Crunch 11 preview
Crunch 11 is happening from the 18th to the 20th November in Hay and it looks pretty amazing. Amongst the impressive looking lineup includes British Sea Power playing an 18th century chapel, 65Daysofstatic's Polinski playing a much awaited set after his aclaimed debut Labyrinths and Franz Nicolay, formery of Hold Steady, playing some of his fine solo work.
On top of that they've bagged DJ Scratchy - one of the finest DJs from the punk generation who introduced a lot of the late 70's to reggae and hottly tipped Beaty Heart who are said to be an amazing live spectacle.
The best bit about it is that despite being multi venue, you don't have to pay for all the stuff you don't want. That means you pay for what you want and not for what you don't. Seems like a good idea! You can still buy a whole festival ticket however and these are only £62 if you're quick (or £96 if you're slow...). For more info on tickets check out the website.
With a fairly relaxed Wednesday out of the way, we decided to take a quick stroll (almost) up to the peak of Mount Esja in the day before coming back down again and enjoying a few beers and trying a few Icelandic delicacies (Puffin and Whale are both amazing). After a bit of complaining about how much we ached, we set off to the beautiful church Frikirkjan to see Hauschka. [read more]
After spending Saturday partying and relaxing at the Blue Lagoon (naturally heated outside water - amazing. Hail - less amazing but surreal) we got ourselves ready for our last full night out (Sunday would be taken up by Björk mostly) and decided to head to a new venue we hadn't tried before for a new band we hadn't heard, which is always fun. [read more]
New Scottish artist, Withered Hand, isn’t in fact that new. Whilst normally residing in Scotland, he has began getting traction outside of his native Edinburgh with his latest album, 2009’s Good News, and is currently touring with a full band. [read more]
This gig promises to be a special combination of British folk music, past and present, with each act playing separate sets, then joining up for a collaboration as well. [read more]