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Glorious sunshine, great music and chilling in a BIG way.
Last weekend saw The Big Chill 2003 take place at the picturesque Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire. God smiled on the 16,000 chilled out punters and the sun shone down all weekend, with most people braving the heat and dancing their sandals off.
ďThe thing about the Big Chill is that itís got that club vibe,Ē says Fred Deakin of Lemon Jelly. ďItís really nice to have a really friendly flavour, itís not like DJ-ing at something huge.Ē
And most of the crowd agreed, no one appeared to have a bad word to say. Many commented on the friendly, laid-back atmosphere and that it didnít feel overcrowded. There was also much praise for the music.
ďI keep seeing bands I donít know but Iíve really been enjoying it. You sit there for a little while and next thing you stand up and start dancing. Itís fantastic,Ē said one fella. ďMost of the stuff Iíve never heard of but Iíve found it fascinating. Iím hoping to change my views on music,Ē said someone else.
The bands seemed to enjoy it too. ďItís about getting to this open space, doing something thatís escaping everything thatís horrible about modern life,Ē says Simon from The Bays. And escape they did, with a storming set on Saturday night.
Other highlights included crowd-pleasing stunt drumming from Norwegians Ralph Myerz And The Jack Herren Band, Jimi Tenorís lounge jazz assault, The Cinematic Orchestraís live soundtrack to Man With A Movie Camera and Matthew Herbertís Big Band giving Robbie Williamís more than a run for his money.
So all in all a good weekend. Hereís to the next one. Matt Walton 08 August 03
useful link: www.bigchill.net
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