Summer Sundae Weekender Day Two: Review & photos

Summer Sundae Weekender Leicester, Day 2. Photos by David Jackson.
Summer Sundae Weekender Leicester, Day 2. Photos by David Jackson.

Saturday brought perfect festival weather to day two of the Summer Sundae Weekender at De Montfort Hall in Leicester.

The organisers could hardly have hoped for better after a summer of events all over the area being washed out or called off amid the steady rain, so this was a much-needed blast of warmth that lent the event an end-of-summer feelgood factor.

Summer Sundae Weekender Leicester, Day 2. Photos by David Jackson.

Summer Sundae Weekender Leicester, Day 2. Photos by David Jackson.

Headliners Ocean Colour Scene opened their set by playing their best known track The Riverboat Song with its familiar riff and provided an easy listen for the end of the day.

But it was perhaps surprisingly a man in his fifties, singing songs from 30 years ago who provided the best shot of real energy on the main stage.

Adam Ant went through his back catalogue pleasing those who remember him from his Prince Charming white-stripe-across-the-nose phase as well as those who recall his much cooler earlier period.

Innovative performance styles were among the attractions of the day starting with human beatbox, THePETEBOX who with nothing but his voice builds up his songs by recording multilayered rhythmic tracks live.

Summer Sundae Weekender Leicester, Day 2. Photos by David Jackson.

Summer Sundae Weekender Leicester, Day 2. Photos by David Jackson.

This style was taken a step further later in the day by tUnE-yArDs led by Merrill Garbus who, with the same loop pedal technique, created some mesmerising music with her voice, drum and ukulele, accompanied on guitar and saxaphone.

In both cases the attraction is not just the music, or the fact that it is live, but the fascination of watching and hearing it build and come together.

For sheer love in the room, the prize goes to Jonathan Richman.

Despite seeming a little distracted, stopping and starting songs and singing and playing away from his microphone on occasion, the crowd adored him.

Summer Sundae Weekender Leicester, Day 2. Photos by David Jackson.

Summer Sundae Weekender Leicester, Day 2. Photos by David Jackson.

Many may just know him from his singing commentary on the action in the film There’s Something About Mary.

For those who go further back he even did a bit of his old hit Egyptian Reggae.

He sang very personal and touching songs with Not So Much To Be Loved As To Love and No-one Was Like Vermeer being highlights.

Dozens of people could only listen to guitarist Jake Bugg’s set from outside of The Watering Hole tent venue which was packed to capacity for a set by the young rising star.

Summer Sundae Weekender Leicester, Day 2. Photos by David Jackson.

Summer Sundae Weekender Leicester, Day 2. Photos by David Jackson.