Tramlines 2014 - Sunday

July 28, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

After all of the excitement of Saturday at Tramlines - YEAH BOI! - the big question was could Sunday match it.  And, boy, did it ever! 

Even though this was my fourth Tramlines I had never ridden the Buskers Bus so we decided to rectify that by catching the bus from outside the University Arms and getting off at Endcliffe Park to go to Folk Forest.  On board the Buskers Bus is a band or artist doing essentially an acoustic set.  There was one bus an hour and a different artist on each one. The best thing about the bus is that it's completely free! And it does a big loop and drops you off at the various out of town Tramlines venues.

On our first bus was The Monday Club who were excellent and very engaging.  Unfortunately they only had time to do one song before it was time to get off but the atmosphere on the bus was amazing!  Everyone on board were clapping and whooping along and the cheers and applause from the "crowd" at the end of the song visibly blew away and moved the band.  It was a real shame to get off but we wanted to catch a couple of bands at Folk Forest.

It was a really lovely sunny day so when we got to Folk Forest just after 1PM it was already really busy.  There were some lovely food stalls and vans in the park and after I had bought some drinks at one the owner asked me if I would mind taking a shot of their van which I was happy to oblige.

The first band we saw were Laura James and the Lyres.  Not that I knew this at the time but this wasn't the first time I would see the cello player!

While the band played I enjoyed a bit of people watching...

Next up were Nat Johnson and her band.  

By now Folk Forest was officially rammed!

All folked out we headed back on the bus, this time we were royally entertained by the Natterjacks. Amazingly they had a small fanclub in attendance all wearing white Natterjacks t-shirts and they certainly made themselves heard!

Our next destination was the Peace Gardens to check out some student bands.  The first one was called Somewhat Unprepared and they were excellent - a mix of Green Day crossed with the Pogues and Thin Lizzy.

They asked for a member of the crowd to come up and stage and sing with them and this very excited young lady got picked!

The next band were something really special.  Called The Stars Band, they are made up of adults with various disabilities and they really rocked! They were rough around the edges, sure, but they had a real punk rock attitude which more than made up for their limited musical abilities and I enjoyed their set immensely.  After Public Enemy and Screaming Maldini (more of which later) they were my 3rd favourite band of the weekend.
Next up was Woman's Hour at the Cathedral. I had heard lots of buzz around this band on 6Music so I was looking forward to seeing them. Unfortunately a power problem delayed the start of the gig by over 30 minutes so I couldn't stay for the whole set but I enjoyed what little I did see though.  And the Cathedral was the perfect venue to see them in.
While we were watching Woman's Hour I noticed someone reading Tramlines Times and I saw that one of my photos of Chuck D made it onto the cover! There were also 5 of my other photos inside the paper as well, so I was very chuffed.
After I had calmed down from the front page news, I headed over to the Harley to catch two bands - Moko (very photogenic) and BADBADNOTGOOD (less so!):
Last but by no means least was Screaming Maldini at the Cathedral and what a way to end an amazing three days, playing with a full choir and string section (featuring the cellist from Laura James and the Lyres), they were spine tingingly fantastic!  I first caught the Maldini last year and loved them so when I saw what they had planned for this year I just had to cover them.
What elevated the performance to truly extraordinary were the two young girls at the front of the crowd.  They must have been both less than 8 and they knew all the words to "Summer, Somewhere", the last song, and they both were singing at the top of their voices.  It was just so cute and added to the magic of the performance!
What a way to round off an amazing weekend and I already can't wait until Tramlines 2015!


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