My favourite way to start the day is by chilling out in the very relaxing hippy-inspired Lima area of Lowlands. There’s plenty of room to lounge around in the sun (yes there was sun!), drink some herbal tea or eat a fair trade sandwich and watch some of the more weird & wonderful street theatre. Another big bonus is the Lima tent, which tends to host mainly singer songwriter types: a perfect mellow appetiser to your musical day. On Friday it was Tom Baxter who kicked off the day. I only caught a few songs (Better being the standout one), but they were nice and easy on the ears, all be it not very memorable.

Next we headed to the tent of tents: the Alpha, to reconnect with our pubescent during The Presidents of the USA set. As was to be expected, the crowd responded well to their old favourites (Lump, Kitty and of course Peaches), but wasn’t to interested in the new material.

We then popped in to the Grolsch, which was surprisingly full for The National. Although I like their music, the lead singer’s vocals always turn me off, I find his singing voice a bit monotone and uninviting. I still found this to be true as I stood watching them play, but the intense sound the band produced as a whole definitely gripped me much more than the albums and made me stay for the full set.

Hot Chip

Next up my Friday highlight: Hot Chip! These guys delivered a concert packed with extremely danceable goodies which sounded thicker and less polished than on cd and had the whole Bravo jumping. Do it do it do it do it do it do it do it now!! Shame about the very unnecessary Sinéad O’Connor cover at the end though.

After Hot Chip we could here The Ting Tings finishing up their show with the unavoidable That’s Not My Name in the India. Judging from the crowd’s singing which could be heard far outside the tent, it was obviously very well received.

A short break to refuel was all we had before heading to Santogold, which we decided to check out in stead of the main event over in Alpha: The Kooks. I’m happy we did because Santogold’s rock-dancehall-raggamuffin-mix was just what the doctor ordered to get the energy levels up again. There wasn’t much of a difference between her performance and the tracks as they appear on the album, but I’m not complaining with great songs like L.E.S. Artistes, Creator and You’ll Find A Way. What’s more, the show was great fun to watch thanks to her two back up singers, who busted the coolest synchronised dance moves ever. The crowd was instantly trying to copy them.

From dancing back up singers to dance diva extraordinaire: Róisín Murphy. She was her usual sultry self, changing in and out of stylish getups every few songs and twisting the audience around her little finger. The element of surprise is gone for those who have seen mrs. Murphy live before, but she still has amazing stage presence and carries out her songs perfectly, although the live versions go on a bit too long for my taste.

Roisin Murphy

Roisin Murphy

Gloriously exhausted and from all of the day’s impressions and the extreme heat in the Bravo tent during Róisín’s performance, we decided to call it a night.