Firstly we want to congratulate the team behind Get Together Festival who managed to put on the two-day festival despite the obvious challenges. Originally set to take place in May, then rescheduled to August when the Roadmap Out Of Covid was announced and a few line-up changes, then ensuring that the indoor festival at The Foundry was a safe environment for all.
This might not have been the easiest way to launch a brand new festival but they smashed it.
3 stages with a mix of genres across the 2 days brought out an energetic crowd, thirsty for live music again.
Saturday’s main stage included a joyous set from The Charlatan’s frontman Tim Burgess who spent most of the set grinning, he was just happy to be on a stage again. The set ended with a dash of nostalgia as he brought out a 90’s classic.
There’s been plenty of talk about festival line-ups being heavily featuring men, that wasn’t the case for Get Together and both Dream Wife and Black Honey proved that women can kick it just as hard, if not harder than the lads as their main stage performances were energetic, frantic and fun.
Sunday evening had a slightly different twist with Ibibio Sound Machine bringing Nigerian vibes to get the party going with clap-and-longs, a brass section and happiness from stage to the crowd, you couldn’t help but shake yer hips.
Billy Nomates brought more strong female energy to The Magic Rock Stage with her punk-tinged tunes.
The night, even the festival belonged to Self Esteem (yes, more woman power) who closed the weekend with a homecoming that brought front-woman Rebecca to tears. It was a set of bangers, new and old with highlights from debut album, Compliments Please, recent singles I Do This All The Time and Prioritise Pleasure as well as a couple more from the forthcoming album.
There was the mass sing-a-longs that overwhelmed Rebecca, dancing from front-to-back and just good times.
This is why we love live music.
Get Together 2022? Yes please.
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