The Enemy close Beach Break Live in style
And keep security busy on the final night
Photographer: Siobhan Boyle11 June 2008
The Coventry band got the audience instantly dancing with openers 'Away From Here' and '40 Days And Nights' but it wasn't until late in the set that chaos truly ensued.
Following two of their more relaxed songs 'We'll Live And Die In These Towns' and 'This Song', singer Tom Clarke challenged the crowd to chant along to the rest of their set louder than any other audience this year, starting with their latest offering 'Sing When You're In Love'.
After the student masses complied Tom told them: "You lot are quality. It's got me thinking that more bands should come down here."
But the real fun was reserved for set closer 'You're Not Alone' which Tom dedicated to the pit security, telling the drunkest audience of the three-day festival: "Give these guys a big hand and then make them work harder. I want to see everyone going over the top. I'll meet you at the beach."
Hundreds duly obeyed, including Virtual Festivals, with fans being picked up and hurled forwards into the safe arms of security as The Enemy closed the festival in fitting style.
The band were preceded by One Night Only and Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong, who drew in huge crowds, but the arguable highlight of the day was folk troubadour Johnny Flynn, who showcased tracks from his new album on another sun-drenched afternoon.
Mention must also go to Irish band Mad Dog McRee, who delighted fans with their rendition of 'King Of The Swingers, and AfroGroove, who filled out the dance tent as their vast collective took turns playing live and DJing.
The local paper may have run a front page bemoaning the festival for causing local residents distress, but ask any of the 5,000 students here over the past three days and they'll attest to only good noise at the second Beach Break Live.