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Live Review: RedFest – Robin Cook’s Farm, Redhill, Surrey – 20th-22nd July 2012

HTF popped their RedFest cherry this year! Read our mass review of the whole weekend inside, featuring headlining acts Modestep, Kids In Glass Houses and more!

Event: RedFest
Venue: Robin Cook’s Farm, Redhill, Surrey
Date: 20th-22nd July 2012

This was HTF’s first time at RedFest in Surrey and upon arrival you can see straight away the amazing festival feel to it. The stages were a great size, not too big so it looked empty and not too small making you felt like a sardine whilst watching. The backstage area was a dream amongst puddles, brilliant access and overall fantastic staff to greet you. The security were always pleasant too wherever you spoke to them. This is definitely sought after at events like this: the bosses chose well.

The only problem we really found were the line up clashes: some bands we really wanted to see were headlining the same time as others playing the mainstage. This meant we did not have time to witness a whole set of some acts we would have wanted to. Choosing between two bands you love is always a problem and this was probably unfortunately the reason the acoustic artists did not get the crowd they deserved. We did not let this dampen our mood though and were looking forward to the day ahead.

Kickstarting the weekend for us were Cambridge-born rock outfit Mallory Knox. If you are a regular reader of HTF you should know already how much we rate this quintet; their addictive music is without doubt a hit for the audience watching them today as expected. Mentions must go to new singles ‘Hello’ and ‘Death Rattle’ which are a welcome taster of the band’s upcoming debut album release next year; bring it on!

Then arguably Young Guns were the band everyone was here to see today. They have had two successful album releases in their career and by the looks of the fans in front of them today, they knew every word to their whole discography. Highlights being obviously the title track from the new album ‘Bones’, with ‘DOA’, ‘Stitches’ and ‘Crystal Clear’ from their debut studio album ‘All Our Kings Are Dead’ going down like a storm. Even though the ground was a muddy nightmare the onlookers did not seem to be bothered as they threw themselves around in the mess and enjoyed the band’s set as much as we did from beginning to end!

The band that blew us away the most on the Friday of the festival were Modestep: their onstage wow factor and constant ‘wobbing’ was an unbelievable watch for all. Everywhere you looked people were skanking their hearts out and going mental whilst witnessing these showmen. Their frontman and overwhelming vocalist Josh is simply breathtaking; his vocal range and talent are flawless and he is definitely better live than on a recorded outlet; you simply cannot capture talent like this on a CD!

If you have not yet had the pleasure of seeing Modestep live then do it. Their track ‘Sunlight’ sent the crowd wild today as did all of the tracks they performed to us – brilliant!

Then the Saturday approached and another glowing line up awaited us. First up were rock pop outfit Natives, previously known as Not Advised, on the main stage. The singalong vibe to their music is overly satisfying and new single ‘This Island’ was the clear highlight of their set today. It was great to see fans singing along to them so early in the day and we throughly urge you to check these guys out!

Sonic Boom Six were another highlight of the main stage today, a band that can simply be described as an utter dream to watch perform. Their dress sense, their sound and just overall band package bleeds coolness. Then it was time for us to make our way over to the Gozibe Introducing stage for the performance of the weekend for us. Chelmsford-grown rockers Fei Comodo were about to perform their last ever festival performance and if you were a fan of the band like us, it was obvious things were going to get a tad emotional.

This five piece have always been a front runner for performance value: they perform with so much energy whilst gracing your ears with their flawless material and we could talk all day about how much they impress us as a live outfit. Their new album tracks are incredible with some old classics ‘Behind Bars’ and ‘Break The Ice’ from their 2008 album ‘They All Have Two Faces’ slot in today for good measure. Their new album ‘Behind The Bright Lights’ is just a showcase of how amazing their talent is and today they proved they were going out with a bang. We wish the band luck and ensure them how much they will be thoroughly missed.

Last up for the festival today were Welsh wonders Kids In Glass Houses. Obviously they bring a huge mass following and crowd with them today who showed how much they love them. We sing along with every track and lead vocalist Aled Phillips shows off his usual frontman antics, at one point even mounting a blow up dolphin – priceless! Classic tracks from the band’s three albums were played to us, with first album stonkers perhaps being the ultimate crowd pleasers of the evening!

‘Saturday’ and ‘Give Me What I Want’ will always be amazing live material for the band: they will never grow old and hopefully neither will Kids In Glass Houses! So much love for them; we welcome a new album and so should the rest of you!

With the final day upon us it was time to enjoy some more amazingness from the main stage line up! Straight LinesDon Broco and The Skints were about to blow us all away! Straight Lines literally show up, smile at their crowd and then hands down shock you all with their talent. New album ‘Freaks Like Us’ is definitely in the running for our top ten albums of the year so obviously we favoured them in their set today.

The time had then come to ‘do the walk’ as Bedford force Don Broco land on stage and destroy us all with their electric performance! We are no strangers to this four piece and if you are then you definitely need to wise up! They performed some amazing new tracks from their debut album ‘Priorities’ due for release this month, our favourites being ‘Fancy Dress’, ‘Actors’ and the obvious title track ‘Priorities’. We wish the band the best of luck for their album release as it has the body to blow minds as they do as a live outfit every time!

Closing the festival for us were Kent nutters, and one of A Wolf At Your Door Records’ finest bands HildaMay. This band do not get enough credit and today proved they should be shoved into the limelight as their tracks really are next level. ‘The Dark’ was a favourite for us today with ‘Parachutes’ being a close second. Roll on the new album – their new material is sounding amazingly tight live so we can imagine on record it is going to be just as good! All in all our RedFest virginity was well and truly popped and it is safe to say we loved every minute of it. Until next year!

Reviewer: Steph Knight

Photos: Steph Knight

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