My family and I were fortunate enough to purchase four tickets to go to Mumford and Sons' Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Lewes, a small town near Brighton. We flew down on the Thursday, and spent most of the day strolling along the Brighton sea front and napping in the hot weather.

The festival started on the friday evening at 6pm with doors opening at 5pm, and Youth LagoonWhite Denim, British Sea Power and Vampire Weekend all performed. Unfortunately, my sister's laptop was stolen from our hotel room in Brighton so all of the video footage and the pictures we took from the first day are now gone.

My sister and I queued for approximately 2 hours so that we could be at the barrier for the bands, and I have to say that it was totally worth it. I loved being up-close to the bands so that you could see the entire stage and really get a feel of their music.

Youth Lagoon were one of these bands that you wanted to call your favourites even though they were the first of the evening. Honestly, I didn't think it could get much better. They're music had a slow, calming feel to it, but built up to a more up-beat, psychedelic tune. Despite my love for this band's set, the best was yet to come. 

White Denim were another surprise to me as I had not heard much of their music before, but knew them as 'a kind of sinister sounding rock band', as described by my sister beforehand. They certainly were rock, but certainly not in the way I was expecting. Their songs were a kind of rock, country, alternative cross with a great lead vocalist and an extremely cute guitar player. Their songs constantly changed rhythm and tempo which kept them interesting throughout their set.

Next were British Sea Power. I was looking forward to hearing them as I had heard a few songs and my sister was a fan, but if I'm honest they were only okay. It might have been because they were just after two incredible bands, or because they were just before Vampire Weekend who we were all itching to see, but I wasn't very impressed. They had two vocalists who took turns in singing their songs but I only really liked one of their voices. Half-way through their set, two massive polar bears (later revealed to be two members of Bear's Den) started having this slightly pathetic fight on stage and coming down to high-five the audience members at the barrier. 

Finally, the moment we'd all been waiting for. Vampire Weekend were outstanding. They were lively, funny and (if  possible) even better live than on record. But don't just take my word for it; I managed to find a clip of them singing my favourite song Unbelievers live at the Stopover.

That evening we went home exhausted but with a kind of excited buzz that only wore off once lying on the beds of our hotel room. Tomorrow was another busy day, and we slept like babies as we re-charged our blown-out batteries.


My family and I were fortunate enough to purchase four tickets to go to Mumford and Sons' Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Lewes, a small town near Brighton. We flew down on the Thursday, and spent most of the day strolling along the Brighton sea front and napping in the hot weather.

The festival started on the friday evening at 6pm with doors opening at 5pm, and Youth LagoonWhite Denim, British Sea Power and Vampire Weekend all performed. Unfortunately, my sister's laptop was stolen from our hotel room in Brighton so all of the video footage and the pictures we took from the first day are now gone.

My sister and I queued for approximately 2 hours so that we could be at the barrier for the bands, and I have to say that it was totally worth it. I loved being up-close to the bands so that you could see the entire stage and really get a feel of their music.

Youth Lagoon were one of these bands that you wanted to call your favourites even though they were the first of the evening. Honestly, I didn't think it could get much better. They're music had a slow, calming feel to it, but built up to a more up-beat, psychedelic tune. Despite my love for this band's set, the best was yet to come. 

White Denim were another surprise to me as I had not heard much of their music before, but knew them as 'a kind of sinister sounding rock band', as described by my sister beforehand. They certainly were rock, but certainly not in the way I was expecting. Their songs were a kind of rock, country, alternative cross with a great lead vocalist and an extremely cute guitar player. Their songs constantly changed rhythm and tempo which kept them interesting throughout their set.

Next were British Sea Power. I was looking forward to hearing them as I had heard a few songs and my sister was a fan, but if I'm honest they were only okay. It might have been because they were just after two incredible bands, or because they were just before Vampire Weekend who we were all itching to see, but I wasn't very impressed. They had two vocalists who took turns in singing their songs but I only really liked one of their voices. Half-way through their set, two massive polar bears (later revealed to be two members of Bear's Den) started having this slightly pathetic fight on stage and coming down to high-five the audience members at the barrier. 

Finally, the moment we'd all been waiting for. Vampire Weekend were outstanding. They were lively, funny and (if  possible) even better live than on record. But don't just take my word for it; I managed to find a clip of them singing my favourite song Unbelievers live at the Stopover.

That evening we went home exhausted but with a kind of excited buzz that only wore off once lying on the beds of our hotel room. Tomorrow was another busy day, and we slept like babies as we re-charged our blown-out batteries.

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