The Maccabees slay Summer Sundae 2011

Graham Coxon, Raghu Dixit also impress

Photographer: Holly ErskineChris Eustace on 13 August 2011

The London band marked their first-ever festival headline slot by playing several new songs, with frontman Orlando Weekes thanking the crowd for their "patience" while they showcased new material, set to be included on the band's forthcoming third album.

Weekes told the crowd, easily the biggest of the festival so far, that "we'd rather play songs we're excited about", while conceding that things could go "horribly wrong" if fans didn't like the new songs.

In the end, they were rapturously received, with more famous songs like ‘First Love’, ‘Can You Give It’, ‘No Kind Words’, ‘Love You Better’ and ‘Precious Time’ all getting an airing. There was also time for an unseasonable rendition of the cover of 'Walking In The Air' from 'The Snowman'.

The band finished with new song 'Grew Up At Midnight', which Weekes revealed was set to be the final track on the new record.

Beforehand, Graham Coxon also played a number of new songs, lamenting that his next album was already "too late" in coming out, while also playing hits ‘Spectacular’ and ‘Standing On My Again’ and pulling off an impressive backward roll before closer ‘Freaking Out’.

Raghu Dixit drew a big crowd to the Musician's Stage, paying tribute to TV show ‘Later With Jools Holland’ before playing ‘No Man Can Ever Love You Like I Do’, while  ska legends Toots & The Maytals crammed people into their headline slot on the indoor stage.

Sets from Portico Quartet and Givers were other fan favourites on the festival's first day. The Leicester festival continues tomorrow, with Newton Faulkner topping the bill.

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