The gates have closed on another year of Jersey Live, with organisers, musicians and festival-goers all hailing a vintage year for the island’s premier music event.
Sunday night’s set closed with a 9,000 person singalong, as Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds livened up the north-east of Jersey with a performance of Don’t Look Back In Anger, the number one single that Noel originally sang with Oasis. The High Flying Birds’ set featured a mixture of new songs, singles from the last year, and a few Oasis classics such as Half The World Away, Whatever and Supersonic.
Elsewhere the crowds had been treated to sets from legendary British bands The Stranglers and Primal Scream, as well as two performances from the extremely popular up-and-coming star Jake Bugg.
And talking of bugs, one of the weekend’s surprise stories came as an exotic-looking spider jumped out of Noel Gallagher’s cases as the band’s equipment was being set up. With the band having recently toured South America, no one was taking any chances, and staff from the nearby Durrell Wildlife Park whisked the animal away to determine its origins.
Saturday was a day of lively tunes, beats and bass, as artists such as Rizzle Kicks, Professor Green and Chase & Status took to the Jersey Live Main Stage. Chase & Status closed the night with exciting performances of their massively popular singles and a huge stage production – hailed by organisers as the biggest production the festival has ever seen.
2013 will see the tenth Jersey Live Festival of Music, and expectations will be high for something truly special. For now, however, 9,000 music fans have memories of another successful weekend for Jersey Live, and another very successful weekend for Jersey’s diverse calendar of festivals and events.