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Dot to Dot: the high, and low, lights

Dot to Dot was a week ago and it’s all started to fade away. My more vivid memories are of Eurovision later that night. Giorgo Alkaio singing OPA and the little German chick, who ultimately won, saying she was ‘freaking out’ in her amazing English.

It would be a shame, however, not to mention the actual event so here are some of my highlights:

  • Blood Red Shoes gig (Academy): a guy submitted to the band’s encouragement to crowd surf. A slow shaky start saw him fall after passing by three people.
  • The Wild Beasts were the tightest performance and the last act we saw. Very good.
  • Kill Cassidy were in the Academy 2 room and had a great sound a la Lost Prophets. Some lovely use of the wawa pedal by this local band from Montpellier. One complaint, theirs, about the mis-spelling of their name – they were listed as Kill Kassidy. I personally prefer the ‘K’ version.
  • The sound at the Academy was really impressive this time around, not sure what happened when I went to see Passion Pit. I wouldn’t mind going back for an event that draws a smaller crowd perhaps.

Some low lights although they had little to do with the bands:

  • The prices at the Academy are ridiculous with £3.80 for a pint of Carlsberg. My pint of lime and soda was £1.50 so it wasn’t too bad but the woman next to me paid £18 for three ciders and a double Malibu and coke.
  • No drinks allowed in the Academy so our water bottles were taken from us. Bags were searched and our wristbands were individually checked for looseness. I think it would have been nicer had we been able to share the ticket price. I couldn’t stay up for Zane Lowe at 1am but I know others who would have. Would have been much friendlier to be able to let him use my ticket. Not possible though.

Blood Red Shoes and Wild Beasts had the venue packed out and it was shoulder to shoulder standing room only. I thought BRS were good but not as great as at Thekla.

Stokes Croft Streetfest photos (2)

Some more photos:


Bear Pit, Stokes Croft Streetfest

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Singing, freestyle, at the Bear Pit about getting drunk and smoking. Not sure if that’s what it all comes down to. Early enough for the drinking to still be merry.

Update: 26 May 2010 – Turns out that the singer in the photograph is Billy Salisbury, the Undercover Hippy. He provided the best musical experience on Saturday and his sound is understandably compared to Jack Johnson and Ben Harper.

Check out his music at http://music.undercoverhippy.com/. Thanks to travel writer Sophie for helping me track him down.