The sleepy town of Huddersfield was very much alive on Saturday, June 2nd. Early on in the day, at around 11.00am, Michael Kiwanuka was spotted playing tennis with his band. He was very much looking forward to the show scheduled for 19.05 -19.55.
The crowd received Kiwanuka very well. He’s a much-loved new arrival that has been hyped by the NME Magazine on several occasions. His music has been described as, “sexy, intense, jazzy folk-soul of Tim Buckley or Terry Callier than any attempt to be a modern-day Marvin Gaye.” (NME.com)
Poor Kiwanuka felt the cold as soon as he arrived on stage, as the rain slowly poured over the crowd. His eyes seemed to show the intense cold feel!
Meanwhile, an obscure travel circus act roamed the park! Entertainment as the next act prepared.
Willy Mason came on earlier, at 16.45. Born in New York, the son of Jemima James and Michael Mason, both folk singers, Mason’s popularity rose after Sean Foley, associate of musician Conor Oberst (QRO live review), discovered his music on a local Martha’s Vineyard Radio broadcast.
17:25-17.55 were The Moulettes.
Moulettes are a British progressive folk-rock band. The band was formed in 2002 in Glastonbury by Hannah Miller (songwriter, vocals, cello, guitar), Ruth Skipper (vocals, bassoon, auto-harp), Robert Skipper (The Holloways), Oliver Austin (drums, guitar, vocals), and Ted Dwane (Mumford and Sons). Violinist Georgina Leach formed a special musical bond with Hannah from playing sessions together and joined in 2004 after the band moved to Manchester. Since the band’s resettlement in the south of England in 2007, the ensemble has seen the addition of percussionists Rob Arcari, multi-instrumentalist Jim Mortimore (Arthur Brown, Chris Jagger) and singers Laura Hockenhull and Faye Houston.
Moulettes have often received positive reviews from mainstream press due to their original, dynamic and otherworldly sound. Their eponymous debut album Moulettes found its way onto several ‘Best of the Year’ lists and won an Innovation Award from Fatea roots-music website.
18:15 saw Nathaniel Rateliff, American singer and guitarist. He performs regularly with the namesake band, consisting of Joseph Pope (guitar, harmonica and vocals), Julie Davis (bass and vocals) and Rateliff (vocals and acoustic guitar).
20.10-20.40 was Slow Club.
Slow Club are an English folk rock duo formed in Sheffield in 2006. The band consists of Charles Watson (vocals, chords) and Rebecca Taylor (vocals, kaktar, percussion). The band has supported other Sheffield acts such as Tiny Dancers, as well as labelmates Tilly & The Wall (QRO spotlight on) from Omaha, Nebraska, who share the band’s alternative, folk-orientated sound. Slow Club are notable for their use of unusual objects as percussion instruments, such as glass bottles and chairs.
20:50-22.20 came headliners Mumford and Sons.
When British folk rock band Mumford & Sons arrived on stage, the crowd was louder than they had ever been all day. Before they came on, the group was introduced in a very slow fashion to keep the audience waiting and pretty psyched. They started to boo at the poor fuzzy haired man who came out, but he soon changed the mood by telling the crowd if they don’t love him then Mumfords just won’t come out, as he is working really hard to promote them. So out came the love and the cheers and then out came Mumford and Sons. Beautiful music filled the air.
Lots of photographers stood in the pit along with the bands personal videographer and photographers. The video can be seen via nme.com.
Mumford and Sons played:
“The Cave” was obviously the favourite. Amazing songs, amazing times for the little town of Huddersfield. Lets hope this is the beginning of more festivals coming to the up here in the windy, chilly, hilly and green town of Huddersfield!