August 5, 2015
Sunday (2nd August) was our second Smoked & Uncut festival (and the third in the series) held this time at THE PIG-near Bath.
With suncream at the ready, the festival got of to a cracking start as Carousels and Limousines took to the stage. Fans of The Gaslight Anthem should definitely check these guys out.
The Drystones take the prize for earliest on the dance floor as this 2-piece band got festival revellers up and dancing very early in the day! Treating us to both the fiddle and the penny whistle the crowd particularly enjoyed new song Green Trees inspired by their time last year at Lamar Tree and 2000trees (two other great festivals to check out).
Next up we had Brother From Another, a surprise act on our second acoustic stage (new for 2015!). These guys did some covers that were perfect for setting the mood of the day including Otis Reddings' (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay and one for the younger festival goers - I Wan'na Be Like You from the Jungle Book.
Just as the other festivals we had five themed food stalls to tempt you away from that comfy hay bale. With dishes such as Hunstrete Venison Meatballs, Chase Gin & Nasturium Cures Trout & Garden Pickles on a "stick" on the menu we were spoilt for choice. In fact the Winter Savoury Pork Sausage which was so good that it got a few shout-outs from the bands and subsequently sold out!
After a quick food stop Sinnober took to the stage with a line-up of fans along the front. This threesome sang songs such as Bernadette and Hollywood Lies (which you can listen to below). They also complimented our "pretty beautiful festival" and we couldn't agree more.
Now for a little tour of the festival site before the final few acts. THE PIG-near Bath had everything our previous festivals had and more. A few added extras were our Kids Tent, where little'uns could get faces painted, a massage tent and the impressive Nyetimber Routemaster bus serving cold Sparkling English Wine on demand. Pearl Lowe was also present with a fashion tent full of inspiring outfits.
Teleman were our penultimate act with an ear-pleasing Talking Heads inspired bass groove. And then our headliner, the lovely Ed Harcourt, took to the stage. Moving from guitar to electric piano he started off with a couple of love songs before heading into Born in the 70s with some adapted family-friendly lyrics. But the highlight of the day was when he left the stage and bought the music right into the crowd.
And then finally just when we thought it was all over, we were lucky enough to have very special guest Daisy Lowe head onto stage to spin out some tunes into the evening.