Dashing between stages, mud filled fields, and chaotic dancing are all aspects of the UK’s festival season, however Nottingham’s No Tomorrow festival offered a slightly different feel. The two day festival which showcased an array of talent breaking onto the popular music scene, ranging from acoustic solo artists to dance and garage DJ’s which could be heard across the two stages in Wollaton Park over the weekend, brought a diverse crowd of all ages to the festival grounds. With a streak of luck weather wise the festival caught the most of the sun and for many was an opportunity to sit back, relax, and enjoy what music was on offer.
Day 1 was opened by the emerging JP Cooper who surprised many of those who’d arrived early enough to catch his set. Showcasing his soulful and soothing voice, he captivated those who had gathered round to listen to an array of heartfelt songs that delved greatly into the singer’s personal life. It was a shame to see a rather underwhelming crowd gathered close to the front of the stage for JP Cooper, however this didn’t seem to affect the man who still delivered a captivating set.
Kwabs, another stand out act lower down the bill on the main stage, was received well by a crowd that were still spilling into the park in numbers. Gaining success abroad with single “Walk” which was catapulted to success in the likes of Germany, Switzerland and Austria, as well as topping the iTunes Music Charts, Kwabs has often been tipped as “one to watch”. Deep drum and wavering bass beats were woven together with the singer’s deep and soulful voice that sounded just as remarkable live as on any of the artists recorded EP’s.
Karen Harding was up next and injected some life into the crowd with an energetic set that saw her cover all areas of the stage, forcing the crowd to wake up and get more involved. However you couldn’t help but notice that a large amount of people had suddenly flooded around the stealth stage to catch the arrival of Hannah Wants, who went down a storm. Offering a completely different atmosphere to the main stage, a denser crowd danced and cheered at the arrival of every new artist making their way on stage, and throughout the day this crowd only grew in intensity right up until the arrival of DJ EZ.
Now returning back to the main stage, it was time for Blonde, who had accumulated the biggest crowd of the day so far. Bursting out deep house sounds with the accompaniment of Henrietta, who added some powerful lyrics to their set, the duo made their way through a number of small hits topped off by “I Loved You” which sparked a massive reaction from the crowd.
Offering a change of pace to the dance music, Nick Mulvey made his way onto No Tomorrow’s main stage and was greeted by a roar of cheers from the crowd. With heaps of confidence the rugged front man slipped through a set full of those long acoustic interludes and intro’s which are fused together with folk sounding melodies and instruments. With arguably Nick’s most successful single ‘Cucurucu’ receiving the best reaction from the crowd, being chanted back towards the stage at times, there was a calm sense surrounding the main stage which was soon to be completely eradicated.
And, of course, DJ Fresh was the culprit. As many made their way quickly over from the stealth stage to catch the DJ, right from the offset he was poised to created havoc. With people jumping, dancing, and flinging themselves around, the DJ created possibly the liveliest crowd over the entire weekend. Although it clearly wasn’t for everyone as one festival goer came up to me repeatedly insisting he was garbage, it was hard to agree with the guy whilst witnessing the crowd before me; he certainly knew how to gain the control of a crowd and was the perfect warm up for headliner Jessie Ware.
Making her way onto the stage as the sun finally began to set in the park, Jessie Ware rattled through a set which showcased all she had to offer. Although I can’t honestly say I’m a huge fan of the singer myself, the crowd showed great appreciation for the solo artist who sparked an almost full crowd sing along to “Say You Love Me”.
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Review and Photos by Jacob Flannery |