Sunday, 17 June 2012

16 June 2012 - Tinderbox Festival

Saturday morning saw Emma and Myself take to the road and head towards Oxford for the Tinderbox Festival in Cropedy, a festival of experimental and improvised music. This mini-festival was dreamt up by the band Red Square, formerly of Westcliff-on-Sea during the 1970's, now living in Cropedy and still making a beautiful noise. 

This years bill included several acts we had invited to play Southend-on-Sea in the past, including Temperatures, Silvia Kastel and Ninni Morgia and Red Square, so it was nice to arrive and see friendly and familiar faces.

Our set was made up of Hymns & Ghosts pt 2, a new untitled song, Spring's Fire, Evening Vessel, and another new untitled song. Bobbie was kind enough to join us on the first two tracks and then in an ironic twist we brought the rain with Spring's Fire. Unfortunately, the weather was not kind with our instruments and the latter half of our set felt like it was but a second away from falling apart.

We spent the rest of the festival drinking the local ale and watching a great collection of bands express themselves in a variety of noisy ways. My personal highlights were Bolide's eclectic psych-out sounds, the relentlessness of Temperatures and Silvia and Ninni's howling vortex of noise.

The next morning we strolled along the canal and after saying our 'Goodbyes' drove to Oxford to taste the delights of the City of Dreaming Spires.

The stage for the day.



Silvia Kastel

Red Square rockin' the hell out! 'Best shoes of the event award' goes to Ian Staples.

 Space Flight

After a hard days improv-ing, Bolide and Temperatures broke out some moves.

Of course, no Lost Harbours show would be complete without a visit to a museum or two, so we stopped at the City of Oxford on the way home and wandered through its quaint streets until I satisfied my need for a pickled squid.

A big thank you to Ian, John and Bobbie for this weekends fun and festivities. We had a blast. Check out the festival here: Tinderbox and if you can, come along next year.

As a postscript to the event The Music in Oxford wrote the following linked review of the festival, including our performance:
Tinderbox Festival Review

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