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Bryony Gordon: my mother and I have swapped roles

Bryony: the reformed wild child

Meet my mum. She is blonde, yay high, and was born in south London, though I am not at liberty to tell you when. (Her age is a great mystery to everyone, not least to herself, which is the inevitable result of years and years of lying about it.) Anyway, my mum is very glamorous and kind, and she is also single1 – any prospective suitors should email me with their vital statistics and I will pass them on.

I am her first-born (this is how I announce myself when ringing her), and then there is Naomi, who is just over two years younger than me, and Rufus, who turned up when I was 12. I still remember her telling me that she was pregnant with him – I had just learnt about the birds and the bees and thought I might be sick in my mouth.

Anyway, my mother is a bit of a soft touch when it comes to her children. I don’t think she ever said no to me, which no doubt accounts for a lot. My friends always said she was really cool – I would say that she was a proponent of “liberal parenting”.2 For instance, when I started hanging out with boys, she turned the garage into a den for us. “I’d rather it was happening in my back garden than elsewhere,” she said, though I don’t think the neighbours agreed.

We dubbed it the “love shack”, and my friend Sammy graffitied the walls with an image of a giant Hello Kitty smoking a spliff. Not, of course, that any of us had ever actually tried a spliff.

Despite this – or perhaps to spite it – I worked hard at school. It was only when I left it that things started to unravel.

I wasn’t a very good daughter in my 20s. I blamed my mother for my parents’ divorce,3 though I now know it takes two to tango. I borrowed money and drank too much. I veered from one disastrous man to another, and only went to see her when I was hungover and wanted to sleep somewhere that didn’t have damp or silverfish.

Now I have my own two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Edie, I shudder at these memories. If she is even a teenth as badly behaved as me, I’ll have to keep her on a leash until she is 45.

bryony and jane gordonJane with Bryony in 1982  Photo: Courtesy of Jane Gordon

My mother jokes that our roles have reversed since I had Edie, but I think she was always a bit wild and naughty.4 “Put some make-up on!” she would gently chastise whenever I left the house with a bare face. “Wear a short skirt!” she would half-joke when I went out dressed in tracksuit bottoms and baggy T-shirts. Being well-kept is very important to my mother, though she has no idea how beautiful she is.

Nowadays, we have a highly functional dysfunctional family.

My father and mother get on far better now that they are divorced, and we often all spend weekends at her country cottage. She is a highly indulgent granny,5 or “Annie”, as Edie has taken to calling her. “I wanna go Annie’s house,” she says, at least 10 times a week, perhaps because at Annie’s house she gets to wear Hula Hoops on her fingers and watch The Lion King on repeat, while at home she is forced to eat broccoli and fruit on a daily basis.

"My mother jokes that our roles have reversed since I had Edie, but I think she was always a bit wild and naughty"
Bryony Gordon

Professionally, I always wanted to grow up to be my mother. When I was little she wrote a column for the now-defunct Today newspaper, and they used to send her on all sorts of exotic assignments.

She had to feed the lions at Windsor Safari Park, and she went to the opening of the first McDonald’s6 in post-communist Russia. When my little brother was only six months old, she went to Bosnia to cover the conflict there. She was shot at (though thankfully not hit) by snipers, and later told me that her first instinct was to laugh.

She sparked my passion for newspapers and inspired me to become a journalist, so it seems somehow fitting that we should end up doing a column together.

I hope you enjoy it. We might even get to the bottom of how old she actually is.

Jane: happy, glamorous and single

It’s strange how an Oscar Wilde quote, “All women become their mothers; that is their tragedy,” has become an accepted fact of life7 that women expect to face. For me, though, it was never a case of, “Help!

I’m turning into my mother.” I couldn’t wait to turn into my mother.

I was probably too young when that idea became my burning ambition. I married as quickly as I could and hey presto! A couple of years later I had a model baby – a beautiful little girl – that I set out to raise in the exact manner of my own mother.

It worked really well at first, probably because my perfect mother was in the background discreetly guiding me through those first months, ensuring that Bryony would grow from a perfect baby into a perfect little girl.8

And Bryony was so very, very good that she only ever had just the one – totally understandable – tantrum that occurred when she was almost three and I came home clutching her new baby sister under one arm and a present for Bryony under the other.

How she screamed.

