The festival had a great atmosphere, definitely not dampened too much by the rain!
With the majority of the festival set up under marquees the audience had to get a little cosy at times but really this just adds to the atmosphere. Complementing the music were a range of games for the children from hook-a-duck to a bouncy castle. The beer, wine and Pimms promised was indeed on offer. The Frog and Wicket pub supplied the equipment and expert staff to pour perfect pints and bring customers a great selection of British beers, ales and ciders; from the well known Sharp’s ‘Doom Bar’ to the infamous ‘Otter Head’ and Wey Valley Brewery’s ‘Dorothy Goodbody Golden Ale’ and ‘Butty Bach Premium Ale’. Plus many from award winning Hampshire breweries including; Tripple F’s ‘Moondance’, Andwell’s ‘Resolute Bitter’, Flower Pots Bitter from Cheriton, and from the newest local brewery to open ‘Foursight’ from Sherfield Village Brewery est. May 2011.
Auriol Wines of Hartley Wintney were responsible for the wide range of wine available and Mackenzie Smith were sponsors of the Tea and Cake tent, where some lovely ladies served the range of attractive and tasty cakes.
The all day BBQ was one of the best I have seen and tasted all summer, supplied and cooked by the Hartley Wintney butchers, in addition to the Hog Roast donated by the Frog and Wicket, Rotherwick.
The acts throughout the day were of a fantastic calibre, from sweet original acoustic, to classic fun covers to get the party started.
The festival has showcased some exceptional talent from bands and artists. Strangefruit, a true breakthrough act who have supported the likes of Florence+ The Machine and Dizzee Rascal with their individual sound taken from plangent folk and vintage jazz mixed in with indie rock, were headliners.
Other acts include hometown favourites 29 Fingers starring Ivan McCormick, who played with U2, Jersey Budd, who has been well reviewed by NME, Q magazine, The Observer Music and The Sun, The Theory of 6 Degrees, the youngest band to perform at Glastonbery festival ever and MIBI award winners, Andrea Lowde, an ABBA tribute, folk rocker James Holland, rock covers from popular Guildford based Sausage Monkeys and jazz from Dirty Bizness.
Solo acoustic artist Marika Hackman deserves special mention, having been featured in the Saatchi Gallery as a winner of the International Art Prize and performed at Brighton festival, The Pavillion Theatre and Camden Town, Marika played with sincerity and maturity to entertain all with her beautifully soft voice and folk inspired music.
Rounding off the evening with experienced DJ Paul Holland taking to the decks, with a background of keeping company with the likes of John Peel and working for EMI and ITV he showed his expertise in keeping the crowd going until the end of the night.