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The Apple Cart – review

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Victoria Park, London

• In pictures: Field Day and Apple Cart

The rain-lashed trek to Victoria Park in London ends, in the first instance, at the packed comedy tent, where Shappi Khorsandi is making good on the promise of the warning signs that some material on offer won’t be suitable for all ages; but no matter that she is relating (very funny) tales of her sexual misadventures, the weather means plenty of toddlers and pre-teens have been forced to seek refuge here.

Apple Cart is the family-friendly alternative to Field Day, staged in the same oasis of green space in east London the previous day, and given the conditions, it’s perhaps best seen as a training ground for festivalgoers of future generations. Forget the jubilee parties elsewhere, this is what the British summer looks like: thousands of music fans grimly looking to enjoy themselves as they slip and slide in the mud or queue for organically produced burgers.

Billy Bragg, of course, also offers a refreshing antidote to the royalist celebrations. In fiery form, he serves up a recast version of his Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards that includes plenty of pops at the coalition, and also a call for Roy Hodgson’s head – speedily amended to the suggestion that we perhaps wait until at least next week for that. To finish, following A New England, he unleashes a dozen giant balloons out across the crowd, and sings I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles.

The Apple Cart demographic makes sense of the fact that the next act in the main tent – now developing a rich fug – is an act of the same vintage, albeit of a very different stripe: Kid Creole and the Coconuts. The Kid himself – August Darnell – looks in splendid health, dressed in a purple suit; his three dancers and backing singers are less equipped for the weather, skimpily attired in leopard print, and they are not, as their leader acknowledges, the original Coconuts, more like their grandchildren. Then he dedicates a song to “all the illegitimate children” out there, with a winning version of Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy.

Elsewhere, there’s a spirited performance from Beth Jeans Houghton in one of the smaller tents – thankfully, all the music is inside – plus a great DJ set from a dapper and un-dampened Kevin Rowland when the comedy finishes, and some eye-popping turns in the cabaret tent (a special mention goes to Feral Is Kinky, purveyor of electro ragga, the nation’s Jessie J, in a wholly parallel universe.)

There is finally time to catch Adam Ant, another of the early-80s generation. But while dressed in his Kings of the Wild Frontier finery, there are few concessions to nostalgia: hits including Stand and Deliver and Antmusic are matched with earlier fan favourites such as Cartrouble (Parts 1 & 2), and he snarls and leaps around the stage with conviction. And after attempts to entice a singalong to Prince Charming – you’d have thought fitting for this weekend – fall embarrassingly flat, he finishes with a cover of Get It On and the early obscurity Physical (You’re So).

The good news then, for all generations, is that no one is heading home to a tent for the evening.

The view on Twitter

Crazy end to Applecart gig. Organisers released 50 balloons each a metre across. Caused chaos but gave me the excuse to sing Bubbles #COYI

— Billy Bragg (@billybragg) June 3, 2012

Day of mud, Gaz Coombes, Kid Creole, Adam Ant, trannies, burlesque, funniest man ever Sean Lock & ACE Piff the Magic Dragon #applecartlondon

— Lucy Lyons (@LucyLyons) June 4, 2012

That festivalshagged meout, thatrain was relentless!!!

— F€RAL I$ KINK¥ (@FERALisKINKY) June 3, 2012

Coming home from a very soggy Glastonburyesque Applecart and my highlight was undoubtedly Adam Ant – I KNOW!

— Sharon H (@shantiger) June 3, 2012

After the dirge of Adam Ant, Noah & the Whale light up a sodden #applecart lockerz.com/s/214212622

— David Stringer (@David_Stringer) June 3, 2012

Rating: 3/5

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The Apple Cart – review

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Victoria Park, London

• In pictures: Field Day and Apple Cart

The rain-lashed trek to Victoria Park in London ends, in the first instance, at the packed comedy tent, where Shappi Khorsandi is making good on the promise of the warning signs that some material on offer won’t be suitable for all ages; but no matter that she is relating (very funny) tales of her sexual misadventures, the weather means plenty of toddlers and pre-teens have been forced to seek refuge here.

Apple Cart is the family-friendly alternative to Field Day, staged in the same oasis of green space in east London the previous day, and given the conditions, it’s perhaps best seen as a training ground for festivalgoers of future generations. Forget the jubilee parties elsewhere, this is what the British summer looks like: thousands of music fans grimly looking to enjoy themselves as they slip and slide in the mud or queue for organically produced burgers.

Billy Bragg, of course, also offers a refreshing antidote to the royalist celebrations. In fiery form, he serves up a recast version of his Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards that includes plenty of pops at the coalition, and also a call for Roy Hodgson’s head – speedily amended to the suggestion that we perhaps wait until at least next week for that. To finish, following A New England, he unleashes a dozen giant balloons out across the crowd, and sings I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles.

