My name is Kyle. I am a happily failing indie/punk/folk/country/rock musician from Hampshire, UK. I have been singing and songwriting in The Dawn Chorus since 2005, and The Retrospective Soundtrack Players since 2010. I love these two bands like my brother/wife rolled into one. This blog details the shows I have played with both bands, in chronological order.
Friday 14th July 2013
Two Thousand Trees festival, Cheltenham (Main Stage)
Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls
Funeral for a Friend
Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun
Nine Black Alps
Park Bench Society
The Retrospective Soundtrack Players
There were some definite heavy heads on the morning of this when we emerged from our tents, but that blessed sun came out and we had a whale of a time. The last time we played the main stage must have been 2009, to about 50 people in the miserable rain, so it was great to see a great swarm of people around the main stage, especially as we were first main stage band of the whole weekend.
Here's how the rest of my day went:
- Spent about an hour after the set dying in a sweaty heap.
- Recovered and met my sister and nephew somewhere in the shade.
- Caught a little bit of the Crimea, including 'Lottery Winners on Acid', my jam from about 2002.
- Watched Oxygen Thief slay the Greenhouse, which was living up to its name in terms of immense heat.
- Stayed at the Greenhouse for a little schmooze with Chris T-T, Frank Turner and the Xtra Mile gang, before watching Crazy Arm's superb acoustic show.
- Wandered down to the main stage for home town heroes Jim Lockey & the Solemn Sun.
- Trekked back up for a bit of Ben Marwood, but it was so busy that I couldn't see him, and the crowd were singing every word so I couldn't hear him. These are both great things for Ben, and for the universe in general, but not so good for me, so I went back down and watched Funeral for a Friend, or at least the ones that are still going (singer and beardy for sure, the others... not sure.)
- Had a little sleep waiting for/during King Charles and did that jerky thing where you spasm as you're falling asleep. Some people laughed at me.
- Had a few more Badger's Bottoms and watched Frank Turner do his thing. Probably about the 15th Frank set I've seen. Or 20th? Who knows. Great as always.
- Then wandered up to try and find 'Camp Turner'.........