With the most of Saturday’s blazing sun sticking around for another day, the Finsbury Park indie showcase was headed up by a decade-spanning set from Kooks. ‘Seaside’ and ‘Naïve’ were two highlights that sent the crowd home happy.
Elsewhere on the mainstage, Blossoms added good reason for their billing as future headliners. ‘Charlemagne’, ‘Honey Sweet’ and ‘Cool Like You’ wowed the crowd with their irresistible mixture of synth and tastefully layered guitars before their new summer sizzler of a single ‘Your Girlfriend’.
The Amazons topped the bill over on the N4 stage, adding the fire to an already scorching day. Debut album bangers ‘Stay With Me’ and ‘Little Something’ lined up alongside the fiercer new tunes ‘Doubt It’, ‘Mother’ and ‘Fuzzy Tree’ from this year’s ‘Future Dust’ LP.
When the anthemic ‘Junk Food Forever’ arrived, lead singer Matt Thomson had to remove his earpieces to take in the goose-bumps moment of the packed-out crowd singing the unforgettable riff back at him. This is a band that do things their own way. Big things are coming.
The best thing Community Festival does is to promote those bands coming through on the Indie scene. Fuzzy Sun, Vistas and The Academic all dropped sets that certified the hype that surrounds them.
Indie Queen Kate Nash was also on hand to ramp-up the energy on the mainstage, with classics ‘Mouthwash’ and ‘Foundations’ tying in nicely for a nostalgic dream that Kooks added to later in the day. The third year of Community Festival was by far its best.
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