By Max Howells
Dizzee Rascal makes his Jersey Live debut on Saturday night
After two days of music, Jersey's flagship music festival is over for another year.
Over 9,000 people were welcomed through the gates for the sixth Jersey Live.
From the classically elegant Spiegel Tent, to the gritty intimacy of the Les Inrocks stage and the grandeur of the main arena, Jersey Live came of age this year.
"It is no longer just about the dance arena and the main stage," said festival organiser Warren Holt.
Local blues act The Dirty Aces kicked off the main stage shortly after midday with typically robust performance.
This set the mood for the afternoon with The Antlers and Frank Turner, who also performed in the VIP Spiegel Tent, keeping the crowd buoyant throughout the afternoon, before the smaller venues opened.
Local interest focused on the Big Tease tent, bands The Valentines and Marvel cementing their well deserved reputations.
A weekend of costume and unconventional Victorian charm was closed on Sunday evening, by a truly alternative performance by Jersey boys, Brave Yesterday.
When the sun set it was the Dance Arena that drew the crowd. Dan Le Sac & Scroobius Pip, along with the supreme talent of Beardyman, created an intense, edgy atmosphere, arguably unparalleled all weekend.
DJ Yoda carried on the mantle into a second night and, despite the Casiokids being a 'no show', even the headline acts couldn't tempt the punters away from the festival's largest contained venue.
Though Basement Jaxx were the official headline act on day one, it was Dizzee Rascal who stole the show.
Several younger fans were lifted out of the throng by security, after concerns over safety, but it was the rapper's consummate performance that will be remembered.
"S'long as everyone's buzzin' and havin' a good time, that's what festivals are about, man," Dizzee Rascal said afterwards.
On Sunday, Doves set was cut short due to technical difficulties leaving some fans feeling frustrated.
However, the problem was soon sorted leaving the stage set for the final and arguably most anticipated act of the weekend, The Kooks.
They performed for over an hour, provoking tears from some fans and adulation from others. After the indie rocker's left the arena, most made for the exits.
Those that stayed were treated to a spectacular performance from French star Kap Bambino at the Les Inrocks tent.
More than 9,000 peole attended Jersey Live this year
The small, pulsating venue was the last to clear. Its unconventional blend of French, British and American acts was a glorious revelation for many.
Among the highlights were experimental French three-piece, Gablé.
Using improvised instruments including, plastic trays, toy guitars and miniature milk churns and backed by and array of vocal gymnastics, they left a stunned crowd desperate for more.
Despite deliciously personal performances from Emily Loizeau and Cocoon, the Spiegel Tent was not the draw it was anticipated to be, the lure of the main stage proving too strong for many.
By managing to steadily push boundaries and preserve a friendly atmosphere, Jersey Live is a festival of universal appeal; one that continues to go from strength to strength.
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I thought Jersey Live was brilliant, but was extremly let down by the organisation on the Sunday evening, closing off the Big Tease tent where Brave Yesterday were playing due to "health and safety" involving the dance tent!? surely they could have just blocked off that part, and not disturbed the local bands performance, isnt the main idea of Jersey Live to promote our local talent?
Dizzee Rascal was awesome but the crowds at the front of the stage are SO dangerous and more crowd control needs to be in place. Same thing happened when Prodigy came over.
Me and my friends came out covered in bruises are being crushed by hundreds of people trying to push their way to the front. Sort it out JL security instead of just standing there!
Dizzee Rascal was amazing.. the other werent so good.. more acts like that for next year!
@JF Dizee Rascal is a act for not soooooooo clever young people, he sings about stuff not soooooo clever young people like. A Brit trying to be American if you like.
A most interesting, informative and well-written article. However, I would be more interested to hear about the musical of the Classical and Baroque styles available on the island. Who is "Dizee Rascal" anyway?
the digeridoo player at the entrance was great!! he should have been on the main stage yeah!
Fantastic first time ever will run back next year well done the organisers they left no stone unturned well organised transport fantastic well done..