Askern Music Festival started as a community and fund raising event in 2016. This year it returned, bigger and better than ever…
Unfortunately, due to my raging hangover I missed the first two acts and only caught the end of The Resistance. They are a band I know nothing about but who sounded good in the 2 minutes or so in which I heard them. Next up were local band District who, despite looking like they had come straight from school, had a sizeable following and created a fun atmosphere with their mix of covers and original songs.
Up next were The Americas. The Midlands band looked the part and their Lou Reed infused rock ‘n’ roll was a nice back drop to me eating a really excellent pizza from one of the many food stalls.
The Kavaliers are a lad rock band inspired by Oasis and The Enemy who have been around the Doncaster scene for years, their well received set paved the way for Liverpool’s Jackobins who’s polished and professional live sound had Askern clapping along.
Ginger Tom are no strangers to big stages having opening the main stage at Tramlines in 2016 and their bright and breezy indie pop brought the sunshine to Askern, both literally and metaphorically. As the sun began to depart it was time for the headliners. Fresh from releasing their fifth album Broken Glances back in February, The Pigeon Detectives rushed the Askern stage and were a ball of energy throughout. Frontman Matt Bowman left no inch of stage uncovered as he bounced from one side to the other. The band leaned heavily on their first album Wait For Me, ten years old this year, but also covered the rest of their back catalogue throughout their hour long set. Highlights including but not limited to ‘This is an Emergency’, ‘I Found Out’ and ‘Animal’. Between handing the crowd beers from backstage and climbing the rigging, Bowman makes for an engaging frontman and a great day was had by all.
See you down at the front next year Askern!