It's a sunny but blustery Saturday morning in
September and the cream of Teesside's musical crop have been
assembled at High Farm in Elwick to play the very first Pig Pen
Music Festival. In my opinion, the prospect of having our very own
annual festival in Teesside is a tasty one.
As I arrive I'm greeted by a sparse turnout of
mixed bag of revellers scattered across the field. Bewildered farmers wander amongst tables of
indie-fied denims enjoying the £1.50 beers, sharp dressed skinheads
mingle with families out for the day-trip.
There's also kites, frisbees, ladybirds,
daddy long legs, burgers and a loud-as-hell PA churning out Kerrang!
favourites. I'm told (by local celebrity Bob Fischer) that I
have sadly missed a few acts already.
God has just left the stage, brassy biker rawk in
his opinion. I'll resist the temptation to poke fun at their moniker and move swiftly on...
Stolen Sun rattle our bones with juggernaut sized
riffs that Corrosion Of Conformity would nod approvingly at, through
their beards. Grizzly bear vocals, noodle wars on guitar and a
juicy-roast-beef rhythm section keeps things gloriously chunky, but
they maintain a smooth groove, as Queens Of The Stone Age would.
Next up, In a furious deathbed. Despite this not
really making sense, IAFDB do exactly what it says on the
tin. If only this was Ozzfest, these guys would blow the
turgid throngs of metal clones that clutter our Rock Scene
apart. It's Slayer, Sepultura and Entombed at their bloody
best. Scary hairy and with vocal chords of steel, cast by Satans
iron-monger. When the infestation of fashion-core bands that
look like Busted playing Bon Jovi disintegrate I hope IAFD are there
to pick up the pieces, load their shotguns and ride into a victorious sunset. Simply awesome.
Its time for Whalter to try and follow the
mosh with some catchy-as-cholera melodic pop punk nonsense, and they
just about do it too!
You cant help loving Whalter due to their
tight, loud, driving rock songs about girls and why they are so bad
and so good (at making boys feel good and bad etc.) Perhaps the only criticism could be, that without
the raggy interesting edges of the previous bands, they pale
somewhat in comparison.
Last band Exitbyname do the shouty/singy/metal/punk
thing as the sun goes down and the first Pig Pen Festival comes to
A great well organised day it was, should budget
permit next year, a few extras like bouncy castles etc for the
kiddies wouldn't go amiss. There did seem to be a lack of entertainment for
some, although personally I was quite content headbanging to the live music.