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Day 2011. How gutted we were to find that a blog like ours, wonderful I know did not cut it on the media list. Shame on you. Hence the rather brief but still worthwhile review while we quickly scammed our way in….no joke! 2.54 sounded nice and loud as we pervaded the perimeter for small gaps, climbable objects and rabbit holes which made us slightly frustrated that we were on the other side of the fence. Once in Still Corners were our first port of call but delays in the schedule forced us to abandon in order to catch Warpaint who were as captivating in their hypnotic sway as ever. Having only an Ep and Lp out their set list is impressive to say the least. The sound was great and the girls were on top form delivering harmonies and kaleidoscope soundscapes of beauty and intimacy over the main stage at Victoria Park.

Photograph by Dave Wingate

The recycling incentive gave us quite an afternoon of fun. For every can or bottle you return to the designated spot 10p is given back to the recycle, one hell of a tip for those dying for pay day or short of a quid or two for food or bevy. Veronica Falls headlined the ‘Do you come here often’ stage, and after a few technical problems got into the swing of things. Vocals we’re a little all over the place volume wise but were soon sorted out. ‘Beachy Head’ and ‘Found Love in a Graveyard’ we’re the upbeat numbers that kept the audience nodding and stamping along. James lost his lead, I remember this happening to Roxanne the last time we seen them, maybe we’re a jinx. Finishing with new track ‘Come On Over’ Veronica Falls made their gloomy pop sound incredible, catchy and fun. We can’t wait for their debut.

Photograph by Dave Wingate
Photograph by Dave Wingate

Back over to the main stage we caught the end of Wild Beasts set. The sound stretched right over the park, now cast in darkness and it seemed to bring the night alive. ‘All the Kings Men’, ‘We Still Got the Taste Dancin’ on Our Tongues’ and ‘Hooting & Howling’ from their second LP are why Wild Beast were nominated for the Mercury Prize last year, only to be knocked of the spot by an exceptional lo-fi band.

It all seemed to be over so quickly, half a days festival fun.

Crap points: food and beer to expensive, not enough loos and the phone signal was rubbish!