Pretty damned awesome! This was my first Midpoint Music Festival and my second festival since crossing the pond from the UK. And I have to say it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. There were so many highlights it’s hard to know where to start, so in time honored tradition, I’ll start at the beginning!
Day One – Friday
I kicked off my festival in Washington Park, where I caught the tail end of Nick Diamonds‘ set, followed by a mesmerizing performance by HANA. Here’s a video of her performing one the two tracks she’s released.
I then took a stroll down to the Christian Moerline brewery, mainly to catch the Heartless Bastards, who I’d been hearing on a regular basis since moving to Cincinnati. But before they hit the stage, Alberta Cross played a stonking set, really rocking the joint. I’ve just been reading about the band and it appears they’re fellow Englishmen, get in! Here’s their track Get Up High
As for the Heartless Bastards, what can I say, they more than lived up to expectations. From start to finish they had the crowd in the palm of their hands. They sound great from the tracks I’ve heard on the radio, but they sound so much better live, with vocalist, Erika Wennerstrom, sounding less smoother live. I wanted to say grittier, but that didn’t sound too good! The rest of the band sounded pretty awesome too! They played a lot of songs from their latest album, Restless Ones, which I liked so much that, on getting home after the gig, I downloaded it and listened to it throughout the weekend.
Here’s Gates of Dawn from the Heartless Bastards
That was the first of many wallet emptiers over the weekend! So that as my first day at Midpoint Music Festival, not a bad start, but it got better on Saturday……