Instead of writing down a review for this band I danced , sung along and waved my arms about in my wellies with a seventy year old lesbian who then pulled me down into the mud. And with look-like-I’d-shit-myself-mud-covered shorts I wrote little notes of what I enjoyed of the performance on my phone making me look like I was texting and not paying attention. All the while drinking tequila. I’m a massive professional woman and take my work very seriously.
I love Heads Hearts. I was looking forward to them all weekend. They have such good chemistry and banter on stage. When Amber told the crowd to go on the website to get to know them all better, Lynne the very rock-and-roll-and-roll-again bass player leaned in and said ‘It’s fine, your mum knows me well enough,’ which of course made the dirty minded crowd applause.
Qualified sounded brilliant and there were quite a few dancing right in front of the stage. Even though Amber said her voice had gone and she blamed Lfest for it, you cannot flaw her singing. It’s extremely powerful and she can hold notes for so long it’s incredible. I can’t even hold my breath for more than four seconds so I consider it quite an amazing skill.
My favourite song Dance Girls Dance was ace and better-than-a-drag-queens-eye-makeup brilliant to finally hear live. With Amber’s speaking voice and some of the things she says to the audience such as ‘I love a field full of wet lesbians,’ you do not expect her voice to reach such high notes and belt out across the field like it does. The drummer Abby too seemed so quiet when I met her the night before but put her behind a drum kit and she makes me have that why-the-hell-didn’t-I-learn-to-play-the-frickin-drums envy.
There was a bit of trouble with the sound because the sound man had issues and couldn’t fix it half way through a song. Or maybe he was jealous that he was a man in a lesbian festival so did it on purpose. But either way, the girls behind me sang the song loud enough to deafen everyone and threw their beer around so it was like being a proper concert anyway. And as Amber said, ‘the song ends happily ever after, and we get a dog,’
You never know what to expect with Heads Hearts so the cover of Keep me Hangin on shouldn’t have been that much of a surprise. But it still took me a few bars of the intro before I clicked what it was. The fans enjoyed it massively and when Amber stopped singing everyone lifted up their drinks and shouted out the famous lyrics.
They finished off the set with Sadie at which point people started swaying and it looked like maybe people had been downing the drinks trying to forget that most of them had work the next day. Whatever mood you’re in, this band will make you laugh, make you dance along with the crazy dance moves going on on stage, really make you wish you’d picked up an instrument in school and learnt how to play it and make you want to pick up some black makeup and slap it over your eyes to look cool. And I’m really fussy with music so if I say they’re good you should be planning to go see them. Just saying.