Haunting performances at Caversham FestivalBy Linda Serck
July 13, 2012
I love it when a plan comes together. And the plan for the Caversham Festival worked a treat.
Thousands flocked to Christchurch Meadows for a family fun-filled day of music, food, dance, crafts and the odd pint of beer.
And the local bands of Reading did us all proud, with no less than four tents of superb live music throughout the day.
It could almost be called a preamble to next month’s Reading Festival.
There was a mini version of Reading Festival’s main stage, where the brazen rock’n’roll of Private Jet could be heard from the car park opposite when we arrived.
The soothing British folk of Edd Keene, aka The Green Man, on the floating stage with his excellent loop pedal mastery looked like a real summer of love sight, there on a barge on the Thames.
The Bohemian tent was another showcase of talent, also featuring the man who runs the weekly Bohemian nights down at Deja Vu in Reading – Rob Sowden – who played a summery set of acoustic noodling with a great backing band.
Amy’s Ghost on the main stage was one of the day’s highlights for me.
The majestically sweet voice of Amy Barton ringing out in the air, the cellos beaming out their warmth and the tribal rhythms of their music captivated even my toddler son.
All in all it was a wonderful day for all the family, and in preparation for the big festival next month it provided a taster of sitting on soggy Reading grass.
Bring on next year!
I have just heard the new tracks from Peers, the young Reading band who played one of their first-ever gigs at the Reading Festival – they’re that brilliant.
Their new tunes are thought-provokingly mature, poetically dark and nocturnally vibrant.
Four new tracks on their soundcloud page include Nightdriving, which is a free download.
Then there is the heart-wrenching Guilt, which sounds like it’s recorded in a church, late at night.
Stay With Me and Midnight are effortlessly punchy with rousing choruses.
The tracks were produced by James Kenosha (Dry the River, Chapel Club, Dinosaur Pile Up, Pulled Apart by Horses) in Bridlington this Easter.
The band have all finished school now and are working virtually full-time on the band, bar the odd part-time job.
They’re playing the Rising Sun Arts Centre, Silver Street, Reading, for Club Velocity on Saturday, July 28.
Also on the bill are Damien A Passmore and Screama Ballerina.
Check out: www.soundcloud.com/wearepeers
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