Friday, 9 July 2010

Topshop and TCT Bandstand Picnic

Summer’s greatest accomplice has always been the sun. When they get their timing right the hottest season and the hottest star make the most perfect of teams. Fortunately for London’s Topshop and Teenage Cancer Trust Bandstand Picnic Saturday 12 June was one of those days. Starting from midday the green grounds of Regent’s College were transformed into a small picnic like fete with “egg and spoon” and “sack” races. Those who were not participating could be heard in the distance enjoying the musically entertainment provided by the day’s musicians. The tiny bandstand was the stage from which bands including Charlotte Hatherley, Chew Lips and Ladyhawke (dj set) preformed. 
British indie-pop guitarist and singer-songwriter Charlotte Hatherley played a set of breezy, up-lifting, new-wave surging songs that emphasised sing-song lyrics, acoustic solos and female empowerment. Confident vocals and chiming guitars led the way though favourites ‘New Worlds’, ‘White’, Foo-Fighters-like ‘Colours’ and gentler ‘Alexander’. Best known for playing in other people’s bands (previously Ash and currently Bat For Lashes) today Hatherley proved she is no body’s back-up.
Three piece Chew Lips ecstatically played through their sunny synth dappled bevy of songs while bass player James Watkins and guitarist Will Sanderson rocked in their respective corners, petite vocalist Tigs drenched in sequins jumped about the stage as she bellowed into the microphone. Lo-fi electro dances tunes included: Slick, Solo, Karen and Salt Air. Though small in stature, powerful lead Tigs reflects the forward direction in which the London band are heading.
To end the classic picnic affair was New Zealand export Ladyhawke. The dishevelled blond took to the decks and played an eclectic mix of tunes ranging from The Cure, Ray Charles to Billy Ray Cyrus. As the tracks faded out T4 presenter Jameela Jamil jumped on stage and swiftly handed out prizes to those who’s “egg and spoon” and “sack” racing abilities exceeding their competitors. Congrats to my amigo Daniel ‘Danny’ Rice who is now the proud owner of a £100 Topshop voucher; personal shopper to boot.

Photo by Brooke Nipar.

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