Echo & the Bunnymen close Lounge On The Farm

Band play under a blood-red moon to close festival

Photographer:Siobhan Boyle

Phil Brady - 11 July 2011

Lead singer Ian McCulloch chain-smoked his way trough the best of their 11-album career.

The crowd, more mature and smaller in occupation than Ellie Goulding's faithful the night before, were involved but sedated to begin with. When the token pretty girl on shoulders is constantly texting, it's not a great sign.

However with a rendition of 'Seven Seas' the fan heavy audience began to loosen up.

With his iconic dark glasses and a little Lizard King swagger he delivered Morrison's 'Roadhouse Blues', building up to highlight 'Killing Moon' followed by the 'The Cutter' with it's Sitar like guitar solo as they left the stage.

At the crowds behest they returned for an encore and launched into their indie anthem 'Nothing Lasts Forever' blended with Lou Reed's 'Take A Walk On the Wild Side'.

With the appearance of a 1920's American Ice-Cream vendor, Aussie C W Stoneking played the Folk Farm stage earlier in the evening.

He had hang-doggish style and a voice not dissimilar to King Swinger Louie Prima by way of Robert Johnson and Leon Redbone.

C W with his well-oiled band, played their respective instruments like each note was delivered on their dying breath,, producing remorseful, swinging dusky delta blues.

A mesmerising performance from an artist VF will be adding to our record collection.

Other highlights included The Joy Formidable. The North Wales trio, fronted by the aptly named Ritzy Bryan, thrashed out tracks from their début album 'Big Roar’ with the blond lead singer handling her guitar like an epileptic with a giant nail file.

The Silent Disco took the revellers into an after hour shake down as Lounge on the Farm was put to bed for yet another year.


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