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Re: London Popfest 2013 - 1 to 3 March 2013

Post by Rocker » Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:44

That was ace! Why can't we do this every weekend?

Thanx as usual to all the organisers, as well as the ace bands, and the indiepop crowd too!

For me it was Standard Fare's weekend - they've always been ace live, but they played a blinder on Saturday and will be sadly missed at these events in future. Oh and that demos and oddments CDr has at least another 2 'proper' LPs worth of material on it! Look forward to hearing the new single!

Also English Singles; Flowers; Martha; Milky Wimpshake - all highlights for me, and good to see that the scene is still alive, however many 'big guns' we lose, there are lots of young contenders springing up behind!

Am REALLY glad I managed to book Monday off work!
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Re: London Popfest 2013 - 1 to 3 March 2013

Post by Trev » Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:59

Rocker wrote: Oh and that demos and oddments CDr has at least another 2 'proper' LPs worth of material on it! Look forward to hearing the new single!
How did I miss this?

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Re: London Popfest 2013 - 1 to 3 March 2013

Post by boney » Mon Mar 04, 2013 14:24

What a pleasure to be moderately intoxicated with a lot of lovely people this weekend. The lineup was incredibly good, not a duffer in sight and lots of well good stuff what I hadn't seen before. Managed to weep at three different bands this weekend, hangovers DO get a lot worse as you near 40 don't they..

Right, now onto the mini egg quiz winnings...

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Re: London Popfest 2013 - 1 to 3 March 2013

Post by cashcityrocker » Mon Mar 04, 2013 21:42

With uncharacteristic speed, my thoughts on a superb Saturday are here for you to read or ignore;

http://www.buzzinmusicblog.co.uk/london ... -2013/5600

What a top notch day it was. Thanks to everyone for making it such a memorable experience.

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Re: London Popfest 2013 - 1 to 3 March 2013

Post by bartblueboy » Mon Mar 04, 2013 21:49

It can't be over already ... what a blast it was again ... thanks to the organisers for making me very happy again and again for a long weekend in February, no mean feat as I can be quite a miserable old man some times ;-)

so many highlights, but for me Cocoanut Groove was the BEST ! It was a dream come true finally seeing Olov with a full band !

and like I said on that fb thingy, the real highlights were of course all the lovely people I got to meet and talk to ... that's what really makes London popfest special ...

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Post by indiansummer » Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:14

as a rather-gutted non-attender, it looks like it was ace

*sniffs, wipes tears with sleeve*

you lucky bastards

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Re: London Popfest 2013 - 1 to 3 March 2013

Post by richpassivity » Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:44

indiansummer wrote:as a rather-gutted non-attender, it looks like it was ace

*sniffs, wipes tears with sleeve*

you lucky bastards

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Post by crystalball » Tue Mar 05, 2013 14:16

Thankyou so much everyone who said nice things. Even more than the pop and the getting drunk and the having a dance, for me this is about seeing my favourite people and seeing them grin and grin. It'd be not quite as sparkly without you lot there, so thanks for coming. xx

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Post by bulgariandisco » Wed Mar 06, 2013 09:32

Bit late but just to say how great Saturday was.

I've seen some contrary opinions in another place about Popfest and Alldayer overkill, but not everyone can get out regularly to gigs. Everyone is entitled to their opinions of course, and if you're able to get to gigs all the time I can see how the 'pool' of bands might get a little bit stale, but these events give the chance to see a good few bands and catch up with people. Which is smashing. So thanks for indulging us part-timers!

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Post by indiehorse » Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:07

I had a superawesomelovely time.

My personal highlights of the weekend were Tom, Kajsa, Craig, Tobi, Ray, Vez, Becky, Suzanne, Jamie, Sam, Ian, Andy, Hayley, Marianthi, Trev, every one else that was there, the porter at the Euston Tap, the all you can eat vegetarian Chinese buffet, the all you can eat vegetarian Indian buffet, when Nathan out of Martha said nice things about my art to me, when Andy out of Standard Fare said nice things about my art to me, Standard Fare's shout-out to Nottingham, Standard Fare's cover of Allo Darlin (I was convinced I was going to have to endure the Queen cover at that point), everything else about Standard Fare, Martha, English Singles, all of the other bands, everything else that I've forgotten to mention.

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Post by indiansummer » Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:32

bulgariandisco wrote:Bit late but just to say how great Saturday was.

I've seen some contrary opinions in another place about Popfest and Alldayer overkill, but not everyone can get out regularly to gigs. Everyone is entitled to their opinions of course, and if you're able to get to gigs all the time I can see how the 'pool' of bands might get a little bit stale, but these events give the chance to see a good few bands and catch up with people. Which is smashing. So thanks for indulging us part-timers!
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Re: London Popfest 2013 - 1 to 3 March 2013

Post by linus » Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:39

apparently there are too many (I don't think anyone's duty bound to go to all of them, are they?), the line-ups are too often too similar (presumably some people are going to all of them and keeping an excel spreadsheet and scowling) and after the bands on saturday night somebody played some rihanna and beyonce records (a wicked wicked defiling act against indiepop, apparently)

have I missed anything?

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Post by indiansummer » Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:44

kinell, where were all those complaints then?

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Post by indiehorse » Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:48

bulgariandisco wrote:I've seen some contrary opinions in another place about Popfest and Alldayer overkill
I hate it when I go a chip shop and I order chips and then they serve me chips! The bastards! Don't they know I had chips the other night? I demand limited chip shop opening hours!

