REVIEW: 2Q Festival 28/10/17

A few weeks ago, Lincoln played host to over 80 acts from across the country in various venues across the city. From the Angel Coffee House to the Engine Shed, a variety of acts catered to all ages and music tastes providing a day well worth the £25. With acts like Busty and the Bass, Clean Cut Kid, The Himalayas and headliners Peace and Circa Waves, the inner-city festival brought new people to the city to explore and find new pubs, bars and cafes. Places even I had not visited before even after living there my whole life.

Hard work, ambition and community spirit gave Lincoln exactly what it needed and put it on the map as a new and exciting place for music.

Throughout the day, I ensured I ticked off everyone on my list – Trash, Jaws, Peace, Clean Cut Kid etc. However, I spent the rest of the day dipping in and out of different locations to catch different live acts, one I especially enjoyed was The Himalayas whose music I hadn’t listened to before. Additionally, I also managed to catch some of The Sherlocks, a band I hadn’t really listened to before.

The crowds, at every act I went to were enthused and really into the music; the variety of ages showed that this was definitely a community event bringing many people together. The demand to see Peace, who were rumoured to be playing 1998 for the final time, was enormous. The venue (a night club called “Home”) couldn’t fit everyone in and thus, a one in one out system came into place. Of course, this left many fans disappointed and perhaps more so as acts such as Eliza and the Bear, Circa Waves and Tom Grennan were playing at the same time. Similarly, Jaws and Superfood, two similar bands, also clashed making it hard to decide who to go to see (I chose Jaws!). Regardless of this, the day was amazing and as a Yellowbelly myself I felt so proud that my city could play host to such an event. Especially as for many gigs I have to travel around 2 hours to Nottingham, it was great to see so many bigger acts playing.

I really hope that next year will be even more of a success. To see the city grow and the festival too would make it even more amazing. As an inner city festival, it was clear to see the sheer brilliance of community spirit and behind the scenes hard work all come together.

Disclaimer: Feature image courtesy of 2Q Festival

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