COSMOSIS FESTIVAL – 12/03/16

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I went to cover Cosmosis Festival at Victoria Warehouse last night for Quays News – these were my favourite bits! Sleaford Mods, The Jesus and Mary Chain and the incredible art exhibition!

SLEAFORD MODS

Punk duo Sleaford Mods took over the Earth stage from 11pm, attracting a big crowd who wrapped round the modest platform for the highly anticipated set. The ‘Mods from Nottingham began their rant infused set with a distinctively rebellious atmosphere, as fans of the band have come to expect since Jason and Andrew joined forces in 2012. The band, who graced the John Peel stage at Glastonbury last year, began their eclectic set with a fusion of bass guitar, lo-fi drums and clever wordplay from vocalist Jason.

The audience, an alcohol infused mixture of ages, genders and aesthetic allegiances, were treated to favourites including ‘No One’s Bothered’ and ‘Faces to Faces’, both taken from their most recent record ‘Key Markets’, which was named after a supermarket in Grantham. Williamson’s aggressive performance fuelled the increasingly energetic crowd, an opportunity to move to some heavier sounds away from the psychedelic nature of the festival.

The critically acclaimed pair, who sight artists including John Cooper Clarke, The Streets and Wu-Tang Clan as influences, enjoyed the reactions of the crowd as they shouted and swore throughout the set, obeying the rage enveloped in their song’s inspirations, which include their views on modern existence and politics.

The set continued to awaken those watching as the band introduced ‘Jolly F***ker’, ‘Tiswas’ and ‘Silly Me’, the fourth song on ‘Key Markets’, which was included in The Guardian’s list of ‘The Best Albums Of 2015’.

Watching Sleaford Mods is a unique experience as their music really comes alive on stage. The band concluded their powerful set at midnight with the crowd demanding more.

THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN

Legendary Scottish alternative rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain began their headline slot at midnight in front of a packed crowd at the ‘Air’ stage. The adoring crowd welcomed the five piece’s highly anticipated exclusive performance with a cheer, before frontman Jim Reid introduced their first track ‘April Skies’, the first track off their second album released back in 1987, exemplifying the impact and longevity the band’s records have had in the industry.

The post-punk outfit, who reformed in 2007 after 8 years apart, soaked the capacity venue space in their distinctive thrashing guitar sounds as they continued to play ‘Head On’, ‘Far Gone and Out’ and ‘Between Planets’. The band’s impact on musical culture has its roots in The Jesus and Mary Chain’s hugely influential seminal debut record ‘Psychocandy’, the 30th anniversary of which was celebrated last year by a 5 date UK tour.

The crowd danced through the set, with some enjoying re-living their youth through records ‘Snakedriver’, ‘Cracking Up’ and ‘Teenage Lust’, before the headliners played more recent material including ‘All Things Must Pass’, featured in the soundtrack of TV series ‘Heroes’. The anthemic ‘Some Candy Talking’ followed, certainly a crowd favourite of the song writing brothers Jim and William Reid, who’s inspiration evolves from artists including The Velvet Underground and The Shangri-La’s.

‘Just Like Honey, the third single from ‘Psychocandy’ was played next, the album which boasts the original drummer Bobby Gillespie, who has since become synonymous with fellow Creation Records rockers Primal Scream. The set finished with ‘Taste Of Cindy’ and ‘It’s So Hard’.

OUT OF THIS WORLD ARTWORK

Cosmosis Festival encompassed psychedelic diversity, merging art, music and food perfectly. The first floor art exhibition was a welcome break from the noise of the bands playing downstairs.

The exhibition, which took the running theme of astrology, was the product of twelve different artists and was truly through provoking. The chance to put yourself in the heart of the exhibition through the signs of the zodiac installations was unique and interesting.  The art was coupled with dj sets throughout the night and stalls selling an assortment of art, clothing, records, handmade jewellery and poetry. Although it proved a little difficult to locate the various creative spaces it was an enjoyable experience.