by / September 8th, 2011 /

Electric Picnic 2011: The Cast Of Cheers, Gemma Hayes, The Minutes

The Cast Of Cheers, Cosby Stage

There’s a warm Sunday afternoon welcome home for the recently relocated The Cast Of Cheers, who overcame the unfortunate saga of equipment theft to but on a powerful a set in on the Cosby Stage. One of the most talked about bands of 2010 thanks to their distinctive name, widely celebrated debut release Chariot and stellar live reputation, they live up to their own hype and then some. The crowd pleasers go down a treat as always, but far more interesting are the new tracks of the much anticipated follow-up to their debut which, if we’re to judge on today’s set, is something to look forward to very much indeed.

Gemma Hayes, Crawdaddy Stage

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No stranger to the stages of Stradbally, Gemma Hayes returns to the Electric Picnic to put on a show which offers her adoring audience the finest examples of her work to date. Hayes and her band put every minute of their set to good use with a perfect mix of songs old and new, and a brilliant cover of The Buzzcocks ‘Ever Fallen In Love’ to boot. Her voice is in top form – an extended rendition of ‘Tear In My Side’ is stunning, as is ‘Let a Good Thing Go’. However it’s the tracks of most recent release Let It Break that show off just how far Hayes has come as a musician, breaking away from her guitar to take on piano duties for ‘All I Need’ and teaming up on synths with Ann Scott for ‘Ruin’. Her charming stage presence completes the whole package of what was a fantastic set.

The Minutes, Cosby Stage

It’s been a very busy summer for The Minutes, conquering festivals one by one with their ferocious sound, both at home and in the UK. The songs of debut album Marcata have proven to work incredibly well in a live setting, and are delivered with such flair and confidence that it’s impossible not to be sucked into the raw rockin’ energy that this band exude on stage. The attitude is all part of the appeal too, of course – lead singer Mark Austin’s approach to addressing a crowd never ceases to entertain. From the thundering intro of ‘Black Keys’, to the brilliant riffs of ‘Gold’, to the epic set closer ‘I.M.O.T.D’ – The Minutes deliver an Electric Picnic performance which holds its momentum right until the end.

See Sunday’s full gallery of photos by Damien McGlynn here.