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« on: August 12, 2018, 01:50:12 PM »

I'm a huge fan, but was disappointed. Too low key for a headline set, not saying they didn't do what they did very well, just think it was the wrong time. Mid afternoon I'm sure it would have been great, well, very good anyhow. Not as much fun, in my opinion, as the acoustic sets they do at BD to open the festival.

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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2018, 02:05:51 PM »


I'm a huge fan, but was disappointed. Too low key for a headline set, not saying they didn't do what they did very well, just think it was the wrong time. Mid afternoon I'm sure it would have been great, well, very good anyhow. Not as much fun, in my opinion, as the acoustic sets they do at BD to open the festival.




Totally agree. Feared they would do the ĎWe The Collectiveí format but, as a headliner, wouldíve preferred the more upbeat style especially as we were so cold we needed something a bit more livelier to jump up and down to (I wonít call it dancing as that would contravene trade descriptions). Spoke to a number of people on Saturday who also expressed similar disappointment.
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2018, 02:10:54 PM »

Well I had no problems with the slot. I have seen them 3 times and not been struck on any occasion. I didn't repeat my past mistakes. I went to bed when they started and slept through it all very well.
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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2018, 03:14:41 PM »

Bloody awful, and disappointing as I was expecting more.
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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2018, 04:33:38 PM »

Very disappointed with the Levellers. I'm not disrespecting their musicianship, but the time and place for this acoustic set was not headlining on Thursday at Cropredy!
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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2018, 04:46:49 PM »

I'm not being deliberately provocative, but if I knew they were playing an acoustic set (and I'm not a particular fan - although I have enjoyed them at Croppers in the past - and I had no intention of being there), why is everyone else so disgusted that they were playing an acoustic set?  Asking for a friend...  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2018, 04:50:58 PM »


I'm not being deliberately provocative, but if I knew they were playing an acoustic set (and I'm not a particular fan - although I have enjoyed them at Croppers in the past - and I had no intention of being there), why is everyone else so disgusted that they were playing an acoustic set? †Asking for a friend... †Grin


Yes I thought they would play that too but hoped it would only be for part of their set. The reason why so many are disappointed (in my option) is that it was the headline slot and people wanted an uplifting set to end the day. Also it was bloody cold and,as Iíve said in an earlier post, we wanted something to jump around to to warm up
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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2018, 05:48:03 PM »

Not quite sure what I was expecting, but that set certainly wasn't it.

Self indulgent, pompous, and inappropriate for the slot it was in. We gave it an hour or so and then gave up.
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« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2018, 05:57:25 PM »


Well I had no problems with the slot. I have seen them 3 times and not been struck on any occasion. I didn't repeat my past mistakes. I went to bed when they started and slept through it all very well.
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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2018, 06:13:59 PM »

As Iíve posted elsewhere, the acoustic set was fantastic at Winchester Cathedral, but lost in a cold, windy field. Unfortunately both Mark and Jez (absent) were ill, so not surprising it didnít really come off. However, they are recording a new record, and I think the acoustic reworking was a one-off this year. Still, a valiant effort...
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« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2018, 06:21:25 PM »

I quite enjoyed the set (faint praise, I know), but sitting down and acoustic their usual attitude was missing.


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« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2018, 06:29:49 PM »

I remember De Danaan sitting down and I think John Martyn but any other headliners.

I wasn't there but one questions if FC knew what was being booked as a headliner.
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« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2018, 06:39:35 PM »

Enjoyed the set, couldn't make the rescheduled acoustic tour so it was a added bonus for me. Can understand people not being happy and maybe should have been advertised as acoustic.
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« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2018, 06:43:19 PM »

Maybe they thought to bring it down a bit after Kate? Just a thought....
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« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2018, 07:14:08 PM »

Given they had a new album to sell, I was expecting them to do some of the set acoustic and then change to the usual halfway. I always think of them as one of the best festival bands, guaranteed to give everything a lift. Not this time though.
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« Reply #15 on: August 12, 2018, 07:22:00 PM »


I'm not being deliberately provocative, but if I knew they were playing an acoustic set (and I'm not a particular fan - although I have enjoyed them at Croppers in the past - and I had no intention of being there), why is everyone else so disgusted that they were playing an acoustic set? †Asking for a friend... †Grin


Where was it stated they were playing an acoustic set David? Not saying it hasnít been said somewhere but I didnít hear it announced.

For a headliner act Iím afraid they fell flat IMHO.
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« Reply #16 on: August 12, 2018, 07:26:53 PM »



I'm not being deliberately provocative, but if I knew they were playing an acoustic set (and I'm not a particular fan - although I have enjoyed them at Croppers in the past - and I had no intention of being there), why is everyone else so disgusted that they were playing an acoustic set? †Asking for a friend... †Grin


Where was it stated they were playing an acoustic set David? Not saying it hasnít been said somewhere but I didnít hear it announced.

For a headliner act Iím afraid they fell flat IMHO.


They didn't, but it seems everybody deliberately forgot that a) they've just released an acoustic album and b) just undertaken an acoustic tour of the UK.  Fairly big clues, I'd have humbly suggested.....
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« Reply #17 on: August 12, 2018, 07:32:55 PM »

Not if you donít follow them I would humbly suggest in reply  Wink Smiley

Seriously though Iíll admit I didnít do my homework on them (as I did with some of the other acts-mainly those I didnít know). That was because I assumed (I know, I know) I would get a band who knew how to headline a festival.

Unfortunately, an acoustic set on a Friday at Cropredy isnít what was expected. I wouldnít have had a problem if it had been say half and half, that would have been fine.
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« Reply #18 on: August 12, 2018, 07:37:38 PM »

But recent outdoor appearances (Beautiful Day out, Caerphilly Castle) haven't been acoustic. I'd hazard a guess they either thought it would go down well at a folk festival or Jez's absence changed what possibly was going to be a half electric/half acoustic show.
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« Reply #19 on: August 12, 2018, 08:04:54 PM »

I've seen them play acoustic before and it was nothing like that tosh. The guy sitting next to me said that wasn't The Levellers and my camping neighbour, a big Levellers fan, called it pretentious twaddle.
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