“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble”…
As one of apparently only 7% of the UK population with veins anointed with O Rh-ve, midges and mosquitos tend to regard this blood with envious eyes – singled out like caviar or Dom Pérignon, from the dull palatable herd.
Whether or not Sarah’s Green Witch concoctive brew of yesterday had warded off these bloodthirsty flying miscreants or not, we took no chances and liberally doused ourselves again with; 11 drops Lavender Oil, 10 drops Lemon Oil, 10 drops Lemongrass Oil, 3 drops Tea Tree Oil, Topped up to 15ml with Rose Water for spraying or mixed in with small tub of cream for lotion – we came home with no bites whatsoever, so patent pending!
Reverence, (noun), a feeling or attitude of profound respect, usually reserved for the sacred or divine; devoted veneration… so says the Collins English Dictionary – if ever an event lived up to it’s billing, this is it.
Last year, by the time the inaugural Reverence Valada was announced, I had already committed my meagre gig-chest to attending Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia – I had felt inexorably compelled to see Goat, on what may have proved to be the last time they would grace the stage of a relatively small, indoor venue, certainly one within reasonable striking distance of Ireland.
I must confess though that as soon as the reports from Portugal started coming in, along with the vibrant photographs, bathed in that peculiar golden glow from the sky, I did wonder if I had made the right decision…
Valada, Portugal // 27th, 28th, 29th August
THE HORRORS / SLEEP / THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION / ALCEST / AMON DÜÜL II / SEAN RILEY & THE SLOWRIDERS / JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD / KEEP RAZORS SHARP / BIZARRA LOCOMOTIVA / SAMSARA BLUES EXPERIMENT / ELECTRIC MOON / STONED JESUS / JOEL GION & THE PRIMARY COLOURS feat. members of THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE / UFOMAMMUT / THE VICKERS / PITY SEX / CALIBRO 35 / 10000 RUSSOS / ECHO LAKE / THE WARLOCKS / GRAVE PLEASURES / DEWOLFF / CHEATAHS / NOVELLA / BLACK RAINBOWS / DEAD GHOSTS / ANCIENT RIVER / YAWNING MAN / SPECTRES / THE ALTERED HOURS / MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS / JAGUWAR / PROCESS OF GUILT / THE JACK SHITS / LAMINA / ELECTRIC EYE / SATURNIA / BLOWN OUT / BRAHMA LOKA / LOS WAVES / BOM MARIDO / THE DEAD MANTRA / FUZZ / THE BLUE DRONES / MAGIC CASTLES / THE ACT-UPS / GHOST HUNT / FAST EDDIE NELSON / JENNIFER / ONE UNIQUE SIGNAL / ACID ACID / CELICA XX / JASON MUGSTAR/ ASTROFLEX / BEAUTIFY JUNKYARDS / THE PURPLE HEART PARADE / CHICOS DE NAZCA/ LUNA MARADA / GALGO / KALEIDOSCOPE & LIBSON PSYCH FEST DJS
Distorted Perspectives is a “Celebration of Modern Experimental and Psych Music + Art + Film”.
This weekend was the second incarnation of the festival held within the Regional Cultural Centre, “Letterkenny’s impressive new arts building, placing Donegal in an international context rather than on the periphery”.
If idealism can be defined as “an approach to philosophy that regards mind, spirit, or ideas as the most fundamental kinds of reality”, then it is fair to say that the reality of an experimental music, art and film festival held on the periphery, was the realisation and celebration of like-minded, free spirited idealists who found themselves gathering in Donegal this weekend.
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