Meadowlands Festival 2012
The Meadowlands Festival 2012 was set in the picturesque grounds of an Elizabethan Manor house, Glynde Place, and is home to VIth Viscount and Viscountess Hampden.
The festival has celebrated its 3rd yearon the weekend of the 1st to the 3rd of June, with headliners Lamb, LTJ Bukem, Nordic Giants, Fink and Portico Quartet performing alongside around 70 other acts, mostly of the electronic and indie persuasion. It’s pretty much a brighton festival and we’ve been pleased to attend the three fab days and experienced the lovely atmosphere.
High-quality art is something a person really has to dig for in the modern world of the internet and the over saturated market of digital music. It’s been a long time since I’ve been exposed to such a wealth of great music through actually being at a live performance. That said, I was lucky enough to be able to have attended Meadowlands 2012 and experienced this musical spectacle first hand.
The programme has been created with an eclectic line-up which offered everyone the freedom to find something that they could enjoy.
The crowd was varied, with many in their late teens, early twenties, the late twenty/thirty somethings, among an older crowd ranging from parents bringing their toddlers for a day in the sun to afterhours scenesters.
The lives music usually started around 12pm in the afternoon and ended at approximately 4am in the morning.
There are a few things that made this festy unique; one was booking the first uk date of the renowed electronic duo Lamb. The band consists of producer Andy Barlow and singer-songwriter Lou rhodes. They have always had a spirited working relationship – often playing the yin to the other’s yang, especially early on in their careers – but it’s that juxtaposition of kinetic, beat-driven programming and trascendental melody that’s provided the crux of their inimitable sound.
The second one was discovering so many wicked Brighton Based Band as I’ve already mentioned above: Nordic Giants, the exciting folk/rock band: Peppermint Beat, and Phoria; that combines lush instrumentation, innovative structures and heartfelt climaxes to deliver an intense and often uplifting experience. Despite music being the predominant part of the festival, it also offered other types of entertainment such as gambling and poetry.
The Casino tent was one of my favourite places to go between gigs throughout the evening; no better words can describe the atmosphere of this hidden gem than Bukowski’s definition of style:
“style is the answer of everything, a fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous thing.
To do a dull thing with style is preferable than do a dangerous thing without style,
to do a dangerous thing with style is what i call art”
The poetry tent was hosted from ‘Bang’ with an arresting line-up of comics and poets to entertain, inspire and enlighten… Highlights of this tent were: The Antipoet, Adam Kammerling and Joe Bromehead.
‘Stand up poetry for people that don’t like poetry’.
There are these certain holidays which people look forward to during the entire year: for some people it could be christmas, birthday or easter, but for me it’s Meadowlands.