I went to British Summer Time a couple of years ago to see Arcade Fire. It’s such a fun day out and has a lovely family feel while also really focusing on the music. This year when The Killers announced their headline show I couldn’t have been happier! As the full line up was announced, hearing names like White Lies, Elbow and Tears for Fears really just topped off what was already a fantastic show.
We arrived at about 2pm, after having a quick picnic in the park. I would highly recommend doing this to save some money as my share of the lunch with a drink was cheaper than 1 beer inside! We found getting through the gates a breeze, the queues were short and even though there were extensive searches, we were through in no time. It was the perfect day for my lemon leather skirt! Which I wore with a white slogan tee and white sneakers.
First stop was Mystery Jets on the Great Oak Stage, they played a good set, having a mix from the albums. They even dedicated ‘Young Love’ to the crowd! We watched from behind the middle barrier before realizing you could get a wristband to enter the front section. If we hadn’t have seen someone else do this we would have seriously missed out later on. Definitely ask about these!!
We had a good wander round the festival site. Luckily you are never far away from a bar, they were absolutely everywhere. Along with the carnival procession and dancers there was a mass of street food stands. The festival is very focused towards its sponsors with additional activity areas, unfortunately the queues weren’t really worth waiting for.
Cold War Kids were next on the main stage, I haven’t listened to much of them but they were good to accompany a sit down in the sun! Tears for Fears really got the crowd going. Shout and Creep were the best in their set and it was great to see the range of ages that knew the songs.
We had dinner at one of the food stalls, I had a Katsu Chicken Burger which was Heaven! Then we grabbed a drink and got our space at the front ready for the rest of the evening. Somehow I have missed seeing Elbow over the years and I loved them. Guy Garvey was so lovely! They played One Day Like This, Lippy Kids and Grounds for Divorce. A really good warm up for The Killers.
By this point I was so excited anyway, but nothing prepared me for Brandon walking out on stage. I went into full girl mode and basically lost my voice screaming by the end of it. They came out to The Man, with an explosion of pink confetti! The whole set was fantastic, and the crowd knew every word. They surprised us with their version of Shadowplay and did a twitter poll which lead to them playing This River is Wild. Obviously the big hits like Somebody Told Me and Jenny was a Friend of Mine were equally as good. They finished on Mr Brightside with a firework display!
I’d probably be more gutted it’s all over but luckily I have tickets for November so panic over!