Was held last wekend from Friday to Sunday at the Winter Gardens in erm, Margate.
This was the line up.
Friday The Men They Couldn’t Hang LINDISFARNE Edward Tudor Pole
Wild Willy Barrett’s Roaring Touring
Rodney Slater’s Parrots Screaming Alley Cabaret
SATURDAY George Shovlin and the Radars The Milk Men The Sharpeez
Wilko Johnson Focus Geno Washington Curved Air
Desmond Dekker’s Aces Stray The Members Here and Now Pearl Handled Revolver
SUNDAY Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel The Blockheads John Otway Big Band Skinny Molly
Man Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack Captain Accident and … Dr Rob and Radi8ors Hardwicke Circus Danny Giles Band All glued together by DJ Wendy May’s Locomotion
I went along with my two younger brothers – our combined age is 180 !
I missed Friday as I was at Diesel park West – new album out next week.. v good, but I’m advised that Friday night was Lindisfarne’s, if only for the involvement of the great Paul Thompson..I’m told that all of the hits were delivered in good order.
The next two days were pretty decent.
The Winter Gardens is a great venue, two stages, plenty of watering holes and we combined our time indoors with a wander around Margate, where there are plenty of good bars ( and a few dreadful ones,) and also some excellent places to eat.Book shopping was widely available as were the inevitable vintage clothes / homewares etc.The beach was in reasonable nick with a few hardy / daft souls braving the Channel, so worth an overnight or possibly weekend visit, with plenty going on.
The gig itself ?
Listening / viewing were pretty comfortable – possibly owing to the not-overly crowded venue.
We didn’t see everyone and some acts were slightly disappointing, but where it was good it was excellent.
Wilko is the only person who plays like he does and although there are no surprises, he still pleases a crowd.
The Blockheads are a bit of a karaoke experience, but do their punk-funk thing better than anyone else.
Focus were great – all of the hits delivered with enough quirky weirdness and a sensible “don’t overdo anything,” approach.
Stan Webb, who is in his early 70’s plays a fantastic Freddie King type blues, but often reveals a vocal approach which resembles a bloke shouting in his sleep..
Man featured one established member Martin Ace and newer members, including his son and they were great !
Plenty of back catalogue and a few new numbers, with the younger guitarists whipping up a kind of Television / Quicksilver Messenger Service. They still seem to do thousands of gigs and they’ll be pitching up near you …go and see them.
Steve Harley was the headliner and turned in a well-received set.
It did drift into Chris De Burgh territory and his tween-song patter was heavily focused on pounds, shillings and pence, there was also a well-supported
” Please turn off your strongly lit video-recording devices..It’s right in my eyes and it’s very distracting..”
Not quite everyone got that particular message, but it was all pretty good-humoured, including a musical hall routine about Pfizer selecting ” Make me Smile, ” for the viagra ads which pepper re-runs of Vera, whereas they could have gonefor ” Mr Soft…”
Anyway, a few days happily spent, although reports suggest that Jim Driver, the Promoter might have caught a small financial cold in the final reckoning.
The crowd ?
We’re none of us getting any younger and satin jackets have been replaced by fleeces and the hat worn indoors was very much in evidence..
If you’ve managed to remain awake to get this far ..who would you suggest as an act for a similar venture – if it takes place ?
I’d go for Sparks.