Rockaway Beach 2018 - Saturday

Easing us into day two at Rockaway Beach were Portsmouth's Melt Dunes. Their set went down really well, again the beach-goers were ready for a music fix despite yesterday's revellery. 

With epic length songs laden with psychedelic swirling guitars and meandering bass-lines interspersed with appropriately fairground-esque moments, Melt Dunes took us on a sprawling psychedelic journey of sound.

 melt dunes

melt dunes

 melt dunes

melt dunes

 melt dunes

melt dunes

Next up Lower Slaughter put on a great show. Singer Sinead's hardcore screams we set off by the standard hardcore sound of the band, with some delicious breakdowns we are pretty sure these guys will have picked up new followers from a great set.

Moderate Rebels were up next and slowed the pace a little with a much more indie vibe. 

 Moderate rebels

Moderate rebels

 moderate rebels

moderate rebels

 moderate rebels

moderate rebels

Next up still on the Reds stage Soccer Mommy, Sophie Allison's soothingly beautiful bedroom indie-pop was hauntingly chilled. For one lady on a stage she commanded a great presence and the set was full of authentic storytelling - the perfect fit for a Saturday afternoon set.

 soccer mommy

soccer mommy

 soccer mommy

soccer mommy

 soccer mommy

soccer mommy

Back to Reds for London's art-wave collective Snapped Ankles. Playing with performance concepts they were like something out of The Mighty Boosh and the audience were really getting into it. These quirky space cavemen gave us a truly entertaining set, full of tribal rhythms and not at all a 'Misery'.

 snapped ankles

snapped ankles

 snapped ankles

snapped ankles

 snapped ankles

snapped ankles

Desperate Journalist were next up and their great well rounded set was met with rapturous applause. Many wee saying it was the best set of the day so far.

 desperate journalist

desperate journalist

 desperate journalist

desperate journalist

 desperate journalist

desperate journalist

Another chilled out act She Drew The Gun was up next, this was music as poetry, grasping you and drawing you in. The impassioned beautifully toned voice of singer Louisa's vocals are central with the band balancing out with a softly layered musical tapestry. All the songs went down really well, especially the evocative 'Poem' which was fantastic to see live. The room was packed out with a sea full of captivated faces and drew by far the biggest round of applause of the day. 

 she drew the gun

she drew the gun

 she drew the gun

she drew the gun

 she drew the gun

she drew the gun

Pulled Apart By Horses were the last band on Reds Stage for Saturday - they always give a great performance with a frenetic live show and their sustained energy was a thing of marvel once again. They made a point of thanking Rockaway Beach saying it's a great thing they have got going on down here and told us how much they were looking forward to Wild Beasts later on.

 pulled apart by horses

pulled apart by horses

 pulled apart by horses

pulled apart by horses

 pulled apart by horses

pulled apart by horses

Over on the Centre Stage British Sea Power before last live band of the evening Wild Beasts who played their last ever festival performance. As usual that was not all, there was still the DJ set, today from the iconic Steve Lamacq.

 british sea power

british sea power

 wild beasts

wild beasts

 wild beasts

wild beasts

 wild beasts

wild beasts