Another fabulous fun filled weekend at the Landmark
This is going to be one of them there “work in progress” type posts.
So many great acts to review, so many photographs to crop and compress.
First off, and simply because I happened to be going through the pictures of them just now. The Liquidators AKA.
Liquidators AKA had the audience dancing all night.
I didn’t review them before the gig because I couldn’t find any good quality recordings of them online. What a superb party band they are. Obviously the AKA gives the clue that they are a Ska band. The affectation seems to stem from The Specials who had to add AKA because there was another band in the USA of the same name. As it happens they renamed the band “The Liquidators” adding the AKA after some line up changes but they could just as easily have called it The New Liquidators, but that wouldn’t be “ska” would it?
The Sunwest audience were on their feet from the off, and one or two were leaping about like loons for most of the night. I don’t know how they manage it. Me? I tapped my foot a fair bit. You may consider this my highest form of physical praise.
Musically they were tight and polished. If I have a criticism it is simply that each tune sounded a lot like the one before it, but maybe with more familiarity that opinion will change.
The Landmark Theatre host three festivals a year.
The first is the Beer Festival which takes place over the Mayday bank holiday
Second is Sunwest which covers the August bank holiday
and last is the Folk and Cider fest which is in October.
The bands play in the Pavilion; with a huge array of real ales and ciders, in casks, sold in the bar area. Usually there is a barbecue outside as well as bouncy castles and some stalls.
This is a FREE FESTIVAL, although of course it is not acceptable to bring your own drinks. The beers are not especially expensive, £3 a pint last time I was there, and it is only through drinks and food sales that the venue can possibly hope to pay for the bands.
And there are some superb bands. Here’s the poster.
Mango Factory are a musical “smoothie”, blending elements of funk, soul, blues, and soca.
Rosco Levee are bluesy and rocking despite being from Kent.
Tuesday Syndicate and Sam Downden are both local artists that I have just not got around to seeing yet so I am looking forward to checking them out.
Badly Worn Toy are my band; I can’t comment on them because I have never been able to be in the audience while I am on stage singing.
The rest of the bands are new to me but I do know that all the bands are carefully selected and there is never a bad act at any of these festivals.
Here’s the confirmed line up with days and times
Friday 23rd August
9.00pm – Rosco Levee – original blues rock from Kent
John Forster runs a radio show called Dr John’s Rock Surgery, which plays 100% unsigned bands. It has a substantial audience, partly thanks to syndicating to several radio stations. Obviously he plays rock although there is a fairly broad scope within the genre.
The festival has been set up to raise money for a local charity, PATHFIELDS SCHOOL in Barnstaple Caring for children with Downs and severe learning disabilities.
“I have been shown around the school and it is a great place and the kids are incredible. With kids going to the school from Ilfracombe, Barnstaple, Bideford think you will agree it is well worthwhile cause and we couldn’t be happier to be doing this for them.”
Of the bands playing, I have already heard of, or written about several of them, “Band Of Roses”, “Ataraxis Vibration“, “Billy Brown“, “Blackwater England”, and “The Black Dogs”. Based on my knowledge of those band this is going to be a totally brilliant couple of days.
£10 for the two days is an absolute bargain and all profits go to the charity so I think this is a must see if you live anywhere in North Devon.