The Leylines with support from Nick Parker & the False AlarmsLive review from Glastonbury's Bocabar
Live Review – The Leylines with Nick Parker & The False Alarms
The line up was terrific and the venue superb, an unmissable gig (as my personal invitation to see the Foo Fighters at the Cheese & Grain had obviously got lost in the post) I was more than a little delighted to be back at the Bocabar in Glastonbury. Somerset is blessed with so much talent and it’s great to see people coming along to support the local live music scene, a wonderful community of like minded people. It genuinely restores faith in humanity in these worrying times.
Nick Parker & The False Alarms
Nick Parker and the False Alarms started proceedings by showcasing a mixture of old and new material, both were equally well received by the packed house. Their third album Besta Venya is released in April and is eagerly anticipated. Nick Parker has to be the most modest and self effacing artist I know. His songs are beautifully crafted, witty, observant, thoughtful and clever. He gave a helpful German language lesson in singalong form, and poked fun at himself (and Dads everywhere) in new song ‘Down with the yoof’, the humour is tongue in cheek and gentle. Terry and June is a firm favourite with his growing legion of fans, a love song that never fails to raise a smile. The band had everyone dancing, smiling and singing along, engendering a wonderful friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
I was excited to see The Leylines for the very first time. I’d heard good things about them, but was reserving judgement. The moment they struck up with their first tune I was sold. The passion, energy and commitment was palpable, the atmosphere was electric and the whole crowd went bonkers dancing and singing. Even for the uninitiated like myself it was easy to pick up the verses and sing along. It was a breathless and sometimes emotional ride. From a sunshine evoking homage to the festival season, ‘Sitting in a field’ to ”For Queen and Country’ a resounding rebuke of policy makers and their treatment of veterans. The vocals were terrific, there was definitely a touch of The Levellers about them. A good thing in my book. They’re on tour now and I have a feeling I might have to pop along to a show for another fix.
I genuinely can’t think of anything negative to report, we came away with a smile, woke up with a smile and continue to buzz reliving the evening. Just looking for an excuse to come back to Glastonbury for more of the same.
By Sarah Greene
Artist: The Leylines. Nick Parker & The False Alarms
Reviewer: Sarah Greene
Venue: The Bocabar
Date: 24th February, 2017