By the time she was six, Bryony was beautifully behaved and breathtakingly beautiful. When her father glanced through her first school report, which said she was “struggling a little with her times tables”, he laughed, ruffled her white-blonde hair and told her that because she was the prettiest girl in her school, “not being very clever” didn’t matter. I think we both underestimated Bryony’s intelligence.

It never occurred to us that she was actually the prettiest and the cleverest girl in the school.

Jane Gordon and ex-husband JackJane with ex-husband Jack, Bryony's father, in 1991  Photo: Courtesy of Jane Gordon

But my greatest regret is that when my good little girl did do something wrong, however hard I tried, I didn’t possess my own mother's courage and natural air of authority.9 I didn’t have her knack of confronting my childish bad behaviour in a way that taught me that stealing (a friend’s gold necklace) was wrong because I should do to others as I want done to me. When Bryony was naughty (stealing wasn’t her thing) I wasn’t brave enough to shout, “Go to your room!” or even say no. I fell back on bribery as a way of teaching her the difference between right and wrong, telling her that I would buy her a pair of LA Lights if she said sorry to her little sister for ritually beheading her favourite Barbie.

I should have known this was the kind of mixed message that would probably just incite her to mass murder all Naomi’s Sylvanian Families in exchange for a pony.

In truth, however, Bryony was an adorable, very good girl right up until her hormones kicked in10 (with the force of her Dr Martens) and mine were going out with a bang. For several years, all she ever said to me was “get a life” or “I hate my life”. I could no longer remember a time when I was the kind of mother she looked up to.

But even as a teenager she remained essentially a very good girl.

"Bryony now tells me, as I should have had the courage to tell her in her 20s, 'I think you've had enough red wine now, Mother"
Jane Gordon

It was during her 20s, when she went off the rails, that I realised I was the opposite of the perfect mother she needed. By then, Mummy had divorced Daddy and was living with a wicked stepfather. Absorbed in my new life, I was no help.

Occasionally I’d cook her comfort food and tell her “I knew in my waters” she would find what she was looking for by the time she was 30. But 30 came and went and I began to think I was such a bad role model that she’d never find happiness and that, for Bryony, the thought of turning into her mother really would be a tragedy.

But something extraordinary happened. At 31 she met Harry and was married with a beautiful baby girl11 by the time she was 32.

Now 35, she didn’t make the mistake of trying to turn into me. She has pulled off something much more challenging: Bryony has turned into my mother. Achieving things with Edie such as making her eat all her broccoli with a knife and fork and – at two and a half – teaching her to say “please” and “thank you”, and the difference between right and wrong.

Jane Gordon and childrenJane Gordon in 1995 with daughters Naomi (left), 12, Bryony, 15, and son Rufus, three  Photo: Courtesy of Jane Gordon

But she doesn’t stop there – she uses that same strength and courage she inherited from my mother on me.

Guiding me through my own fiftysomething period of chaos. Telling me, as I should have had the courage to tell her in her 20s, that “I think you’ve had enough red wine now, Mother” and, “Don’t you think it’s time you pulled yourself together and grew up?”

Meanwhile, I had metamorphosed into Bryony’s rather irritating, moody teenage daughter who played maudlin modern music so loudly she’d tell me “to turn that noise down and put on some Frank Sinatra” (really!). For several years – when I broke up with the wicked stepfather and found myself old, free and single for the first time in my life – she mothered me through my problems.

She got little back apart from abuse – me telling her to “get a life” or tearfully saying, “I hate my life”.

My new life ambition – now I am living happily in a country cottage that Bryony persuaded me to buy in order to “move on and be the woman you used to be” – is to be the grandmother that my mother was to Bryony.

And I think I can pull it off because my perfect mother turned into a rather naughty Glamorous Grandmother.12 Never able to say no to her grandchildren, feeding them fast food and indulging them with presents on demand.

A role model I can finally live up to…

Bryony and Jane’s new column starts on 13 September in Stella13

References

  1. ^ she is also single (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  2. ^ “liberal parenting”. (blogs.telegraph.co.uk)
  3. ^ I blamed my mother for my parents’ divorce, (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  4. ^ always a bit wild and naughty. (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  5. ^ a highly indulgent granny, (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  6. ^ McDonald’s (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  7. ^ an accepted fact of life (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  8. ^ a perfect little girl. (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  9. ^ natural air of authority. (www.goodhousekeeping.com)
  10. ^ until her hormones kicked in (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  11. ^ a beautiful baby girl (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  12. ^ Glamorous Grandmother. (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  13. ^ Stella (www.telegraph.co.uk)
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Bring Me The Horizon Tease Two New Tracks

Bring Me The Horizon

Bring Me The Horizon are teasing two new songs, Doomed and Follow You.

