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Last night a heaving, rumbunctious and very noisey Powers Bar saw our final Fast Track to Hop Farm competition. The quality of the acts was crazy-- I know we always say this, but this was one of the hardest, tightest competitions to judge yet. There was near bloodshed in the increasingly boozy judges corner, but eventually two acts emerged: Adam Barnes and Early Ghost. Barnes did the near impossible- he utterly silenced the rowdy bar with his beautiful acoustic opener. He then unveiled a full backing band, something he hadn't done at any other stage in the competition, and absoultely tore the roof off, ending his set in the middle of the crowd, hammering on a floor tom and singing his heart out.

Early Ghost, playing before Barnes, delivered a set of dusty Wild West gothic, with amazing, rich Johnny Cash styled vocals intertwining with a mariachi trumpet and devilish fiddle to transport the bar to a mythic place. They had great songs, and played them like they knew they were great songs, ending up justified winners.

Both acts are really something special-- take a moment to check out there soundcloud links below...

 

Adam Barnes - Come Undone by Supajam

Early Ghost - Moon Song by Supajam

 

We're now onto our very last Fast Track to Hop Farm. This time we're looking for a band to play the mainstage of the festival, happening June 29th - July 1st, so as you can imagine the competition is extremely fierce. The first heats are divided into three rounds, all taking place at Power's Bar, and kicking off at 7pm-- Here's the dates, line ups and links to each bands tracks:

Sunday 10th June

Congratulations to Early Ghost and Van Susans for going through to the final.

EARLY GHOST 
TOY HORSES
VAN SUSANS 
THE SUNDOWN JAM 
HABIT  
MY GREY HORSE 
 
Monday 11th June
 
Congratulations to Adam Barnes and Virgin Soldiers for going through to the final
 
ADAM BARNES
THE ROVES
THE ALEX BEHARRAELL BAND
VIRGIN SOLDIERS 
MAZARINE BLUE
CAVAN MORAN -
 
Thursday 14th June

Congratulations to Howlin' Hootin' Owls, Aaron Wright and Collectors Club for making it through to the final.
 
 
HOWLIN HOOTIN OWLS
COLLECTORS CLUB 
ARCADIAN
AARON WRIGHT
HARRIET JONES 
 
 
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