The Apple Cart demographic makes sense of the fact that the next act in the main tent – now developing a rich fug – is an act of the same vintage, albeit of a very different stripe: Kid Creole and the Coconuts. The Kid himself – August Darnell – looks in splendid health, dressed in a purple suit; his three dancers and backing singers are less equipped for the weather, skimpily attired in leopard print, and they are not, as their leader acknowledges, the original Coconuts, more like their grandchildren. Then he dedicates a song to “all the illegitimate children” out there, with a winning version of Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy.

Elsewhere, there’s a spirited performance from Beth Jeans Houghton in one of the smaller tents – thankfully, all the music is inside – plus a great DJ set from a dapper and un-dampened Kevin Rowland when the comedy finishes, and some eye-popping turns in the cabaret tent (a special mention goes to Feral Is Kinky, purveyor of electro ragga, the nation’s Jessie J, in a wholly parallel universe.)

There is finally time to catch Adam Ant, another of the early-80s generation. But while dressed in his Kings of the Wild Frontier finery, there are few concessions to nostalgia: hits including Stand and Deliver and Antmusic are matched with earlier fan favourites such as Cartrouble (Parts 1 & 2), and he snarls and leaps around the stage with conviction. And after attempts to entice a singalong to Prince Charming – you’d have thought fitting for this weekend – fall embarrassingly flat, he finishes with a cover of Get It On and the early obscurity Physical (You’re So).

The good news then, for all generations, is that no one is heading home to a tent for the evening.

The view on Twitter

Crazy end to Applecart gig. Organisers released 50 balloons each a metre across. Caused chaos but gave me the excuse to sing Bubbles #COYI

— Billy Bragg (@billybragg) June 3, 2012

Day of mud, Gaz Coombes, Kid Creole, Adam Ant, trannies, burlesque, funniest man ever Sean Lock & ACE Piff the Magic Dragon #applecartlondon

— Lucy Lyons (@LucyLyons) June 4, 2012

That festivalshagged meout, thatrain was relentless!!!

— F€RAL I$ KINK¥ (@FERALisKINKY) June 3, 2012

Coming home from a very soggy Glastonburyesque Applecart and my highlight was undoubtedly Adam Ant – I KNOW!

— Sharon H (@shantiger) June 3, 2012

After the dirge of Adam Ant, Noah & the Whale light up a sodden #applecart lockerz.com/s/214212622

— David Stringer (@David_Stringer) June 3, 2012

Rating: 3/5

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Field Day and Apple Cart 2012 – in pictures

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Never mind 1,000 boats on the Thames, the real action was happening at London’s Victoria Park on jubilee weekend. Friends, Grimes and Franz Ferdinand were having a Field Day, leaving Stornoway, Kid Creole and Adam Ant to upset the Apple Cart


New music: Noonie Bao – Do You Still Care?

Monday, June 4th, 2012

This Swedish singer recalls a slightly less melancholy Lykke Li

As any fool will tell you, pop is best when it’s happy on the outside but sad on the inside. Swedish singer Noonie Bao’s second single, Do You Still Care?, perfects that balance with ease. Having quit school and left Stockholm at 16 to move to a mountain village in Switzerland, she then ended up working in a recording studio in Paris. From there she started to build up confidence in her own songs, returning to Stockholm where she signed with EMI and started writing for other people. Taking inspiration from Swedish folk, Van Morrison and modern day R&B, Bao’s songs, particularly Do You Still Care?, recall a slightly less melancholy Lykke Li, the spite of a lyric such as “Seeing you doing good, it rips my heart out” surrounded by delicate piano chords, jaunty, percussive beats and, in one slightly odd moment, something resembling a panpipe solo (ignore that bit if you can). For the video, Bao travelled to New Dehli, India, for the festival of Holi, which makes for what looks like a colourful couple of days.

• Do You Still Care? is out now on 2many Freckles.

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Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man in the Universe: exclusive album stream

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Be among the first to hear the brand new album from Bobby Womack, The Bravest Man in the Universe

In his recent and at times mind-boggling interview with the Guardian’s Alexis Petridis, the extraordinary Bobby Womack made the assertion that “bad as I been, I can sing my ass off, better than I could before”. (You can read the interview with Womack here.)

The 68-year-old soul legend also said that his new record, The Bravest Man in the Universe, is the “best thing I’ve ever done”. That’s some claim even for him to make, particuarly given it sees him working with producers of a different generation: his former collaborator in Gorillaz, Damon Albarn, and Richard Russell, head of Womack’s new label XL.

Alexis Petridis wrote: “The album, which sets Womack’s careworn voice and acoustic guitar against clattering electronics, and mixes old gospel songs with guest appearances by Lana Del Rey, is a triumph. It may even be as magnificent as all the other magnificent albums Womack has released.”

Have a listen here and tell us what you think in the comments section below.

• The Bravest Man in the Universe is released on XL Recordings on 11 June.

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