Review: Emmy the Great + Alessi’s Ark at Sellindge

Here is a ‘review’ of ‘Sellindge festival’. As with most (or even ALL) of my reviews, it’s more of a recounting of my own festival experience (written in the first person, with no use of the word ‘sophomore’). 

I arrived at the festival around half two, the place was pretty quiet. It didn’t get much busier at all throughout the day, and was clearly operating well under capacity. Maybe it was because it was Sunday and the weather was forecasted to rain. Personally I’m not much of a fan of packed out places so the nice, relaxed, laid back atmosphere was great for me. The staff were all charming, I picked up my photopass and got a guided tour of the grounds. Clearly the festival was a labour of love for alot of the folk involved and I think it’s brilliant they set something like this up in a town where live music is totally non existant. 

For those of a geographically-curious disposition: Sellindge is ten-ish miles away from Ashford (my hometown) which is sixty-ish miles from London. It’s in the county of Kent, which is known as the garden of England. That’s right, I’m from the garden of England. Yip! I can’t really give a blanket statement about Kent, it’s pretty big and has a few sizable towns. Not much happens music-wise though. If you ever want to go to Kent I would most recommend Canterbury. Firstly because it has a Nandos and secondly because it’s quite nice in general.

FOCUS! Back to Sellindge. After my guided tour I headed to the acoustic tent for a while. I did a little meandering about and caught a couple of main stage acts, none of which were my thing at all. I wasn’t disappointed, I only really wanted to see Emmy and Alessi, so anything else good would have been a bonus. Tom Williams is great too but he clashed with Alessi. I headed down to the BBC Introducing… tent where I happened across Rob (this is Rob) who managed to loose Alessi and her parents right after they arrived. We headed back to the acoustic tent where we found Alessi.

This is where the festival turns into Alessi-fest. I spent the rest of the day with Alessi, her parents and Rob. Lovely indeed. As anyone who has met me recently will know, I think very highly of Alessi. I get asked about music all the time, and instinctively I always answer with ‘WILDBIRDS & PEACEDRUMS!’ but then, once I am done gushing about them, I always go on to have a good, heartfelt ramble about how wonderful Alessi is. Then I’ll probably go on to Scary Mansion. I’m predictable. Anyone who has met me will testify to the fact that I loooove to recommend these bands in particular.

So after a few hours in the food tent we headed to the acoustic tent and waited around. The Ark was stripped down to just Alessi and Rob but they sounded brilliant as usual. The crowd seemed into it. Wise folk! Unsurprisingly, I loved it. I love all of Alessi’s songs and she performs them so well and it was sweet.

I was super excited for Emmy too. Her ULU show was months ago, and I love her album progressively more each time I listen to it, so I love it alot more than when I last saw her play. She was great (ba dum shh) and played a strong ten song set, opening with We Almost Had A Baby. She did her Skeeter Davis cover again which was a treat to hear. I would have happily watched her play for much longer, but I get the impression Emmy wasn’t into playing any more songs. After Bad Things Coming, We Are Safe the set came to a somewhat abrupt end, Emmy stating ‘that was it’. Anyhow, I adored it and it was a pleasure to hear her play again.

To conclude in one word: LOVELY.

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4 Responses to Review: Emmy the Great + Alessi’s Ark at Sellindge

  1. fulltext June 9, 2009 at 2:23 am #

    Lovely describes your reviews perfectly.

    But you forgot to mention what you ate and if you had orange juice :p

    • anikainlondon June 9, 2009 at 10:13 pm #

      I didn’t have any OJ, although I did have some at breakfast… and I didn’t eat anything at the festival apart from a chocolate bar Alessi’s mum got me from their dressing room! You will be pleased to know I had a dinner when I got home, though :)

  2. Chongy June 9, 2009 at 9:55 pm #

    ‘She was great (ba dum shh)’

    Oh gawd… :/

    Sounds great. If you haven’t heard it already, have a listen of Emmy the Great’s cover of ‘Burn Baby Burn’. It’s on the vinyl of First Love (the single) but I’m sure it will be on the interwebs somewhere.

    • anikainlondon June 9, 2009 at 10:13 pm #

      Haha shush! And yes, I have heard the song and it is indeed GREAT!

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