Saturday is a real indulgence on the main stage with an impressive list of acts set to play throughout the day.
Getting the day started is Big Heath, known as ‘that fat white rapper’ on his twitter bio, and making a real movement in London. His unique image is gaining a lot of endearment and popularity and it was a smart move by Sundown organisers to officially get the festival going with comedy and self-deprecation. Although short and sweet, his love and energy is infectious as he gets the crowd rowdy chanting, “when I say Big, you say fucking heath” and sings his new song, ‘Trigga Blow”. It’s superficial and shallow to say that he doesn’t look like a rapper, but he does sounds like one. His lyrics flow well and his sound is smooth. He ended his set with huge cheers from the crowd and a, “when you say fat, I say fucker” and bowing out.
After his performance, Sundown Festival takes on a literal meaning as the rain begins to drizzle. No-one is bothered much at this stage though and stay to watch M.O perform an entertaining rendition of Destiny Child’s, ‘Bug A Boo’. They end their set with their top 20 single, ‘Who Do You Think Of” and manage to get everyone jumping.
Not forgetting the other two stages and talent to catch elsewhere, especially over at the UKF stage with legendry David Rodigan, Diskord and My Nu Leng, it’s time to visit Defected In The House.
In the House tent, it is nearly full and Lee Walker’s set is heavy with liquid bassy synth stabs; fast and powerful leads and a real party atmosphere. DJ Crooker takes over and the transition is perfect as it sounds unnoticeable, but his different sound is soon noticed as the rhythm begins to slow down and mellow.
Meanwhile, in the Ministry of House tent, it is packed and Diskord are giving immense energy as their unique drum work and gritty neurofunk reese basses are getting everyone fired up. It’s getting really hardcore in here and the L-Accoustic Vdux sound system gets the bass really vibrating throughout the body.
Elf Kid gets his turn to spin as ‘The One to Watch On Red Bull’s 25 under 25’ list, the young South-East London MC is becoming grime’s new golden boy and gives a good performance.
DJ Zinc gave an unconventional ending to his set. With no trace of drum n bass he plays The Jacksons, ‘Blame It On The Boogie’ with the MC singing along and getting the crowd to join. It’s a very odd choice for the old-school drum n bass DJ, but it is fun and the audience is enjoying it.
Veteran DJ David Rodigan matched Diskords high energy and his stamina is impressive as he bounces up and down on the stage. Rodigan has been deejaying for over three decades and it doesn’t look like he will be stopping anytime soon.
Trying to not getting too carried away in Ministry of Sound tent, it’s back to the Main Stage and Becky Hill makes her appearance looking glorious, despite the grey clouds, in her signature style wearing a bright pink playsuit and is full of energy ready to perform. She gets sentimental and performs her first release, “Back to My Love”. After spending most of her musical career working with other artists, she’s gaining real presence stepping out alone and is a delight to watch.
Later on, Dizzie Rascal gets everyone going with ‘Fix up, Look Sharp’. Twelve years on and the rapper is still current and is a fine addition to the urban sound this weekend.
Again, at the main stage again, after a long anticipated wait, Jesse Glyne finally makes an appearance and the festivalgoers swarm to the main stage. Meanwhile, My Nu Leng is only one half today as the other is doing another show on the opposite side of the country. But he isn’t alone as MC Dread accompanies him. With a vast range of musical influences, their sound is unique and stands out. Known for the dark smoldering vibe, there is an exciting buzz surrounding them as they gain fans all over the world and it’s not hard to understand why. Their set has equal enthusiasm from the crowd as Diskord and the interview with them later will be insightful.
Ending the main stage are the notorious Chase & Status who are clearly big fans of Sundown Festival as they take the stage again for the third time. Of course, the final show of the night is going to the best, with favorites such as, There’s Nowhere To Run’, ‘I Will Let You Go’’, ‘ If You Can Find the Time”, “Blind Faith (sensation)” and ‘I Feel So Alive’, being played their performance is on a whole another level. The crowd put their hands up in the air, sing, cry and scream throughout. Flames and confetti blast in the air. And then, finally, Chase and Status end the night thanking everyone with, “Norwich it’s been a fucking pleasure, thank you”.
It is a blissful ending to a fantastic day. Sundown Festival is a surprising treat to pop and urban fans alike
This Sundown Festival article was written by Giselle Tadman, a GIGsoup contributor. Header photo by ali_howard91