Rock for People - Day 2

Kate Nash, Luno, Paramore, and more take the stage for the second day of the rock festival

Craig Monts

Written by Craig Monts Published on 01.07.2011 16:04:20 (updated on 01.07.2011) Reading time: 2 minutes

Day two of the Rock Fest kicked off under the grey skies of Festival Park. Despite the slightly unpleasant weather, Rock for People’s upbeat spirit continues regardless of the conditions. It was great to see the afternoon festies smiling, drinking, and enjoying themselves in the muddy surroundings. Grey skies and warm smiles to be seen all around.

For those not wanting to get down and dirty in the mud, Rock for People have provided the usual hangars with a selection of Czech & Slovak bands playing various styles of rock. I caught Luno, a five-piece playing psychedelic rock with the heaviest keys and drums. Their downtempo tracks were perfectly paired with the moody lighting and dry ice piling off the stage into the attentive audience. Luno’s lead singer (Ema Brabcová) wooed the crowd into an almost hypnotic state with her eerie vocals and heartfelt lyrics. If you didn’t see their show in the CZ Talent and Jam Stage then I highly recommend you seek out their music in the future.

Yesterday’s line-up provided a little something for everyone. For the pop side of Rock & Roll: UK’s catchy songstress, Kate Nash. For those interested in harder sounds the thrashing Paramore brought pure energy and enthusiasm to the T-Music Stage.

Nash’s show was an energetic fun- filled hour full of well-written and well performed songs. Nash connected with the audience immediately, encouraging them to keep their hands high in the air and to enjoy the festival despite the unseasonal weather conditions. Her unique brand of humor and wit really shone through during the show as she performed versions of her songs with far more of a punk than pop feel, backed by full female live band. Nash raced through her set jumping and screaming through a combination of her own original songs and some covers. She paused briefly during the show to slug an alcoholic drink and urged her audience to do the same. It is a festival after all!  The slightly inebriated Nash finished her show with a wild display of punk style antics, screaming the lyrics to her well known hit ‘I Just Want Your Kiss Boy’ while standing on her keyboard. Gnarly! A great performance in my opinion, showing the slightly darker side of the prim and prissy artist.

The night is still young. Many more great acts to see and of course we have the great opportunity to do it all again tomorrow. So many bands to look forward to: My Chemical Romance, Czech-based Wohnout, Kele and without a doubt the most progressive selection of dubstep and drum & bass provided by Ty Vole?! label boss Trusty over at the CZ Talent & Jam Stage. Don your Wellies and your smile!

Photos: Paul Pacey, WhiteLight Photography

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