The Summer Sundae Weekender took place this weekend in Leicester and to celebrate here are some of the highlights. Blur’s Graham Coxon played on Friday, treating fans to highlights from his seven (yes, seven!) solo albums.
Dionne Bromfield hit the stage on Saturday. Amy Winehouse’s goddaughter is still only 15 but has released two albums, including this year’s ‘Good For The Soul’, which is also her first album of self-penned material.
Chapel Club took to the stage on Saturday. The London quintet’s debut album ‘Palace’ featured the crowd pleasing singles ‘Surfacing’, ‘O Maybe I’ and ‘Five Trees’.
Isle Of Wight’s The Bees played on Friday. 10 years after their debut, they released their album ‘Every Step’s A Yes’ this year. Frontman Paul Butler has also co-produced Devendra Banhart’s recent album ‘What Will We Be’.
Example played on Sunday night. The formerly named Elliot Gleave has had a brilliant couple of years, after his humbling beginnings as just another act on Mike Skinner’s The Beats label. He recently scored a Number One with ‘Changed The Way You Kissed Me’ following a run of hits which have included ‘Kickstarts’. His third album is due in September.
The Bees last played Summer Sundae in 2005, to support the release of 2004’s ‘Free The Bees’.
I Am Kloot played on Saturday night. The band’s last album, ‘Sky At Night’ was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize, thanks in part to the production which came from Elbow’s Guy Garvey and Chris Potter.
Pete and the Pirates played on Saturday night. Their second album ‘One Thousand Pictures’ was produced by Brendan Lynch who has worked with Primal Scream and Paul Weller in the past.
The Maccabees made their debut at the festival on Friday night. The band are set to release a new album following 2009’s one off single ‘Empty Vessels’ with Roots Manuva.
The Maccabees new album was recorded in Wales with UNKLE’s Tim Goldsworthy and Bruno Elingham. The band said the influences on their third album have included Kate Bush and LL Cool J.
Speaking more about the new album, The Maccabees‘ Felix White said: “When I get shown videos of us a few years ago, I think I’m a totally different person now. That total blind enthusiasm…now there’s more musicality to us.”