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Jersey Live 2012 (Part 2)

 
By on Friday, 14th September 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

Chase and Status were an act who I always saw as a bit of a ‘Pendulum lite’, but with the formers now disbanded and forgotten, it seems only right that the heirs to the festival drum and bass throne can now step up and grasp the opportunity.

And they did, playing a hit-laden set dripping with their signature electronic hooks to close out Saturday at Jersey Live 2012. The MCs whipped up the crowd into a frenzy, with mosh pits breaking out all over the relatively small crowd. They’re no longer DJs; they’re a full-on festival band, more then capable of turning a placid muddy field into a swirling, sweaty arena of noise.

To top of their festival credentials they even tore through roaring cover of Rage Against the Machine’s protest anthem ‘Killing in the Name Of’. The roof (or lack of thereof, so maybe the clouds…) was suitably raised.

The Sunday was more for the golden oldies in us, with legendary acts like Primal Scream, The Stranglers and Noel Gallagher gracing the Main Stage.

The short skirted booze swilling teens disappeared to be replaced by an army of mid-life crisis mums doing that embarrassing dance which you only normally find at those awkward family gatherings that never end well.

The first notable act of the day though were New Yorkers Friends, who are riding on the popularity wave of their Lucky Number debut album ‘Manifest!’ And obviously revelling in every minute of it.

The crowd at Jersey Live weren’t interested though, as their rollicking set was met by little more than sombre applause and the even more offensive sitting on rugs and drinking of Pimms.

Singles ‘Friend Crush’ and ‘I’m His Girl’ were fantastic in their delivery, but the mid-afternoon crowd were simply uninterested, it seems. Kudos to the band for pulling out the stops though, as even with the poor reception, the band gave it their all. (7/10)

The Stranglers provoked an altogether different reaction, with a wave of nostalgia coming over the stoic Jersey Live crowd. Baz Warne fronted the band and was simply awesome, even if at times he did come across more akin to a drunk, embarrassing dad crooning at a wedding.

The hits were all there though, in their aged splendour and fans young and old alike joined forces in their approval of these legends of the scene. (8/10)

Next up the big guns came out, Primal Scream, who are witnessing some sort revival, so much so that they supported the Stone Roses at Heaton Park. Bobby Gillespie marauded around the stage with youthful swagger, looking more like a 21st century Mick Jagger than the ageing rock icon.

They smashed through the highlights of their bulging back-catalogue. Gillespie was the highlight of the show though; he ran the stage with his rock and roll personality and certainly got the crowds rocks off.

To close the festival though, we went from born again legend to bonafide legend, in the form of Noel Gallagher. We can talk about his High Flying Birds, but this set was all about the man himself.

He strolled on stage; resplendent in his long coat at proceeded to show Jersey the set of their lives. He was cool, calm and collected. He even engaged in a bit of banter with the fans, rebuking a fan in a vest for asking for a Liam song. Why bother? He’s music royalty, sit back and enjoy the ride.

As for the spider he brought along in his guitar case… Best to ignore that.

 

Jersey Live 2012 (Part 1)

 
By on Thursday, 13th September 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

Jersey Live has carved a niche for itself in the echelons of the summer festival circuit, managing to showcase enormous talent from the mainland like The Prodigy, Kasabian and Noel Gallagher. Yet it still keeps its quaintness. Nestled in the North of the small Channel Island, it’s one of the festival circuit’s hidden gems.

Saturday saw the festival kick off at around midday, and revellers could not have asked for better conditions as the Royal Jersey fairground was bathed in glorious sunshine. Today was the turn of the youngsters, with Jersey’s under 18 population out in force around the site. It was expected though, with chart regulars Rizzle Kicks, Professor Green, Devlin, Maverick Sabre and drum and bass titans Chase and Status topping the bill.

First up of note on the Main Stage was Devlin, who has been thrust back into the mainstream eye after his collaboration with ginger haired songsmith Ed Sheeran on ‘Watchtower’ and leading up to the release of his new album ‘A Moving Picture’.

His set was an unsurprisingly aggressive set full of grimy beats and lyrical spitting. The crowd of youngsters received him well, but whether that was due to the vodka they’d slipped in via a hip flask was the mystery. (5/10)

Following the rather disappointing Devlin was always going to make the next act look marginally better than normal, and that was the case for Maverick Sabre (pictured at top).

The hits were out in full show as he flew through a virtual best of his back catalogue. Youngsters and the classic festival dads joined forces in showing their admiration for Sabre. He’s definitely made an impact on the festival circuit now, but whether he can keep it up is going to be the real challenge of character for the youngster. (7/10)

The most riotous reception of the daylight hours though was reserved for Brighton-based-duo Rizzle Kicks, who invited the audience to, yes, “do the hump”. What the hump is, that is difficult to describe, but from what I gathered, it involved 16-year old girls on shoulders crying at their heroes, heroes with an obvious shelf life I might add, as their live performance was lacking heavily.

The tunes were there and the crowd were obviously enjoying the two young MCs as they bounced around the stage, but the delivery was poor all over and wasn’t helped by the overly loud backing music. Maybe I’m showing my age here? God I’m only 20. (6/10)

The night built to a crescendo as rap-pop superstar Professor Green stepped up to the plate.

Unlike the previous acts, Green delivered a spectacular set, interacting with the crowd brilliantly and marauding around the stage with a huge presence. Fan favourite ‘Read All About It’ went down brilliantly as the entire Jersey Live crowd screamed the lyrics back at the rapper.

While older tracks ‘Just Be Good to Green’ (even with its Lily Allen backing track) and ‘I Need You Tonight’ provoked a riotous reaction from the amassed Jersey Live crowd, who at this point had abandoned all other stages to converge on the Main Stage for the day’s finale.

Stay turned for part 2 of John’s Jersey Live review, to post tomorrow.

 

Preview: Jersey Live 2012

 
By on Monday, 6th August 2012 at 9:00 am
 

Want big bands, but without the classic British weather? Too poor for Benicassim or Heineken Open’er? Well then, Jersey Live (1-2 September 2012) is the festival for you.

Jersey Live started off in 2007 as a small festival on the Channel Island of Jersey and has grown into one of the most widely attended boutique festivals in the world. It’s already attracted some huge names for a festival still in its relative infancy, including dance rock titans The Prodigy, who I can personally admit brought one of the best shows Jersey has seen, as well as indie rockers Kasabian and kings of ska Madness. This year, the line-up yet again is not one that will disappoint, with headliners in the form of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and commercial dubstep heroes Chase and Status (pictured at top).

The headliners, though, aren’t the only attraction. While there may not be any camping, the small size of the island means that hungover morning sightseeing trips are popular, to attractions like the world-famous Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and Jersey Zoo, or the island’s many beautiful sandy beaches.

The event has a capacity for 10,000 people, so don’t expect a barren festival site. Instead at Jersey Live, there is a variety to entertain, including a great silent disco and a dance tent which has year after year kept the party going long after the music stops.

The acts joining the headliner aren’t to be sniffed at either, with Brighton born Rizzle Kicks, Eminem lite Professor Green, veterans Primal Scream and crooner Maverick Sabre adding heft to the bill.

Tickets are still on sale, with £92 for a weekend ticket, £58 for a single day ticket, while hospitality tickets will set you back £205. There is discounted entry for concessions available. For more information on festival tickets, visit Jersey Live’s Web site.

 
 
 

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