We are posting the comments that we received about Windystock and a comment we have received in response from one of the organisers.It was a great affair. I'm sure it won't rain next year. It just can't.
Amazing show by all involved :) Good venue and the weather didn't matter, the acts and people, both organisers and patrons, were wicked!
Big shout to Rough Twist, the amazing Dead River Disco :) Birdie and The Virgin Marys
A great event, this has just got to be done again next year. Did the whole camping thing and enjoyed every minute. Weather? What weather! A light drizzle I think.
The bands were great, the beer tent was great, the food was great. You get the idea.
Here's to three legged dogs, muddy fields and good music. Hope the charity made some good money.
Cheers everyone, we'll be back.
Great little festival in a really beautiful location.
The acoustic stage made the day in my opinion, I'm not fan of cover bands, particularly at festivals, and there were far too many covers being played on the main stage by bands who were undoubtedly good musicians, but rather than pen their own songs, preferred to stick to the usual old crowd pleasers. Old Yellow and The Tensions were among the exceptions and played storming sets but should've been on later in the day, playing to more people!
The acts on the acoustic stage were an eclectic mix of truly original artists all doing their own thing very, very well.
Curator Helen Walford and her band Dead River Disco had some lovely understated melodic moments. Dave S, who had come from Prestwich to play, captivated the crowd with his dark acoustica. Alexis McClean and partner played her own brand of off-kilter folk to an admiring crowd. Former Virginmary, Chris Birdsall and his homemade "box of stomp" took things up a notch, drawing comparisons with The White Stripes and even Seasick Steve, with his lovely blues inspired music. The headline band came in the form of little known band Glass Ankle. The music was refreshingly simple and catchy with haunting moments; there is no-doubt this band can craft great songs. Their lyrics seemed to take inspiration from Japanese culture and I found out later that this was because the lead singer had recently returned from an 11 month excursion to the land of the rising sun. The performance also included video projections which added another dimension and drew the crowds in with footage of skate-boarding dogs and monkeys bathing in outdoor spas, amongst other clips again from Japan. Glass Ankle were an unexpected highlight of the festival and with more gigs and exposure I believe this band have potential to make some waves in the enormous musical sea.
So yes, a great day! Macc needs events like this and it was awesome to see so many people there supporting and enjoying iton Saturday.
It is indeed warming to read all these fantastic comments from some of the many people who came and supported the inaugural 'Windystock Festival'. I thank them all for their support and I am thrilled that everyone's effort was so greatly appreciated but most of all that it was a financial success for for the charity Windyway. All those involved with the sanctuary are a fantastic bunch of people and are proper grafters who work tirelessly for the cause. It was a privilege to put on this event with them and would be proud to do it again next year. Garry the Hat
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