Just got back from Bangor Aid. It's 2.30AM. Knackered.
I am Austin were great and managed to steal the audience from every other room. I would recommend going to see them for a good night out. The mysterious inventive bass player was a bit of a star.
Me and Dan from Mucus were interviewed on Storm FM Radio (or something). Apparently it's quite funny but we haven't heard it. We played a good set to a dwindling crowd but then it was 1 o'clock in the morning - To be fair there was a lot of headbanging going on. The highlight was probably when we played John Murphy's theme from '28 Days Later'. The room filled up a bit in that one.
Something Personal suffered the same fate as Mucus. It was too late and the audience were tending to drift towards the DJs due to lager frenzy. Despite that they put in a good effort and didn't let the side down.
Math Bolton Band were high quality if you like Placebo-ish stuff. I quite enjoyed their set. Very polished.
Mr Phormula the rapper/beatboxer was on the main stage after I am Austin. He sounded a bit like Goldie Looking Chain with more technical skill. Lots of humour. Proved popular with the audience.
The weather was really awful. I felt a bit sorry for the bands on the outdoor stage. It was pissing down.
Yes. Yes it did piss it down. We were playing outdoors..!
Agreed about Math Bolton Band, excellent set.
A few highlights for me were:
the really young band Pretty Places (indie pop songs but they've got something about them)
Fennel Seeds (slightly heavier with a bit of a grungey feel to them - check out their awesome song 'Strike Me Down' on soundcloud, you won't get it out of your head) soundcloud.com/fennelseeds/strike-me-down
Unfortunately they weren't bands. Hendre Hall really need some outside lights.
I remember playing a gig sometime around 2005 and local drumming hero Stevie G slipped on the cobbles and had to have his neck put in a brace. He was lucky he didn't end up in a wheelchair.
I hadn't been there for some time and was surprised to find Hendre still hadn't got any external lighting. With the extreme rain and wind that weekend, it was a bit hazardous outdoors. People were using mobile phones as torches.
Mind you, the weekend did raise a lot of money for charidee and thankfully no-one was injured so I suppose all's well that ends well.
Lead singer wore a waistcoat and had two earpieces in. Well groomed, Top Man window, style-over-substance nonsense. Poor songs, all blending into one. There was something very unlikeable about the lead singer too- I think it was the way he was leering over the audience with his ear pieces and waistcoat, and misplaced egotistic lechery. They clearly thought they were above this gig and they just annoyed the hell out of me. Just the antithesis of every band or artist that I'm into.
To illustrate, a mate of mine went to shake his hand after the set and said in his most serious voice "Wow, that set was amazing. A life changing experience for me." To which top shop prince replied, "Cool. Cheers man." Like, I get that all the time. Knob.