Bestival 2011 Review - Saturday 10 September
The Cure, PJ Harvey and Primal Scream fill the fields…
Day two of Bestival saw the the long threatened rain continue to hold off, with sunshine sets from Toots and the Maytals and the Village People on the mainstage undoubtedly playing their part.
The Big Top morphed into an all day club with dubstep chart toppers Nero followed by Kanye's favourite DJ A Trak and then an Annie Mac curated evening which included banging sets from L-Vis 1990, Ms Dynamite and Florida's finest Diplo.
PJ Harvey was greeted by a reverent audience as she and her trio played their way through her Mercury winning Let England Shake album, with the sparse black and white of the stage lights perfectly matching the moonlit sky above.
The Bestival tradition of dressing up on the Saturday, this year as rock stars and divas, meant that (probably) for the first time in their lives The Cure found themselves walking out to see a crowd of Freddie Mercurys, Madonnas and David Bowies rather than the usual black clad goth hordes.
Treating the crowd to an epic two and a half hour set, Robert Smith and the boys played tracks drawn from their 35 year career, masterfully mixing fan-pleasing heavier numbers with a large selection of songs from their seemingly bottomless well of pop classics to keep the general festival goes hooked.
Another 'heritage' act more than proving their relevance and vitality were Primal Scream over in the Big Top, whose triumphant live recreation of their seminal Screamadelica album saw the heaving crowd loving every minute of it, a mood which was strong enough to prevail even once the rain finally arrived just as Gillespie's gang finished.