‘PHONICS PLAY NEW SONG!

And Starsailor cover Elvis, Primal Scream dig out the classics and The Coral lose a drummer...

STEREOPHONICS performed new song ‘MADAME HELGA’ during their headline slot at V2002 in WESTON PARK this evening.

The uptempo rock song was played approximately half way through the band’s set, following a greatest hits performance that included ‘I Wouldn’t Believe Your Radio’, ‘Vegas Two Times’, ‘Have A Nice Day’ and opening song ‘Mr Writer’.

One fan of the band described the song. He said: “It was like the Rolling Stones and it reminded me of ‘The Bartender And The Thief’. I liked it.”

The band’s set followed a late afternoon show by Starsailor on the Main Stage, who covered the Elvis Presley classic ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ as an introduction to their own ‘Love Is Here’.

Their performance was otherwise similar to their secret gig in Manchester last night, including the Phil Spector produced ‘Silence Is Easy’. Elsewhere, Walsh dedicated the single ‘Alcoholic’ to his new daughter, born earlier in the month.

Primal Scream dug out ‘Scremadelica’ favourite ‘Movin’ On Up’ to close their set, but chose to focus on their new album ‘Evil Heat’.

Before the gig NME.COM caught up bassist Mani, who enthused about their forthcoming performance. He said: “I can’t wait to play. I hate all this waiting around. We’ve been looking forward to this for ages.”

He also praised former Stone Roses guitarist John Squire’s forthcoming solo album, commenting “I always look out for the boys I used to work with, and I’m really glad they’re doing well.”

On The NME Stage, The Coral were forced to play with a replacement drummer, who stood in at the last minute when their regular stickman Ian Skelly was injured.

Elsewhere on the NME Stage, Idlewild and Doves both attracted huge crowds, and performed greatest hits sets to the sundrenched masses. Later in the evening, Basement Jaxx headlined and filled the stage with their traditional array of carnival dancers and light show.

Tomorrow in Weston Park, Chemical Brothers, Manic Street Preachers and Ian Brown all play. Click back here for the latest news.