Sunday, August 05, 2018

Sean Nicholas Savage

Sebright Arms, London, August 4th 2018

Our choice of headliner for Visions Festival was basically a guy singing along to tracks on his iPod, but it was such a fun feel-good gig with a very happy audience. I think he had toured last year with another band I love, Dinner, which must have been a super upbeat 80s style dancey gig.

Jonathan Bree

NT'S, London, August 5th 2018

New Zealander Jonathan Bree's first time in the UK I think. He and his band (including two female dancers) wear masks covered in a spandexy type material along with a mop-like wig, and have no chitchat during their show. It was the hottest venue of the day at Visions Festival, so they must have been sweltering.
After their set they went off backstage, and I was wondering if I would be able to identify Jonathan when (/if) he came back out so that I could ask for a story. Thankfully it wasn't too hard though: 

The eagle-eyed among you might notice that he has no eye-holes in his mask, and he was still not speaking (also portrayed in the photo). I thanked him for the show, shook his hand, and told him that I have a strange request for him to write me a story and which is probably going to be a bit stranger due to his attire. He at first shook his head and shrugged his shoulders and pointed to his face, signifying that he couldn't help, but I said any kind of squiggles would do. And so he wrote some kind of squiggles.

Lauren Auder

London Fields Brewhouse, London, August 5th 2018

Lauren's song The Baptist is one of my favourites from this year, and he was my fist must-see performance at Visions Festival. The gig (and his voice) was amazing despite him having apparently lost his equipment when flying over from Latvia the previous day. Messy handwriting though, something about fishing with a horse's head I think. I can't believe he's pretty much almost half my age though.