The View, Lethal Bizzle play Leeds Festival

Kids In Glass Houses, Noah And The Whale, more


Photographer:Shirlaine Forrest

United Kingdom United Kingdom | by Mat Hocking, Ruth Booth, Ali Ryland, Dannii Leivers | 29 August 2009

Despite mixed reviews of their latest album, The View still managed a good showing at the Main Stage, as throwing out 'Wasted Little DJs' proved to be a choice move for the constant stream of fans heading towards the front.

 Meanwhile on the Dance Stage, 3OH!3 won't be winning over the haters - as the tent's too packed with rabid fans. Call it crunk, call it hip hop, call it emo. With poppy melodies, boundless energy and even with some strange animal dance moves, it's unlikely that if they truly were drunk as they claim, they'd be this tight - nor that the whole of the tent would have their hands in the air.

Earlier on the Main stage, Welsh pop rockers Kids In Glass Houses got day two off to a flying start, drawing in a surprisingly large crowd so early with the bouncing 'Give Me What I Want'.

Noah and the Whale
's dreamy languid indie fell flat, and in comparison, The Living End's lightning fret wankery was a welcome kick in the mouth wake-up call for the morning crowds.

Squint your eyes and today’s NME stage openers Broadway Calls could be any number of tattooed faux-punk guitar pop bands; bland, generic and utterly pointless.

Thank Christ for In Case Of Fire whose chunky rock stomp displays an assured confidence that has the tent enthralled. Once they leave the stage it takes about 7 seconds before the chants of “Bizzle! Bizzle!” erupt from the crowd, and when Lethal Bizzle himself does emerge his bass-heavy rhymes have the crowd wooed in an instant.


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