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Film, Album, Single and Event Reviews

Live Review: Beacons Festival - Sunday

  • By sda_casl
  • 19 Aug 2013
  • Event Date 19 Aug 2013
Beacons Festival - Sunday review w/ Drenge and more.

As we wake up on Sunday, the sun is beaming down and gives everyone a welcome break from the rain, not that it was dampening anyone’s spirits. 

With the sun out, The Wytches arrive with their dark psych rock, wowing everyone in attendance with a host of tracks, including the magnificent ‘Digsaw’ and intense set closer ‘Crying Clown’. 

Over on the main stage shortly after is Hookworms, playing after the release of their highly impressive debut album proper, ‘Pearl Mystic’ early in the year.  The tent is once again packed, with the figure later reported to be close to 3000.  The band is, as ever, impressive to say the least, with plenty of tracks from the aforementioned record played as well as a new one. 

Later on the same stage, Splashh take to tent to play tracks from forthcoming debut ‘Comfort’, and a few unreleased tracks.  Earlier band member Toto Vivian told us he prefers festivals to gigs as “they have a better vibe”, and they excel in this.  They’re perfect for the mid-afternoon slot, with enough energy to make an impassioned front row dance and the sun-kissed tunes to provide the soundtrack for those lazing about in the sun. 

Sheffield locals Best Friends are next in line, showcasing recently announced single ‘Happy Anniversary’ (as reviewed on the site) as well as a host of other songs including early tune ‘Wasting Time’.  It’s clearly a fan favourite, as the tent descends into chaos, with mosh pits and crowd surfers aplenty. 

Not too long after are Drenge, playing the day before their debut album is released.  The self-titled album is previewed throughout the whole set, with the brothers tearing through their set.  They make for fantastic viewing, with Eoin throwing himself around the stage, hammering away at his helpless guitar.  The lyrics are brutal at times, as is their live show.  The confidence ripples through the tent, and even with a disappointingly limp crowd, the pair power through their exhilarating set, culminating in current single ‘Face Like A Skull’, which sees Eoin play on the barrier, back facing the crow.  Turning to greet the crowd, he yells the lyrics at a front row yelling them right back.  With a live show as strong as this, and an album to follow, you wouldn’t bet against them going on to cement their status as one of the best live bands in the UK as the year goes on.

It’s perhaps testament to Drenge that unfortunately, the evening’s headliners Django Django seem slightly limp.  It’s been something of a meteoric rise for the group, having headlined the NME Tour as well as well received festival slots and rave reviews worldwide.  They do nothing wrong as the final act of Beacons 2013, pulling off a headline slot with ease.  As the legions of fans head off into the night to enjoy the last evening of the festival, the live music is finished with and the bands pack up ready to return home.

As a first time goer to the festival, I was truly impressed with the atmosphere and spirit surrounding the place.  The site was busy but didn’t feel that way, the vibe throughout each and every band was something to be proud of, and the line up was, once again, one of the best in Europe.  From DJs to electronic music, rap to rock, there truly is something for everything at Beacons festival, a place to go to fall in love with music all over again. 


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