Say “yes” to Skegness

I needed to get away from the winter rain and hail. The grey skies were wearing down my resolve, it was true. I had to go somewhere with heart and soul. So I went to: Skegness!

Say “yes” to Skegness. After all, it hosts the Big Reunion's Twisted Circus festival, the best winter pick-me-up known to the music industry. Held in Butlins over 4,000 tired and weary music lovers made the trip, their skin still tanned from the summer festivals.

The event lasted three days, though unfortunately Clash could only make the Saturday. Nevermind, though, since the festivities were due to carry on until the wee, wee hours. Mr Hudson and the Library opened the day and were followed by iForward, Russia!. A greater contrast it is difficult to imagine, as Mr Hudson's sombre jazz-lite tones were ripped apart by the Leeds punk-funk icons.

The View took the stage around midnight (aka closing time) and in addition to sporting the same jeans he had on four days ago Kyle Falconer was also wearing a very fetching fat lip. This seemed to spur the frontman on though, as he lead his troops through a ferocious set drawn from their debut album. The View got the biggest crowd of the day, and had undoubtedly the most fevered crowd reaction.

Next up came Birmingham rockers The Twang to prove that two heads are better than one. Their dual frontman tricks went down a storm as the crowd began singing every word of radio anthem “Wide Awake”.

The Young Knives came on a 2.30am, and kicked off with some trademark banter. A career filling out seats on BBC2 quiz shows awaits the House of Lords should their skewed pop not meet with success. The band showcased material drawn from their next album, while also playing old favourites such as “She's Attracted To”.

The night was then brought to a close with the Rumble Strips and Blood Red Shoes. The joyful doo-wop of the Strips was subdued by the late stage time, but lead singer Charlie Waller still poured every inch of his soul into his delivery. Blood Red Shoes took to the stage at 4.30am, and managed to shake some life into the dreaded graveyard slot, their ferocious two-piece rock mingling with the rising sun.

After a day like that it would take a long time to recover. Well, we're only given a week. The beauty of the Big Reunion event is that it's spread a week apart. Join us next time for adventures with We Are Scientists, C.S.S., Pull Tiger Tail and The Dykeenies.

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