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'Give me a reason, show me a sign'

Wintershall, 3 June 2011 Roland from BtP


Gary Brooker's Band du Lac a constellation of musical stars is set to perform in the very depths of
rural Southern England
. The roads are tiny single-track affairs ... fine for the steady trickle of cars arriving
during the afternoon, but deeply clogged for the mass leaving together after the midnight fireworks

It was a quiet place, the day before the show. During Saturday's 7.5 hours of music, however, it was anything but
quiet The Jones Gang (feat. Procol's Josh Phillips) being the loudest of the lot by some margin

This tiny, eccentric lakeside chapel, it turns out, is almost completely overwhelmed this weekend by
the scaffolding walkway by which the musical stars will accede to the stage

In the background, Wintershall (the house at the heart of the estate) and one of its many items of religious statuary

This sign is gnomic on two counts: which is the area it supposedly describes, and what is meant by a 'non picnic'?
In the background, one of the big posh tents which, within 24 hours, would proliferate all over the site. To walk across this green
grassland leaves one's feet covered with red dust, since rain has been so sparse lately. Will it hold off for the music?

The public and the performers are separated by the lake that gives Brooker's band its name.
Helpful blue signs are also to be found on the artists' side of the water.
That apostrophe belongs a couple of lines further up, surely?

And here's the pecking-order, writ large, for the performers' benefit


More Wintershall images from the same camera | Wintershall 2011 setlist


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