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Update Saturday, Nov. 18 - Nov. 24, 2017

New Day Festival – Part 3

House of X’s Danny Peyronel belts out another crowd favourite.

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.

Slade 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 Rock. 

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 stage.

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 hour.

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 next year?

Note: 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 North Pattaya.

(Photos by Strang the Steward)

Update Saturday, Nov. 11 - Nov. 17, 2017

The New Day Festival – Part 2

Edgar 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.

Kindred 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 festival perfectly. 

Uriah Heep 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 hour.

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!

Note: 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 scenery.

Music fans soak up the sun and atmosphere on Day 1 of the festival. (Photo/Strang The Steward)

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 Tommy Justice.

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 unqualified success!

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 day.

Part 2 of the festival review next week!

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.

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

New Day Festival – Part 3

The New Day Festival – Part 2

The New Day Festival – Part 1



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