The New Day Festival Part 2 – Saturday 26th August 2017

 
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After a refreshing night’s sleep, the Mott The Dog team were ready for another day of good old Rock & Roll in the fields of Kent at The New Day Festival, which opened at the earlier time of 11.30 am on the Saturday.

Of course we were old hands by our second day, knew some people by first name and actually knew our way round. With the sounds of the Flying Tigers ringing out across the country side we ventured into the Beer tent in the Spitfire Stage area for a couple of our preferred beverages. The New Day Festival organizers had a wonderful scheme in place that when you bought your first glass of amber fluid you paid three pound fifty for your beer and one pound for the plastic (but sturdy) Cup it came in, so if you took care of your Cup your cup took care of you and you only paid three pound fifty a pint from then on as long as you returned with your empty glass. Therefore allowing the Brewery to sell you ale at a very economic price and saving having to clean up thousands of empty plastic glasses littering the ground. The Beer Cups lasted from day to day so you only needed to buy one and you had a nice souvenir to take home with you or simply cash it back in to get your pound back. Montgomery Beer has never tasted so good.

Kindred Spirit

Kindred Spirit

We then wandered down to the Spitfire stage to catch our first serious look at a band that day and what a band they turned out to be. By name they call themselves Kindred Spirit, led by the charming singing and songwriting of Elaine Samuels. They also feature guitar, flute, violin, bass and drums. At Kindred Spirit’s gig at New Day Festival, the Drums were played by one Les Binks who rose to fame as 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 very hard to button down. Prog/Rock for sure, Folk elements, haunting vocal harmonies. With Violin and soaring vocals there has to be some comparison between Kindred Spirit and Curved Air. But they were the most welcome surprise of the festival, and a Band to watch out for. Their set was over far too quickly.

Next up on the Shindig! stage was Edgar Broughton who played a mesmerizing set of songs accompanied only by his own guitar

accompaniment. The songs he played spread over his entire career, including a song 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 song really brought a lump to many a seasoned Rockers throat, which hopefully will be released on an album next year. Every song held your attention to the Man on Stage.

Edgar Broughton

Edgar Broughton

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. IQ Earth followed with some beguiling Progressive music, to be followed by quite the reverse, a rumbustious Jackie Lynton who whilst rockin’ up a storm also proved he was 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, a very pleasant hour.

Jackie Lynton

Jackie Lynton

But cometh the Hour cometh the Man. Martin Turner, ex Wishbone Ash, took the stage and rocked their way through the album Argus, superb musicians all. One of the best reactions from the crowd all day, any band that can weave a chorus of Monty Python’s Lumberjack Song into a song called Warrior is alright by me. Then we were treated to a faultless set by John Lee’s Barclay James Harvest.

Uriah Heep

Uriah Heep

By now the weather had darkened and the lights were in full effect, beautiful songs that lulled you along, a fine band who next year will have been around for fifty years. Headline 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 would not know it listening to the bounce in the songs.

The Final act of the day was the Mighty Uriah Heep and they had an On Day. Firing on All Six. Playing songs 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 appreciated Uriah Heep, they just fired back at the audience even harder. They finally finished with Easy Livin’ sending the crowds back to their varied accommodations a very satisfied group. The best day this writer has ever spent at a Festival.

Written By Mott The Dog
Photo’s By Strang The Stewart
Mott The Dog Can Often be found still muttering away about the New Day festival at a Table in Jameson’s The Irish Pub, Soi AR North Pattaya


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