Deershed Festival 21-23 July 2017

The family friendly Music, Arts and science festival set in beautiful north Yorkshire Parkland. We went to the first 2 but haven’t been for 6yrs so thought it was about time. Great line up and fab to bump into people we haven’t seen for years……

Friday:

Let’s Eat Grandma

Let’s Eat Grandma were playing as we entered after setting up camp – they were brilliant – load, electronic beats and obviously having a laugh, running on and off stage, simulaneoulsy falling over….great stuff

H. Hawkline

Honeyblood

Cabbage

3rd time this year I’ve managed to catch Cabbage and they get tighter and better each time. I wondered how they’d go down with a family crowd…..very well indeed!

Jesca Hoop

John Shuttleworth

Teenage Fanclub

Saturday:

October Drift

October Drift attacked the stage as if their lives depended on it – not an easy thing to do at 11 in the morning but these guys were up for it!

Kate Pankhurst teaching kids about the Suffragettes

Roody Woomble

She Drew The Gun

She Drew The Gun are a great outfit – singing protest songs from the heart – “I you could see what I see you’d pick up the fight” “This one’s called ‘Pit Pony’. It’s about having your head done in by the way things are”

King Creosote

Hooton Tennis Club

Marc Riley: I’m so famous I even have my own Chiropodist in the crowd

Ibibio Sound Machine

Hadn’t heard of these before but they stole the show for me – fantastic rhythms that got the crowd dancing and interacting – very up-beat…..very good!

Arab Strap

Kate Tempest

Sunday:

Gary & Son

Ilkley QUIMS member Gary did a lovely 10 minute dance with his son which had some beautifully touching moments in it – it can be difficult for some dads to show thier love in public…..love it!

Dave Simpson interviews Ken Scott….

….and Woody Woodmansey

The interviews with Ken Scott and Woody Woodmansey were fantastic – hearing about Kens time with the Beatles and then Bowie’s Spiders from Mars (He played just the vocal at the end of ‘5 Years’ which gave me goosebumps) and then hearing Woodys stories – wonderful.

Teleman

Teleman were a highlight for me – pulsating tunes with new dub/extended segments that worked a dream….

The Divine Comedy

Maybe saving the best til last….this Divine Comedy set was fantastic – funny banter between songs with even a costume change……all delivered with Neil Hannons droll but suave manor. ‘Indie Disco’ had the Blue Monday section in it – ace!

And in true family friendly festival style – it was over by 6pm. You could have stayed another night, but with tired kids and work in the morning…..we were more than happy to call it a day – Thank you Deer Shed!!

Bob the Chiropodist

Neil Hannon as Napoleon popping out of Simons Hat

 

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