Leopallooza: Review

The echoes of music, fun and laughter have been replaced to the gentle lowing of cows as Leopallooza VII draws its 2012 festival to a close. Their story began seven years ago when four avid music lovers wanted to create a festival with genuine intentions, fair prices, volunteering friends and a great atmosphere.  Leopallooza mark 7.0 proves their core values have not changed. They’re getting recognised for their work too with the Guardian this year naming it as a favourite boutique festival and one of the cheapest at that.

The DIY weekend snuggled away in The Wyldes of North Cornwall has left their followers with a warm fuzzy feeling of nostalgia as many didn’t want it to end with requests for next year’s early birds tickets.  It has been by far the biggest and most successful Leopallooza so far. Expanded by popular demand, music lovers were treated to an extra day with bands like BackBeat Soundsystem and Adventures of making the Friday night.

With everyone settled in by Saturday, the music was ready to kick the crowds into gear starting with Brother and Bones performing to audiences holding aloft unconventional crowd surfers in rubber dinghies. Later on the main stage saw the Man Like Me boys absolutely smash it, getting the crowds bouncing hard to their set and calling for encores whilst they clambered over the speakers and each other making full use of the stage. Of course the headline act Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip really made the night special and later tweeting and posting to Facebook “Leopallooza was dope, not sure we’ll play at a nicer festival for a long time!”

Of course the night couldn’t stop after the headliners retired. The Tree Line, this year’s open dance tent, kept the ravers going as long as they could last with eclectic remixes of chart toppers and popular new genres such as electro swing.

And if the music from the main stage, Beaver Bandstage and The Tree Line dance tent wasn’t enough, this year had another stage, The Rooks Nest, erected and playing home to Holland DJ Godden and The Goodtime Boys.  Another surprise to welcome to the Leopallooza fields was the roller disco, with adults and children alike revelling in the seventies nostalgia alongside the tunes of today.

As often comes with Sunday morning’s a hangover is much lovelier to nurse with chilled out music and great food. With a wonderful surprise guest of Newquay’s singer song writer Ruarri Joseph audiences munched of gourmet homemade crumpets and luxury crepes. Lucy Rose headlined the main stage with her delicate voice drawing the festivities to a close but it has to be Charlene Soraia who stole Sunday’s limelight. With only a few hours’ sleep, the dedicated performer chatted like friends and astounded audiences with her incredibly high vocal range.

The only complaints heard were of the energetic few wanting to party even harder into the early hours of the morning instead of sleeping. With memories of the iconic burning car, the bands and the audiences alike will not be forgetting Leopallooza in a hurry. We can only hope that Team ‘Pallooza keep delivering as they have each year so far.

Published: North Devon Journal

Published: Muso’s GuidePublished: 247 Magazine

Published: North Devon Journal Online

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Seth Lakeman Interview March 2012

Seth Lakeman Interview March 2012 by Charlotte Gay on Mixcloud

Thrust into the limelight for his for his Mercury nominated album Kitty Jay, folk singer-songwriter Seth Lakeman has returned to the scene with a new found freedom from record label giants. The Devonian musician took some time out from his bow shredding antics to talk to Charlotte Gay, before hitting Bournemouth shores this month.

I originally recorded the interview for my radio show, but have since written for 247 Magazine, Muso’s Guide and The Rock


247 Magazine Seth Lakeman PDF

Muso’s Guide Seth Lakeman PDF

Interviews: Leopallooza

During Leopalloza, I snuck out back for some interviews with Max McElligott of Wolf Gang, James Vincent McMorrow, The Datsuns and Backbeat Soundsystem.

I will apologise now for all of the Twitter and Facebook feeds spamming I have been doing with retweeting and liking of links to various music sites.

However for those of you who have avoid my notifications here they are to read in your own time and at your own leisure.

Here are my 24/7 Magazine, Muso’s Guide and Decibel Soup articles:

Review: Leopalloza

Leopallooza was my first press pass entry to a festival. The Northern end of  Cornwall witnessed the cutest festival I’ve been to yet.

I’ve done a cheeky review and recorded some interviews with Wolf Gang, James Vincent McMorrow, The Datsuns and BackBeat Soundsystem. A couple of the reviews are published online so far and the written interviews will be on Muso’s Guide this week.

Also, the recordings of the interviews will be a part of my radio show when I return to Bournemouth – which I also plan to podcast!

If you’d like to find out more, have a read of my published reviews, check out these links, and sit tight for the rest.