Get Loaded Festival London - A review in pictures
This was my first visit to the "Get Loaded" Festival now in it's third year. As it was situated on Clapham Common it was only a couple of minutes from the tube making it easy to get to. The sun was shining in London,making it perfect weather for an outdoor Festival.
My first band of the day were Hot Club De Paris who were playing on the indoor second stage. I've seen this Liverpool band several times as they've supported a lot of acts I like.They are signed to Moshi Moshi Records and have just released their first single. The band were enjoyable to watch and as usual, very amusing between songs.
I stayed at the second stage to see Lethal Bizzle who seemed to go down well.
I then headed across to the main stage for the first time where US Hip Hop hippies De La Soul were playing.
One of the bands I was looking forward to seeing were The Chalets who were next up on the second stage. I had last seen the Dublin 5 piece at the Across the Tracks Festival in Leeds. This time round the band were playing to a far larger audience who appreciated their spikey keyboard-led pop tunes.
I had some time to kill before the next band on the second stage so I decided to check out the Other Stage where Bristol dance maverick Kid Carpet was playing. Kid Carpet performs cheesy dance tracks using various childrens musical toys. He can be quite funny at times. His set consists of instrumentals and vocal numbers,with the vocal tracks fitting somewhere inbetween Carter USM and The Streets.
After a couple of songs from Kid it was back to the second stage for "The prettiest girls you've ever met": The Pipettes. The polka dotted performers played a positively perfect pop set, pulling shapes and generally being fun.
I went back to the main stage for The Young Knives who I had also seen recently at Across the tracks. They were introduced by Celebrity Big Brother's Bez who had been shouting along to records previously. The audience were fairly rowdy for the band and I saw my first crowd surfer of the day.
I was hoping to see The Boy Least Likely To on the second stage but the band before them 65 Days Of Static had pulled out meaning the running times were earlier leading to their set having finished.
One of my favourite Festival bands of the Summer played next. I've seen Guillemots play headline sets on a few occasions but prefer their short stints as they cut out their over lengthy guitar noodlings and just play the pop classics like "Trains to Brazil" which is what they do best.
I had to leave Guillemots set early as I wanted to catch all of punk veterans The Buzzcocks set on the main stage. Buzzcocks are another band who work best in a festival setting as they play a couple of new numbers but give the audience what they want to hear: a run of singles that still stand up as classics almost 30 years later. It was good to see a lot of the crowd, especially younger audience members singing along. I'm sure I joined in with a couple of "Wo-oh"s along the way!
I stayed at the main stage for the rest of the evening. Graham Coxon was next on the bill.
The evening ended with a set from Babyshambles. Everyone was wondering if Mr Doherty would show up. It was all fine as Pete had been let out of the Priory for the evening. He was still his spikey self mind you,taking a flying kick at a photographer in the pit and almost succeeding in launching his camera a few rows back!
I believe he played a couple of Libertines songs but I'm not really a fan so headed off home early...