After this I did a flying visit down to my home town of Midhurst, before returning to London for Relentless Freeze Festival (according to their website www.londonfreeze.com Relentless Freeze Festival is where London, snow sports and music collide. Every year the world’s best snowboarders and skiers descend on Battersea Power Station to compete on a real snow ramp before some amazing music acts hit three stages for a banging party…)
But I knew none of this having only been asked the previous day by fabulous singer Kiesher Downie aka LiLi if I could pop down and do her trade mark lily eye make up as she was performing at the event with Brighton based Drum n bass outfit The Qemists .
After a long and boring train journey to Battersea park, I found my way to the festival site, only to be told, of course! that someone had lost my pass, so while I was waiting for the lovely Kiesher to come and sort it out, I got chatting with a couple of the stewards who were out side having a cup of tea and a smoke, I asked where they go the tea from and they directed me to a little hut, I went over and politely enquired if I might possibly be able to allowed to have some hot water and a tea bag in a Styrofoam cup, the reaction of the guy you’d think I’d wandered into his living room and asked if his children were for sale ‘THIS TEA IS FOR PERSONAL ONLY, WE’VE ALL BEEN WORKING FOR 8 HOURS, WHAT THE HELL MAKES YOU SO SPECIAL??!!’ ‘well I did just come from Sussex….’ I ventured ‘OUT!!!!’ he screeched, pointing a quivering finger at the door, I left and returned to hanging around vaguely outside the gates, fortunately I didn’t have long to wait before the missing pass was located and I accompanied kiesher to the back stage area (and every nice it was too, I was particularly impressed by the large selection of alcoholic beverages provided.)
We had a chat about her forthcoming tour of Japan with the Qemists while I applied her trade mark LiLi eye make-up. (see above) After this we briefly argued the merits of boots vs trainers before it was time for the band to be off, I joined up with some of their friends who had come down from brighton and, having stocked up on the complementary beers we headed over to the Relentless stage to watch the show.
What can I say, The Qemist played an absolutely blinding set, I’m a bit too out of the loop with music to say sounds like this person or this band, the best I can come up with is drum and bass with a bit of rock thrown in for good measure, but whatever they do it works, they are the sort of band who are guaranteed to get you up and dancing like an idiot.
Best of luck in Japan folks, check them out on their return.
Putting make-up on people since 2010