We've all felt a bit ruff at festivals before, but this was something else entirely
It was Visions Festival in fashionable east London at the weekend, with some of the most exciting acts in music performing at a handful of nearby venues. There was an official Visions dog show– judged by The Mystery Jets and in association with the charity All Dogs Matter – and the festival itself was awesome and essential, a veritable showcase of fantastic artists proving that 2017 is a stellar year for new music.
Nashville native Soccer Mommy performed at the tiny NTs, armed only with an electric guitar to bring the place to a standstill with her lush, lofi ballads, while south London punks Shame absolutely destroyed clammy basement venue Mangle, with frontman Charlie Steen unbuttoning his shirt to mingle, sweaty and topless, with the crowd after thee band delivered an apocalyptic rendition of the ‘The Lick’ (which just so happens to namecheck NME). Back at NTs, caustic balladeer Matt Maltese, often billed as the UK’s answer to Father John Misty, performed a heartbreaking set – hunched over a piano, backed by a bassist and a drummer – that concluded with ‘As The World Caves in’, a song that he explained is about Donald Trump and Theresa May getting it on at the end of the world. London J-pop purveyors Kero Kero Bonito brought a smile to everyone’s faces, filling the Oval Space venue with their ludicrously buoyant brand of indie-pop, while Glaswegian DJ SOPHIE closed proceedings on the same stage, belting out shimmering, futuristic dance music while dressed as some kind of weird, pink blancmange.
The one-dayer was a fabulous event, inspiring in the breadth of its talent. Arguably, though, the real stars of the festival were the canines in competition at the dog show, at which the pooches were invited to perform tricks, simply parade around before the admiring audience or – best of all – take part in the Twin Peaks-themed fancy dress competition. Here, then, are our favourite doggos from the Visions Festival Dog Show 2017.
This very noble Dachshund
This lil cutester, who appears to know she’ll be off her mash at SOPHIE later
This old English sheepdog/Dalmatian cross who’s licking his lips for a tasty craft beer
This log lady, who warns that the owls are not what they seem
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This canine Laura Palmer (Laura Pawmer?)
This sadlad, who’s probably just been listening to Matt Maltese
This adorable yet somewhat coy ball of fluff
This little guy, who may or not already be off his mash
These pals, who should save their dancing shoes for Kero Kero Bonito
The lucky winner of the Twin Peaks-themed fancy dress contest
Doesn’t he looked pleased?