Meadowlands Festival, Glynde. 27-29 May 2011
June 2, 2011, 10:50 am
Filed under: Festival Reviews

Meadowlands Festival was an absolute corker for my first camping Festival of Summer 2011.  I hadn’t actually heard of it before I won some tickets, but it’s hidden in the divine East Sussex countryside in the grounds of Glynde Place, a little way from Lewes.  It was a completely spontaneous affair with tickets offered to me on Thursday and jumping in the car on Friday!

After putting up our tent at nightbreak minus five minutes, a night of DJs ‘n’ dancin’ and a couple of hours of shut-eye it was time to follow our ears and check out some bands.  Saturday kicked off with a high octane show from The Electric Riot whose pumpin’ tunes sent a real buzz through the main tent.  Fusing fast-paced electro beats with dirty rock riffs this band did not fail to get everyone up off their feet… or their wellies.  They reminded me a bit of Kasabian with a generous helping of dance vibes.  Check out ‘Look To The Lights’ here.

Another highlight of Saturday was seeing Mirrors.  If you’re going to Glasto, Camp Bestival or Bestival, make sure you see this euphoric ‘pop-noir’ ensemble because they are bloody brilliant.  Every inch of their music is chocka with electronics that would make the likes of Ultravox send them a Blue Peter Badge, right up my street!  If you like White Lies, definitely check them out.  For once, I don’t think I can really recommend a track.  Just get all over their album ‘Lights and Offerings’ NOW!

However, the hidden gem of the hour was most definitely Gentleman Starkey.  This Brighton band combines rock ‘n’ roll rhythms that will get your body shaking, with vocals reminiscent of Morrissey that will leave you drooling for more.  Structurally tight as a band, they ooze cool, effortlessly.  Their music is unpredictable, it dances excitedly between frantic addictive instrumental and experimental vocals.  They are definitely the ones to watch.  My pick’s ‘Wolves of Copenhagen’ here– what’s yours?

Other highlights of Saturday included Turin Brakes, Niko and Hot Club De Paris, but let’s talk about…..Sunday baby!

Abi Wade

Stripping it back and keeping it real was one-woman band Abi Wade.  I say one-woman band because this talented lass sings, plays the cello, plays the bass drum with her foot AND taps incredible rhythms and sounds on her cello.  You can listen to her tracks and imagine it but her skill is also very visually impressive.   She’s got the vocal essence of Kate Bush or Florence Welch.  Wow.

Jennifer Left put some folk and joy into my weekend.  Her happy-go-lucky, easygoing music revived my Sunday lull.  Listen here.

My favourite band of Sunday was Deadwax who provided plenty of rock ‘n’ roll for my Sunday.  They’re a bit Oasis and Beatles-esque but they pull it off!  They’r dirrrty, they’re energetic.    Listen to ‘The Rider’ here.

So that’s a couple of snippets of the fantastic time had at Meadowlands this year.  If you’re sick of the big player and sell-out Festivals, find Meadowlands!


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