Jersey Live Festival Review
Royal Jersey Showground, Trinity, Jersey. 01-02/09/12
Now in it's ninth year, Maverick Sabre.
After bounding onstage to the Inspector Gadget theme, Rizzle Kicks played a non-stop energetic set with plenty of crowd participation, and deservedly went down a storm. Hits like When I Was A Youngster and Down With The Trumpets delighted the all-ages audience, while Jersey's Mamas were joined by the rest of the family to Do The Hump.
As night fell Professor Green took things a little darker with his now well-honed live show. With his Dennis The Menace jumper and pumped up energy Green worked the audience like a Pro, and slickly mixed his poppier tracks such as I Need You Tonight and Just Be Good to Green with the harder hitting likes of Read All About It.
Over at the Hospitality Stage Smoove & Turrell's DJ and PA set mixed familiar classics with John Turrell's soulful live vocals to create an atmosphere that was somewhere between a wedding disco and a karaoke bar party.
Saturday's headliners Chase & Status have become masters of mixing heavy dance beats with stadium rock show production, and the duo, with the help of a live drummer and the irrepressible MC Rage, brought their best to Jersey.
Hits such as Hypest Hype, Pieces and the epic Blind Faith entranced the rammed crowd, while a encore cover of Rage Against The Machine's Killing In The Name provoked a frenzied mosh-pit and shout-along finale.
Sunday saw acclaimed young folkies Jake Bugg and Alex Clare bring out the sun on the main stage, while Sark's local heroes The Recks packed out the Sobe Stage.
The Stranglers proved to be an unexpected highlight of the day, as they played a hit-heavy set which showcased just how many great tunes they've churned out over the years.
Primal Scream followed, and kicked off with a blinding new track that may (or may not) be called 2012. The rest of the Primals' set was a greatest hits affair, but played with a the energy and passion of a band half their age, powered along by latest recruit Bilinda Butcher on bass.
Noel's trademark deadpan humour went down well with the crowd (or at least most of it), while highlights included The Death Of You And Me, Little By Little and an acoustic Supersonic, all topped off with a mass sing-along to Don't Look Back In Anger.