By Alex Ward
July 7, 2012
It’s the second day at Lounge on the Farm, and we have sunshine at last. After a stunning evening of Emeli Sandé and Mystery Jets we were ready for more. The festival has been great for introducing local bands. Down on the Meadow Stage The Pantomime Villains from Margate played to what seemed like a hire your own angry mob crowd. Asking other punters at the site who they sound most like, the most popular response was Arctic Monkeys. Their highlight was their single ‘Hook Line & Sinker,’ which is available on iTunes for 79p according to the lead singer.
– The Pantomime Villains
The next real highlight didn’t appear till 13:30, in the shape of The Struts. If you combine the showmanship of The Rolling Stones and the looks of The New York Dolls, then that’s what you’ll experience with this band. The one enduring song was their brilliant cover of ‘Jumping Jack Flash.’ Following straight after were renowned band The Milk, who had caused quite a stir across the festival. Dressed up like Coldplay, their songs were nice, dance-y, but ultimately too similar to the likes of Maroon 5.
Going back to the Meadow Stage we stumbled upon Caribbean-based indie band Troumaca. Their songs are a great mixture of Afrobeat guitar and bands such as Foals. What I liked best, however, was the guitarist’s Fresh Prince of Bel Air hairstyle, which really suited the band. Staying on the Meadow Stage Man Like Me from Camden played a set that ended up being my personal highlight of the entire festival. They played songs such as ‘London Town,’ ‘Single Dad’ and ‘Squeeze.’ The lead singer even climbed up onto the stage speakers bare-chested, pushing away security who were trying to get him down. If you ever get the chance to see them live then do–you won’t regret it.
– Man Like Me
Sadly for Saturday, the other acts weren’t varied enough to offer any real highlights. However, tonight, The Wombats and Roots Manuva are headlining the Main Stage and the Meadow Stage. The rumour across the site was that the Liverpool trio were to pull out all the stops for their show. From what I was told, a spectacular laser show would be projected across the sky and stage. Taking the stage to a song from their most recent album, Matthew Murphy created a great atmosphere with his blue Paisley Fender and synthesizers. Bassist Tord Øverland-Knudsen seemed to pirouette around the stage like a ballerina as they broke into ‘Kill the Director’ and ‘Moving to New York.’
– The Wombats
Running to the Meadow Stage we arrived to watch Roots Manuva. He came on to the sound of his backup singer doing a call and answer introduction: “Lounge on the farm!”, “they are lounging!” Donning a little beanie hat, Manuva broke into ‘Beyond This World,’ ‘Go Champ,’ ‘Busit,’ ‘Again and Again,’ ‘Move Your Shoulder’ and closing hit ‘Snake Bite.’ His mixture of hard reggae and hip-hop were great to dance to while drinking the odd cider. It closed off the second day perfectly, just as it started to rain heavily.
– Roots Manuva