A massive big Thank You to everyone who made it to the first night of the first London Popfest! It was wonderful seeing a big queue early on – Jamm was comfortably full even before Let’s Whisper were due on, which was brilliant. And a big thank you to the bands for giving it their all.
There was so much to be happy about: Let’s Whisper had travelled all the way from that America to open for us and they did a wonderful new songs which borrowed bits from ‘Willow’ by the Field Mice and totally killed me. Pocketbooks were celebrating the arrival of their first album. They held it in their hands for the first time that very evening. It looks beautiful! Everyone go and buy it (it sold like hot cakes on the merch stall, John reports). The School were completely lovely, all excited about being around for the whole Popfest and happy to have just been announced as one of the bands for Indietracks. Simon Love was drumming for them for the first time and he was ace. Couldn’t believe it! Then, after a beer accident that nearly blew the place off (well, the music stopped for a while), Pelle Carlberg took the stage only to drive the popkids completely crazy: there were singalongs, dancing with abandon, laughter – it was lovely. His companion is really something to behold as well: he was playing the bass and drumming with his feet, while doing backing vocals, ALL AT THE SAME TIME. They were really great. Ian HDIF played a fantastic indiepop set, even after one of the decks died and we had a little dance at the end and yay, we’re ready for tonight. Tonight!
Here are some photos from last night that John Jervis took. There’s now a London Popfest group on flickr for you to add any photos!