CALL OF THE WILD FESTIVAL DAY 2 - Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln 25.05.19

CLAIRE HILL

PHOTO CREDITS: MARTY MOFFATT / JAN ROBERTS

 

Saturday dawns and the Badlands stage is the first to get things underway with 13 CROWES, whilst THE BRINK get the Kilmister stage rockin’ out in the open air.

CHASIN’ THE TRAIN bring their ‘blues with cajones’ from Dumfries to the Cloven Hoof stage, while fellow Scots DROLL MAN perform on the Badlands stage and THE EROTICS play on the Kilmister stage, who impress with old skool rock ’n’ roll.

Supergroup THE SPANGLES, featuring THE IDOL DEAD vocalist Polly Cathcart, hit the Badlands stage, then THE SOURHEADS play ‘retro rock driven blues’ on the Cloven Hoof stage.

HANDS OFF GRETEL hit the Kilmister stage running and are one of the stand out acts for the DTF team. They are a well honed and tight band and put on a great energetic show. Lauren Tate has a unique voice from sweet sugar to full on grunge scream, underpinned by the vintage custom Rickenbacker bass of Becky Baldwin. They commanded the stage with good interaction between band members. Many people were talking about this band as the weekend went on, saying they were the band of the weekend for them.

Lincoln’s punkish/folkish THE FINEST HOUR play the Badlands stage next, then TANTRUM rip it up on the Cloven Hoof stage.

FIRE RED EMPRESS impress the crowd with their energy and performance on the main Kilmister stage, as MEAN CAESAR kill it on the Badlands stage.

EVERYDAY HEROES attract a good sized crowd including a lot of their own fans as they pay the Cloven Hoof stage. Their sound is great and they really get the audience going, as well as seeming to enjoy themselves on the stage.

FALLING RED are unable to play due to the ongoing health issues with bassist Mikey Lawless; he’s recently been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Instead, their album is played over the PA system and a bucket passed around to collect money for the brain cancer charity.

WACO and then HARKER play the Badlands stage and COLT 45 the Kilmister stage, while PSYCHOBABYLON play some dirty, catchy rock over on the Cloven Hoof stage.

THOSE DAMN CROWS take charge of the main stage and really get the crowd going with their no-nonsense, catchy as hell tunes that you can’t help but sing along to. They receive a great reception and give a great impression of a band on their way up.

Norwich punk rockers DUCKING PUNCHES play the Badlands stage, while girl grungers THE KUT perform on the Cloven Hoof stage

TAX THE HEAT take to the Kilmister stage and perform a musically tight and cohesive set. Speaking to a few people after the set and the next day that had not seen the band before, they said they had been won over by their performance.

The final act of the night are THE WILDHEARTS, who take to the Kilmister stage and do what they do best. They are enthusiastic and get the crowd going, everybody really seems to love what they do and can’t get enough of Ginger, CJ, Ritch and Danny. They are pure energy and give the audience exactly what they want

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