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Post by linus » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:09

indiansummer wrote:kinell, where were all those complaints then?
a couple of places on the 'net, nothing too much, I think the vast majority of people had a lovely time, you can't please everyone and it's all a matter of opinion ultimately

there's no rulebook that says you can only have so many popfests, weekenders, alldayers- if you're able it's nice to go visit another town or city, meet up with folk, hang out, see some great bands, go and have a chat or a bun or a chat and a bun when there's a band on you're not too fussed about (this sometimes happens, kids)

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Post by bulgariandisco » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:12

indiehorse wrote: I hate it when I go a chip shop and I order chips and then they serve me chips! The bastards! Don't they know I had chips the other night? I demand limited chip shop opening hours!
Mind you, after 9 solid hours of chips you might fancy some mushy peas. Or be at least be amenable to a pickled egg. I might have stayed a bit longer doing my drunken Dad dancing if Sean Price had played Crazy In Love instead of Truck Train Tractor (heresy!)

a fog of ideas wrote: after the bands on saturday night somebody played some rihanna and beyonce records (a wicked wicked defiling act against indiepop, apparently)

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Re: London Popfest 2013 - 1 to 3 March 2013

Post by Rocker » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:18

For me it's just that I don't want to hear shit chart music, well, ever. (and I do pretty well at avoiding it). But especially at what should be a celebration of everything that is the opposite of the manufactured bland pap created by a multinational industry to steal the pocket money from preteens. I could go to pretty much any club or pub if I wanted to hear that shit.

It's a minor gripe compared to the fantastic time I had at 99% of Popfest, but it was the reason I left before the end on Saturday night, and I know quite a few others did too.
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Post by lynsosaurus » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:32

a fog of ideas wrote:apparently there are too many (I don't think anyone's duty bound to go to all of them, are they?), the line-ups are too often too similar (presumably some people are going to all of them and keeping an excel spreadsheet and scowling) and after the bands on saturday night somebody played some rihanna and beyonce records (a wicked wicked defiling act against indiepop, apparently)
Cuh! I've not seen these complaints, but I can't believe that anyone would complain about there being TOO MANY AMAZING WEEKENDS. It seems to me that some people seem to think they're the arbiters of indiepop and that everything should be held up to ensure it garners their approval before it's confirmed. NONSENSE, I say. I've even been to gigs or alldayers where I wasn't keen on any of the bands, but I do it to support mates and keep in touch with everyone. If people can't go and enjoy the gigs and support their friends' endeavours, I suggest they don't bother going at all. I'm sure we'd all have a better time without the presence of a couple of people with faces like skelped arses. I don't know anyone who didn't have a smashing time though, so this isn't me having a go at anyone. Sorry.
bulgariandisco wrote:I've seen some contrary opinions in another place about Popfest and Alldayer overkill, but not everyone can get out regularly to gigs. Everyone is entitled to their opinions of course, and if you're able to get to gigs all the time I can see how the 'pool' of bands might get a little bit stale, but these events give the chance to see a good few bands and catch up with people. Which is smashing. So thanks for indulging us part-timers!
Yeah, exactly! Until they start allowing under-12s into gigs, we only really get a chance to go to the odd popfest or weekender, so for me it was a huge treat to see loads of bands I've wanted to see for ages! Also, even if you've seen a band loads, sometimes it's just lovely and special seeing them with a crowd of people who love indiepop or with your friends that also love them. I had such a great time this weekend for all of those reasons.
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Re: London Popfest 2013 - 1 to 3 March 2013

Post by bulgariandisco » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:42

Furry nuff. I don't get out that much so I don't get to dance to any music. Obviously there's a whole other debate about whether 'good' chart pop is appropriate after a gig. Pop is pop to me, and I'd take quite a few Beyonce singles over a whole load of indiepop. I don't know much Rihanna. I am old.

I left before the end because I had the creeping dread of the next days hangover...

It does seem a bit weird to complain [not you Rocker] about Popfests in Cardiff or wherever though. Maybe the organisers are, y'know, hoping people from Wales might prefer to go to it rather than trekking to London, or even appeal to people outside the scene?!
Rocker wrote:For me it's just that I don't want to hear shit chart music, well, ever. (and I do pretty well at avoiding it). But especially at what should be a celebration of everything that is the opposite of the manufactured bland pap created by a multinational industry to steal the pocket money from preteens. I could go to pretty much any club or pub if I wanted to hear that shit.

It's a minor gripe compared to the fantastic time I had at 99% of Popfest, but it was the reason I left before the end on Saturday night, and I know quite a few others did too

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Re: London Popfest 2013 - 1 to 3 March 2013

Post by sweepingthenation » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:41

As one of those grasping cash-in promoters ensuring the indiepop scene is currently being gradually killed off, for my part I'm just acting as someone keen to promote indiepop in a setting where it has potential (pretty much the rest of the Leicester music scene being either landfill indie's last gasps - now with a synth! - or post-hardcore), forms a neat triangle with the summer and autumn big indiepop events in the east Midlands and

On a local scale the way things are here I'd never be able to put any of those bands on in Leicester regularly - the regular local gig audience isn't big enough to justify them as headliner and I can't afford the extra to put them on as support and still hope to break even. An alldayer is a special event in itself regardless of Anorak/Popfest circles.

But...

None of this is the fault of anyone mentioned but I've been hugely concerned about this year, having announced the March date (equivalent Saturday to last year) and then in the following fortnight seen London move into the same month having been in February for the last few years and Liz' Cardiff weekender (which I'm not against, in fact I'm going, and logistically it's surprising Cardiff hadn't had an indiepop event before now) announce a much better, bigger scale event for the weekend after seemingly out of nowhere. Throw in Shrag's farewell the previous Saturday and I'm now finding ticket sales and interest well down on last year where I thought showing Leicester could justify an alldayer would have increased keenness if anything.

Does that all make sense?

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