Making Hay made its first excursion to The Sound Castle, the Hay Festival’s new music venue to see the excellent Belleruche on the final date of the UK leg of the current tour. The set list featured much of the new album Rollerchain as well as music from the band’s first album on their own label. Kathryn deBoer’s voice was in top form despite a gruelling live schedule and we were treated to tight and lively performance.
The liveliness came in the second half when the audience was invited to dance. Prior to that the venue, which has tables and chairs more akin to a cabaret venue seemed sedate in daytime light. I imagine it really comes alive at night. There’s a bar, outdoor tables and it’s in a wonderful location beneath the castle. First impressions confirm it’s a great addition to the Festival.