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Summer Sundae Weekender 2012 review

published: Wed 22nd Aug 2012

Adam Ant And The Good The Mad And The Lovely Posse

Friday 17th to Sunday 19th August 2012
De Montfort Hall, Granville Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 7RU, England MAP
£105, youth (14-17) £70, child (5-13) £35, u5s free + camping
last updated: Thu 19th Jul 2012

Saturday, and the earlier part of the day belonged to the amazing female bands and lead singers of the acts on offer. Hip Hop Shakespeare kicked off the day in the ITW tent. The brainchild of talented British rapper Akala (who also performed later on his own), it is a means of educating people about the similarities between the poetry of Hip Hop and Shakespeare and at the same time mentoring young talented Hip Hop artists and poets, and believe me they are very talented. A mixture of Shakespeare, a cappella street poetry and band backed songs was delivered with a skill that belies the youth of the performers and worthy of any stage, was both thought provoking and inspirational.

Savages
Indoors, Savages, an all female post-punk 4 piece, were doing their sound check and you could tell that it was going to be loud. They didn't disappoint. Their heavy, driven bass and drum sound was complemented beautifully by the soaring contrast of the plaintive guitar and vocals. Dog Is Dead, a Nottinghamshire band, brought their melodic sound and Harmonic vocals to bear on the early afternoon crowd to great effect and Mahalia, a local singer/song writer showed off her considerable talents in the Watering Hole. This was an impressive performance by any standards but considering that she is only 14 it was truly amazing. Definitely one to watch, this was one of the surprise packages of the event.

Molotov Jukebox
Carrying on the fun, summer vibe on the main stage were Molotov Jukebox, a band impossible to pigeon hole into a genre, their brand of jazz/samba/ska/folk/etc. and the obvious joy they take in playing it was truly infectious. They were followed by Friends, the Brooklyn based electro-pop band with an incredibly talented vocalist in Samantha Urbani. Micachu and the Shapes built a unique soundscape indoors with their repetitive, hypnotic style before another of the performers of the festival; Lianne La Havas took to the main stage to demonstrate that she is one of most sublime vocal talents around today and had the crowd absolutely enthralled.

Adam Ant And The Good The Mad And The Lovely Posse
Adam Ant And The Good The Mad And The Lovely Posse were up next and put on an incredible show. Showcasing some of his newer tracks with old favourites, he owned the stage and had the audience in the palm of his hand, the only real distraction being his beautiful backing singer and her evocative mode of dress.

Back at the indoor stage tUne-yArDs, fronted by the awe-inspiring Merril Garbus, were demonstrating just how much you can get out of a loop pedal if you have a stunning voice and sublime timing. If you have never heard of them then check them out, especially live where Merril defies all laws of physics and reason by being almost millisecond perfect every time. Utterly enthralling.

Ocean Colour Scene (crowd)
Headliners Ocean Colour Scene were last on the main stage demonstrating why they personified the sound of a generation and remain so popular today. Meanwhile, in the ITW the sound of a new generation was being defined by Man Like Me (live), who not only capture the hedonistic spirit of today's young people but are natural born performers. This was truly one of those performances that make a festival and if they are not massive within a year then there is no justice in the world.

Indoors, Death In Vegas, who must all finish a performance absolutely shattered with the amount of energy that goes in to their performance, blasted their other-worldly sounds from the stage in a blend of Psychedelic rock, before Kigu Pop-up Rave-up rounded off the night.

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review by: Tom Eaton

photos by: Phil Bull / Rob Koster

Friday 17th to Sunday 19th August 2012
De Montfort Hall, Granville Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 7RU, England MAP
£105, youth (14-17) £70, child (5-13) £35, u5s free + camping
last updated: Thu 19th Jul 2012


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