Thats right, I'm obviously talking about V Festival.
I had a great time, and have a lot to say on a lot of things, I'll start at the beginning:
My mates do not have great taste, as you can tell because the first band I had to endure was Kula Shaker, terrible stuff from a horrible band. The attempts at profound lyrics sounded like a joke, and it was at this point that I thought I'm seeing who I want to, fuck my mates!Bloc Party
did not start very well, with everything sounding a bit tinny, and the PA being too quiet. This did not help Kele who was already failing to hit some of the notes.
However as their set progressed the band seemed to improve and grow in confidence. As it started to rain a bit, Kele and co were well into the swing of things, and busted out a personal favourite, Helicopter, which was by far the best track of their set.
Next up UK rapper Kano
, who was gained a lot of critical acclaim. I expected a average performance with a few tracks getting the crowd going. I was amazed with his speed and flow from the very start of his set. Gaining a excellent reaction from the crowd and showing a cocky swagger, Kano
tore through Typical Me and Ps & Qs, then laid down something even more special as he spat over a few other borrowed beats. Please tell Gnarls Barkley
, The Streets
and Busta Rhymes
that their tracks will never sound the same to me again.
The worst bit about Kano was the length of the set, I would have been happy to watch this kid go on all night.
Although the prospect of staring slack jawed at Girls Aloud was appealing, Beck
had the pleasure of assulting my ears. Again, this was another weak start, with too much energy being concentrated upon the mini puppets for my liking.
I'm glad I did stop to see him, as Novacaine and Hell Yes were excellent and the film before the encore was funny too. The encore itself was superb, with the band sitting down round a table and grabbing the cutlery and preceding to beat the table creating music that would make Herbert
Having already missed a large array of talent down at the Wrongbow Cider Rooms including Rodney P and Krafty Kuts, I was determined to catch the end of The Presets
. On the walk down I could hear the bass pumping above everything else, it was shaking right through me, and as I got closer and my pace and anticipation increased I could hear more and more of this glorious noise emanating from one of Australia's most exciting bands. I wish I could single out certain tracks as being superior but all of what I heard was superb. Their album Beams is going to be in my grubby paws as soon as possible.
So what have I learnt? Lazyjane can, and does dance, Echo and the Bunnymen are well worth a punt live, Kano is one hot MC live and The Presets are something special, every oppurtunity to catch them live should be taken.