Update Saturday, Nov. 18 - Nov. 24, 2017
New Day Festival – Part 3
House of X’s Danny Peyronel belts out another
As we pulled up for our
third day of the wonderful New Day Festival, Mott the Dog and team were
still amazed at the English weather being so kind to us with another day
starting out without a cloud in the sky. With the promptness we had come to
expect from festival organizers, the doors opened at the appointed midday
and we were soon treated to our first music of the day.
True Deceivers can hold
their heads up after delivering a set of fine rootsy Americana, and Chris
Conway & Dan Britton rocked the Shindig! stage while Opensight took aim from
the Spitfire arena with their energetic take on global music.
brought the house down on Day 3 of the New Day Festival.
We settled back on the
supplied hay bales outside the Spitfire beer tent awaiting the Wooton. He
was late; getting caught up in the Kent country roads, but fortunately we
were not penalized for this and still having our trusty previously bought
beakers with us sampled more of the Kentish ales. But then the Wooten
turned up to complete the Mott the Dog trio and increase the beer sales at
the New Day Festival by quite a margin.
It was fortuitous
timing as we were able to maneuver our way to the front of the Shindig!
stage for House of X (Or X–UFO whichever you please.) This suddenly grabbed
everybody’s attention and sent the festival a rockin’. The band derives its
name from all the members being at one time or another in UFO or a
derivative thereof. Although they do play some UFO favourites, they also
play their own songs which fit in well with the overall sound.
Now this band rocks out
to extremes. Laurence Archer is a gifted lead guitarist rocking a flying-V
axe whilst Danny Peyronel is one of the great underrated singers of his
era. They blasted onto the stage and did not let up for one moment. When
it came to the last song they played a masterstroke by bringing on Dave
‘Bucket’ Caldwell for “Doctor Doctor”. If The New Day Festival had a roof
it would have been raised several feet.
This brought Home
Service to the stage, which left us all rather confused so we again returned
to the beer tent (there is a theme building here.) Jackie McAuley then
appeared on the Shindig! stage and delivered his very professional brand of
Then came Gryphon and I
was not expecting great things as Richard Harvey, long time leader of the
band, had left and I thought they might be a bit of a mess without him.
Never have I been more mistaken, they were magnificent playing their unique
brand of Medieval Rock. The standard of musicianship was not matched all
weekend as Gryphon ploughed on with one banquet after another. They held
the audience in the palm of their hands and held them there, firmly but
carefully. They got a fully deserved ecstatic reception as they exited the
This left us with
Dennis Greaves & Mark Feltham who for years were the backbone of Nine Below
Zero. I do not think it is fair to judge them on this performance as I
think they were rather out of place and had an off day. Not their finest
Moving back to the
Spitfire stage we got a full on performance from those Dutch men Focus, a
sterling routine encompassing full tilt Rock, Jazz, Prog/Rock, Cosmic Flute,
lots of yodeling , and of course “Sylvia” and two goes at “Hocus Pocus”.
They proved themselves to be festival favorites.
Then it was a mad dash
up to the Shindig! stage to see Slade where Dave Hill, head yob guitar
player of the century, admitted he was seventy-one years old, but that did
not matter one jot as the band rampaged through an hour and fifteen minutes
of solid gold misspelled hits. They have found a replacement singer for
Noddy Holder, but that did not really matter either as we in the crowd knew
all the words anyway and sang along louder than the band. They had the amps
but we had the numbers. What a party! The whole audience was as one, all
dancing, singing, stomping along all the time Slade were on the stage.
The final band to
perform at the New Day Festival were New Model Army and they had an
unenviable job following Slade and quite honestly were not up to it. So
again it was an early exit to the tents and other accommodation.
All in all the New Day
Festival was a fantastic success. I wonder who they will get on the bill for
Written by Mott The Dog who can still be found spouting off about the
wonders of the New Day Festival at Jameson’s the Irish pub on Soi AR in
(Photos by Strang
Update Saturday, Nov. 11 - Nov. 17, 2017
The New Day Festival – Part 2
Broughton performs at the New Day Festival in Kent, southern England.
After a refreshing
night’s sleep, Mott the Dog and team were ready for another day of good old
rock & roll in the fields of Kent at The New Day Festival.
With the sounds of the
Flying Tigers ringing out across the countryside we wandered down to the
Spitfire stage to catch our first band of the day and what an act they
turned out to be. By name they call themselves Kindred Spirit, led by the
charming singer/songwriter Elaine Samuels. They also feature guitar, flute,
violin, bass and drums, the latter being played by one Les Binks who rose to
fame as the drummer for heavy metal gods Judas Priest. But although Kindred
Spirit are indeed a powerful band, they are not heavy metal, far from it.
They are actually very hard to button down: Prog rock for sure, folk
elements, haunting vocal harmonies, and with violin and soaring vocals there
has to be some comparison between this band and Curved Air. They were the
most welcome surprise of the festival and Kindred Spirit is certainly a name
to watch out for.
Spirit on stage – a name to watch out for.
Next up on the Shindig
stage was Edgar Broughton who played a mesmerizing set accompanied only by
his own guitar. The songs he played covered his entire career, including a
track from The Edgar Broughton Band’s album “Bandages”, to some from his
latest album “By Myself” to a song called “The Sound Don’t Come”, a tribute
to his fallen friend Mick Farren. This last song really brought a lump to
many a seasoned rocker’s throat and hopefully it will be released on an
album next year.
