The Franks played down at the Indiependence festival in Mitchelstown again this year. They’re ever-present at this festival and while you might say that you’re seeing the same bands this year but now have to pay for it, the multi-stage festival has a lot more bands packed into the schedule which makes it well worth it. I wonder what the plans are for next year.
But getting back to the Franks, this wasn’t one of their best performances I thought. Perhaps the vibe in the tent was one of relief to be out of the rain but most weren’t the fanatical Franks fans you’d expect to see at their gigs. To say it wasn’t their best performance is a little unfair; the gig atmosphere wasn’t ideal but that wasn’t down to them. You’ll always get a mix of fans at performances in a festival scenario which I’m sure people will experience this weekend at Electric Picnic. I hope to get to the Franks gig when they hopefully play their annual Christmas gig in Cork.
See a few more photos in the full set.
The Blizzards were next up after Delorentos by which time the rain was really coming down again so I didn’t get too many photos. As you can see from the picture below, lead singer Niall Breslin had his right arm in a cast so he couldn’t play guitar but this didn’t slow him down on stage. Some plonker in the audience thought it would be funny to throw hay (used to minimise the muck due to the rain) at him which after the 5th or 6th time Niall finally let rip. Lots of pent-up anger there! While I’m not a big fan of the second album, the songs sound a lot better live. Perhaps the album is over-produced and almost too perfect.
Delorentos played out a great set at the Indiependence festival in Mitchelstown. This was one of my favourite acts of the day, possibly because the lads seemed to enjoy themselves which always makes for a good gig. Perhaps their planned split earlier this year which subsequently didn’t go ahead has given them a new lease of life. Long may it last! I’m now looking forward to the release of their second album.
A few more photos in the full set on Flickr.
The Villagers are one of the bands I was really looking forward to at the recent Indiependence. I had heard quite a bit of their music and of course I was a fan of The Immediate who I saw in Cyprus Avenue. I was well impressed with the performance and I must try pick up their EP ‘Hollow Kind’. For those of you heading to Electric Picnic, this is one act to catch.
There are a few more photos in the full set.
Cork band Fred were the next band we saw at Indiependence after Dark Room Notes. As always they put on a good show and I heard good stuff about their performance at Cork X Soutwest the day before.
As always, a few more photos in the full set on Flickr.