Students go 'Bonkers' at Beach Break Live

Dizzee Rascal closes festival, bosses take the beach to Kent

Students go 'Bonkers' at Beach Break Live

Photographer: Peter Corkhill19 June 2009

The rapper, who took to the stage at around 9.40pm, ran through tracks like ‘Fix Up Look Sharp’, ‘Dance Wiv Me’ and crowd pleaser ‘Bonkers’ to an audience of 10,000 students.

The festival, which was re-housed to Port Lympne in Kent at the last minute after not getting planning permission for their original Cornwall location also featured performances from the likes of The Zutons and Mystery Jets.

Ladyhawke aired tracks from her self-titled debut at the festival including ‘Paris Is Burning’ and ‘Dusk Till Dawn’, spending the majority of the set behind her guitar, while Dub Pistols were called in to replace an absent Ebony Bones.

“Fuck Ebony Bones,” Dub Pistols' Barry Ashworth shouted during a very energetic set which included ‘Cyclone’ and covers of ‘Peaches’ by The Stranglers and ‘Gangsters’ by The Specials.

DJ Yoda managed to pack out the Forest Of Kernow, something earlier DJs hadn’t achieved and the likes of Lego Castles, Yearner Babies and Frank Hamilton could be found in the smaller stages.

Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip
were in formidable form at the event with Pip saying, “hello Cornwall,” - a jibe about the last minute site relocation before ploughing into tracks like ‘The Beat That My Heart Skipped’ and ‘Thou Shall Always Kill’.

Organisers did their best to bring the beach to Kent though, with a fake beach on the grass with giant deckchairs, volleyball courts and three small swimming pools.

Check back for our full review of Beach Break Live 2009.

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