Ahead of the release of new album That’s The Spirit, the band have unveiled two previews of new music – check ‘em out below, and let us know what you think of their sound in the comments! While you’re here, be sure to pre-order That’s The Spirit now at this link1.

Catch Bring Me The Horizon live in the UK this weekend at Reading and Leeds2, sub-headlining to Metallica. It’s going to be big.

Grab the remaining Leeds tickets now through the Kerrang! Ticket Store3! And check out our live blog from the festival for all the coverage you need over here4!

Don’t forget to check out Bring Me The Horizon’s 11 Best Videos13:

Bring Me The Horizon's 11 Best Videos

Bring Me The Horizon's 11 Best Videos

From eating chips on park benches to horrible mindfucks in churches, Horizon have done everything in their videos. Just look at these 11 bangers. Bonus points if you can tell us who’s in that Predator costume…

11.</p><p>Pray For Plagues

11. Pray For Plagues

It would appear that in those early days, Bring Me The Horizon’s video budget stretched as far as a single faulty lightbulb and what looks like a kid’s painting of some lungs, with the change being used to make Oli Sykes’ teeth look cartoonishly menacing. It actually looked very good, though.

Largely because it’s mostly darkness. Subtle.

10. Sleepwalking

10.

Sleepwalking

Dear people in the pub in this video: TURN AROUND. Also, that’s not a very good looking cup of tea that woman’s making. But God, whatever it means, this stuff goes so well with the song.

We imagine something to do with sleepwalking, but we don’t see anyone in pyjamas.

9. Chelsea Smile

9. Chelsea Smile

There’s a party going on!

And it looks like it’s in the kitchen. Good God, this is a recipe for trouble. Look, there’s folks snogging and spilling beer everywhere.

No, no, no. And who’s this fool in his underpants spilling fizzy pop all over himself? Mr Blobby, you were there, tell these kids to calm down or something.

8.</p><p>Diamonds Aren't Forever

8. Diamonds Aren't Forever

Going on tour with Bring Me The Horizon looks like a right goof. Helpfully, they’ve shared all the best bits of touring that don’t involve a massive gig here.

Although they’ve included the massive gig anyway. Sledging? Hitching a ride in a limo?

Kissing a tiny puppy? Yeah, we’ll have some of that. Just call us Led Zep.

7.</p><p>Go To Hell For Heaven's Sake

7. Go To Hell For Heaven's Sake

They’ve done funny videos, glorious videos and mad videos. Now here’s the really bleak one.

It looks like a grainy, found-footage VHS, which is fine while the band are playing in a church. But the interspersed footage of nuclear explosions, a guillotine, a bloke threatening to blow his head off and other unpleasantries are surprisingly harrowing. Not one to watch at a party.

6.</p><p>Anthem

6. Anthem

Ooh, slow-motion, black and white classy stuff. And, we’re pleased to note, somebody checked the spelling of ‘BMTH’ before they ordered those ginormous lightbulb-letters.

Otherwise they'd be in deep trouble.

5. Can You Feel My Heart

5. Can You Feel My Heart

Great song, probably doesn’t hurt that this is a killer video.

But, let us ask you: didn’t you spend the whole running time wondering if that’s Ghost wandering around? Yeah, us too.

4. It Never Ends

4.

It Never Ends

Fuck, Oli’s in an ambulance. Not for the first time, it would seem, either. There’s symbolism and un-subtle hints everywhere in this one, so you’ve got plenty to chew on.

But the thing we’re wondering most is – did the band ask Jack Nicholson to wear his surgery mask from Batman and be in the video as the ambulance driver? If they did, he clearly said no.

3. Alligator Blood

3.

Alligator Blood

You don’t need to have played it to know that Russian roulette is a very, very dangerous game. There’s a brilliant scene in The Deerhunter where you get to see how much you’d shit yourself when it’s Your Turn. But here, BMTH are doing loads of other dangerous stuff.

Like playing guitars in space and going to midget sex dungeons full of weirdos huffing on some sort of gas. We’re not sure which is more dangerous, this or actual Russian roulette. Best be safe, wear a helmet anyway.

