Phil Brady discovers the Kent festival highlights.
Lounge on the Farm’s 6th year is sure to be the best yet. It is set, as you would imagine, on an actual working mixed arable farm, in an idyllic backwater just outside Canterbury. As the organisers are putting the final touches into place, The Streets, fresh from Glastonbury having released their swan song, Computers and Blues, get ready for what is said to be their last show ever. Local girl made good Ellie Goulding will headline on Saturday night with her sickly sweet Starry Eyed bludgeoning what would be an otherwise cracking soundtrack to the weekend. The Liverpool ruckers Echo and the Bunnymen will grace us with the old and familiar and Example who we interviewed at Lounge last year and tipped for success, has just had a UK number one and will be showing us how it’s done on the other side of stardom. If what you’re looking for is a superb mixture of headline acts nestled in with up-and-coming talents then book your ticket, re-pack your camping gear and take a visit…. You wont be disappointed!
Our pick for this year will be:
Imagine a band who fuse three part harmonies with scalding post-punk guitars; floor-filling bass lines with syncopated rhythms and lyrics about everything from high-school massacres to R&B lotharios musing on their lot in a post-apocalyptic wilderness.
Not easy, is it? But then Everything Everything (Jonathan: guitar/vocals, Jeremy: bass, Mike: drums, Alex: guitar) aren’t here to make life easy. They’re here to challenge every knee-jerk convention of indie rock and dance on the grave of pointless retrogression.
After an incendiary and rabel rousing decade at the top of British pop music, Mike Skinner and his motely crue will descend on the Farm’s main stage armed with the brand new album “Computers and Blues“, which Mike himself has claimed will be the last ever album and tour he releases under The Streets moniker.
With crowd interaction such as “go low” where mike skinner (front man) asks the audience to drop to the floor, and “go Moses” this will be a must see show on any music lovers list.
A recent flurry of activity has seen Format deliver another mix album, this time for the legendary Fania label, applying his signature b-boy style to the world’s foremost catalogue of latin music. Alongside this, Format’s discreetly released 12″ tribute to James Brown ‘Stealin’ James’, has been a huge success both with DJ’s and dancefloors alike. Format is currently hard at work on his third album.
This class act brings a bit of everything to the party! From infectious beats to soulful hip hop, whether your lapping up the sun or ‘getting your groove on’, he is well worth a visit!
“I’d get interviewed on the radio and they’d say, ‘wanna bust a freestyle?’. And I’d be thinking, ‘well, no, not really…’”
Elliot Gleave has made a pop record. He hasn’t made a pop record in the way it’s fashionable these days for people to say they’ve made a pop record, then you put it on and it sounds like Lou Reed thumping a Roland 303 with a wet cucumber. This is an actual pop record. The raps are still razorwire sharp, of course – they’re warm and funny and perceptive snatches of life and “female-based chat” from a 26-year-old music brain that’s already won thousands of fans with its laddish, shoutalong charm, while his recent, frenetic club track ‘Hooligans’ tells us that the blokey spirit he made his name with is still there. But, it’s pop. One of the songs, ‘Next 7 Hours’, simply sounds like everything in the Top 20 all at once. There’s a massive ballad which namechecks Gary Barlow. Another song, the Calvin Harris-produced ‘Time Machine’, sounds a bit like Wham.
Riding high with his single ‘changed the way you kissed me’ rocketing to number 1 in the singles charts this mix of dance, electro and break beat will get your blood pumping and your feet stomping!
Egyptian Hip Hop
Egyptian Hip Hop were formed in the winter of 2008 by friends Alexander Hewett and Louis Stevenson-Miller, who soon recruited their musician friends Alexander Pierce and Nick Delap (who had played in a previous band with Hewett) to write songs with them. Soon after they began playing small shows in Manchester cafes and bars the band attracted the attention of some major music publications including The Fly (magazine)The Fly, Q and NME, who in late 2009 gave away a demo version of their song “Rad Pitt” via an online mp3 mixtape, also] also featuring the likes of Ellie Goulding, The Drums and Everything Everything.
The band last recorded their debut EP Some Reptiles Grew Wings at Club Ralph Studios in London with producer Hudson Mohawke and co-producer Mark Ralph. The EP was released in September and featured new songs “Middle Name Period” and “Native”, alongside a re-recorded version of “Rad Pitt” an official recording of “Moon Crooner”.
Get a flavour of some of the music highlights with our Lounge On The Farm 2011 Spotify playlist by clicking here.
Tickets to Lounge On The Farm 2011 are on sale now, £105 for an adult weekend and £95 for a student weekend. Family and concession tickets are also available.
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