The Vicar’s Picnic 2017: a proper grown up little festival
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You can’t go wrong with an audience made up largely of people in their late forties and early fifties with a set of Mod classics: From the Jam. You’re also on a winner when Tom Hingley and the Kar-Pets belt out some timeless tunes from Tom’s Inspiral Carpets days – they were never the same when he left.
Glass Peaks brought some welcome contemporary indie action to the big top, but you couldn’t fault Rudy Warman and the Heavyweather for their original roots/blues/funk/psyche fusion or indeed Walrus for some blistering psychedelic blues up on the main stage.
Funke and the Two Tone Baby was in a relaxed mood for a man facing a 500 mile drive and two more festivals over the next 24 hours, but his loop-pedal mastery was as on point as ever and the crowd loved every second.
Back out on the main stage The Devil’s Cut Combo elevated the mood with a service of boogie-woogie original gems, whereas Days are Done chilled the mood with their set of soulful country-styled Americana.
The crowds at The Vicar’s Picnic 2017 were a delight, with the 3,000+ audience comprising the widest range of ages and everyone clearly having a fantastic time, either watching the bands, sampling the food and drink, checking out the comedy or poetry or simply relaxing on the grass having a chat with family and friends.