From Kent, no-nonsense razor sharp post-punk duo Slaves graced the Lock Up stage, stomping around like mad men to an already buzzing crowd, a difficult feat for a band with a 2pm slot. Following on the post-punk theme, Eagulls groaning melodies and brutal guitars crunched through the summer air. Illinois’ indie rock golden boys The Orwells received one of the warmest welcomes of the festival so far, with an absolutely rammed tent all bouncing to the opening bars of ‘Dirty Sheets’ and maintaining a frenzied excitement for the entirety of the set.
On the BBC Introducing stage Broken Hands spewed out their psych-grunge infused noise, showcasing their latest offering of Silver Landing Project material. Meanwhile Vampire Weekend drew in hoards of fresh faced festival-goers with their alluringly optimistic sound, playing classics like ‘A-Punk’, ‘Oxford Comma’ and ‘Right On Time’ to appease the festival crowd’s need for shimmery youthful anthems to compliment the end-of-summer sun.
A highlight for the opening date, was the grand return of Jamie T, who tore through a phenomenal collection of fan favourites from Kings and Queens and Panic Prevention with some new, slightly more sombre yet unmistakably Jamie T material from upcoming comeback album Carry On The Grudge. The Courteeners closed the NME stage with a set to appease new and old fans, with the whole tent going up in arms as ‘Not Nineteen Forever’ was played out.
Ending the night, co-headliners Paramore and Queens Of The Stone Age gave Friday night a suitable send off. With Paramore setting things off with a bang– confetti explosions being the order of the day- Queens Of The Stone Age sent festival-goers away grinning and sweating with an unfaultable closing set.
Here’s to Saturday.