After Wimbledon on Thursday, I was coerced into taking the missus and campervan to "Sign of the Times" festival this weekend with two other couples who are into 80s/90s pop music. Despite my reticence, the predominantly 50-something crowd and some shit bands, it turned out to be quite enjoyable.
Friday we watched Theatre of Hate, Pop will Eat Itself, The Farm, Big Country, The Skids (Echo and the Bunnymen cancelled at the last minute but apparently the lead guitarist of BC was also the guitarist of the Skids so he just substituted a couple of his mates and did a double set) and then UB40 by which time I was merry enough to sing along and dance with the girls and a good time was had by all. I'm beginning to think UB40 are a guilty pleasure.
Yesterday we watched a couple of SKA bands (Death of Guitar Pop and later, The Beat who were excellent) Spear of Destiny, Republica, Hue and Cry (talented but witteringly long-winded) The Undertones (Feargal Sharkey was surprisingly good and the set was great) Lightning Seeds (mainly boring but finished with Three Lions which had the entire crowd singing) Boomtown Rats (Bob Geldof is a tw@t - official) and New Model Army v Shed Seven (mates dragging me from one stage to another but when it started raining I was definitely watching the former as they were in a massive marquee) Some of the less well known bands were OK too and even Bez didn't wind me up DJing the Manc thing between some of the sets.
Even though this festie and this ageing "post punk/Two Tone/wannabe mod" crowd was definitely not my thing, £89 for two days camping and this line up seemed good VFM and I would definitely do it again, especially if we can tag it on to a day out at Wimbledon. Our campervans were only 250m from the arena entrance - which is excellent compared to most festies where you have to walk miles - and the food stalls, retailers and bars didn't take the mickey too much. And the rain stayed away until Geldof came on.