The Watchet Festival on the north Somerset coast near to Minehead always has an eclectic line up, with this year being no exception as new bands, some familiar faces from the indie rock circuit such as Miles Hunt weirdly rubbed shoulders with The Wurzels and The Cheeky Girls.
Take the first day for example, we started in the Croissant Neuf tent where we were treated to a powerful set from female fronted metal band Zoltar, and by the end of the evening we were watching seminal 70s pub rockers The Blockheads, with their cheery post Ian Drury take on the cockney rock singalong. Classics such as ‘Sex and drugs and rock n roll’ went down well with the crowd.
On the second day it was time for a guilty pleasure of seeing former MP Lembit Opik’s favourite band The Cheeky Girls with their euro-pop proving a world away from the likes of Zoltar the previous day. After a grey start to the day the weather improved as well, which was perfect for the ska of 360.
Among our highlights from the older acts performing were Miles and Erica from The Wonderstuff, and Tom Hingley, that’s right the chap from The Inspiral Carpets, who was performing here with his new band The Lovers. Newer acts that caught our eye included Patch & the Giant (pictured above), a north London based alternative folk act that have only been going for a year.
Words by Ryan Perry, Picture by Mathew Danby