Both bands played at the Thekla Social, a ship moored on the city’s waterfront which doubles as a venue.
Other acts playing onboard the ship and at the nearby Louisiana venue included To My Boy, Misty’s Big Adventure, Fortune Drive, Pete And The Pirates and The Whip.
Amongst the crowd enjoying the event’s opening day (20) was The Verve’s guitarist, Nick McCabe, who had just returned from two weeks of rehearsals in Stockport.
“What I’ve seen so far has been pretty good actually,” he told NME.COM. “Out of a personal interest, two of my favourite bands at the moment are playing here – Exit Calm are an absolutely blinding, blinding band. They played the sort of smaller crowd, but still managed to pull out all the stops. Nova Saints are a good pop band, they’ve refined 20 years of music into pop genius.”
Meanwhile, Good Shoes spoke to NME.COM after their headlining set, with guitarist Steve Leach admitting the new festival had been eventful for them.
“I’ve drawn blood on my finger, that’s never happened,” he said. “But yeah, I had a good time. Hopefully, the people in the crowd liked it.”
He added: “I’ve seen Misty’s Big Adventure, they were interesting. I’ve never seen anything like that before, it was dramatic and melodramatic. It’s unusual so that was quite nice to see. We got here really late, so we didn’t get to see much music. I used to know a guy from Bristol who was nuts, so I’ve always had this idea that everyone in Bristol’s a bit nuts!”
On Sunday (21), newly-signed electro-rock locals Medallist opened preceedings with a rousing set that included a cover of Bodyrox‘s ‘Yeah Yeah Song’, while The Whip drew complaints from nearby boat owners, as their set proved so loud the marine community complained the noise and vibrations would damage boats.
Robots in Disguise managed to get through their show, despite Dee Plume suffering technical problems with her guitar throughout.
“It was a bit shit really, because I couldn’t hear my guitar,” she said afterwards. “My best gig was actually at Virgin Megastore the other day and I stormed it. My worst? Tonight! I was just getting into it and then we got told ‘no, you have to get off stage’.”
iForward, Russia! rounded off the festival with a headlining set which saw them showcase songs from their forthcoming second album ’Life Processes’, alongside tracks from their debut, including ‘Fifteen Part 2’, ‘Thirteen’ and ‘Four’.
The Lazarette festival is now set to return next year, possibly in March or April 2008.