Patti Smith salutes the dead at Hop Farm

Patti Smith at Summer Sundae 2005 by Susan Le May
Patti Smith at Summer Sundae 2005 by Susan Le May

Singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist Patti Smith takes to the stage on the second day of Kent's Hop Farm Festival.

The veteran performer, who influenced tonight’s (2 July) headliner Morrissey, opened her set by “[saluting] the great voices that we have lost.” 

Backed by multi-instrumentalists playing guitar, bass, piano, violin and harp, Patti performed a string of hits including ‘Because the Night‘ and ‘Gloria‘ and urged the audience to take a stand for themselves, embodying the anti-corporate ideology that the festival represents.

As well as being a musician, writer and artist, the godmother of Punk recently made her acting debut in Law and Order: Criminal Intent.

Morrissey headlines the second night at Hop Farm Music Festival 2011 in Kent with support from Iggy and The Stooges, and Lou Reed. Tomorrow night (July 3) Tinie Tempah will play on the main stage, followed by an exclusive UK performance from pop icon Prince.