We woke up to a bright and sunny morning in Orange Camp, ready for Saturday’s line up.
Back in the Festival Republic tent and first to take to the stage were an Irish band called Leaders of Men. They are brill! It was such a shame in a way that they were first on the line up because not many people manage to drag themselves out of bed after the first night’s boozing to catch many people before midday. I hope these guys come and play some dates in London soon!
The good music continued with the X ambassadors whose sound I can only describe as BIG. Lots of big drum beats and punchy hook lines.
If you’re going to listen to one track of their’s I’d suggest Jungle. The song features Jamie N Commons (he joined them for the performance) whose voice is both beautiful and husky and his guitar skills are out of this world. I have since discovered his solo stuff is well worth a listen in its own right.
One of the bands I was particularly excited to see were Lonely the Brave. I’ve been listening to their stuff on repeat on YouTube and have been eagerly awaiting their album. In all honesty however I was quite disappointed with watching them at Reading. Their songs all seemed incredibly similar, blurring into one. I will still be picking up the album, hoping that they have some tricks up their sleeve that I haven’t heard yet.
It was then once more time to get our butts to the main stage for some big names. First The Hives. I regret that I have not previously given The Hives the time they deserve. I absolutely loved their set, it was one of my favourites of the entire weekend. They also win the award for creepiest set design.
Their front man is a hilarious blend of cocky and energetic. He spent most of the set climbing on the equipment and down in the crowd.
He made the entire crowd sit down at his command and walked among us like some kind of musical messiah.
Next up were Foster the People. Beyond Pumped Up Kicks, I’d not heard much of their stuff but they put on a good show and had me bopping along so they’ve been added to my list of people to pay more attention to. They did lose points however for another unnecessary guitar smash.
Next is one of the bands I’d most been looking forward to. I saw them first at last year’s Reading Festival, then again in Brixton in November as part of my Musical Hat Trick week. Third time is a charm. Imagine Dragons were quite simply – awesome.
He got a little up close and personal with the crowd, I was torn between getting a high five and capturing it on camera.
As the sun disappeared the crowd grew in anticipation of the evening’s headliners.
Jake Bugg took the penultimate slot of the night. He is a man of few words is Jake but boy can he play.
He’s not a top favourite of mine (unlike the super fan in front of us who had come armed with a ‘I’ve got the Bugg banner) but I enjoyed the set none the less.
Then the one everyone had been waiting for – the Arctic Monkeys.
There was so many people packed into the front section of the crowd that the security guards spent the whole night pulling people over the barrier as there was simply no other way to get out. It looked like hell. I stayed behind the second barrier, close enough to be in the action but not being crushed to death. A good mix!
They delivered an incredibly polished performance.
We were shattered after day two but loving every minute. We retired back to our tents for a cheeky cider and some sleep, ready for round three.