It’s that time of year again MAY which means yet another ATP fun filled weekend at Butlins Minehead! I made the mistake (as I think most people did) of buying tickets asap to the uber sold out Pavement curated ATP before knowing any of the line up and as it worked out the Matt Groening one was half empty but had a far superior line up. Oops. Next time I will know to follow my Simpsons heart and go with MG.
But it was still an amazing weekend with lots of drunken antics, splashworld, cute boys, bands and I didn’t end up in A&E this time!
– Lucy sneaking in a full bottle of prosecco
– Anastasia sleeping under a coffee table
– Everyone in Finnegan’s fish & chips shop singing along to “Stereo” during Pavement
– Watching the Fall from Burger King
– People crowd surfing to Omar Souleyman
– Going down slides and playing in Splashworld with Surfer Blood
The best thing I saw all weekend was Omar Souleyman. A Syrian pop legend. He’s been making music since 1994 and according to the internet has released 500 albums – I have absolutely no idea how that is possible !?!? He played for 2 hours in Reds and people went ballistic, crowd surfing and dancing. I just HAD to see him again (plus I really wanted to buy a t-shirt) so found out he was playing the Scala Monday night when I returned to London. I literally popped home for a 2 hour power nap and ran out again.
I just love the fact that every song pretty much sounds EXACTLY the same give or take the tempo of the drum machine. He’s got about 3 different moves that he alternates as well, shaking the mic, clapping and gesturing with both hands up for more love from the crowd. He does these moves while strolling back and forth across the stage occasionally singing or shouting “eh! eh! eh!” At the Scala he had a dancer on for a few songs and was accompanied by a keyboard wizard and guy on guitar. I definitely recommend checking him out he’s got loads of summer European dates and possibly some in America.
After the Scala I raced on my bike over to the Stag’s Head to try and catch the end of the Crocodiles who I reeeeally wanted to see. Unfortunately it was all over by the time I arrived. Typical! Still I met Robin Crocodile who was lovely and her best friend lives in Vancouver so we had something random in common. Completely missed Human Hair who I hadn’t seen since we played spin the bottle in Brighton last month, speaking of which there ended up being a late night spin the bottle game at the Stag’s and even Matty and Zack snogged! Photographic evidence once the Bluetooth on my phone starts working properly!