FESTIVAL REVIEW: Summer Sundae, Leicester

Summer Sundae is a The Kaje favourite. A city festival which is so far removed from the city. Just a stone’s throw from Leicester city centre, Victoria Park is transported for one weekend a year to a world of artistic wonder. With performers including Adam
Ant, Katy B, Ocean Colour Scene and Patrick Wolf on the line-up, 2012 was full of early promise.

However, the Katy B headlined Friday night failed to live up to expectations. With a distinctly small audience wandering between four performance spaces, it was difficult for any real buzz to be created. While Bastille packed out a sweaty Watering Hole, Patrick Wolf mourned diminished audiences in Crocodile’s Lagoon for his tender acoustic set. For her part, Katy B pulled in the punters and had all ages bouncing to her euphoric pop-dub.

Thankfully the sun shone on Saturday and the audience arrived in droves. With a spring in everyone’s step, Victoria Park was abuzz. Hotly tipped girl rockers Savages brought a touch of Juliette Lewis inspires glamour to the day, while the lush Lucy Rose won hearts with her wistful woes. Birmingham’s Goodnight Lenin’s Stornoway-esque folk captured hearts, while Adam Ant made everyone ‘Stand Up and Deliver’ with a riotous set. Ocean Colour Scene were worthy headliners, though the stand out performances of the day came from the enchanting Agnes Obel and addictive Lianne La Havas.

Sunday saw rain but few were deterred. Appearing far too early in the line-up were Leicester’s finest Midnight Wire, who out in a set so fresh and energetic that memories of early Arctic Monkeys were provoked. Equally exciting are Norway’s Team Me who whip the main stage into a frenzy. Beth Rowley and Juan Zelada both inject a little blues into the day, but it is Sheffield’s Hey Sholay that steal the crown with an unforgettable romp.

As ever Summer Sundae does not disappoint. An eclectic line up celebrates an array of artists and caters to all tastes. While there were a handful of lowlights, notably the over-hyped Friends and frantic Japandroids, here at The Kaje we say roll on 2013-though next time have La Havas headline!

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Mark Chalmers
Photographer: Jeremy Williams

NEWS: Final Summer Sundae Acts Announced

Summer Sundae Weekender are delighted to announcethe final wave of artists on 2012’s line up, establishing the event once again as an essentialdate in the summer music calendar!

Mercury nominated Ed Harcourt is the finalact to join the Drowned in Sound bill.Having released five studio albums to date, the singer-songwriter hasrightfully gained the reputation for being the British answer to Jeff Buckley. Drivenby their desire to create a sound that is indestructible and musically solid,all girl four piece Savages invokethe radical spirit of the great post punk bands to achieve this. You can catch themon Saturday 18th August at the Crocodile’s Lagoon indoors at DeMontfort Hall. Unique electronic project Dark Dark Horse are also announced as winners of the local competition for anEast Midlands band to open the Summer Sundae Main Stage this year. TheLeicestershire three-piece were selected and announced live on air by BBC RadioDJ Dean Jackson during his show ‘The Beat’. Dean Jackson will also bepresenting a BBC Introducing Stage at this year’s festival on Saturday 18thAugust at The Watering Hole, featuring the very best of East Midlands talentincluding rising star Jake Bugg and talented youngster Mahalia.

In addition to Dean Jackson from BBC’s The Beat, we are also excited to announce our other MCs forSummer Sundae Weekender 2012. They will include: BBC6 Music’s Chris Hawkins, BBC Radio Leicester’s Jonathan Lampon & Ed Stagg andLeicestershire singer-songwriters Kevin Hewick and Stevie Jones, withmore to be added across the weekend.


There are a limited number of Day,Weekend and Camping tickets still available.

2012 tickets are pegged back to 2010prices. For more ticketing information including live-in vehicle tickets,please see our website www.summersundae.com/tickets.

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