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Was Lily Allen Big Weekend highlight?

By Greg Cochrane
Newsbeat music reporter

The Prodigy survived a technical scare to top off the final day of this year's Radio 1 Big Weekend in Swindon but who else was worth checking out?

Lily Allen
Lily Allen played a cover of Britney Spears' Womanizer at Big Weekend

Any normal festival's final day would be a mass of punters sporting tent-styled hair woozily tucking into giant Yorkshire puddings and vitamin milkshakes.

No such attitude at Radio 1's Big Weekend. Following Snow Patrol's Saturday night spectacular Sunday sees 20,000 fresh faces and 25 acts across four stages preparing to send off Swindon.

Pulling the curtains open on the BBC Introducing Stage local lads Beatbullyz can't really go wrong. As hometown heroes their fast paced take on The Streets kicks proceedings off in cheery fashion.

Speaking of cheery… "We've been White Lies and this is Death". Party music it isn't but the London three-piece prove there's plenty of groove in their gloom as they hurry through the majority of debut LP To Lose My Life opening the INMWT stage.

Two minutes before being introduced by DJ Huw Stephens [wearing a full hawk costume] Pip Brown, otherwise known as Ladyhawke, is sat with paramedics after suffering an allergic reaction to dinner the previous night.

However, the Kiwi songstress has come a long way in the past 12 months, selling a respectable amount of records on the sly and polishing her live show. From Dusk Til Dawn and Delirium prove rumbling highlights.

White Lies
White Lies opened Sunday with a set on the INMWT stage

Drum 'n' bass rave

London drum 'n' bass mob Chase & Status appear to have acquired a drum kit from outer space [a huge chrome bendy-arch structure] as they turn the INMWT stage into a sweaty heap as Pendulum did this time last year.

Rapper Plan B, now with hair, joins them for hardcore rave up Pieces - a taste, perhaps, of the carnage The Prodigy can expect later.

Little Comets meanwhile are hanging the rest of the bands out to dry. Literally.

The Newcastle foursome string two washing lines across the Introducing stage and hang an assortment of tambourines, shakers and cowbells to embellish their slick Mystery Jets-esque output.

Marina, from Marina And The Diamonds, is what most nans would refer to as "a little miss". Cocky in a Cleopatra leotard her Regina Specktor-esque theatrics are both camp, kooky and compelling.

Enter Shikari's presence on the INMWT stage incites the weekend's first - and without doubt the weekend's most violent - circle mosh pit. The St Alban's band's brand of sport-metal rattles the tent and threatens to dislodge the tent pegs.

Following that, Beth Ditto characteristically hoisting up her cape-like dress, is in playful form, appropriating the words to her own band's biggest hit.

The Gossip
The Gossip's Beth Ditto spent much of their set in amongst the crowd

"Swindon in the way of control," she bellows stood 20 deep into the crowd before a bleeding foot forces her back onstage.

Something is lost in the vast gap between Franz Ferdinand and the crowd over on the main stage. Although the Glaswegians look fresh - rifling through No You Girls, Walk Away and closer This Fire - their set doesn't quite ignite in the way it should.

Meanwhile, Maximo Park show them how energy is transferred by plugging into their rabid fans like an electric socket. Singer Paul Smith's trademark scissor kicks, as ever, are reliably impressive.

Headline acts

The talk, as they say, is over. With the orange evening sun low in the sky Lily Allen takes to the main stage in a pair of white trainers and a patterned dress.

"This one is for all the couples out there," she says cheekily before Who'd Have Known and dedicating It's Not Fair to "all the ladies".

She closes with four bona fide crowd pleasers, Smile, The Fear, followed by a brief cover of Kid Cudi's Day And Night and Britney Spears' Womanizer as her dad watches on.

The Enemy, disappointed to be clashing with The Prodigy, show real venom headlining the INMWT stage. They look like boys with something to prove and sound like, as main man Tom Clarke himself said, "an elephant and a woolly mammoth glued together."

And then the main event. Like three prize-fighters The Prodigy take to the floorboards of the big top.

Keith shows off a newly shaved [singular] Mohawk, red jeans and white wrestling belt. Sparring partner Maxim sports boxing boots and smudged silver face-paint as he eye-balls the front row.

The Prodigy
The Prodigy survived a technical scare to headline the main stage

Within a song and a half their own determination to be the loudest band of the weekend has tripped out the sound desk and blown the electric circuit, dropping the stage into silence.

There's 10 minutes of crowd unrest and uncertainty before they re-take the stage with Omen.

It's combative high energy dance at its very best - Flint diving into the crowd during current single Warrior's Dance.

Voodoo People, Invaders Must Die, Diesel Power, Take Me To The Hospital and finally Out Of Space are all set to the spectacular sight of thousands of people losing control.

As 20,000 sweet-soaked punters stream back out through Lydiard Park's gates, Radio 1's Big Weekend is officially deemed a success.

2010, wherever it may be, can't come soon enough.



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