Here is a little snippet of who impressed this weekend (without the aforementioned bands as I'd prefer to focus on the up-and-coming acts).
Some Notable Live Performances
Foster The People. Polished and extremely danceable, the LA band are living up to all the hype. This hype is centred fully around their song 'Pumped Up Kicks', but after listening to their album Torches, and watching them on the intimate Sunrise Arena, I've realised that this band are certainly not a fad or a one-hit wonder. 'Color On The Walls (Don't Stop)' and set-finisher 'Helena Beats' were big crowd-pleasers and it was clear to see the appreciation from both punters and the band at the end of the set; fans being elated at witnessing a thoroughly energetic set, and the band at how well their set was received as they saluted the crowd on their way off.
Grouplove. Pixies-fused indie pop. It sounds quite an interesting proposition, doesn't it? Well, fs this concoction exists, it lies within Grouplove. Real feel-good track 'Don't Say Oh Well', minimalistic keyboard breaks in 'Itchin' Like A Photograph' and crowd-favourite/usual set-finisher 'Colours' all lend themselves to a strong live performance, and they sound just as good recorded. With an album to be released in September, Grouplove are months away from breaking into the major leagues of alternative pop. If you are debating watching them at Reading and Leeds Festivals (27th/28th August), I'd urge you to watch them, especially as they are playing right after Tribes on the Festival Republic Stage.
Top 5 Tracks of the Weekend (in no real order)