Hazy Days festival – 5 of the best acts

PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 July 2017

Crowds loved the Fun Lovin' Criminals' finale set. Picture: Simon Angear

Crowds loved the Fun Lovin' Criminals' finale set. Picture: Simon Angear

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Weston enjoyed one of its most successful events in recent memory when Hazy Days 2017 rocked thousands of music lovers at the Tropicana on Friday and Saturday.

Hazy Days revellers rock to Reef. Picture: Andrew ThompsonHazy Days revellers rock to Reef. Picture: Andrew Thompson

Big-name performers including Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Newton Faulkner, Reef and Sophie Ellis-Bextor took to the sun-drenched stage to deliver storming performances across the two days.

Event organisers and the performers have been earning rave reviews from those in attendance – but who stood out among the on-stage highlights?

The Mercury has picked five of our favourites from across the two days – but cast your vote too for the act you think stole the show.

In no particular order, our five highlights were:

Newton Faulkner

Friday night’s Walls Stage headliner is a festival stalwart and knows exactly how to work a crowd.

The folk maestro played a string of singalong favourites and inventive covers, looping his way to a series of powerful crescendos and building a real rapport with fans.

Best of all, he did it all with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye, giving the impression that he was enjoying Hazy Days as much as the rest of us… or maybe even more.

Newton Faulkner's set was a triumph on Friday night. Picture: Andrew ThompsonNewton Faulkner's set was a triumph on Friday night. Picture: Andrew Thompson

Meadowlark

An early slot and competing band on the Walls Stage meant the Bristol folk-pop two piece began playing to a minimal crowd – but their spectator numbers had swelled considerably by the time they finished.

Wispy electronic melodies underpinned by Kate McGill’s memorable vocals showcased material from the band’s week-old album Postcards.

Their songs were things of ethereal beauty, and the record is one we’ll certainly be buying on the strength of their Hazy Days performance.

Bristol duo Meadowlark. Picture: Andrew ThompsonBristol duo Meadowlark. Picture: Andrew Thompson

Reef

Glastonbury rockers Reef lived up to their reputation as brilliant live performers with a stonking set.

Strutting frontman Gary Stringer’s made the stage his own, while his idiosyncratic voice displayed its bluesy power as he belted out a series of the band’s best-known tunes.

Special mention must be made of bassist Jack Bessant’s beard… truly a thing of wonder, it has grown to quite remarkable proportions.

Reef's Gary Stringer. Picture: Andrew ThompsonReef's Gary Stringer. Picture: Andrew Thompson

Sian Evans

Best-known to many as vocalist with Bristol trip-hop outfit Kosheen, Evans delivered a knockout set full of instantly-memorable songs.

A performer at the top of her game, her dynamic vocals and passionate performance endeared her to the much crowd, and her between-song patter won over the rest.

There were bigger names on the bill, but arguably no better performances.

Sian Evans thrilled crowds with her high-energy set and powerful vocals. Picture: Andrew ThompsonSian Evans thrilled crowds with her high-energy set and powerful vocals. Picture: Andrew Thompson

Fun Lovin’ Criminals

Huey and co were headliners for a reason – and they certainly delivered on the excitement and anticipation which rippled through the crowd as their set neared.

Entering to the Star Wars theme and ripping through their hits, FLC brought the curtain down in style.

Scooby Snacks predictably proved a highlight as the smooth New Yorkers delivered a memorable festival finale – even shrugging off a brief power outage by nonchalantly telling us they had been ‘blowing **** up for years’.

Fun Lovin' Criminal Huey Morgan. Picture: Andrew ThompsonFun Lovin' Criminal Huey Morgan. Picture: Andrew Thompson

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