There was so much going on at this festival, and so much quality music, with headline sets from Gruff Rhys and Bellowhead and even a solo set by Phil Selway of Radiohead. A standout for many was Fixers’ set on the main stage, positioned in a different field for the first and perhaps only time, with singer Jack wearing a strange false beard.
It was certainly a time of flux – the old dead tree that had stood by the stage for 13 years was now thoroughly rotten and finally had to be taken down, and there were some well-publicised difficulties behind the scenes; but the heart and spirit of the festival was very much present in the big top stage on the Sunday night as the Truck All-Stars, a gang including The Magic Numbers, Sarah Cracknell of Saint Etienne, Trevor Moss & Hannah Lou and The Dreaming Spires, performed Fleetwood Mac’s album “Rumours” in full, because…. well, why not? Perhaps the finest moment was ‘Guitar’ George Borowski, who we’d had the pleasure of ‘discovering’ when he attended the previous year as Teenage Fanclub’s guitar tech, romping through “Don’t Stop” as 2000 people in the tent grinned uncontrollably.