Washed Out Festival 2018 Review

Washed Out Festival returned for it’s second year last weekend, bigger and better than before. Taking its cue from Dot to Dot and the early days of The Great Escape, Brighton’s premier punk festival saw 68 acts play across eight stages, over two days. Here’s a look back at how it all went down…

Friday

The new warm-up night starts upstairs in Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, one of Brighton’s many excellent independent music venues. As the wristband collection gets underway, the acoustic sound of Tim Loud rings out.

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Skinny Lister

If you are a regular gig and festival goer you will undoubtley have seen the name Skinny Lister on a line-up somewhere over the last few years.

Their ‘always on tour’ motto is probably only surpassed by Xtra Mile label-mate Frank Turner, who they’ve supported many times, and whose influence is easy to see. With tours alongside US heavyweights Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphy’s also under their belt, it’s not hard to see how they’ve perfectly honed the sound of self-proclaimed ‘trad-folk-punk’.

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Beans on Toast

Anyone who’s seen Beans On Toast before will know his act isn’t one for corporate arenas, making him the perfect champion for Independent Venue Week, which he’s supporting with seven days of gigs across Southern England and Wales.

That’s not to say the Braintree singer-sonwriter can’t hold his own on the big stage. He’s a regular at festivals all over the country and over the past few years has supported Frank Turner many times during his friend’s rise to fame, culminating at Wembley Arena in 2012.

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Will Varley

Following the release of his fourth album ‘Kingsdown Sundown’, the Kent singer-songwriter hits Brighton on the penultimate night of his biggest UK tour to date.

The first thing on most people’s lips on entering Brighton’s Komedia – one of the most popular comedy venues outside of London – is: “Why is everyone sat down?”

Sure, tomorrow folk singer Will Varley will play the idyllic Union Chapel, Islington where seated pews are very much the order of things, but in this basement comedy club that, as you might expect, has cabaret-style inward-facing tables, it’s a quite peculiar arrangement for regular gig goers.

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Glastonbury 2016: Review

After much criticism of the line-up in the media, and hundreds of complaints about the conditions and endless queues just to get on site, could Glastonbury live up to its status of Britain’s best festival, or is the magic starting to wear off?

There’s a certain degree of poignancy going into this year’s Glastonbury, not least with the death of two musical icons associated with the festival. It’s no surprise to see Bowie’s ‘Aladdin Sane’ lightning flash adorning the Pyramid Stage, while Prince’s legacy – forever rumoured to be playing, but seemingly the one that got away – felt everywhere.

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