Back at the Spitfire
stage The Fierce and The Dead were rockin out in fine heavy metal style, but
perhaps a bit early in the day for that sort of thing. They were quickly
followed by Solstice who were superb and blended into the atmosphere of the
brought the house down and sent everyone home happy.
IQ Earth were up next
with some beguiling progressive music and were followed by quite the
reverse, a rumbustious Jackie Lynton who stirred up a storm whilst also
proving he is the oldest, funniest and rudest man in Rock. Every festival
should have Jackie Lynton and his fine band playing somewhere on the bill.
Getting serious again
it was the turn of Soft Machine on the Spitfire stage. I thought this would
be a disaster, but there was something quite compelling about being sat in a
sunny field with a pint in your hand, fish & chips to pick at and Soft
Machine playing their bleepy-bloopy sound. It made for a very pleasant
Cometh the hour cometh
the man as the saying goes and Martin Turner ex-Wishbone Ash took the stage
by storm and rocked their way through the album “Argus”. Superb musicians
all, they received one of the best reactions from the crowd all day. Any
band that can weave a chorus of Monty Python’s Lumberjack ditty into a song
called Warrior is alright by me.
Then we were treated to
a faultless set by John Lee’s Barclay James Harvest. By now the weather had
darkened and the lights were in full effect as beautiful songs came from the
stage that lulled you along. This is a fine band who next year will have
been around for fifty years.
Headlining on Shindig
stage were Lindisfarne and the boys from the Tyne did not disappoint,
leading a fine sing-a-long and playing all the songs you wanted to hear.
They themselves may be a little long in the tooth, but you wouldn’t know it
listening to the bounce in their songs.
The final act of the
day was the mighty Uriah Heep and they had an ‘on day’, firing on all six
cylinders. Playing tunes from their first album “Very ‘Eavy …Very ‘Umble”
to two from their latest, “Outsider”, every song was met with a cheer louder
than the last and as the audience showed their appreciation, the band just
fired back even harder. They finally finished with “Easy Livin’”, sending
the crowds back to their varied accommodations a very satisfied group. It
was the best day this writer has ever spent at a festival.
Tune in for the final
part 3 of the festival next week!
Written by Mott the Dog who can often be found muttering away about the New
Day festival at a table in Jameson’s The Irish Pub, Soi AR North Pattaya.
(All photos courtesy
of Strang The Steward).
Update Saturday October 7 - October 13, 2017
The New Day Festival – Part 1
Del Bromham struts his stuff at the New Day
Festival. (Photo/Strang The Steward)
The New Day Festival, held August
25-27, was a first for Mott the Dog. In previous years we have been to the
other Kent music fest, Ramblin’ Man at Mote Park. For V.I.P. tickets at
Ramblin’ Man we are talking over four hundred pounds for three days, whereas
the New Day Festival just squeezed over the hundred pound mark.
There was no V.I.P. section at The New
Day Festival - we were all treated as V.I.P’s. Upon our arrival all fears
of it being a poor man’s version of Ramblin’ Man were put behind us as there
were plenty of stewards to show you where to go and the ticket office was
remarkably efficient. This festival is set up on two sloping fields with
stages at the bottom, beer tents at the top and everything else in-between.
The site is surrounded by gorgeous, lush green Kent countryside and is so
picturesque. If nothing else you could just sit in the field and enjoy the
soak up the sun and atmosphere on Day 1 of the festival. (Photo/Strang The
But there was more of course, starting
promptly at 2.00 pm on Friday at the Shindig! Stage where we had a band
called Rockin’ The Joint and that’s exactly what they did. Immediately
after this we went right to the very front of the Spitfire Stage to watch
the wondrous Strawbs (acoustic) play a wonderful set to really set the tone
for the weekend. Then going from stage to stage we were treated to short
sharp sets from Paradise 9, Pearl Handled Revolver and the up and coming
On the Spitfire Stage we were treated
to a virtuoso performance of rock’n’roll guitar from Del Bromham and his
Blues Devils, who eventually included most of Pearl Handled Revolver. Del
made plenty of mention of Thailand during his set which was a real
masterclass. Pity there was not time for a stray song or two.
Dr Feelgood were next up and fared well
whilst sticking to their more popular standards, but veered a little off
course when attempting stretched out jams on rhythm and blues numbers. Just
do what the crowd wants boys would be my suggestion. As King King had to
pull out at the last minute due to illness we were then treated to the
talents of Kas Hawkins and her band, without doubt the voice of the festival
and a great surprise to many people who had no idea who she was.
Nonetheless, she was given a rousing welcome and warm reception.
The two headline spots were still to be
played, as firstly the Martin Barre Band took to the stage to play some note
perfect rocked out versions of Jethro Tull songs, Beatles covers, and band
compositions. The band were so tight it was a joy to watch and the whole
Shindig field was packed for this treat of a musician and his cohorts
pulling out all the stops in a faultless set. Vocalist Dan Crisp is a real
find and easily covers the songs made famous by the singer in Barre’s
previous band (he even looks like a younger clean shaven Ian Anderson.) An
Last on the Spitfire Stage were Big
Country who are sadly not everybody’s cup of tea and obviously not too many
people’s choice here as even with the use of the big stage and a full light
show, they floundered on the day and most headed towards the camp site or
their lift home well before the end. But all in all it was a great opening
Part 2 of the festival review next
Note: Written by Mott the Dog
who can often be found in his kennel with a glazed look on his face dreaming
of a New Day Festival in Jameson’s in Soi AR, North Pattaya.