Friday at Tramlines was amazing, but a bit wet. Saturday was possibly even more amazinger and was sunny and dry all day! Here is a summary of my fabulous day at the festival.
First up my most serendipitous moment. While walking into the festival site I heard some great drumming in the distance and headed straight to the source: Hands Off Gretel, first up on the BBC Introducing slot on the Library Stage. They blew me away: a mix of Hole and Nirvana played at a million miles an hour. The best new band I've seen in a long time.
Next up I decamped to the Main Stage and stayed there for the rest of the day.
First up were the mighty Everly Pregnant Brothers. This was the 3rd time I'd photographed them - the previous times were on the old main stage on Dev Green and on top of the bogs of the Fat Cat - and it was their biggest gig yet. They had increased in size since I last saw them but they were just as sing-a-long-tastic and very amusing. Big Shaun worked the crowd like Freddie in his prime and everyone, young and old, sang their hearts out (including this photographer!)
Next were local faves Reverend and the Makers. I didn't photograph them from the pit because I needed to use the time to upload the photos from the day so far. But I did manage to get a great crowd shot at the end of their set as Jon McClure whipped them up into a frenzy!
Next up was one of the highlights of the day: Johnny Marr. I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy him as I assumed he would be playing lots of solo stuff and I wasn't that aware of his solo stuff. But to my great delight he played loads of Smiths and Electronic songs and was fantastic. It was great to enjoy the Smiths songs without a racist, xenophobic far-right sympathiser singing the lyrics too! And I was surprised to see all of the young kids knew all the words of the Smiths songs, especially the lad with the Yorkshire flag who was screaming them as loud as he could!
Last on were The Courteeners. I only stayed for their 1st song because I needed to head to the PR office to upload my photos by 10PM, but what I heard from the office sounded good!
So that's the first two days done and dusted. Bring on day 3 and the musical genius that is Nile Rodgers! Can't wait!