Festival review: Neighbourhood Weekender 2018 - Sunday
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After a stunning Saturday affair, hopes and spirits were high for Neighbourhood Weekender's Sunday event. Neighbourhood Weekender doesn't offer camping, so attendees flocked back to Warrington from home or hotel fresh faced for another (rainy) day of bands and beers. Kicking off our Sunday was Tom Grennan - and his set was by far the top highlight of the entire weekend. Vocally on point, incredible stage presence and an attitude and aura that effortlessly just oozes cool, Tom's time on stage was a highly enjoyable half an hour, clear to see on the faces of his dancing fans throughout the crowd. Each song he announced, such as 'Sober' and 'Praying', ellicted screams and shouts of happiness from the huge audience he'd gathered - closing with 'Royal Highness', it's clear Tom Grennan is truly a star in the making, with 2018 set to be his year. Next up, Aussie brit-pop trio DMA's drew an even larger crowd down to the main stage, playing fan favourites such as 'Delete' and 'Lay Down'. Jerry Williams on the Viola Beach stage was another festival highlight, encapsulating everything wonderful about singer songwriters into one tiny happy person. Her energy was infectious; she danced around the stage with her guitar like she owned the entire festival, her youthful charm and stunning, delicate vocal allowing her to hold her crowd completely in the palm of her hand. Her closing track 'Grab Life' was by far her best, a sunny pop tune for beach days and long walks and festivals like these. After smashing a guitar breakdown and a scream of "IRENE!" she entered the last chorus, and it was clear she was giving her everything. If there's one person you see live this year, make it Jerry Williams.
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