For a festival once described as – with sun and sand instead of mud and rain – it's somewhat ironic that, even at a fairly sweltering 30°C, it's hotter in London this year.
Sound On Sound talks to Kent Spong, Synthesiser Repair Man, about analogue’s enduring appeal, exploding Moogs, and the importance of knobs.
In the grand surroundings of Chelsea's Cadogan Hall, Gonzales strides on stage dressed like an outré Noel Coward in monogrammed dressing gown and slippers.
Adam Ant live at the Roundhouse, London, May 2013. Photo: Rachel Lipsitz
Adam and the Ant’s huge hits in the early 1980s – at one point he had eight records in the charts simultaneously – are indelibly burnt into anyone …
Descending into The Nest there is only darkness, and disco. Red lasers and lights barely cut the gloom, bodies whisper to each other in the club's seated alcoves, or writhe under the barely-clad ladies of 1970s sexploitation film posters on the walls.
A spectacular slice of winning electro-pop that could inspire religious fervour in the hardest heart...
For the opening date of their tour it also strikes a tone for the rest of the set, in turn salutatory and melancholy.
After six years and two albums The Slits split in 1982. Albertine trained in film, made a career for herself as a director, got married, and had a daughter. You know, life stuff. And then life stuff happened, and Viv is writing songs again.
FIDLAR - somewhere between the Beach Boys and the Monkees of punk.
Prog is back. When math-rock behemoths Battles dropped debut album 'Mirrored' in 2007 they must have opened the a rift in the fabric of space-time through which poured generation-old ideas of lyric-less extended instrument breakdowns, extreme time changes, key-shifts and general proggery.
Bassoon – you don't get many of those in bands these days. Moulettes
are nothing if not the exception to this and many other rules – swashbuckling genre raiders armed with cello, double bass, violin, autoharp, harmonium, glockenspiel and more besides.
A night of shoegaze and drone bands, but it's the Gallic double-hander of Stereolab frontwoman and everybody's favourite Marxist lyricist Laetitia Sadier and the all-female Deux Furiouses that people have come to see.