80,000 festival-goers, a killer line-up that includes Arctic Monkeys, Pearl Jam and Dua Lipa, and one of the greenest (astroturf) festival sites around, can only mean one thing: Mad Cool Festival has returned to Madrid. Here’s what’s happened on the weekend that arguably boasted Europe’s best festival lineup.
"What. If. It's. Not. Meant for me. Looooooooove". We start to run and get to the front just as things get going. For this early in the lineup, the crowd is big. European festival organisers, it seems, are yet to cotton on to Wolf Alice's fervent fan base or ability to dominate a fezzie stage. With one more album under their belts, these guys will be headliners. Ellie is the perfect frontperson, maintaining a certain poise as Joff and Theo thrash about beside her like a couple of Rotweilers on a leash. "Who wants to jump about a bit at six o' clock on a fucking Saturday?" yells Theo before the first notes of 'Space and Time' begin to play. Old songs blend into new seamlessly. For pretty quiet souls, Wolf Alice bring the ruckus. Next year we'll be bouncing around much later than 6pm, that's for sure.