Summer Sundae Weekender Day One: Review & photos

Summer Sundae Weekender 2012, photos by David Jackson
Summer Sundae Weekender 2012, photos by David Jackson

Summer Sundae Weekender kicked off on Friday with sets by dozens of bands playing across four stages in the grounds of Leicester’s De Montfort Hall.

As my friend Debs put it, “it’s like a mini holiday”

Summer Sundae Weekender 2012, photos by David Jackson

Summer Sundae Weekender 2012, photos by David Jackson

You can see a photo gallery of acts who played the first day by clicking the link on the right (or at the bottom of the page if you’re reading this via our mobile site)

The three-day festival in the grounds of De Montfort Hall in Leicester started in 2001.

While over the years it may not have attracted the very biggest bands of the day, it always provides numerous must-see acts and a whole host of musicians who you may not have heard of at the start of the weekend but who you will want to hear again and again.

Don’t worry about the line-up, just book a ticket and go along prepared to have a good time is how I’ve always looked at it.

You come away loving something you’ve heard because the musicians playing there are usually varied.

From Friday’s line-up it’s Clean Bandit that takes that place with their joyful combination of classical instruments, synths, rap and soaring vocals.

A perfect start to the weekend.

They performed on the smallest stage at the festival, The Watering Hole tent, which is a new layout for this year and which later in the evening hosted what was described as a poetry brothel.

Here you could get a poem from a poet performed personally for you. I did not partake as this would be my worst nightmare and I would not know what to do with my face during the whole procedure.

For sheer versatility though I give you Patrick Wolf who performed on the Crocodile’s Lagoon stage.

He played ukulele, violin, piano and harp and was even accompanied on the saw at one stage.

His set started off slowly but drew me in with his David Sylvian-like vocals.

The arrival of Uncle Frank on the main stage was one of the most extravagant of the day.

While his backing band donned tight yellow Lycra suits, girls paraded around the stage with giant letters spelling out his name.

Asian Dub Foundation raised the tempo with a set of Asian inspired drum ‘n’ bass while youngster Katy B brought the main stage to a close with her blend of dubstep, RnB and garage– much to the delight of the young audience packed against the barrier.

The night was rounded off with some comedy on the Into The Wild stage, the highlight of which was a man painting a picture of Elvis. It may not sound like entertainment, but it was.