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Giants of Rock, Day One

Live Review

Venue: Butlins, Minehead

To Butlins, with The Quireboys, The Yardbirds and Black Star Riders

The luggage of the arrivals reveals a variety of inflatables - chickens, sheep and human females. There are people of many different shapes and sizes and nationalities. Mostly, though not exclusively, they are male. Hair colouring, where applicable, is grey.

But the attendees of the second annual Giants Of Rock Festival have two things in common. 

Firstly, they - and I mean we - are incredibly old.

And secondly, they are away from the kids (or grandkids) and the humdrum of everyday life. The vibe is almost tangible: Butlins in Minehead is Partytown.

Today, Friday, is for the early birds - those able to leave work early, and with around 30 bands set to perform over three days, to quote Alice Cooper, school is well and truly out.

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