As I have just returned from the 3 day festival that is Southbound. Spanning from Friday to Sunday worth of music and leaving on Monday, it was a force to be reckoned with. And I have not had such a good time at a festival ever before, it was AMAZING!
Friday we arrived mid afternoon, and only one stage was open, so Fridays bands were much more intimate. Stand out for Fridays were headliners Jamie T (who celebrated his birthday) and Spanish Guitarists (who were absolutely on fire) Rodrigo Y Gabriela. Just magical.
On Saturday we had a very long day, up at 6.30, bed at 1 am, pretty good. Liam Finn was first for me, and was well worth it, he was amazing, the one man band, every instrument he picked up was magical. He was jumping over the stage and was hilarious!
I watched The View from a far, and they were not anything particularly special I found, but saying that I only knew one song. After that I managed to catch the end of The Inspector Cluzo , who were amazing, super energetic and powerful. I, the idiot I am, thought they were DJs but were an amazing two piece rock band.
I was waiting around for, Art Vs Science, we were watching Yves Klein Blue, unfortunately Sea Sick Steve and Grizzly Bear were at the same time so I missed both of them, but Art Vs Science were incredible, they were extremely charismatic and energetic like anything before! I had seem them open at Parklife, but this was something different all together. They played a few covers, and every other song went off. They were super energetic and the crowd reacted well to it.
Next we went to watch Bertie Blackman, who as well I had seen at Parklife and knew what to expect, and again, she was a bit same, same but that's ok for me because I still super excited from watching one of the best live shows I've ever seen.
After Bertie I ventured on to see Editors, the crowd was smallish at the start but slowly grew, which I thought I was interesting for a main stage act. But nonetheless they were interesting, at times I thought a little boring, but when the songs came on that everyone knew (Pampilon, Smokers Outside Hospital Doors) the crowd became heavily involved. They ended with a bang when lead singer, Tom Smith, knocked over his keyboard and dancing around the stage for their last song.
I was able to catch a little bit of Urthboy before something came up and I ended up missing him for the most part. After all that sorted I saw Yacht Club DJ's (this is an occurring theme, seeing people I've seen from Parklife). And I'm not one to dance, but I was burning up the dance floor, limbs were going everywhere. It was awesome. They are mash-up artists and good ones at that.
The last act of the night was Moby, and I was interested in seeing him because I had heard good things about him live, he had brought in a live band, but I was disappointed and left, during a cover of Ring Of Fire, I have only heard mixed reviews from people, either loving it or not. But I heard that DJ Yoda was really, really good.
I ended up back at basecamp watching a couple of low-key acts, before heading off to bed.