The Descendents

Whilst Muse bring their big budget, bloated pomp rock to the main stage and overindulgent fest goers throw shapes at Belgian brothers 2manydjs in the NME tent, a small but dedicated crowd assemble for Descendents.

Despite thousands of fans experiencing below par performances and disappointment from the band in April due to lead singer Milo losing his voice during a gig and having to cancel subsequent London shows, this hadn't stopped a throng of excitable festival goers from assembling to steal a glimpse of punk rock royalty.

With arguably their more recognised songs 'I'm The One' and 'In My Room' getting early airings, the edges of the crowd disappointingly begin to fray halfway through their hour long set. But seemingly buoyed by this mass exodus, the band appear to play harder, more determined to keep their assembled flock.
They play so hard in fact that that the drummer's head begins to steam under the harsh spot lights crudely lighting the stage. Although it is doubtful that he would combust under the thunderous and relentless intensity of his playing, Bill Stevenson sure puts in a good impression of someone who could.

But despite the sudden lack of bodies in the tent, the short, rat-tat-tat-tat burst of 'Everything Sux' sends the remaining crowd into a frenzy of flailing limbs and fingers pointed skyward, reigniting the audience again and easing off the chill of the winds beating their way into the arena.

As the band leave the stage, a resolute crowd refuses to move. The repeat of "We want more" reaches to fill the lofty peaks of the Lock-Up tent, and teamed with the sound of a thousand hands clapping beneath the domes, the band appear again to appease the hungry attendees.

For those who chose to spend their evening not watching overblown main stage theatrics, it was a LA punk band who first joined forces 33 years ago that were the real main attraction of the evening.