Circumference. That's what it's about. Two pi arrrghhh! How many Carlings does it take to walk from one stage to the other? With our nice sticky Leeds passes, we can do Main to Evening Session to Dance in about two if we run, but to get to the Carling Stage itself is like a short space journey, up that bleeding hill.
Luckily, one of the few times we venture there we catch THIS GIRL. The first band of Leeds 2002 and undoubtedly one of the best here. They jump, they sweat, inspiring a full throttled stem of Mighty White enthused rocky-rock. It's pretty damn fine for this early in the day.
AMEN are slightly louder and a lot less pretty, and it's pretty obvious that most people at the Main Stage are lying in wait for HUNDRED REASONS. They have it all; the hair, the sideburns, and that insatiably selfless party spirits that endears them to so many.
PUDDLE OF MUDD provide a worthy prediction of what is to happen on Sunday night, whilst over on the Evening Session stage, THE SHINING bring back saddened memories of how a great band like The Verve, once split and reduced of its inspiring members, can lurch around the borders of lifeless dull indeeee territory. Blaaaand. Much like INCUBUS...
Brandon Boyd looks asleep, as do the rest of his soft-goes-the-slap former nu-metal compadres. The shirt removal comes right on time after twenty minutes, before the Californian rock philosophers sink back into their sleepy transcendence. The songs from the recent 'Morning View' album drift a little uncomfortably across the South Yorkshire countryside, a million miles away from the sun-kissed Malibu beach on which they were conceived.