2.</p><p>Shadow Moses

2. Shadow Moses

This doesn’t need a video to get you excited. It’s got that ‘This is Sempiternal’ war cry that’s one of the most exciting, life-affirming bits of any song from the last few years.

But just to be sure, they’re in the snow, and Matt Nicholls looks like he’s playing drums with warning flares. And all of them being out without a coat on. Tsk.

1.</p><p>The Comedown

1. The Comedown

Rotherham. Not the most exotic town sign to open your video.

But this ain’t about setting, it’s about the character. “He’s having a really bad day, nothing goes right for him,” explained Lee Malia at the time. Who? Predator.

For no reason. He wakes up: hangover. Goes for a haircut: rubbish.

He even gets refused service at the chippy.

Remember, even in small towns, Predators have feelings.

References

  1. ^ this link (smarturl.it)
  2. ^ Reading and Leeds (www.kerrang.com)
  3. ^ Kerrang!

    Ticket Store (www.kerrangtickets.co.uk)

  4. ^ here (www.kerrang.com)
  5. ^ @Spotify (twitter.com)
  6. ^ http://t.co/Y8zdHAlKD2 (t.co)
  7. ^ pic.twitter.com/lgjHdhMPl9 (t.co)
  8. ^ August 28, 2015 (twitter.com)
  9. ^ @spotify (twitter.com)
  10. ^ http://t.co/Y8zdHAlKD2 (t.co)
  11. ^ pic.twitter.com/mlhJSUJ85B (t.co)
  12. ^ August 28, 2015 (twitter.com)
  13. ^ Bring Me The Horizon’s 11 Best Videos (www.kerrang.com)
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Bring Me The Horizon Drop New Track, True Friends

Bring Me The Horizon 2015

SURPRISE! Bring Me The Horizon have dropped a brand-new song, True Friends.

The tune follows Happy Song1 and Throne2, and is taken from the band’s new album, That’s The Spirit. Stream it below, and let us know what you think in the comments!

While you’re here, be sure to pre-order That’s The Spirit now at this link3.

Catch Bring Me The Horizon live in the UK this week at Liverpool and Oxford with the awesome Turbowolf, and Reading and Leeds4 at the weekend with Metallica, Panic! At The Disco, All Time Low, Royal Blood and loads more. Grab the remaining tickets now through the Kerrang!

Ticket Store5!

Pick up this week’s issue of Kerrang!6 as frontman Oli Sykes takes us exclusively inside every single song on That’s The Spirit.

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Don’t forget to check out Bring Me The Horizon’s 11 Best Videos7:

Bring Me The Horizon's 11 Best Videos

Bring Me The Horizon's 11 Best Videos

From eating chips on park benches to horrible mindfucks in churches, Horizon have done everything in their videos. Just look at these 11 bangers. Bonus points if you can tell us who’s in that Predator costume…

11.</p><p>Pray For Plagues

11. Pray For Plagues

It would appear that in those early days, Bring Me The Horizon’s video budget stretched as far as a single faulty lightbulb and what looks like a kid’s painting of some lungs, with the change being used to make Oli Sykes’ teeth look cartoonishly menacing. It actually looked very good, though.

Largely because it’s mostly darkness. Subtle.

10. Sleepwalking

10.

Sleepwalking

Dear people in the pub in this video: TURN AROUND. Also, that’s not a very good looking cup of tea that woman’s making. But God, whatever it means, this stuff goes so well with the song.

We imagine something to do with sleepwalking, but we don’t see anyone in pyjamas.

9. Chelsea Smile

9. Chelsea Smile

There’s a party going on!

And it looks like it’s in the kitchen. Good God, this is a recipe for trouble. Look, there’s folks snogging and spilling beer everywhere.

No, no, no. And who’s this fool in his underpants spilling fizzy pop all over himself? Mr Blobby, you were there, tell these kids to calm down or something.

8.</p><p>Diamonds Aren't Forever

8. Diamonds Aren't Forever

Going on tour with Bring Me The Horizon looks like a right goof. Helpfully, they’ve shared all the best bits of touring that don’t involve a massive gig here.

Although they’ve included the massive gig anyway. Sledging? Hitching a ride in a limo?

Kissing a tiny puppy? Yeah, we’ll have some of that. Just call us Led Zep.

