Now in its fifth year, Hop Farm, as far as festivals go, is a paragon of good clean family fun. Since its inception, the festival has unfailingly been a magnet to colossally influential acts; this year it's the turn of returning luminary Bob Dylan (who turns in a heart warming set of poignant, gravelly, bar room laments), Peter Gabriel and closing night headliners Suede.
It seems organisers have blown the budget on the acts, meaning there's no much in the way of after-hours entertainment, but nevertheless, the decade-spanning bill is belting, with Ray Davies, The Stranglers, Gary Numan, White Denim, Richard Ashcroft and My Morning Jacket proving to be pan-generational highlights.
Indeed, it's a retorphile bonanza, with mum, dad and the kids all catered for amongst the thrum and thrash - but sans the late nights getting mashed.
Jamie Skey @jamie_skey
Q act of the weekend: My Morning Jacket
This was a close call, a toss-up between Bob Dylan the southern-fried rockers My Morning Jacket, but the hirsute Louisville five piece take the cake for their generous helping of expansive, trippy, stadium-built country prog. Their hour and a half set is unashamedly rock as a spectacle, an unpretentious blend of their southern forefathers (Allman Brothers, Crosby Stills And Nash) and British prog (think Great Gig In The Sky). Jim James's voice is in turns soothing and emotive, the perfect foil to the band's sometimes dark and swirling, sometimes feel-good - but always groove-heavy - mini epics.
3:11 PM | 02/07/2012
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