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Neighbourhood Weekender, Warrington, UK, Could 27-28, 2023


Self Esteem

Self Esteem, Pulp, Image Parlour, CMAT

Neighbourhood Weekender, Warrington, UK, Could 27-28, 2023,

Jun 04, 2023

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This was my first time at Neighbourhood Weekender pageant in Warrington, and admittedly the foremost draw was Sunday night time headliners Pulp. Sadly, on the eleventh hour, we weren’t allowed to {photograph} them throughout their set, regardless of having a photograph move for the pageant. Maybe someplace in a parallel universe, the ghastly spectral type of Michael Jackson emerges to moon (stroll) at Jarvis Cocker in protest. However these are the breaks. We did have a wry chuckle that the band who as soon as wrote a fairly great tune impressed by Margaret Thatcher’s closure of the pits, which led to the miner’s strike (The Final Day Of The Miner’s Strike), selected to shut their very own (picture) pit with simply two hours’ discover.

Self Esteem
Self Esteem

So let’s focus predominantly on who we did shoot. Fellow Yorkshire artist and real lady of the individuals, Rebecca Lucy Taylor, aka Self Esteem, gave one other inspiring, empowering, and infrequently transferring efficiency. Headlining the opposite stage, pop star Anne-Marie proved herself to have a outstanding set of pipes and outdid Pulp within the chandeliers-on-stage stakes. It was in all probability Dublin’s enigmatic CMAT who stole the present on the larger levels with a brilliantly barking and massively entertaining, energetic set, which left you questioning what the hell was coming subsequent.

CMAT
CMAT

At Neighbourhood, as with different festivals of this measurement, it’s as a rule on the smaller levels which you can unearth some gems. And so, betwixt a few of the fairly samey indie lad rock aimed squarely on the ubiquitous bucket hat brigade, we discovered Image Parlour, who produced a completely stellar set. Katherine Parlour’s voice, which ranged from nettle-sting yelp to smoky soulful blues, allied to some killer riffs from guitarist Ella Risi, made for a potent and enthralling set. They’ve but to launch a single, however they definitely proved themselves to be a band headed for a vivid future. There was Glasgow’s The Pleasure Lodge, whose genre-traversing efficiency was mesmerizing, while Liverpool’s Stone, powered by the unhinged charisma of Finley Energy and Elliot Gill’s raging guitar, have actually come on in leaps and bounds.

Picture Parlour
Image Parlour
Stone
Stone

The pageant website was compact, and every stage might be reached in good time in the event you had been ready to get your skates on and swim towards the tide of aforementioned bucket hats, who at all times gave the impression to be headed in the wrong way. Nevertheless, the one disadvantage of the area being simply traversed was that irrespective of the place you stood, you might nonetheless hear Scouting For Ladies on stage, irrespective of how laborious you tried to keep away from them. Saying that, we did handle to bypass the majority of a set that originally appeared to current itself as some form of psych rock parody act carried out with a straight face and the air of earnest po-faced mystic “rawk” solely added to the hilarity . Seems it was Kula Shaker.

As for Pulp, nicely, clearly one thing modified, and their setlist, with zero “Razzmatazz” was a fairly unusual alternative for a pageant. Nevertheless, they sounded bang on type, and with iconic tracks comparable to “Disco 2000,” “Infants,” “Do You Keep in mind the First Time?,” and naturally, “Widespread Individuals” in your canon, the assembled throng would have been in raptures had Jarvis performed “Agadoo” on a nasal flute between the classics and deep cuts. In the end, it was a welcome and sudden likelihood to see Pulp once more, maybe for the final time, a band who, towards the chances, have acquired the standing of ‘nationwide treasures.’

Their reunion dates have been introduced underneath the tagline ‘That is what we do for an encore.’ Nevertheless, on the time, I couldn’t let you know what they really did for an encore as, to cite Father Ted, ‘I’ve simply heard on the information that they’ve taken the roads in – Sure, they retailer them in a warehouse on the South aspect of the Island,’ as bizarrely a call to shut roads at 10pm earlier than the top of the pageant meant we needed to depart early. Nonetheless, the solar shone all weekend, there was good firm, and after the previous few years, it’s good to see occasions getting again to a what’s beginning to resemble a level of normality.

That is as close to as I bought to Pulp:

Pulp
“I Spy” Jarvis

Pulp setlist:

I Spy

Disco 2000

One thing Modified

Dishes

Pink Glove

Sorted for E’s & Wizz

This Is Hardcore

Weeds

Weeds II (The Origin of the Species)

F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E.

Do You Keep in mind the First Time?

Infants

Dawn

What they really did for an encore:

Like a Buddy

Underwear

Widespread Individuals

PHOTO GALLERY

Heidi Curtis
Heidi Curtis
Anne-Marie
Anne-Marie
BER
BER
Dolores Forever
Dolores Endlessly
Gaz Coombes
Gaz Coombes
Heidi Curtis
Heidi Curtis
Paul Heaton
Paul Heaton
Paris Paloma
Paris Paloma
Picture Parlour
Image Parlour
Rachel Chinouriri
Rachel Chinouriri
The Big Moon
The Massive Moon
The Goa Express
The Goa Specific
The Joy Hotel
The Pleasure Lodge
The Kooks
The Kooks
The K's
The Ok’s

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