June 23, 2009

Hurricane Festival

Every festival I've been to this summer has been the best one yet. I didn't think anything could beat ATP: The Breeders, nor Primavera Sound, but it seems that Hurricane just did! My first tent-festival in two years, and I'll remember it for persistent hangovers, best in show wellies, new and lovely Irish friends, and slow sunsets. I live-tweeted the whole event, but due to some sort of transmission failure, you're experiencing a delay. There will be a similar delay until I get my photos online.

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present a weekend in Schee├čel:

Thursday 18 June 2009 23:26
Wrong tram stop? We are lost in Bremen :)

Not lost. At our accom. Bremen is flat and mild and the inhabitants friendly so far.

Friday 19 June 2009 10:34
Made train with nanoseconds to spare, epic sprint through station. Please rain stay in Bremen.

Tent up before first rain. 3 in tent, drinking sangria from carton listening to FNM.

Second rain over now. Hot again. Think music starts soon. Becks=yuck

Aah portaloos, how much I haven't missed you

Glasvegas..Go Square Go! Raining hard, subsiding..?

Glasvegas were the weekend's one disappointment. They opened the festival, and only played three songs!!

The Horrors, sweet! Hour of hot sun, looks like another downpour approaches

The Sounds sounding good. Sangria in a box ftw. Love Hurricane

Waiting for the Editors. FNM playing through speakers 'Like a snake between two stones/it itches in your bones'

KOL. Doing it. I am watching with one eye

The next ages were spent wandering around the festival's many camping areas and carparks, where we still couldn't find what we were looking for. Had some fun on the hunt nonetheless, before passing out in the tent.

Saturday 20 June 2009 10:05
Urgh the reconstruction begins

Pretty bad hangover on Saturday. It got worse until it finally went away in the late afternoon.

Really is something how soon after a hangover one can recommence. Mars Volta are sounding crazy

Fleet Foxes yay! We are fully recovered & dancing & found the hot Irish

And now Pixies!!!

Regrouping ahead of FNM. Weather stabilised, not exactly warm but nice. Watching crane bungy

We are at the front waiting for FNM.. atmosphere is jubilant..squee!!

FNM's set was fabulous. The crowd were lapping it up, and my team had made it to very close to the front. This meant a lot of pogoing and screaming, and nearly wetting myself a few times. Details are what you're after, right? Got a couple of good pictures, all in good time.

Sunday 21 June 2009
Oh god Nick Cave is singing The Ship Song

He just dedicated Henry Lee to PJ Harvey

Nick Cave was incredible. I kind of needed some time to process having seen FNM again, but there wasn't any, because there was Mr Cave singing 'Dig, Lazarus, Dig!', and 'The Ship Song', both 'Henry Lee' and 'Stagger Lee', 'The Mercy Seat'.. beautiful. Moving on to day 3, severe sleep deprivation, but it's all for a good cause!

And we're back in time for Gogol Bordello. Yuck ice cream. Good merch. Wait for pics

If pirate was a genre Gogol Bordello would own it

Lily Allen: loud, better than I expected

Eagles of Death Megal. Thought I knew them, turns out I don't. Weissbeer: it's make or break

Ladyhawke just kicked our ASSES! Jane says: NZ reprazent!

NIN next

God is dead! And March of the Pigs!! NIN

I was expecting newer stuff from Trent, but then he went and played a load of tracks from The Downward Spiral! It was great.

And now: Friendly Fires FTW

22 June 2009 12:57
Back in Bremen. Lunch time, whaddya know, Monday is Knuckle Day!

So now I have these three nights in my own bed, before heading to Glastonbury on Thursday. Must make the most of them. Photos to follow. I've started posting my Primavera pics - you can see them here.

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Blogger Joanna said...

I know I'm drunk, but like, even MENTIONING the Ship Song live made me tear up....

12:22 PM  
Blogger audrey said...

nice one jess! almost enjoyed it more reading them all at once like that... yay nick cave at galsto sunday night CANNAE WAIT!!! xx see you there...

12:06 AM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Jo, I thought of you x

Thanks Aud! We are almost on the road now x

11:29 AM  

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