Hazy Days festival - 5 of the best acts
PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 July 2017
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.