Rock for People - Day 3

Levellers, Kele, White Lies, and slightly brighter skies...

Craig Monts

Written by Craig Monts Published on 01.07.2011 16:05:52 (updated on 01.07.2011) Reading time: 2 minutes

Another great day at the Rock Fest with slightly brighter skies on the horizon after a gloomy but rainless start to the third day of rock-filled action. The usual muddy antics could be seen with happy party-makers splashing and frolicking to the early morning rock riffs. My afternoon kicked off with the ruff and rugged Brighton natives: Your Demise. I only managed to catch a few tracks from their performance but was impressed by the energy that beamed from the stage. The crowd was already up for a good time despite the band’s early set time. Your Demise performed tracks from their last album: “The Kids We Used to Be,” as well  as some of their older hits.

I also caught Bratislava’s ska masters Polemic playing to a bleary-eyed audience. The band pounded out their hits with vigor and enthusiasm, with a selection of brass instruments whipping the audience into a dancing frenzy.

By around 17:00, the familiar grey storm clouds loomed ominously over the festival park, so I decided to head to the T-Music Sky Tent, which was packed full with over 20 game consoles for those wanting to test their mental and physical dexterity. On entry I was greeted by a pleasant group of T-Mobile reps ready and willing to give me a quick training session on the gaming systems on offer. The result? A fair amount of time spent dodging, leaping, and jumping on the various games provided.

After burning a few calories I decided to head back for some music, the rebel rousing sounds of The Levellers, to be exact! The band took to the stage on time to play for an eager crowd, effortlessly going through their hits in a truly energetic manner with all sorts of wild and wonderful instruments. White Lies also put on a good show over at the T-Music stage. Their danceable indie-driven tracks provided the perfect soundtrack for the glimmers of sunlight that broke through the clouds at around 19:00.

Bloc Party’s splinter artist, Kele, played tracks from his recent solo album: The Boxer. The likeable frontman owned the packed Evropa 2 Stage for his entire 50-minute set.

So, enjoy your last day at the fest. Fingers crossed the weather holds up for us all. Plenty of great music to be checked out: Jimmy Eat World, Prago Union, and The Streets, to name a few. Many thanks to all the organizers, press, and behind-the-scenes people who have worked tirelessly to make Rock for People an enjoyable and safe event. Here’s to next year. See you there!

Photos: Paul Pacey, WhiteLight Photography


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