Mos Def pulls out, but mud and rain can't stop 30,000 from having it large in Nottingham with Craig David, Chemical Brothers and Faithless...

CHEMICAL BROTHERS, FAITHLESS and CRAIG DAVID were the artists among the highlights at a rain-swept GATECRASHER SUMMER SOUNDSYSTEM last night (June 16).

The festival – which enjoyed glorious sunshine in 2000 – was marred by some of the worst weather Britain has seen for weeks, with torrential downpours throughout the afternoon meaning that the site was sodden by 5pm.

Nonetheless, over 30,000 people turned up to enjoy big name R&B and

hiphop acts and superstar DJs at the Turweston Aerodrome in Northamptonshire, with nine arenas and stages carrying on proceedings until 6am.

New York hip-hop star Mos Def provided the first disappointment of the day with the cancellation of his much anticipated set. A press spokesperson for the festival told NME.COM that though official confirmation as to the reason for the cancellation was still pending, it is believed that the rapper’s tour bus broke down as they attempted to make the journey from London to Turweston.

However Faithless, who in turn played as a last-minute replacement for

OutKast , drew a sizeable crowd to the Outdoor Stage for their first UK show in nearly two years, mixing up previous hits such as ‘Insomnia’ and ‘God Is A DJ’ with tracks from their forthcoming album ‘Outrospective’, including the current Top Three smash single ‘We Come 1’.

Headliner Craig David, meanwhile, provided a set which included the singles ‘7 Days’, ‘Rendez-Vous’, ‘Re-Rewind’, ‘Fill Me In’ and ‘Walking Away’, as well as an unexpected cover version of Destiny’s Child‘s ‘Independent Woman Pt 1’, but failed to draw a crowd anywhere near the size of Faithless‘.

Chemical Brothers – in their only festival appearance of the year – later used their headline slot in the Chemical Generation Arena to premier tracks from their work-in-progress album. Tom Rowlands – shorn of his trademark flowing blonde locks – and Ed Simons put together a set that included old favourites like ‘Hey Boy Hey Girl’, and ‘The Sunshine Underground’ as

well as the current club smash ‘Africa’.

The festival also saw over 40 DJs perform, including such big names as Sasha, Paul Oakenfold, Seb Fontaine and Judge Jules.

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