Festival Review: Boardmasters 2013
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Set in idyllic fields of Watergate Bay in Cornwall, Boardmasters festival is a unique festival with an undeniable charm. The highlight of the first day came from Bristol dance outfit The Other Tribe. Their relentlessly energetic performance drew the first big crowd of the festival. Although most of the crowd were new to the band, their charisma and infectious tribal sound had people on their feet throughout their set. Headlining the opening day indie faves The Vaccines, played an impressive set that combined the classics with often overlooked gems from their two albums. While the band were reluctant to engage the crowd, they very much let the music do the talking and kept the crowd moving with a fast paced set. By the end of the performance, there were few doubting that the band deserved to be a headliner. Saturday’s surprise package came in form of Man Like Me, who’s rap infused pop charmed the midday crowd. The quirky, energetic persona of frontman Johnny Langer made a lasting impression, who were quick to respond to his performance. Bringing the third stage to a close on Saturday were Cambridge rockers Mallory Knox. Their aggressive, visceral rock proved a hit with the late crowd. Tonight was another demonstration of why the band are quickly becoming a staple band on the festival circuit, as they converted a room of curious punters into Mallory Knox fans. The second day's main stage headliners and the festivals most anticipated band were Basement Jaxx. The performance was everything you’d expect from such an experienced outfit, with the band playing a slick, masterful set. Major hits such as 'Where’s Your Head At' and 'Romeo' drew a predictably strong reaction, but the band really impressed in their ability to maintain the energy of the crowd during their lesser known songs.
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