The self-described “postfuturist experimentalist diamond in the rough of neoconsumerist aspirationalism”, Gilvin and his band deliver a moving set of melodic minimal pop. Having attracted a large crowd, it appears that Wychwood are more aware of Gilvin’s approaching success than he is. The real talent in the music comes from Gilvin’s lyrics, as well as have a stirring voice his words are both powerful and emotional throughout. Although the dancing is kept to a minimum, there’s a air of appreciation for Gilvin and his own brand of heartfelt music.

Over on the Main Stage is the lovely Liverpudlian Delta Maid (pictured above). Despite being from the land of Scouse, her singing is akin to that of Mississippi blues. Although her soulful voice hasn’t brought the sun out, the rain has subsided and Wychwood are on their feet, with both young and old fans singing along together. The smile on her face says it all, that she loves music and delivering her message to the 1000+ people in front of her. She plays a mixture of songs from her new album ‘Outside Looking In’ including the fan-favourite ‘Any Way I Want To’, which she wrote about being bullied whilst working in a hospital. These emotive and honest songs are what make Delta Maid one of the finest singer/songwriters in the UK, hopefully soon to be discovered by the mainstream.

For a very different style of music, the Big Top is housing Chapelier Fou (French for “Mad Hatter”). This one-man cacophony of electronica provides welcome relief to those who have been subjected to one too many acoustic acts throughout the weekend. Armed with a violin, a harpsichord and a synth, Chapelier Fou creates some hooky loops and melodies to transform the Big Top into a fantastical soundscape. Drawing influence from the likes of Aphex Twin and Flying Lotus, the electronic beats coalesce with the violin to produce a dancey tune which is at times haunting but equally as upbeat. One of the most original acts of the festival.

Headlining the Main Stage this evening is one of the titans of prog rock. Ian Anderson and his merry men are performing the hits of Jethro Tull, the band with which he found fame. For the past 40 years, Ian Anderson has become synonymous with progressive folk music and huge instrumentals – something which he doesn’t disappoint with this evening. Treating the crowd a greatest hits set from Jethro Tull’s back catalogue, including ‘Thick As A Brick’ and ‘Budapest’, Ian Anderson and co. have the Wychwood crowd almost hypnotised and fixated on the show before them.

Despite Anderson being 63 years old, he still leaps and dances around the stage like a minstrel possessed. Lead guitarist Florian Ophale from Rosenheim, Germany (which causes a number of cucumber jokes from Anderson) almost steals the show with his electrifying solos and intense shredding. ‘Aqualung’ is the highlight of the hour long set, although the choral element expected by the crowd never truly came to fruition. Ending the performance on ‘Locomotive Breath’ is cause for much celebration from the ageing hippies and crusty rockers in the audience, despite the younger members not truly understanding why an old man is dancing around with a flute, the majority of Wychwood can go home happy.

As the food stalls begin to pack up and the car park begins to empty, Wychwood Festival has had another successful year. Despite the weather not holding up to its side of the bargain, it didn’t dampen the spirits of the 10,000 festival-goers. As those without work on Monday continue to drink into the small hours, there’s a communal question amongst the campsite – who’s up for next year?

 

Preview: Wychwood Festival 2011

 
By on Wednesday, 11th May 2011 at 11:00 am
 

There’s a growing number of ‘smaller’ festivals in the UK, some showcasing new bands you’ve never heard of and some playing host to the golden oldies. Wychwood Festival tries to find the middle ground between rock ‘n’ roll royalty and hotly tipped underground talent.

Held at Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire, Wychwood Festival brings three days of entertainment across the 3-5 June weekend. Headlining the extravaganza are britpop extraordinaires the Charlatans (pictured above), the Scottish and Irish rockers the Waterboys and the elegantly prog Ian Anderson plays Jethro Tull.

Also appearing across the weekend are other icons of Britpop such as the Bluetones (giving one of their few remaining live performances) and Cornershop, as well as up-and-coming London blues rockers Handshake and TGTF favourite Band to Watch Delta Maid.

As well as music, Wychwood Festival offers an array of comedy acts in association with eFestivals. The comedy stage is headlined by the wonderfully misanthropic Robin Ince (also known as the Musical Profiler for Steve Lamacq’s Drivetime 6music shows on Tuesday nights).