7.</p><p>Go To Hell For Heaven's Sake

7. Go To Hell For Heaven's Sake

They’ve done funny videos, glorious videos and mad videos. Now here’s the really bleak one.

It looks like a grainy, found-footage VHS, which is fine while the band are playing in a church. But the interspersed footage of nuclear explosions, a guillotine, a bloke threatening to blow his head off and other unpleasantries are surprisingly harrowing. Not one to watch at a party.

6.</p><p>Anthem

6. Anthem

Ooh, slow-motion, black and white classy stuff. And, we’re pleased to note, somebody checked the spelling of ‘BMTH’ before they ordered those ginormous lightbulb-letters.

Otherwise they'd be in deep trouble.

5. Can You Feel My Heart

5. Can You Feel My Heart

Great song, probably doesn’t hurt that this is a killer video.

But, let us ask you: didn’t you spend the whole running time wondering if that’s Ghost wandering around? Yeah, us too.

4. It Never Ends

4.

It Never Ends

Fuck, Oli’s in an ambulance. Not for the first time, it would seem, either. There’s symbolism and un-subtle hints everywhere in this one, so you’ve got plenty to chew on.

But the thing we’re wondering most is – did the band ask Jack Nicholson to wear his surgery mask from Batman and be in the video as the ambulance driver? If they did, he clearly said no.

3. Alligator Blood

3.

Alligator Blood

You don’t need to have played it to know that Russian roulette is a very, very dangerous game. There’s a brilliant scene in The Deerhunter where you get to see how much you’d shit yourself when it’s Your Turn. But here, BMTH are doing loads of other dangerous stuff.

Like playing guitars in space and going to midget sex dungeons full of weirdos huffing on some sort of gas. We’re not sure which is more dangerous, this or actual Russian roulette. Best be safe, wear a helmet anyway.

2.</p><p>Shadow Moses

2. Shadow Moses

This doesn’t need a video to get you excited. It’s got that ‘This is Sempiternal’ war cry that’s one of the most exciting, life-affirming bits of any song from the last few years.

But just to be sure, they’re in the snow, and Matt Nicholls looks like he’s playing drums with warning flares. And all of them being out without a coat on. Tsk.

1.</p><p>The Comedown

1. The Comedown

Rotherham. Not the most exotic town sign to open your video.

But this ain’t about setting, it’s about the character. “He’s having a really bad day, nothing goes right for him,” explained Lee Malia at the time. Who? Predator.

For no reason. He wakes up: hangover. Goes for a haircut: rubbish.

He even gets refused service at the chippy.

Remember, even in small towns, Predators have feelings.

References

  1. ^ Happy Song (www.kerrang.com)
  2. ^ Throne (www.kerrang.com)
  3. ^ this link (smarturl.it)
  4. ^ Reading and Leeds (www.kerrang.com)
  5. ^ Kerrang!

    Ticket Store (www.kerrangtickets.co.uk)

  6. ^ this week’s issue of Kerrang! (www.kerrang.com)
  7. ^ Bring Me The Horizon’s 11 Best Videos (www.kerrang.com)
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Review: Mountains, monsoons and lots of music – Green Man with children

You have to hand it to the Welsh weather. Whatever the forecast might suggest you can bank on it rigidly obeying the meteorological dictates of that Crowded House song – Four Seasons In One Day.

A morning that started by applying suncream finished with us frantically Googling the word trenchfoot.

Taking children to a music festival has become a commonplace endeavour. An erstwhile middle class pursuit it would appear, with festivals lining up to cater for this newly-evolved and increasingly popular demographic.

Shiver me timbers! It's a Welsh mermaid!

Open-air gatherings such as Lunar, Somersault and Camp Bestival have all seen the value of catering for adults still in the midst of middle youth; their offspring being hothoused in mummy and daddy’s musical tastes.

Green Man,1 however, stands as the pinnacle of catering for families. The site opens a week before the festival begins as part of The Settlement – an area which allows families to pitch their tents for an extended stay four days before the festival actually begins.

RELATED: Not at Green Man?

Recreated the festival at home with this playlist2

The organisers describe Green Man as a living city for those days when the fest shifts into fifth gear – performing the neat trick of catering for all ages as the amorphous mass ebbs and flows around the site.

Having brought my then five year old to Green Man last year, she had such fun in the dedicated children’s area – Little Folk - she was determined to return for yet more adventures.

