Jubilee Rock at the Boars Head, Kidderminster 01.06.12

There were a few Jubilee bashes over the weekend, but it was great to make another return to one of the busiest live music venues in our region. '60 Years Of Music' was the theme for the four-dayer at the Boar's Head in Kidderminster - and genial mine-hosts Sid and Sandra had lined up over 50 musical acts over the weekend on two stages with extra events like poetry reading, drum workshops and a stream of activities at the en-suite Boar's Head Art Gallery.

Kicking off the whole weekend proper on the main stage were the best go-to act at the moment - I'm talking, of course, about the ska-some rockers Skewwhiff who just have to be the ultimate crowd-pleasers. I've never heard them play a duff set and never met anyone who didn't like their music. Quality stuff, as always, from the four-piece in numbers like Nice One, Prince Harold and my favourite Club International - you'll need to be of a certain age to know what that's about!

I'm still not too sure about the current line-up of Kidderminster blues-rockers Naked Remedy - at the moment stripped-down to the core of Tom Callinswood on guitar and Dave Small on drums and vocals - but I have to say that they still sound great. Of course, it's a great help that they've got classics like Rollercoaster and Freedom going for them - but I was also very taken with new number Cold Desire. There's a few local bands with this two-piece White Stripes-ish format going - and like Das Sexy Clap and Girls On Film - the current format of Naked Remedy deliver the goods in fine style - because they're such damn fine musicians! However, as one of the best front-men in our region, I (and about half of the Hereford/Worcester population) would prefer to see Dave back to his natural position on centre stage - and a bass chuntering away in the background never goes amiss - we'll see.

Andy O'Hare

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