Wide Awake Festival

Silly festival, fuck off

Crows sounded shit for three songs now are absolutely massive.

Haha I left after 3

Enjoying Katy J Pearson v much though

Following this thread is anxiety-inducing stuff. I’m not going this time but last year it seemed like a really promising start. I wonder what the logistical issues are that could prevent stages from being built on time :thinking:

Clearly lots of issues but I’m having fun

I had good time yesterday.
Loraine James being the highlight, nice and glitchy, could of listened to her for another hour.
Really enjoyed the Optimo set, and Overmono, both brilliant.
Wasn’t sure how Bicep would turn out but thought they were excellent, the sound was clear and loud.
Shame they couldn’t get the stage ready for Nik Colk Void, Call Super was a disappointment and Caribou sounded shit.
PVA was a good discovery, enjoyed them early on in the sunshine.

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She did play, about 90 mins late. Sounded good.

damn it

Having a really fun time tbh! More varied bands than last year and the sound’s generally better too.

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Had fun today, on my way home now but enjoyed Crows, Nation Of Language, Surfbort and The Comet Is Coming. Good value for a fiver, would feel massively done if I’d paid £40 or whatever.

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Yep I paid full whack and am having a much better time than last year :ok_hand:

Really enjoyed that.
Crows, Modern Woman, Billy Nomates, Tropical Fuck Storm, Pist Idiots and Amyl & the Sniffers were my highlights


Bailed as Floating Points started because it was suddenly baggies as far as the eye could see and I was feeling wiped out. Very good day though.

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Clearly lots of issues, had fun though! Both The Horrors and Modern Woman had to cut their sets short, lots of sound issues for Primal Scream, and also read that the disabled viewing platform for the main stage wasn’t built until 6:30 yesterday which is quite the disgrace. Got the impression that a lot of artists had a bit of a shite time if you look at @theyisgrove’s Twitter feed.

Never seemed to be much of a queue at the food/bar, which was all incredibly varied (and they had the Dosa stall from EOTR!). Also the seats by the Brixton Brewery stage were proper comfy.

Bought an early bird ticket based on what seemed to be the incredible value of last year’s one, and even though I’m not arsed about Primal Scream, it still seemed great value overall. But it’s all so messy it’s hard not to think that a lot of people will err on the side of caution about buying tickets to future ones, even if there is a 23 one.

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Anyone see Special Interest?

Yes. They were great fun.

Also enjoyed Melts, Elena Colombi, Highschool, Yard Act, Tropical Fuck Storm and Boy Harsher.

A far lower attendance than last year so never any queues for food or drink, and very easy to get a good view of any band you’d want to see.


My first festival in four years and I had a really fun day. There were some sound issues and confusion over stage times but nothing that threatened to spoil it at all. The bars were too expensive but I barely queued at all which was nice. Some thoughts on the music.

Nation of Language - not as good as on record but I enjoyed them. A good start to the festival. They were clearly having a blast.
Yard Act - they have some good songs but I found them a bit embarrassing. I think they are trying too hard and the Roadrunner cover with Katy J Pearson reading the lyrics off her phone was quite hard to watch.
Fat White Family - loved it.
Billy Nomates - only saw a handful of songs but she was great. Really good energy.
The Horrors - I’m not into the newer songs and the sound was rubbish. Went on pretty late and their set seemed to be cut short. Enjoyed Still Life, Something to Remember Me By and Sea Within a Sea though.
Alex Cameron - very flat with quite dodgy sound. Felt a bit sorry for him. Left halfway through to go to see Primal Scream.
Primal Scream - have never seen them before. I was quite drunk by this point but really enjoyed it and had a bit of a dance. VERY dodgy sound again.

Would definitely go again although as someone said earlier it doesn’t seem like some of the artists had very good experiences of the festival. Oh and I paid full price and felt like it was really good value for money.


I have a spare ticket for this today if anyone needs one.

Who’s this ‘huge’ headliner then?