Elinor's fairy festival fashion

The problem with taking children to festivals, of course, is that you are inevitably at their beck and call like brow-beaten servants at the behest of these tiny overlords, fending off constant requests for ice cream by pretending you’re deaf.

They’re shrewd operators though those Green Man3 organisers, realising that after three hours in the Little Folk area being used as a portly climbing frame and getting enough glitter on his to face to resemble a fat Marc Bolan, dad is going to need a drink – or three.

Luckily, and you’re not telling me it’s a coincidence, the 100 plus brews on offer at the Green Man Beer Festival ably did the trick, even if people were pointing, laughing and requesting you perform Get It On and 20th Century Boy.

RELATED: Stereophonics v Calvin Harris at V Festival4

The same goes for mums, of course. If necking craft beers while being surrounded by innumerable blokes with beards is not quite their thing, having their inner chakra reset in the Zen climes of the Nature and Nuture field, most probably is.

Having earned our respective pit stops we headed to the beautifully carved Green Man, for photo opportunities, and a lovely touch this year – an opportunity to write out a wish on wooden blocks that were draped around this monument to nature.

Elin's princess wish

My daughter wished that she was a princess. Although given the amount of money I’ve spent in the Disney store on dresses I’m surprised she’s not living in a castle with Prince Charming by now.

As ever at Green Man there was a diverse line-up of attractions, circus classes for the little ones were hugely popular, while the Helter Skelter and Big Dipper were doing brisk business.

I had to think twice about taking the little one to pay homage to The Fall’s uber Grinch Mark E Smith in the Babbling Tongues tent, figuring she already had an irascible old man for a father.

Looks like dad made the same wish as Elin - that or he's secretly a U2 fan

We settled on H Hawkline on the Far Out stage to provide the first musical interlude of the day, throwing some not exactly textbook shapes to the Welshman’s delightfully skewed sound.

A traipse around the site and the first rain clouds of the day after the mid-20s temperatures which greeted our arrival saw us pitch up at Babbling Tongues to witness Welsh electro queen Gwenno interviewing Super Furry Animals’ Gruff and Guto.

I figured this was the best history lesson a six-year-old could experience being schooled in such culturally important subjects as the ‘90s Welsh pop uprising and the Welsh legend’s Mwng album.

Rumours were rife about who the special guest was on the Far Out stage at 7pm - from the plausible, Cate Le Bon, to the fanciful Taylor Swift . The smart money however was on Bats For Lashes, aka Natalie Khan. And those tipsters were spot on, the singer taking to the stage under auspices of the positively saucy Sexwitch.

Luckily there wasn’t a basque or broom in sight, just very loud psychedelic exotica from her forthcoming new album.

As the rain clouds cleared we pitched up on the brow of the Mountain Stage’s natural amphitheatre, ready for the evening to roll in and Charles Bradley to take to the stage – the first of the undercard in support of tonight’s headliners, Super Furry Animals.

Bradley was a revelation. A throwback to another era when Stax and Motown ruled the musical landscape, and James Brown was the coolest cat in a sequined cape. The New Yorker wrung every last drop of an emotion out of a set that was part soul revue, part tear-jerking confessional.

I swear the sun even peeked its head around a cloud to take a look, the crowd dancing with joy at a special performance from a special performer.

Elin's favourite film is The Wicker Man, and Frozen of course

From the same city but a million miles apart in sound, style and content, Big Apple New Wavers Television ran through their wiry and serrated 1977 album Marquee Moon with ruthless efficiency.

There was little chat, little attempt to connect and there were no big screens in operation at the side of the stage for Tom Verlaine and co - ironic for a band called Television.

By the time Super Furry Animals took to the stage at 11.15pm, my little girl was attempting her own game of trying to keep her eyes open while way past her bedtime.

If what was expected was a space out stage show that resembled Close Encounters Of The Third Kind what we actually witnessed was Singing In The Rain.

The heavens opened and the rain that had been forecast all evening finally took hold with a vengeance.

Of course, this didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the huge crowd that had gathered in front of The Mountain Stage.

The Furries ably demonstrated why never compromising but remaining ceaselessly creative ensures your place in popular music culture will forever be enshrined.

Dave found another Super Furry Animal hiding from the rain

The Super Furry Animals we may have resembled by the end of SFA’s post-apocalyptic set were drowned rats, however everyone headed home happy, even if we did trudge off site while frantically Googling the words ‘ark’ and ‘trenchfoot’.

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