George Ezra, Primal Scream, hold court on day one of Neighbourhood weekender 2019.
Neighbourhood Weekender returned for its second year, with a stellar line-up.
As the gates opened on the Saturday the fans didn’t stand on ceremony in getting in and quickly filling the stages as the artists began to perform. Over Three stages, first up on the main stage is Sea Girls, a band that are set on taking on the world one stage at a time.
Opening on Stage 2 are Leeds outfit Marisicans, an indie gaining a great reputation, Shadowlark kick off things on the Viola Beach stage, all three stages have plenty of people in attendance. With all stages now in full flow, and the fans darting from stage to stage, and sampling the huge array of food and drink on offer throughout the park, its fair to say that festival season has well and truly started.
The Viola Beach stage has firmly established its self as the place to see the best emerging talent, that is on offer on the music circuit, With Glass Caves, Larkins, The Howl and the Hum all pulling big crowds, it is left to Zuzu and Kawala who are both gaining a growing reputation and following, to bring the close of the first day on the VB stage.
There’s a great atmosphere around the park and a real bustle as fans clamber from stage to stage to catch their favourites, thankfully the weather is being kind.
Stage 2 is a real mixture of established and bands that are firmly establishing themselves as fans favourites, Anteros get stronger each time I see them, The Blinders not only hold court they certainly have an eye on that main stage, with an electric performance, as did The Hunna, who revel in the surroundings, all this up and coming talent mixed with more established acts like Gaz Coombes, who doesn’t seem to age, Pale Waves, had the tent rocking whilst You Me At Six, pull the crowds with a performance that had a very boisterous fan base in full voice.
The Main stage line up has a real pulling power, and the acts get stronger as the day goes on, Yonaka are one of those bands that have progressed to the main stage confident and assured, greatly accepted by a responsive crowd. Firm Favourites Embrace, draw a great crowd and as always seem at home in front of huge crowd, next up injecting a lightening bolt to the day was the infectious performance of Maximo Park, who must have covered every inch of the stage.
In Tom Grennan we have another one of those artists whose performance is as magical, as it is natural, progressing from stage 2 last year, what a wonderful year he has had. Nothing But Thieves, have not only brought with them a growing reputation as one of the best live bands on the live circuit at the moment, they have brought an army of fans who have been with them on this incredible journey,
To close out what has been a fantastic first day, two heavy hitters hit the stage, first up is the Psychedelic stalwarts Primal Scream, who have lost none of the passion that established them as Indie favourites. With hits like Loaded, Movin on up and Come together, it was pleasure to see a crowd and a band if harmony.
To close out the day was man of the moment, George Ezra, having recently come off a sell out arena tour, and seemingly booked into headline quite a few festivals over the coming months. Barcelona, Budapest and Cassy O firmly becoming crowd favourites, Blame it on me is another highlight, delivered form an artist that is top of his game at the moment, as the crowds let the park after a wonderful days music, for many it was a quick trip home and back tomorrow for more of the same.
Neighbourhood weekender is firmly establishing its self on the festival calendar, with a superb mix of old and new artists, a well run and managed event throughout and in a great location and the masses I will be back tomorrow.