Offset festival 2009

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Offset Festival drew 8000 music lovers to Hainault Forest Country Park, Essex, over the weekend 5-6 September. The festival, now in its second year, aims to “join the dots between exciting new bands and the artists who influenced them”. This year’s headliners were The Slits and The Horrors.

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KASMS on the Main Stage at Offset. The London-based noise merchants recently released a free track, ‘Absent Without Leave’, via NME.COM.

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The Slits headline the Main Stage at Offset, Saturday 5 September. The influential punks have played few UK shows since reforming in 2005. An album of new material, ‘Trapped Animal’, is scheduled for an October release.

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London-based avant-freaks No Bra at Offset. Pitchfork describe No Bra as “strange, sometimes disturbing music that’s as creepily compelling as it is unapproachably aloof”.

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S.C.U.M. at Offset. The band, whose keyboardist Sam Kilcoyne runs his own London festival, Underage, played at last year’s Offset too.

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A stylish reveller at Offset.

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The Chapman Family at Offset. Pic: Offsetfestival.co.uk

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Bo Ningen were one of the surprise hits of the festival. The London-based progressive rockers played in a packed Guitar Hero New Bands Tent, watched by The Horrors. Pic: Offsetfestival.co.uk

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More action from Bo Ningen’s surprisingly triumphant set at Offset. Pic: Offsetfestival.co.uk

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A Certain Ratio made a rare live appearance at Offset. The Mancunian punk-funkers, a major influence on acts such as Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party, drew a large and respectful crowd to the Main Stage. Pic: Offsetfestival.co.uk

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An Offset reveller gets into the festival spirit.

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The xx, currently making waves with their acclaimed, self-titled debut album, played the Clash Live Tent, Saturday 5 September. Pic: Offsetfestival.co.uk

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Official Secrets Act on the Main Stage at Offset.

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The Futureheads on the Main Stage at Offset.

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Lest you think Offset was only for London hipsters, there’s also a ‘wacky’ element, in the form of a “sports day”. Surprisingly, Faris Rotter did not take part. Skipton Sports Day at Offset Festival.

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The Chapman Family give it some welly at Offset. Pic: Andy Willsher

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Dalston rockers Male Bonding made a raucous appearance at Offset. The trio list The Beach Boys, Nirvana and The Wipers among their influences. Pic: Andy Willsher

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The crowd goes wild – well, ish – for Good Shoes at Offset. Pic: Andy Willsher

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Revellers playing dress-up at Offset.

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Good Shoes meet their public at Offset. Pic: Andy Willsher

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No London festival would be complete without an appearance from Metronomy, and Offset was no exception. Metronomy fact: band member Gabriel Stelling quit the band earlier this year to concentrate on his own band, Your Twenties. Pic: Andy Willsher

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The Horrors at Offset Festival.

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A hirsute hipster promenades at Offset.

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Trash Fashion DJ between bands at Offset. Pic: Offsetfestival.co.uk

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Face-painting ‘hilarity’ at Offset.

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