Well, I’ve just returned from V Festival 2004 having seen a veritable plethora of bands, some good, some disappointing and some just darn ace! I decided to give awards to all the bands I saw, since they all deserve them one way or another… so the awards, in order of appearance, are:
Best Opening – Kosheen – The award sounds nonsensical since they were really the only openers, but they were really good, funky and fun.
Most Likely To Buy The Album Of – Jamie Cullem – he’s really good at what he does – didn’t go down too well at a festival, but I want the album – sounds top.
Most Unexpectedly Good – Snow Patrol – I know their stuff, but they were good live and not such girly rock as I thought they were.
Most Forgotten About – The Thrills – Some of it was good, but didn’t make a big impression on me really.
Funkiest – Scissor Sisters – sounded good, but couldn’t see. Would have danced, but couldn’t move.
Biggest disappointment – The Strokes – not only the biggest disappointment, but probably the worst band I saw all weekend. Far too samey, far too up themselves, far too american. Didn’t like. Didn’t like at all.
Comedy Value Award – Big Brovaz – lots of attitude that didn’t really fit, but their music’s fun.
Best Entertainer – The Divine Comedy – love their music, well performed, lots of interesting talk and explanation of the songs, funny too. Top marks, well done.
Best Pop Act – Pink – granted she was probably the only pop act there this weekend, but still… she was good – lots of people danced and sang along, particularly to “Hey-yey-yey-yey-yey! Hey-yey-yey! I said hey! What’s going on?”, which isn’t hers, but was still the best bit.
Most danced to – Faithless – they were great, good performers, good songs that represent what they believe. Was a bit preachy though… see my next entry for my thoughts on that.
Most Average – The Charlatans – saw them, forgot them.
Better Than I Thought – Dido – was good, but I’m still quite indifferent to her. Better than expected though.
Most Superbly Good And Awesome, also winning the Lived Up To Expectations Award, along with the Darn Fine Trophy – Muse – top class. Took a bit of getting started, but once they were up & running – were brilliant.
And some other awards:
Most Gutted I Missed – Keane – saw The Charlatans instead… what a mistake to make!
Wish I’d Seen Because They Were Recommended By I-Don’t-Know-Who – The Zutons – was it you that recommended them to me?
Anyway, that’s my review of the weekend. It was sunny Saturday and Sunday for the gigs, but it rained on Friday & Monday for the coming & going – that’s the right way round. Took us 6 hours to get there & set up. Took us 3 hours on the way back (thanks to getting up at 6.30am).
Now for my more philosophical entry…