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Big Weekend: Best of the rest
by Kev Geoghegan
Newsbeat music reporter in Maidstone, Kent

Black Kids
Black Kids drew a large crowd for the first band of the day

While The Kooks rocked the Main stage, some of the best music was coming from the smaller bands on other stages. Here's a roundup of the best.

Black Kids flew in from Toronto, especially to open the In New Music We Trust stage and fly back to Boston less than 24 hours later.

Extravagantly haired singer Reggie Youngblood told Newsbeat: "It was delightfully dope. It feels great to be back in the UK, even if it's only for a few days."

The band drew a large crowd for the first band of the day, the biggest reception was reserved for their new single I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You, which promoted a sing along from the audience.

Their final track Look At Me When I Rock Witchu also prompted some unusual dancing in the crowd.

Youngblood said: "Yeah there was a bit of moshing going on. I was a bit concerned but at least it meant everyone was enjoying themselves."



Possibly the coolest Frenchmen in Maidstone on Sunday.

The Parisian duo, Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay, rocked the crowd early in the afternoon.

They created one of the festival moments, when they dropped in their remix of Simian's Never Be Alone.

Around 10,000 people chanted the chorus, "We are…your friends", in unison. Truly a spine-tingling moment.

De Rosnay said: "Yeah, we had a lot of fun, it was the first time we did something like this.

"It was not a live set that we play usually and it wasn't a DJ set.

"It was somewhere in the middle and it took us about ten minutes before we were having fun. Really cool."



Not an easy act to follow, but drum and bass rockers Pendulum delivered a set which more than competed with Justice for set of the day.

Hundreds of people braved the scorching sun to crowd round the full-to-capacity INMWT stage as they crashed through a 30 minute set.

Their fans seem to be made of an equal number of rock kids and dance kids.

Gareth from the band said: "Judging by the moshpit, maybe not. There seemed to be a bit of chaos down there."

Kodish added: "To be honest, that's what we like. To get all those people together and just make everyone totally confused."

Ebony Bones

Ebony Bones
One of the harder acts to categorise.

Ebony Thomas, 26, was an actress who starred in the ill fated soap Family Affairs for seven years and was even nominated for sexiest character on several occasions.

Now she has her own band and they sound like, well, it's a bit tribal/punk/nu-wave carnival. A little bit like The Go Team playing a Sex Pistols song with whistles.

They band played midway through the afternoon on the BBC Introducing Stage and managed to wring some crazy dancing out of the punters.

The Wombats

The Wombats
The Wombats played to a packed tent in the early evening.

The Liverpool band was joined on stage by their latest addition to their show - a 10ft tall inflatable wombat.

There was some crowd surfing during a rousing version of Lets Dance To Joy Division and they showcased a new song, How To Pack Your Bags And Leave.

Singer Murph cryptically explained the song was about feeling terrible on New Year's Day.

The band also built a makeshift bar in the artist's car park called "The Wombar".

Surely a first.

Golden Silvers

Golden Silvers

Golden Silvers headlined the BBC Introducing stage

The north London band are still pretty unknown and play a strange breed of 60s psychedelia meets 70s funk meets 80s electro.

They are due to play Glastonbury after winning an unsigned competition and already have the support of Radio 1's Rob Da Bank.

Sadly their tent was half empty with bands like The Zutons and The Enemy on the other stages but we should be hearing a lot more from Ben Moorehouse, Gwylim Gold and Alexis Nunez.

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