With Razorlight, Noisettes, Patrick Wolf
Noisettes at Get Loaded In The Park 2011

This past weekend was a festival feast, and with the Isle Of White and Download all happening at the same time, you’d be forgiven if you might have overlooked Get Loaded In The Park. But despite the stiff competition, the one-day south London event managed to rise to the (rainy) occasion.

Although lacking the rock ‘n’ roll-type atmosphere that we’ve come to expect from our summer festivals, Get Loaded stuck to its tradition of generally choosing acts that sustain critical acclaim over commercial success. While some failed to deliver on the grand stage, others executed their moment... Step forward Patrick Wolf.

Wolf’s authentic, romantic - and yet upbeat performance, was the highlight of the day. The Wandsworth native declared the moment as his “home coming”, seeing as he grew up ‘around the corner’. His electro-classical fused set exuded such a powerful honest feel and saw the 27-year-old play a number of instruments – most notably a golden harp.

British Sea Power’s set was a slight disappointment. Although songs like ‘Lucifer’ got the crowed roaring and brought a little ray of sunshine, to an overall lukewarm performance, you were left expecting a little bit more from the band.

The Noisettes raised the temperature up a notch with their energetic performance. Singer Shingai Shoniwa sported a fashion-forward gold and white hot pant suit, accompanied with a flamboyant feathered hat, and had the crowd loudly singing along to hits such as ‘Upset the Rhythm’ and ‘Never Forget You’.

French electropop trio Yelle were another crowd pleaser. “Are you ready to shake your ass for real now?” the group asked, and the audience happily obliged. Their bouncy, fun and upbeat performance had revellers at Clapham Common in party mode and for a second, made you forget it was pouring down with rain.

Headliners Razorlight’s initial appointment got a mixed reaction from music fans. With Johnny Borrell now the only original member, many were sceptical of the bands new direction. But they didn’t disappoint, as they played their back catalogue of songs, with hits like ‘In The Morning’, ‘Golden Touch’, ‘Somewhere Else’ and ‘America’ setting the right tone. The bands old material received a rapturous reception in comparison to the newer stuff, which highlights the groups past, more than their actual future. But either way, it was a good ending to a calm, but fun day.

Words & Photo by Vanessa Laker

View an accompanying photo gallery from Get Loaded In The Park 2011 HERE.

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