Andy O'Hare: I was still buzzing from the previous night as I made my way over to Bridge Bash. It'd been a brilliant opening night and once again there were no queues for parking or entry to this incredibly well-organised festival.
I arrived mid-afternoon just as Droitwich's finest The Crooked Empire hit the stage - a more unexpurgated set than the one I heard from this rock 'n' rolling trio a couple of weeks ago.
They're an outfit you really have to catch live - and preferably after the watershed as well, because sauciness goes hand-in-hand with some of the kickingest riffs doing the rounds in numbers like Baby Bye, Pretty Lips and the standout Bruises.
This was only the second ever gig for the Hannah Dallas-fronted Forever For Now and I was mightily impressed with this rocking outfit, featuring Rich of the Atats and Ben from Heroes Of Hanoi - who've got a classy standout number in The Meaning.
It was great to see the Calm Like A Riot crew, Helen King, Connor Maher and King Dave in the late afternoon sun as we checked out local duo Makale featuring Dave Stone.
I was gobsmacked when MC Tim Gaunt introduced Crooked Empire onto the main stage once again to kick off the evening set.
Apparently there'd been a mini battle-of-the-bands taking place also over the afternoon to open up the main session, which they won.
Somehow I don't think they were expecting this as, by their own admission, they were tired from their set earlier but still delivered a cracking mini-set of quality rocking innuendo.
There was a stunning set to follow from one of the most exciting outfits to emerge locally in the last year.
I'm talking about the Tina V-fronted This Wicked Tongue. This group have evolved from the likes of Blue Radio, Fellfield and Ancient Addicts into one of the must-see emerging acts.
In numbers like Perpetual Motion and their trademark The Simpsons Are On At Six - they've got the firepower to go all the way - so don't say we don't warn you!
By now, I was alternating between the BOOM stage, featuring the enigmatic Emily-fronted punksome fourpiece from Newport MLE and the main stage.
The other group I was checking out was the sadly Jakeless covers outfit The Kitchen on the main stage.
For me, the highlight of the Bridgebash weekend were the Clifton-on-Teme grunge-punksters from 'down-the-road' Nomad 67.
This was stunning stuff, from these guys, with local classics like I Surrender and Times Have Changed.
Athlete finally came on - after making everyone wait around for their hour-long soundcheck in the rain. Why couldn't they just 'get on with it' like all of the other bands during the afternoon was beyond me.