With the weather looking promising for Day 2 of No Tomorrow Festival many had arrived early at the gates to make their way into Wollaton Park. Boasting another eclectic line up, including artists and bands such as John Newman, James Bay, Milky Chance, and Gorgon City, there was a little bit of something on offer for everyone.
Raleigh Ritchie brought some atmosphere to the main stage in the park earlier on in the day, urging the crowd to “dance like no one’s watching”, whilst doing a not half bad job himself. (Also for those of you who’ve not heard of the pop artists, he also goes by the name of Jacob Anderson who when not on the stage plays the character Greyworm in the hit series Game of Thrones). Of all his material ‘Bloodsport’ rallied the most support from the crowd who unfortunately like the previous day were still lacking energy and had turned out in small numbers.
After an energetic set from Raleigh, it was time for Soak to hit the main stage offering a change of pace to the catchy pop tunes. The solo acoustic artist lightly dabbled on her guitar before letting loose an absolutely spectacular voice. Catching a few off guard who maybe hadn’t heard of the Derry born artist before, who’s been skateboarding for longer than she’s been plucking at the guitar, she played a mix of songs that washed together complex subjects with a soulful and haunted voice.
MNEK gathered one of the largest crowds of the day and instantaneously it become apparent why. Bringing back some much needed energy MNEK’s entourage blasted through an eclectic mix of songs, which combined some of his own material as well as some adapted covers. Vanessa Carltons ‘A Thousand Miles’ being one of these covers and one which gathered a few chuckles from the crowd as MNEK egged everyone on to play some air piano (if that’s even a thing).
It was then turn for Milky Chance who it seemed had asked for the volume to be turned up. Having been nicely warmed up by MNEK, Milky Chance only built on the liveliness of this crowd who were abolishing much of the complacency we’d witnessed the day before. Bringing some mid-tempo acoustic rock to the crowd they lifted the atmosphere and with some folk pop jangles broke everyone into dance. Hit “Stolen Dance” got the audience on their feet and was a spectacle to witness at the festival over the weekend.
Heading over to the now BB Stage to catch a glimpse of Gorgon City before the arrival of James Bay back over on the main stage was a choice I didn’t regret. Upon arrival, the crowd immediately cheered for one of the principal DJ’s over the weekend. Although the dance tent wasn’t quite as packed as yesterday where DJ EZ closed in a chaotic fashion, the atmosphere was still a messy haze of smoke machines and deep bass beats.
Walking back over to the main stage, a huge crowd had gathered to welcome James Bay to the park. After releasing his debut album ‘Chaos in the Calm’ which climbed all the way to number one in the UK album charts the Hertfordshire solo artist has created a huge stir and is set to appear at numerous festivals in the UK alone. Arriving to a hoard of cheers, James slowly made his way through a set where he often interacted with the crowd and at times teased with his catalogue of material. Receiving a full crowd sing along to “Hold Back The River”, it was evident that he had them in the palms of his hands and had done for quite some time, controlling the atmosphere at will.
After such an enthralling set from the frontman, it was difficult to image such an atmosphere been topped, yet John Newman wasn’t about to admit defeat. With one of the longest build ups to a solo artist I’ve ever witnessed (and almost to the point of annoyance) the crowd were teased to almost breaking point before the man’s arrival. However when the spotlight finally found him, the crowd were quick to forgive and began jumping and dancing as the solo artist worked his way through numerous hits. Debuting some new material for the first time live was also an extra treat for the crowd at No Tomorrow and polished off the weekend nicely.
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Review and Photos by Jacob Flannery |