Soooo…. what was i doing on the 27th may till the 29th of May? , The quick answer is in a tent in Bromsgrove at the breaking bands Festival 2017 with in the great care and hospitality of Prometheus promotions of which I’m very thankful of as they looked after me very well ( Cheers for a great weekend Mik,Col & Sharon), and what a great show it was too.
On the way down there on the giant car park that is the M5, my arrival was met by the very humble and informed event staff at the Stoke Prior Sports Club, it was here i had the pleasure of meeting up by default the first band i got see with the banter of a late arriving guitarist for Footprints in the Custard , great bunch of guys with the lead singer Russ, sporting a very fetching hat made by one of the very lovely stalls at the event.
After setting up camp it was time to see my first act of the weekend, Although it actually started on the Friday, i was gutted to miss out on great bands such like Dakesis, Fahran, Syren City, Seething Akira (what a great name) and Forgotten Remains, but i believe what follows makes up for it… (couldn’t see all the fine acts as I’m only one man) but did catch others on the listen , specially from the acoustic tent that was featured out side.
First up on what i saw were the fore-mentioned band … Footprints in the custard (Crew/Manchester)….
Never heard of these lads before but glad i did , stage attire was interesting and put on great display of quirky metal with great riffs and the growl on vocals from the same lovely chap i spoke to earlier… the set began with a bit of banter to then revel their stage attire …which wasn’t much (Practically naked Oooo Err Mrs) but included a mankini and a tutu… i was impressed with the music and the sound these guys pumped out with a great metal rendition of the Weather girls classic ‘Its Raining Men’. great metal band but label themselves as comedy punk but what do I know haha, not for the week of heart …. set up the weekend just perfectly.
next up was in the acoustic tent for another band I’ve not heard of before called Hybrid.9 (South Cheshire)
After speaking to the guys after their slot they said they haven’t played a gig in a year let alone an acoustic one …. i thought they were fantastic and didn’t know as they were tight, good solid sound and some dirty riffs on their last song and great vocals throughout.
It was at this point food was the order of the day, and upon doing this i was just looking around and seeing how happy everyone was , now then you would have thought this to be everywhere in all things festival ? not like this, I’ve never been to a festival that was very laid back in terms of atmosphere , nothing was made to feel rushed in terms of “must see this and must see that ” everyone was there enjoying the music and doing their own thing in the process …which put a smile on my face then next up were Red Spector.
This will be mentioned allot but Red Spector (Stoke on Trent) is another band I’ve not heard but certainly heard of, much more of a stoner groove and with an essence of a ‘70s feel about them and there’s nothing wrong with that, Genuinely loved them and wont pass up the chance to see them again.