Friday night and Saturday Jon and I continued the musical theme of the week by rocking out at the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover, which is a 2 day mini-festival right in our neck of the woods. Featuring Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Vampire Weekend, The Vaccines, and a bunch of other bands, and taking place in a field in Lewes-which is only about 20 minutes from our house-it was a “can’t miss” kinda situation. Back when we bought the tickets a few months ago, we’d decided to pass on camping, thinking that it’d be the regular wet n’ rainy English summer, and the whole thing wasn’t that far from us anyway, so whatever. But. We were wrong, and the good times just keep on coming because the sun was hot hot hot and the weather was delightful. England, you just keep surprising me this year!
The vibes on both days were pretty chill and slightly euphoric, although you could tell by Saturday evening that some people had been partying pretty hard. The crowd was really mixed-lots of families and old people as well as young people and hippies, which made me smile. And the whole scene was really well-designed, with a connecting aesthetic throughout all the signage, and no corporate sponsors in sight-the whole “stopover” thing is meant to showcase the small towns and what they have to offer, on top of all the music (obviously). I really respect that in a festival! So we drank a special festival lager that Harvey’s had brewed up just for the occasion….also some cider for me….and ate delicious local foods, and danced barefoot in the grass and all was well.
And with that comes the end of our music-filled week. I don’t think we’re (planning on) going to any more shows until Sigur Ros in September, so now, seriously, things are slowing down. No visitors, no concerts, just working all the time and summery hangouts and the like when we’re not working. Which is okay, I think.