Crystal Fighters headlined the first night of Secret Garden Party 2017 with a set of party Afropop perfectly in tune with the hedonistic feel of the last instalment of the Cambridgeshire festival.
Dressed in Aztec robes and waving palm fronds, the six-piece took to the stage for an hour-long set celebrating not just the last ever Secret Garden Party but their own history at the festival – SGP was the first festival Crystal Fighters ever played, and they went all-out to make their headline show here the biggest party SGP had ever seen.
Opening with the polka rave track ‘Yellow Sun’, the band quickly unveiled their Sony Xperia advert tune ‘Follow’ before upping the celebratory vibe with their tribute to “a small city nearby”, ‘I Love London’.
In the spirit of the festival guitarist Graham Dickson attempted to unite SGP with a hand-holding ceremony ahead of ‘Lay Low’, and asked “where are all the good girls?” before ‘Good Girls’. Crystal Fighters finished their set with ‘Xtatic Truth’ and ‘Plage’.
Earlier, Fickle Friends had played a set of slick electropop only mildly affected by potential wardrobe malfunction. “I’ve strapped my pack to my trousers,” said singer Natassja Shiner “and it’s pulling them down, so every time I want to go for a jump…” Liverpool’s Clean Cut Kid stole the Where The Wild Things Are stage with their infectious gang-pop and Wild Beasts delivered an accomplished set of electronic alt-rock on the main stage.
Highlight of the day was Peaches, who arrived wearing a pink feathered outfit and a vagina hat accompanied by two dancers dressed as vaginas and performed a show full of costume changes and controversy. For ‘Vaginoplasty’ she stripped to a nude body-suit and later emerged in flowing red robes with her dancers on leash-like ribbons. During ‘Boys Wanna Be Her’ Peaches and her dancers stripped almost naked and simulated scenes akin to Orange Is The New Black, and then Peaches walked on the crowd in a giant inflatable penis for ‘Dick In The Air’. She finished the song by apologising to the security men “if my dick hit you in the head”.
The festival continues today with a headline set from Metronomy.