Get Loaded Festival - a review in pictures - Clapham Common London

I arrived at Get Loaded just as Peter,Bjorn and John launched into their set.
Though unfamiliar with the majority of their output I still enjoyed them and happily sang along to "Young folks" which the band have re-released again for no apparent reason.




Although the sun was beaming down I moved undercover, paying my first visit of the day to the XFM tent to see Remi Nicole.
Remi was one of the performers that I really wanted to watch having caught her twice before at the Latitude Festival and supporting Amy Winehouse at the ICA.
I was happy to see her playing to packed tent as tabloid darling Pete Doherty was meant to be playing a secret acoustic set straight after Remi.
Remi seemed taken aback slightly when she came on stage and saw the crowd size.It didn't put her off though a she played a great set, including singles "Fed up" and current release "Go Mr Sunshine" commenting, "This hasn't applied till this week so if you like it go and buy it".
Remi ended her set with my favourite song "Rock and roll".





The crowd seemed to enjoy her performance anyway but their mood changed quickly when it was announced that Mr Doherty wasn't playing .There was a lot of booing and a mass exodus from the XFM tent.It had been announced earlier that day that he wasn't going to make it but people obviously hadn't received the info
I hung around the XFM area as I was eagerly awaiting Bonde Do Role's set.
The Brazilian three piece are one of the most amusing acts on the planet, shoving their "dirty dancing" and jovial raps in the audience's faces.
The band are currently soundtracking an add for mobile phones that encourages teenagers to play their music to their friends (and other people in the vicinity) via the phone's tinny speakers.For that reason they should be boycotted but they're just too much fun to miss!!







I headed out into the sunshine, making my way back to the main stage just as The Automatic were starting.
The crowd on the barrier were really getting into the set,screaming and shrieking as if they were the Beatles or cast of High School Musical.






The band were on good form though with keyboard player Pennie being his usual manic self, jumping up and down and running around like a toddler in a Smarties factory.
I didn't hang around for their full set so I no doubt missed their crowd pleasing "Monster", however `I did manage to catch a performance of previous single "Raol" which I really enjoyed.








I moved back to the XFM tent to quickly sample a couple of songs from The Rumble Strips including my favourite track from the band "Motorcycle".
The Devon band have their debut album "Girls and weather" released soon so hopefully the Dexy's inspired horn led tracks will find a wider audience very soon.



My favourite band of the day - The Go! Team took to the main stage next.They are one of the most enjoyable live acts around as their set consists of tracks from their excellent first album "Thunder, lightning,strike" and forthcoming potential classic "Proof of youth".
Unfortunatly I had to make my way over to the XFM tent to photograph MIA so I only managed to see the first three songs.









Over at the XFM tent MIA hobbled onstage using a crutch to keep her steady.
Joined by another female rapper she blasted her way through tracks from albums "Arular" and "Kala".
The photo pit was crazy for a while as it was invaded by several dancing "VIP's", including members of Bonde Do Role.The audience behind the barrier were also loving her set, with the biggest reaction going to single "Bucky done gun".





After Pete's no show earlier in the day it was the chance for another Libertine to take the stage.
Carl Barat's Dirty Pretty Things played a fairly rowdy set focusing on tracks from debut release "Waterloo to anywhere".
I'm not a fan of the band but plenty people in the crowd were lapping up their performance.








I popped back to the XFM tent to see Dizzee Rascal, where the same photo pit chaos reigned with the audience on both sides of the barrier carried away by the man onstage.




This was Mike Skinner's only UK Festival apperance and he made the most of his time on the main stage including dancing with security guards and conducting his fans through a rendition of The Prodigy's "Out of space".
I enjoyed The Streets first album but grew tired of Mr Skinner's delivery.I can't fault his commitment to his audience though which guaranteed him an energetic response from the capacity crowd.





I left The Streets performance so I could watch my last act of the day.
Newton Faulkner is a singer songwriter from Surrey.
He started making waves on the live scene a few months ago which led to his album "Hand built by robots" achieving the number one position on the day of Get Loaded.
Newton was in a celebratory mood, with the songs I managed to hear sounding great, sending me away with a grin on my face, a slight contrast to the song that soundtracked my journey from the site "Dry your eyes", the sounds of The Streets fading in the distance as I wandered home.









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