Connect Festival Day Two - A review in pictures

My day started with a suprise appearance from ex Delgado's member Emma Pollock on the Guitars and other machines stage.
She told the audience that she had received a phone call that morning asking her to play and I'm glad she did as the songs from her forthcoming album "Watch the fireworks" sounded great.
I watched some of Emma's set back in March at SXSW in Texas and I wasn't blown away by her performance so left after only a couple of songs.This time round it was a completely different experience.
I'm really enjoying a lot of what I've heard so far from Emma's solo work, with a lot of it reminding me somewhat of the Throwing Muses, including fave track, current single "Acid test".
I'm sure our paths will cross again sometime soon anyway.







I paid my first Saturday visit to the Oyster stage to witness a set from Scot's band the 1990's.
They're a fun trio who I've seen several times previously supporting CSS.
Hitting the crowd with several songs from debut release "Cookies" the band come across as a heavier version of early Travis so it's sad that they haven't scooped up a lot of their large following, wedging them firmly in the charts.









Two Post Punk faves were up next up on the Oyster stage.
The Fire Engines formed in Edinburgh releasing first single "Get up and use me" in the early 80's .They were a big John Peel favourite, releasing three singles and a mini album but split up soon after.
Having reformed fairly recently Davey Henderson's band sounded like they'd never been apart racing through scratchy guitar based songs with long winded titles making this Scotsman very happy!









Peter Perret's The Only Ones are most famous for their classic single "Another girl another Planet".Unfortunatly their set didn't have much more to offer a festival audience.
Unlike Echo and the Bunnymen and The Psychedelic Furs, two of their contemporaries who have also played the festival circuit in recent years, The Only Ones don't have a string of singalong hits to keep the general festival goer happy.instead their songs seem to drag on and on as Perret's voice whines away.
The band actually have a few singles that weren't performed, including the excellent "You've got to pay" so it's a shame they weren't even utilised.
I'm postive the reformed act would work well in a club enviroment but they just don't have a pleasing back catalogue to hold people's attention mid afernoon at a festival.









After the sIight disappointment of the Only Ones set I made my way back to the Guitars stage for Mercury nominated act Bat For Lashes.
I hadn't seen Natasha Khan live before but had enjoyed the "Fur and gold" album, especially recent single, the haunting "What's a girl to do" so was curious to see what she and the girls had to offer.
The set was an enjoyable affair and over far too soon.









I retired to the press tent to upload my photographs but popped back to watch a couple of songs from Vashti Bunyan.
Vashti released her debut folk album in 1970, vanishing from the radar soon after making the scarce collection one of the most sought after records of its time.
Strange folkie Devenda Banhart brought Vashti to the attention of a new audience more than 30 years later following the re release of her album, championing her work.
Vashti is best known to the masses for her title track from the album "Just another diamond day" as it soundtracked a mobile phone commercial and she delivered a stunning rendition of the song on the Connect stage.





Rilo Kiley's latest album "Under the blacklight" has split fans down the middle.Some find it a natural progression from their previous "More adventurous" release others feel it's a watered down version of the band stumbling around unsure of what direction to take.
After living with the album for a couple of weeks my opinion of the collection is very positive so I was sure that their set on the Guitars stage would be my favourite of the day.
I had watched the band play at Islington Academy a couple of weeks previously so knew the set would be fairly split between the current album and the band's back catalog.
In reality songs were only taken from "Blacklight" and "More adventurous" except one addition to the set.
The band are fronted by Jenny lewis and Blake Sennett, both having fun on stage with Blake really getting into his guitar playing throwng a few shapes in the process.Jenny also tried her hand at a few dance moves 60's style to "Blacklight" favourite "Smoke detector".
The band played previous singles "It's a hit" and Portions for foxes" alongside recent tracks including the Fleetwood Mac sounding "Dreamworld", my highlight of the current album.
Towards the end of their set the band announced they were going to play a cover.The opening chords of "Rise up with fists" from Jenny Lewis's solo album "Rabbit fur coat" washed over the audience,causing one of the biggest cheers of the day.
I was waiting for my RK favourite to show up and was entranced when they started "Does he love you" as their closing number.
It was perfect rendition of an amazing song and I knew it would all be downhill from there!











I wasn't looking forward to any of the other bands on the bill so I knew it would be a long evening.
I'm selling the festival short though as it had so much more to offer than what was on the two stages I frequented.
The Manicured Noise field staged a variety of other acts with Unknown Pleasures tent offering burlesque entertainment (which was recommended to me several times!).
As well as writing for CD Times I work for a photographic agency so had to make sure I covered the biggest bands,even if I wasn't a fan so I was generally kept busy between the two larger stages.
After catching a couple of songs from Scottish band Sons and Daughters, who I did enjoy, on the guitar stage I traipsed back to the Oyster stage to watch fellow Scots Mogwai.
I've never understood what people see in them as I found them both noisy and dull at the same time.Their lighting wasn't photo friendly either so I had got muddy for nothing!
My opinion was certainly outweighed by the thousands of people who looked to be lapping the band's performance up though, leaving me scratching my head in confusion!



Back at the guitar stage US band Modest Mouse were performing their brand of College Indie Rock.
Although being around since 1993 the band only really took off in the UK with the release of single "Float on" from the "Good news for people who love bad news" album in 2004.
The band's profile was raised further when ex Smith's guitar man Johnny Marr joined in 2006, touring with the band and playing on their "We were dead before the ship even sank" album.
I'm sure a lot of the crowd were there for Johnny but the band seemed a lot more popular than I imagined.








My final set of the evening was from Primal Scream back on the Oyster Stage.
Another band I have no time for, especially frontman Bobby Gillespie.
Obviously there were thousands in the crowd who did so Bobby and the boys were welcomed like homecoming champions.
Things got slightly ugly early on in the set when a bottle was thrown seeing ex Stone Roses bass player Mani come to the front of the stage to try and confront the culprit.No one was forthcoming so the set carried on.
I don't follow The Scream's music too much but I felt this was set was more back to basics rock than their "XTRMNTR" and "Evil heat" eras, reflecting the mood of current album "Riot city blues".










My second day at Connect was very entertaing as I knew what the line up would be when I showed up so I made sure I had the chance to enjoy my favourites earlier in the day, making way for "work" later on in the evening.
I also had a few great acts to see on the Sunday so left the site looking forward to Sunday's offering...








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