A stage. A field. Music. Here’s how the three come together for West Fest 2019.
Field Stage 12:00 DJ set – West Fest Warm Up
The alchemical transformation of a verdant field in West Malvern into the crucible of orchestrated cacophany starts here. Also a good time to join the queue for ice cream.
Field Stage 1:30 Truckstop Trixies
Truck Stop Trixies are a cabal of Malvern musicians who play together at random times throughout the year. At the heart of the group is the partnership between Tyler Massey and Vo Fletcher, with the other players as featured soloists. Mainly choosing to play Classic Americana from Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan, Gillian Welch, Lowell George and others.
Field Stage 3:00 Flood for the Famine
Alex Lindner is a songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist based in London. In his project, Flood for the Famine, you hear him recall his idols from blues, folk and soul alongside modern luminaries including Bon Iver, James Blake, and Sufjan Stevens.
“I want to write songs you can see and feel. Sometimes I write on love, and sometimes it’s the people I see around me in London – there’s always plenty of inspiration. If I can create a story or character that lives on after the song’s finished, then I’m happy.”
Field Stage 4:45 Flames
The Flames are a Worcester based Alt Indie band which comprise Singer/Guitarist Gaz Slough, Guitarist Mark Hayes, Drummer Jay Davis and Bassist Matt Slough. Together they create an original mix of British Alt Indie flavoured with 80’s American West Coast rock. Ryan Adams, Dire Straits, Oasis, Don Henley, its all in there somewhere…
Field Stage 6:30 Skewwhiff
Skewwhiff have played festivals and gigs extensively, honing the songs and the set in preparation for their debut long player, Nice Little Upper, which was released in 2014.
Genre is always a poser when faced with such variety of sound, so the fact that Skewwhiff have not been out of place supporting bass legend Mike Watt’s brand of jazz/punk and Brit-pop pioneers Dodgy, demonstrates the difficulty in pinning a pithy label to this bunch of misfits.
The majority of the album was recorded at Tower Studios with Dave Draper (Kerbdog, [spunge], Merrymouth) at the helm, with three tracks having been previously recorded with Nigel Clark, and released via The Whole Hog Recordings in April. The Whole Hog are also responsible for Slap Magazine (Supporting Local Artists and Performers), which further shows that Skewwhiff are fully ensconced in a thriving local music scene.
Field Stage 8:00 Kings of the Quarter Mile
Kings of the Quarter Mile is a band from Worcestershire playing rootsy Americana with a dash of blues and Southern rock. They are Steve Counsell – guitar and vocals, Pete Juzl – guitar, Brian Richards – bass and David Smaylen – drums. Influences include Tom Petty, Drive By Truckers, Jason Isbell, Steve Earle, Little Feat.