Pulp, Orbital, Carl Cox, Sasha and John Digweed lose their brains somewhere in a field in Hampshire at Homelands...
The one-day festival, while not experiencing the almost Mediterranean weather Britain enjoyed earlier in the week, avoided the torrential rain of last year’s event. Rumours of poor attendance also proved to be unfounded, as packed tents paid host throughout the evening to a world-class retinue of DJs, including Sasha, John Digweed and Carl Cox.
Headliners Pulp‘s performance – their second this year after the Hay-On-Wye festival on May 24 – confounded expectations that they were poorly suited to a dance festival. “We were really nervous about playing here, but you’ve been great,” commented Jarvis Cocker at the conclusion of a set that included favourites such as ‘Common People’, ‘F.E.E.L.I.N.G. C.A.L.L.E.D. L.O.V.E.’ and ‘Sorted For E’s And Wizz’, as well as a selection of tracks from their forthcoming, as yet untitled, album.
Other highlights of the day included a main stage set from Orbital, and a four-hour set from Danny Tenaglia in the warehouse-like Space Arena. Tenaglia proceeded to play a further five-hour set in the backstage arena until the close of the event.
Talking to NME.COM at the event, Radio 1 DJ Judge Jules commented: “My DJ career was forged on playing the illegal raves of the late 80s and early 90s, the so-called orbital raves where it was a very cloak and dagger operation. And even though the current crop of raves are a lot more corporate with sponsors involved, I don’t think that the spirit that existed in those raves back then is diluted in what you get here.”
“Everybody here, bar none, is into dance,” he added.
Click back later on today for the comprehensive Homelands review.