Indie Daze Festival 2015 - The Forum, London
Kentish Town's Forum was the setting for 2015's Indie Daze Festival, an event featuring seven classic "Indie" bands from the late 80's / early 90's.
I arrived too late to see the first act on the bill - The Popinjays, so
Anarcho Pop Punkers Back To The Planet kicked proceedings off for me.
I vaguely remember seeing BTTP somewhere in Scotland in the early 90's, but couldn't bring any of their tracks to mind, bar 'Please Don't Fight' before my Forum encounter. I was happy to hear the aforementioned song during their set, also rediscovering 'Daydream', a single I really enjoyed on it's release, with the rest of their stint also setting my day up nicely.
I can't say I've ever been a fan of Eat or The Wedding Present, so didn't really appreciate their performances, bar a rip roaring run through of 'Kennedy' from the Weddos. That being said, both bands went down a storm with the crowd, especially the latter, as they played their hugely popular Bizarro album in full.
The remaining three assembled acts were more to my liking. I'd last seen The Primitives in 2011, and since then they've got a couple of new albums under their belts. Naturally the crowd appreciated their old hits more, with several faves appearing alongside newer material, including 'Crash' and 'Way Behind Me'.
Although I attended countless Pop Will Eat Itself shows in the late 80's and early 90's I hadn't seen them live since original member and Hollywood composer Clint Mansell popped back from the States to play a reformation show with the band at Shepherd's Bush Empire back in 2005, following their split in 1996.
The band reformed properly in 2011, with ex Gaye Bykers On Acid front man and Apollo 440 vocalist Mary Byker replacing Mansell, sharing vocals duties alongside Graham Crabb.
Although an early evening set, the Poppies had pulled a huge crowd for their Forum stint, with the predominantly 40 something audience going nuts for tracks like 'Can U Dig It?', 'Preaching To The Perverted', 'Get The Girl! Kill The Baddies!' and set closer 'Def Con One'.
New songs from PWEI's current album Anti-Nasty League sounded promising on first listen, so I'll certainly be checking out the release, returning to see them on their next tour, as they were fantastic!
PWEI were a hard act to beat, but Miles Hunt and his Wonder Stuff comrades just got there, with a tremendous headline set, heavily filled with hits and Stuffies classics.
From opener 'Red Berry Joy Town' onwards you could tell Miles and co were really up for it, with songs like 'On The Ropes', 'Oh No!', 'Golden Green' and 'Cartoon Boyfriend' early stand outs, with the barrage of tracks towards the end, including 'A Wish Away', 'Unbearable', 'Who Wants To Be The Disco King?' and 'Give Give Give Me More More More', emphasising how great a singles band they were in their prime.
The band unveil a new studio album next March. Hopefully they'll take to the road at the same time, as they're a band that's certainly worth catching live.
Back To The Planet
Pop Will Eat Itself
The Wedding Present
The Wonder Stuff