Ben and Jerry's Festival

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The Proclaimers - Rock Gods!

This summer, I went to the Ben and Jerry's festival with my brother, my friend Nicola, and her boyfriend Simon.  It was the only live music event I was going to get a chance to go to, and I had high hopes.  This is due to the Proclaimers, who were headlining.  For those of you who don't know, the Proclaimers are a Scottish band famous for the sheer level of uncoolness that they ooze out, and for the fact that they are quite, quite fantastic.  I appreciate this enormously, because I was cool for five minutes in 1998 and decided it was far too much like hard work.

Doug and I got ready to go; we'd conned a lift to the station out of an obliging parent.  I was expecting dreadful weather, and had cunningly combined my little dress - 2pounds from Tesco, good old Tesco - with tights and my new zebra print welly boots.

The Noisettes
  Great look, Sarah, I thought, you don't at all look like an eejit.  Not even slightly.  Off we went.  The journey went surprisingly easily and we met Nicola and Simon at Clapham Common station. 

Ben and Jerry's festival is a thing of absolute joy.  For quite a low entrance price, you get live music, all the free icecream you can be bothered to queue up for, some baby goats to pat (you can't keep them, I did ask...) and lots of socially responsible bananas.  Rock on.  Unfortunately, the Carling is warm.  Not so good, but quite OK really. 

We saw, over the course of the day, Emmy the Great (very pleasant), The Noisettes (fantastic!), The Hours (I was in the queue for the icecream, but I hear they were nice), The Holloways (I can get a generator and a record player!) and The Proclaimers.

Guy on stilts
  I loved the Noisettes in particular; I made a big mental note to try and see them headline indoors somewhere.  And the Holloways, well - baby bro hated them, and I really enjoyed a lot of the cheerful poppy noise they made, but I wouldn't pay to see them headline.  After all the cheerful, poppy indie, and cool rock-ish stuff, the proclaimers were a total change of direction.  By this time I was so sunburned I had to go to the medical tent and look sweet until they gave  me sunblock, adn hot enough to take my tights off in the toilet.  So I was carrying my tights around in my bag, bright red, and still wearing zebra wellies.  Like I say - cool for five minutes, almost a decade ago, and never been back!

And the Proclaimers were excellent.

Mmmm... warm Carling
  You aren't really allowed to like them out loud, but secretly adoring the twins from Fife is part and parcel of my personal sense of national identity.  Best known in the UK for "I would walk 500 miles," a love song that works particularly well at the end of a party, shouted at the top of your lungs, in an overexaggerated Scottish accent, out of a sense of national solidarity.  best known in the US for the version of "I'm on ma way..." on the Shrek soundtrack.  Geeky, glasses wearing, stonewashed jeans wearing, gods of good pop.  I've heard them described as an oversized pub band, which I think might be meant as an insult, but I think it actually explains why they're so good live.  And serious, serious props to them for singing cap in hand, a piece of blatent Scottish Nationalism, in Clapham Common.
Doug, and Doug's colleague, his hair
  Take the fight to the enemy, right, brothers?  Not that I think anyone other than Bro and I noticed!

By this time Nicola and Simon had left to nurse the hangovers from the Basement Jax gig they'd been to the night before - I am sooooo jealous, but there we go.  Bro and I decided that we couldn't face going on the tube straight away with the squillion other revelers, so we sat in a pub and disected the day for a bit.  Then we got the tube back, and got chatting to two other people wearing B&J passes about the general aceness of the Noisettes and the Proclaimers, who are ace in totally different directions.  great day. 

2win says:
lol....awww...i love the proclaimers!...shhhhh!
Posted on: Dec 11, 2007
sarahelaine says:
I'm not sure I permitted any full length photos!
Posted on: Dec 11, 2007
sdbleve says:
Sarah my dear,

We are all waiting patiently for you to post the full length picture of your outfit to this show. :)

And I love the song you referenced by the Proclaimers...
Posted on: Dec 11, 2007
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The Proclaimers - Rock Gods!
The Proclaimers - Rock Gods!
The Noisettes
The Noisettes
Guy on stilts
Guy on stilts
Mmmm... warm Carling
Mmmm... warm Carling
Doug, and Dougs colleague, his ha…
Doug, and Doug's colleague, his h…
Doug and I
Doug and I
Me
Me
Sunburn.  Classy!
Sunburn. Classy!
Helter Skelter.  In 2006, I skinne…
Helter Skelter. In 2006, I skinn…
The Pims bus where we queued up wi…
The Pims bus where we queued up w…
You know, I probably would walk 50…
You know, I probably would walk 5…
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