The Devil's new festival correspondent Toby Jones hot footed it down to Micheldever in Hampshire to sample the delights of one of the newest festivals on the block, the comact and bijou Good Weekend.
The festival certainly lived up to its name with an eclectic range of new and established acts, crammed into a diary friendly schedule. Friday night was party night, with Rinse FM’s Monki warming up the crowd perfectly for legendary mixologist Parker’s headline set, where he had everyone jumping to music from the past twenty years with ease and flair.
Up on the Den stage, new kids on the block the Pippa Marias and Lighthouses gave their audiences something special and there was a definite atmosphere that these guys are ones to watch.
Flight Brigade were the perfect hangover cure on Saturday morning, but initial sound issues on the main stage caused continuing problems throughout the day. Yet these problems didn’t dampen spirits, and by the time Hot Club De Paris took to the stage early evening, everyone was geared up for a night of rock’n’roll.
Art Brut closed Good Weekend on Saturday night, rolling out their hits (of which “they don’t have any”) and Eddie Argos charmed the audience with his tales of a visit to the Van Gogh Museum.
Considering this was the organisers' first attempt, this event was something special. In the words of Eddie Argos, “Good Weekend, Top of the Pops”.
Thanks also to Jack Reed for the photos which captured the spirit of the festival perfectly.
For those who couldn't make it to Hampshire here is a Good Weekend festival for your ipod...
SMACK by PIPPA MARIAS
New Love (2011 Rough Demo) by Lighthouses
New York City by Flight Brigade Music
Hot Club de Paris - "Free The Pterodactyl 3" by indiemusicfilter
Lost Weekend (Single Version) by art-brut