Hi:Fi south leg kicks off in style

The event features Hard Fi's first ever headline slot

Hard-Fi, Super Furry Animals and The Go! Team kicked off the south leg of the Hi:Fi festival in fine style tonight (May 27).

The Winchester event, which took place inside a series of enclosed tents, featured a combination of indie and dance acts over a 12 hour period.

Kicking off the Live Arena as festival goers arrived on site were Director and Kharma 45 before The Go! Team eventually drew one of the biggest crowds of the day with a set which mainly consisted of tracks from their debut album ‘Thunder, Lightning, Strike’.

Despite the damp conditions, the dance outfit lightened the mood of the crowd with a rapturously-received rendition of album track ‘Ladyflash’ and hit single ‘Bottle Racket’.

The biggest cheer was received for b-side ‘The Wrath Of Mikey’ which lead singer Ninja introduced after she spotted a blow up doll in the crowd and joked: “Whose blow up doll is that? Keep her under control will you?”

Speaking about the combined concept of indie and dance music at the festival, Team leader Tim Parton told NME.COM: “It is a sign of the times isn’t it? You’ve gotta turn indie or die because dance is struggling especially if they (the bands) have to bring out the guitars to get the punters in.”

Next up were Welsh five-piece the Super Furry Animals who arrived onstage in their glo-in-the-dark space outfits.

“It’s a magical festival, it’s got beautiful weather,” joked lead singer Gruff Rhys before their 55 minute set. “We’re looking forward to playing because we’ve been rehearsing all week.”

The band peformed tracks from their recent album ‘Love Kraft’ along with hit singles ‘Golden Retriever’ and ‘Juxtapozed With U’.

The highlight of the show was when Gruff imitated Paul McCartney‘s role of chomping on celery by tucking into a huge bag of crisps during ‘Receptacle For The Respectable’.

Mylo drew a huge crowd for a 50 minute DJ performance which featured hit single ‘Drop The Pressure’ before headliners Hard-Fi took to the stage for an almost identical set to their recent Brixton five night residency.

Speaking before their 70 minute show, singer Richard Archer told NME.COM: “It’s our first time headlining a festival and I think everyone here is gonna be pretty fucked up by the time we come on so I can’t wait to get up there.”

The Staines four-piece later peformed a cover of Big Audio Dynamite‘s ‘E=MC2’ along with new tracks ‘Surburban Knights’, ‘You And Me’ as well as crowd favourites ‘Hard To Beat’ and ‘Cash Machine’.

Rounding off the set, Archer told the crowd as he launched into closer ‘Living For The Weekend’: “This is for everyone that has got a shit job that doesn’t pay. This is for everyone who goes out at the weekend and pisses their wages up the wall cos there’s fuck all else to do.”

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