- 06 Aug 18
Gifts of sunlight and stacked Day 3 line-up; All Together Now saw out its inaugural event in style.
Hot Press is still fresh from the night before as we make it to catch just a bit of David Keenan's set on Road to Nowhere stage, where he appears to be more confident with the crowd than ever before. This is before heading over to the Main Stage for This Is The Kit. As the crowd take their pews on the sloping hills by the stage, the laid-back trio are more than ready to open up affairs, and they instantly win over the crowd with warm harmonies. They mention midway through their set that they had a horrific time at a festival the night before, but there seems to be no such grievances about the setting they're in now, and their inter-band dynamic makes things decidedly comfortable. Along with their "celebrity guitarist" Matthew Douglas, their 45 minutes set is as nice an opener as you could ask for.
After this, Hot Press heads over to the Road To Nowhere stage to catch Limerick band Whenyoung. A highly-touted act back in London - where they're based at the minute - this was the first time many of these audiences members had had the chance to listen to some of their newer material. With their brilliant boiler suit stage guises, their relentless energy, and their meticulously wrought indie-rock hits, Whenyoung were one of the unexpected highlights of the day. Aoife Power's Limerick accent gives a unique edge to the indie-rock genre, while her cover of The Cranberries' 'Dreams' is truly pitch perfect and gives guitarist Niall Burns and drummer Andrew Flood their chance to shine. Amazing stuff.
Next to the Something Kind of Wonderful stage - which has become somewhat of a haven for those who're confused by the hour delay on the Main Stage (Jimmy Cliff's transatlantic flight is delayed - go figure). Saint Sister open their hour-long set with 2017 hit 'Tin Man', and Hot Press - who are up close to the fornt - has to do a double-take when we hear the volume of the roar behind us as the song ends. The tent is packed beyond belief. What a testament to the work Saint Sister have been doing these last three years - they've put in the time and they've been delivered what is almost definitely their biggest festival crod to date. The set itself is a mix of old and new, but their newest singles, 'Twin Peaks' and 'You Never Call' are the definite highlights. With those singles alone being featured on their soon-to-be-released debut album, that's exciting news in and of itself.