After a massive night, it is time to continue the festival. Alison Wonderland lead the New Years Countdown to a roaring crowd of 15 000 or larger, and everyone partied on long after she left the stage. Tkay Maidza took the stage by storm in the blistering heat of the midday sun on the third day, but the heat didn’t slow her down as she rocketed around stage in an oversized jumper. Her hand movements as she danced were fast, her rapping faster. Visuals of Nyan Cat in various locations were thrown on screen while Tkay performed an impressive set that managed to pull the crowd from their shady positions to the front of stage. The crowd favourites were played, and the crowd managed to bring Brontosaurus to a close, which put a smile on Tkay Maidza’s face. As she closed her set, Tkay was joined on stage by masked, mysterious people equipped with waters guns to spray the crowd, which helped bring a fun close to her intense set. Safia appeared on the Forest stage to a packed tent of sweaty, enthused people. Their set featured soaring, delicate vocals entwining with a tight rhythm section while the notes emanating twinkled over the top. The crowd knew almost every song and so Safia decided to reward them, playing their brand new single live for the first time, along with an emotive cover of Cavalier (originally by James Vincent McMorrow).
As I walked over to the Valley stage, I heard people joking that Vance Joy would just play Riptide for his 45 minute set, since, according to them, “he has no other songs”. I’m sure that, by the end of the set, Vance Joy well and truly proved them wrong. He shyly stepped out of a puff of smoke into the public eye and wasted no time before getting into a song. He spoke a small amount to the crowd, his music did all the talking for him. Many of the fans knew every lyric, and everyone who didn’t appreciated the music all the same. As Vance Joy struck the opening chords of Riptide on his ukulele, the crowd cheered briefly then became almost silent before joining him in singing the song in full. Vance Joy closed the set with This Mess Is Mine, and wished the crowd a happy new year.
Cold War Kids were incredible live. I cannot recommend this band highly enough, both live and their albums. Everyone in the crowd seemed to know every word, and the guys in Cold War Kids fed off that interaction. The highlights of the set were Something is Wrong with Me, Hang Me Up To Dry and Hospital Beds. The day part of the festival is drawing to a close, and the night is soon to begin and The Temper Trap, Run The Jewels, Empire of The Sun and La Roux are set to close the stages tonight.