Weekend tickets for Wychwood Festival are £115 for adults, £90 for youth/concession, £55 for 10-15 year olds, £15 for 5-9 year olds and under 5s go free. Day tickets are also available, ranging from £53 to £37 per adult, depending on which day. For more information visit the the official Web site.

There is also a competition running until Saturday 14 May, where you can win a pair of tickets to this year’s festival. All you have to do is tell Wychwood Festival who you’d most like to see from their line-up and why. TO ENTER, YOU MUST VISIT THE WYCHWOOD FESTIVAL WEB SITE AND ENTER YOUR DETAILS THERE. DO NOT ENTER AT TGTF.

The Wychwood Festival 2011 line-up as of Monday 9 May is behind the cut.
Continue reading Preview: Wychwood Festival 2011

 

Video of the Moment #418: Delta Maid

 
By on Tuesday, 1st March 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

Here’s a little change of pace on the first day of May – from Delta Maid. In this acoustic performance, she tackles the Black Keys‘ ‘Tighten Up’. Does she succeed? I think this cover is pretty good. Let us know in the comments.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXioEbRA4mA[/youtube]

 

MP3 of the Day (and more!) #283: Delta Maid

 
By on Friday, 14th January 2011 at 10:00 am
 

Delta Maid will be releasing her first single, ‘Of My Own?’, on 18 April 18th (17 April on iTunes). her debut album, ?’Outside Looking In’, will follow in May (to be released on Geffen / Future Records). As I’m pretty excited about these upcoming released, I am well pleased to be able to offer the stream below of Delta’s song ‘The Changes Made’, a short but gorgeously sweet little tune that showcases her beautiful voice. Raw, pure talent. (If you’re like to download the song, head on over to her Facebook page.)

Catch her on tour in the coming weeks – details on TGTF here. For more on Delta Maid, read our Bands to Watch feature on her. I’ve also included some introducing video clips where Delta talks about her family and upbringing.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zp8PMfeEg0[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MV6ElwrsUUM[/youtube]

 

Delta Maid / January and February 2011 English Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 12th January 2011 at 2:30 pm
 

Liverpool’s Delta Maid, who we profiled as a Bands to Watch in October, will be supporting the Coral for a couple dates this month. She will also be playing at GB40, a special charity show in honour of Gary Barlow‘s 40th birthday that will be played in front of invited guests, plus 1,200 Gary Barlow and Take That fans who entered a special lottery to buy tickets. Profits from the event are going to Gary?’s favourite charities. In February, Delta will be playing several gigs in London, including an HMV Next Big Thing show.

Friday 14th January 2011 – Stoke Underground (supporting the Coral)
Saturday 15th January 2011 – Manchester Ruby Lounge (supporting the Coral)
Sunday 16th January 2011 – Manchester Ruby Lounge (supporting the Coral)
Thursday 20th January 2011 – London Shepherd?s Bush Empire (GB40 – Gary Barlow’s 40th birthday charity show)
Tuesday 1st February 2011 – London Wheelbarrow
Tuesday 8th February 2011 – London Wheelbarrow
Friday 11th February 2011 – London Barfly (HMV Next Big Thing show)
Tuesday 15th February 2011 – London Wheelbarrow
Tuesday 22nd February 2011 – London Wheelbarrow

 

Bands to Watch #197: Delta Maid

 
By on Thursday, 21st October 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Liverpool lass and singer/songwriter Delta Maid is someone to keep on your musical radar. Despite being only 25 years old, she sings with the determination of the American country and blues artists that she was reared on via her parents’ record collection. Country generally isn’t my thing but I hear something special in this Liverpudlian’s delivery that warrants further attention.

It was really interesting to learn that like myself, Delta has a degree in biology and had plans on becoming a scientist before plans changed. In Delta’s case, she decided to become a songwriter, even at one point writing with Ed Harcourt. She released a debut EP, ‘Broken Branches’, this summer, but her real dream is to write an entire album entirely by herself and entirely within her own terms. When I watched the below video, a live performance of the title track ‘Broken Branches’, I had to remind myself that this young woman is from Liverpool and not from Dixie.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C3UXz3Rl5g[/youtube]

Also, thinking about Liverpool’s most famous sons the Beatles wasn’t such a far stretch in relating to her, because in the Fabs’ early days, they sang covers of r&b classics and country tunes. I still think it’s pretty cool to see that someone has drawn great inspiration from musical traditions thousands of miles away and separated by an ocean. It just goes to show that music has no boundaries and really, talent can sprout up anywhere and surprise you.

 
 
 

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