For all those who had gone a little too hard on Friday night, Mr Motivator was called in to spring people into action. Bringing some life to the festival in the late morning the exercise instructor pushed people to the max clearing away those crippling hangovers just in time for another music filled day, and of course more beer.
Red Face, part of the BBC Introducing acts early down the bill over at The Quarry stage, played to a packed out tent. Slightly helped by the rain bouncing down outside, the youngsters seized the opportunity and surprised many who had taken shelter throughout their energetic performance. Man Made brought out the glitter for their slot and overcame some not so technical faults. Drummer Callum broke his snare early on and whilst their crew scurried around backstage, Nile Marr (last name ring any bells?) took the lead giving tunes an electric solo twist. “I’m glad we can hang out for this improvised set without my band” he joked, but soon a snare arrived to save the day and it wasn’t long before the bass and drums joined in prolific fashion, “It’s like we planned it” Nile managed to slot in between lyrics.
The Giant Squid stage witnessed some of the sweatiest, craziest, and most raucous atmospheres over the weekend and even earlier down the bill the stage still managed to bring a little chaos. “Oblige these five Yorkshire bastards and come closer” front man of Allusondrugs, Jason, motioned as the tent begun to fill up. Blasting through an energetic performance the DIY grunge rockers created havoc with their heavily distorted sound, highlighted on songs like ‘I Should Have Gone To Uni’. Strangely encouraging the crowd to simultaneously shout “Herpes” as loud as they could towards the end of their set, you can only image what people outside the tent thought was going on.
Jagaara brought some peaceful harmonies to a small crowd back at The Quarry, dabbling on the guitar and projecting their powerful voices, pleasant melodies added a little calm to the day. Further away on the main stage Deaf Havana offered a different atmosphere entirely. Back playing live and with a new album on the way, they treated the Y Not crowd to a newbie and it was received with as much excitement as though it were already a hit. ’22’ seemed to be at the heart of the crowd and with only half an hour on stage you wished they could have stayed up there for a lot longer.
Saint Raymond was up next and upon arrival the crowd erupted. Debut album ‘Young Blood’ has done more than put the band on the map and playing high up the list to a crowd that seemed to love every minute of their performance, it was certainly a site to behold. ‘I Want You’ received a full crowd sing along and saw people jump and dance in their masses to the catchy and repetitive chorus. Creating an atmosphere with such intensity so early on in their career can only hint at big things for the band, and with a fair chunk of 2015 left its destined to be even more incredible.
Another atmosphere that shocked all those that witnessed it, was that created at Trash’s slot on The Allotment stage. These guys may look like a bunch of slightly sleazy and geeky gents, but their messy and disorganized sound sent the crowd into dancing frenzies. With circle pits appearing throughout their time on stage, and some pretty intense scenes – at one point someone was even caught off guard with a full on RKO, that Randy Orton himself would have been proud of – the band laid down the foundations for some fairly mental performance to come.
Rae Morris was rearing to go back over at The Quarry, and for an artist’s that been steadily growing in popularity since the release of single ‘Don’t Grow’, she’s no stranger to performing live. Now with debut album ‘Unguarded’ finally out, playing in the tenets at festivals seems to be the perfect atmosphere for introducing people to her sorrowful lyrics and prevailing voice. Moving away from simple piano melodies placing emphasis purely on her voice the songwriter has added some more dance like elements to her live performances with ‘Love Again’, which saw everyone moving and dancing to “oooh, ehh, looking for, looking for love again”.
Now for a band who are no strangers to the north, The Sherlocks were met by chants of “Sherlocks Army” throughout their headline set on The Allotment stage. The four piece from Sheffield consisting of two sets of brothers are constantly on the road and playing to some packed out crowds in some the best small venues the UK has to offer they’ve grown accustomed to creating a stir. Upbeat and with hammering guitar hooks the band never seem to fall flat on a crowd and although they may sound at times like they’re lost amongst that early Arctic Monkeys craze, they still bring their own unique elements.
At festivals there’s always bound to be a few nail biting clashes and choosing whether to see Don Broco or Basement Jaxx has to be one of the worst. They may be completely different in terms of sound but both were guaranteed to create an atmosphere to remember. Don Broco, brought a crowd to chaos, encouraging people to crowd surf and jump as they bounced around stage themselves this on stage energy was only amplified by a crowd in their height. Basement Jaxx may not have come anywhere close to replicating the sweaty mess over at The Giant Squid, but with some iconic electronic anthems and a memorising fireworks display through ‘Where’s Your Head At’, they rivalled Don Broco’s set in a different style. With Junto’s ‘Never Say Never’ electrifying the crowd, this blast of new material didn’t falter alongside crowd pleasers like ‘Good Luck’.
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Review and Photos by Jacob Flannery |