Opening their set with ’Hands Open’ the band blasted through a series of crowd favourites including ’Open Your Eyes’, ’Chasing Cars’ and ’Run’, as they began a busy summer that also sees them call in at T In The Park and the V Festival.
With blinding bright stage lights helping to create an epic feel, the crowd sang along loudly with the band providing a climax to the festival’s opening day.
On ‘Set The Fire To The Third Bar’, Martha Wainwright‘s original vocal part was sung by the band’s friend Miriam Kaufman.
Previously Lisa Hannigan – former member of Damien Rice‘s band – had previously performed the vocals live but was forced to miss the festival due to flu.
“We’ve worked our way up the bill,” declared frontman Gary Lightbody. “We’ve played here twice before! It’s taken us a while.”
Snow Patrol played:
‘It’s Beginning to Get to Me’
‘Headlights on Dark Roads’
‘How to be Dead’
‘Make This Go on Forever’
‘Shut Your Eyes’
‘Set the Fire to the Third Bar’
‘Ways and Means’
‘You’re All I Have’
‘Open Your Eyes’
‘Post Punk Progression’
Beginning with a commuter-friendly half day, the festival kicked off with Koopa who rose to prominence at the beginning of the year after using the new chart rules permitting downloads in the singles countdown to gain a Top 40 hit despite being unsigned at the time.
Though the band’s identity seemed lost on much of the crowd, the Essex group managed a few crowd-pleasers including a cover of The Proclaimers’ ’I’m Going To Be (500 Miles)’.
Echo And The Bunnymen then took the stage wearing, despite the warm weather, their trademark heavy macs for a set that included ’Dancing Horses’ and ’The Cutter’.
The band also mixed their own ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ with a few verses from Lou Reed‘s ‘Walk On The Wild Side’.
Proceedings then got poppier with the indie-lite songs of The Feeling.
Sparking the crowd into life, the band got the audience dancing with the likes of ’I Love It When You Call’, new song ‘Join With Us’ and an energetic cover of Buggles‘ ’Video Killed The Radio Star’.
Groove Armada continued the party vibe, with the duo – backed by a full live band – serving up a career-spanning set that included chill out anthems ’At River’, ’I See You Baby’ and ’Superstylin’.
However the rumoured guest spot from former Sugababes singer Mutya Buena did not materialise, although the pair told NME.COM it had been touch and go as she had hoped to catch a ferry at the last minute.
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