“I know it’s the right place” – Looking back at Redfest 2014


APeace frontman Harrison Koisser said on stage last Saturday, “I don’t know where we are geographically, but I know it’s the right place”. It may well be a line he’s used before, but it certainly felt like a genuine observation befitting of Redfest 2014. Situated somewhere between London and Brighton, in the picturesque countryside near Redhill, this festival promised an exiting and varied lineup across the rock music spectrum, and without a doubt delivered.

Day one saw the likes of Skindred take to the main stage, alongside Jaws and Young Kato. “It’s sick seeing bands like Skindred at a smaller festival” said one music fan. “[It] makes the whole experience a lot more intimate”. Gracing the introducing stage were Brighton up and comers High Tyde, who according to some festival goers played a set deserving of the main stage.

Highlights of day two included Coasts, who performed an electrifying set during the sweltering midday heat. Despite not attracting the largest crowd, they gave it their all and certainly impressed.

The Total Uprawr stage played host to a variety of heavier bands over the weekend. The First‘s set on Saturday was particularly impressive, as they animated the crowd with their high octane melodic-rock performance with a dash of pop-punk for good measure. Another highlight on the Total Uprawr stage were garage punk outfit Slaves. The duo played a great set, including recent hit “Where’s Your Car Debbie?” as well as making a number of amusing comments between songs.

With the worst of the heat behind us, we turned to the main stage where Lewis Watson played an intimate yet captivating set, similar to that of Lauren Aquilina a few hours earlier. Toy played a strong set on the main stage just before the headliners, Peace, who were watching from the crowd and seemed very impressed. But let’s be honest, they were never going to top Peace.

Headlining their first ever festival, Peace took to the stage last, playing hits such as “Money” and “Wraith”, brilliantly rounding off a spectacular weekend of music. Throughout the set they managed to get the crowd to clap, sing along, and generally go a bit crazy, especially with the havoc at the end of “Bloodshake”.

Redfest put on a great weekend for Britain’s emerging talent, and has given us a lot to look forward to at Redfest 2015 and beyond.

See you next year.

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