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Editors headlined the main stage
Guernsey Live 2008 - Day 1
By Tom Girard
A mix of local and British talent took over the Victoria Avenue playing fields on Saturday 3 May 2008 for the first day of Guernsey Live.
I have to admit that before today I had been sceptical about Guernsey Live, the latest addition to Guernsey's music festival calendar, but by the time Editors left the stage at ten o'clock I had been well and truly converted.
Though there were only a few in the playing fields at Victoria Avenue for opening act Schillaci the area already had the feeling of a full on festival thanks, at least in part, to the very impressive main stage.
Borrowed from the Glastonbury festival, the stage, complete with a full lighting and sound rig and big screens, was a very impressive structure which somewhat dwarfed the days first band, though those who had shown up early seemed to appreciate Schillaci's electronic rock and by the end of their set there seemed to a small but enthusiastic group calling out for more.
Second on was the first of the day's local acts, emo-rockers The Escape Fall. Despite a few technical problems while setting up they were soon well on their way and the still small crowd seemed to be enjoying the set.
Sam of The Escape Fall
Playing all material taken from their new album, which was available for the first time today, the band took great advantage of the bigger stage, and singer Sam Meader really did his best to connect with the crowd over the camera and security area and for the most part seemed to succeed.
While some of the growing crowd seemed to dismiss the band instantly for being 'emo' enough were on the band's side to make this a successful start for today's Guernsey acts.
With more people slowly trickling into the arena it was soon time for My Last Victory to make their return to a Guernsey stage.
My Last Victory
Having last played in Guernsey at last year's Vale Earth Fair and now with a new guitarist in tow, My Last Victory started out with a bang and didn't drop the energy for their whole 25 minute set.
Playing a mix of material from across their time as a band, today was probably one of the best performances I have ever seen the band give. The addition of extra backing vocals from Josh Fletcher and Dave Tree’s second lead guitar have filled out the band's sound brilliantly and, if the new song they played for us today is anything to go by, My Last Victory are continuing to grow into a truly epic metal force.
The last of today's main stage local acts were increasingly unclassifiable rockers Teaspoonriverneck.
Erneck of Teaspoonriverneck
From the off the band were oozing confidence as they stormed through 'Blonde Witch' from their self titled debut record and between songs Erneck seemed at ease talking to the crowd.
The real treat of their set today though was the debut of three brand new songs that had never been heard before, at least never "on these shores", as Erneck put it.
Mixing various sounds, and in one case featuring vocals from Onriv, the new material showed Teaspoonriverneck are never a band to stand still and today's full on rendition of 'Eaten By The Devil', which closed the set, left the crowd wanting more.
last updated: 07/05/2008 at 16:24
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