Day 2 of the Warrington based festival, and it delivered an absolute storm of talent
From solo acts, to some of the best bands on the scene at the moment, Neighbourhood Weekender showcased some truly class talent.
Kicking it off were a high-spirited WhenYoung, who after performing on the Viola Beach Stage last year, took to the 2nd Stage this time around, and what a performance it was. A perfect way for the day to start, and for them to gain a crowd of that size when they are the first band on says a lot about where this band are destined to go.
It was then down to the Main Stage for the fans to witness Clean Cut Kid kick proceedings off for the main stage which would later see Richard Ashcroft return home for a stellar performance. They too drew a large crowd despite to the ominous looking cloud above. Next for the Main Stage was the unbelievably talented Jade Bird, who is probably one of the best voices around at the moment, and bigger things are most definitely coming her way. It was almost magic how her stunning set brought equally stunning weather, and those who had clad themselves in raincoats and wellies were left sweating in the heat.
After some brilliant performance’s from the likes of; The Amazon’s, Slow Readers Club and Mystery Jets, the time came for a huge crowd to form around the main stage, chanting the name of Gerry Cinnamon. And what a performance he put on! From his fantastic ‘Belter’ and his sublime ‘Sometimes’, the crowd were left wanting more, and Gerry could happily have delivered. The crowd was bouncing from his incredible Scottish tones from start to finish. Like him or not, he is one of the best performers around.
As day slowly turned to night, and the weather got even better, the stages were graced with some of the finest talent around. Unfortunately, due to vocal issues Sam Fender had to pull out, but the show must go on, and go on it did. Kate Nash, The Charlatans, The Vaccines, Inhaler and White Lies all performed like it was going to be their last ever. They all gave every ounce of their energy to the crowd, and it was a joy to behold.
Things were wrapped up by one of the most gifted songwriters in history, Richard Ashcroft. Fresh off the back of regaining the rights to ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’, Ashcroft was in the perfect mood to give everything to the crowd who had waited all day, or even all weekend, to see him grace the stage. Opening with ‘Out Of My Body’, his set also included the likes of ‘Lucky Man’, ‘That’s How Strong’, ‘Surprised By The Joy’, ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’ and ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’, among many others. It was special to see him control a crowd like that, especially considering how close to home he was, with Wigan being a short drive away.
After this weekend, I cannot wait for next year. Roll on May 2020.
Images © Billy Seagrave for FOTF.