Over the bank holiday weekend, Glastonferret brought a together some of the best bands for an exciting weekend of non-stop music at The Ferret in Preston.
The local venue has a great atmosphere, the walls are covered in artwork and the stage is backed by the iconic neon sign, reading “The Ferret.” For this event, the inside of the venue had been transformed with hay bails and grass, which covered the floor, giving it a Glastonbury-esque feel (but indoors) and in the beer garden there was a barbecue where you could sit and enjoy the sun or dance with the DJ.
The festival began on Friday night with Scuttlers at 7pm but my favourite band this day were Déjà Vega, although their set was unfortunately cut short, they effortlessly captured the room with their music, punchy drum beats, rippling bass lines and gritty riffs. Closing the opening night we’re surprise headliners The Lovely Eggs and the venue was packed for their energy fuelled set, the local duo brought elements of punk rock to their music and captivated the audience.
Saturday saw sets from Building Giants, who opened the day, The Empire Police and headlining the day were Rook and The Ravens.
I was most excited for Sunday, the day was opened with a set from Manchester quartet Dantevilles and continued with music from Ryan Jarvis, Our Fold and more energy packed sets.
A band I was keen to see were Stockport dream pop four-piece Kashmere, I hadn’t seen the band in a while and after the recent announcement of their debut EP, Lucid, I was looking forward to seeing them live. Their music makes you want to dance with lively rhythms and exciting synth lines, I have described it as ‘glittery’ in the past and I stand by that, and although it’s not the most obvious description I think it’s the best for their unique sound, maybe something to do with the twinkling guitar played by frontman Joey?
A total contrast to Kashmere, another band I was excited to see were Strange Bones, the band have a heavy rock sound which they mix with digital effects to create an intense show, frontman Bobby Bentham wears a gas mask on stage, coming forward into the crowd as the room bounced along and at one point jumping off the bar and crowd surfing. The performance was explosive, songs like Snake Pit and Here Come The Wolves saw the sweaty crowd fully immerse themselves in the music for the unforgettable set.
Closing the night we’re Twisted Wheel, this is probably one of the last times the band will play such an intimate venue in the northwest, with an upcoming headline date at The Ritz later this year. The band combine classic rock and roll influences with punk riffs and britpop-inspired vocals.
Definitely a festival I will attend again.