A Carefully Planned Festival (which we enjoyed muchly last week) could perhaps – at a push – be described to be a late summer festival. It certainly felt like the weather was hoping to squeeze out the last drops of sunlight before a gloomy winter arrives.
We’re now in the twilight of not just the festival season, but the year. Which, in the case of High & Lonesome and it’s acts, suits perfectly.
Centred around the peerless Brudenell Social Club, the possible stand out for 2016 – H&L’s third year – is I Like Trains. A much loved band, but these days prone only to special one-off shows, they are a sweet catch and sit proud atop a line-up that is a quirky mix and skirts the periphery of the Americana and Downbeat influences H&L are associated with.
Like all the best festivals, there is a strong mix of names you know and ones you don’t but with a firm trust that those new acts will be rather excellent. The Low Anthem, Steve Gunn and The Leisure Society are all major draws, yet further down we are not only pleased to see Wakefield representation from Mi Mye and One Day, After School, but also Applewood Road (who include Emily Barker in their number) and Low Chimes (formerly Hot Feet).
With acts calling places as varied as New York, London, Tennessee, Northern Scotland and (yes) Wakefield their home, High & Lonesome feels more like a special gathering than a festival, which isn’t to say it is exclusive in any way, simply that their is a warmth and dedication spread across the line-up which promises unique moments over the weekend. Less and less festivals can make that claim these days, but H&L promises something special.
Tickets start at £15 and the festival takes place on November 19th and 20th.