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Big Joannie put in a big show at Rockaway Beach Festival 2023
Musically, Big Joannie are a bit of a tough act to pigeonhole. There’s a punk feminist ethic that they wear in their sleeve, but songs veer from blues to grunge and simple garage as the set progresses.
Somehow Butlins just doesn’t feel like their natural stomping ground. But Rockaway Beach Festival is infamous for making incongruous artists work in this otherwise family-friendly environment.
There’s lots of patter between songs… including an explanation about why ‘It’s You’ is quite simply about men being sh*t in bed.
At another point the audience are asked: “How many of you have been to a chalet party here??”
The eerie hush is quickly broken with a laugh and the retort that: “I think maybe you all need to socialise with your neighbours a bit more!!”
Big Joannie have certainly had a big year. They were nominated for a MOBO award along with artists like Bob Vylan and got to hang out with Skin, who, they say, has been a real mentor to them…
And they are politically charged and not afraid to shout about it.
“Support the trade union movement. Don’t cross a picket line or I’ll haunt you forever.” No punched a pulled there!
📸Sara Bowrey Photos
Rockaway Beach Festival 2023