Only four months after the fact, but better late than never.. (Apologies if I’ve forgotten anything or have got the order of events muddled up; I’ve a terrible memory which is why I like to get as much as I can down).
Friday – August, 26th
After pulling an all-nighter (just in case) I departed my flat at 6am to meet up with
Had a cold shower (only to learn the next day of the hot water boiler switch in the kitchen >_<) and a change then headed down to Da Venue. Met up with
After much dancing I headed to an afterparty with P0rl, Gav, Paul and his Australian girlfriend (who we randomly met last Infest but who were planning to move down under soon after,) Sleepy Dan, Dave Colter (who turned me on to psytrance that night through an amazing track with an incredibly catchy hook that ended with portmanteau he had on his mobile) and a nice gentleman who provided some choons (who I believe was a Chains DJ). The lucky sods in those halls had a swimming pool and sauna available as part of the dead.
Saturday – August, 27th
Got up 1pmish, relatively early for me at Infest. Chatted with some peeps from Northern Ireland who were in the same Trinity hall corridor as I was for a bit then wandered down to the pub and bumped into various #uk_goffs including
Was hugely disappointed by HIV+ — I found their studio stuff interesting and was expecting a bit of a noizy bop, but their set was just too ambient and meh for the mood I was in, although I will have to give that whole duct tape thing a go myself at some point. Missed Decoded Feedback — only really heard them on misc industrial/ebm radio streams before and found them fairly generic, although I should properly check their stuff out at some point. Punch Inc were bouncy in a Pow[d]er Pussy/Proyecto Mirage kinda way, but I found myself getting bored yet again — the song structure got very predictable after a while and I couldn’t even be bothered dancing.
Covenant rawked. I’ve heard they were mining their synths but their stage presence was excellent with them all bouncing around and we were provided with a good giggle when Eskil tried and failed to hit the high notes in ‘We Stand Alone’. Can’t remember much of the new material apart from ‘Ritual Noise’, but my mind was wondering around that point due to a certain something inside me.
Wandered back up to the halls afterwards where I bumped into a couple of the Northern Ireland peeps who informed me there was a bit of an afterparty going on in Trinity B. Headed over there for a bit where I met some peeps who were over from Spain including Erik aka DJ Further (who had lost his ear piercing plug and was using a USB cable connector to fill the hole – propa geek chic!). They had a laptop with them and had found an open wi-fi access point which they were using to LJ and p2p with 😉 Eventually headed back to my room only to bump into
Sunday – August, 28th
Woke from my slumber about half 3ish. Showered and dragged myself down to the venue. Sat outside with
Monday – August, 29th
Got back to my room but, as the battery on my mobile phone had gone flat, I had no way of knowing when it was or of waking myself up at the correct time, so I decided to pull another all-nighter. Tip: when trying to pull an all-nigher, it’s best not to do it lying in your bed. When I awoke again the sun wasn’t that high but I showered and quickly packed everything just in case. Sat outside on the grass for a while but didn’t see Stu or Aoife so sauntered on down to the bus station where I bumped into both of them waiting for Aoife’s ride out of Bradford. Then Stu and I went home. And that about sums it up for another year.
Overall, I missed several of the bands and generally wasn’t impressed by those although there were a few magic moments, but the whole atmosphere and social aspect of it was amazing as per usual. Shouts to all the peeps I met up with at various points throughout the weekend including
P.S. Stu! It’s you!