Last weekend saw the annual BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend pitch up in Swindon. A quick flick through the online highlights revealed a none too shoddy line-up, and we were spared any contact with 'presenters' Edith Bowman and Reggie Yates = result.
OK, so obvious chart botherers Calvin, Dizzee, Lily, Akon, Kasabian, Franz and er, Chris Moyles all plugged their latest records/tours/weight loss but there were also sets from the very new Temper Trap, promising indie-geeks Bombay Bicycle Club and god-like disco boys Friendly Fires.
There's a ton of footage over at Radio 1's homepage, while we've scoured YouTube for embeddable highlights - enjoy...
Calvin Harris played his pop hit 'I'm Not Alone' - a chavvy rave-up with wayward vocals. Highlight comes 4m 10secs in; "Swindon, get ready to go off!!"
Dizzee Rascal goes 'Bonkers'. Noisy:
Friendly Fires 'Jump In The Pool'. Yes please:
Is that Kings of Leon? No it's Midlands apes Kasabian easing through 'Empire':
Like your pop soppy? Getting wallowing with The Script's 'Breakeven' (SPOILER: it's a fan video):
Recession = the return of escapist, fantasy pop (see La Roux, Little Boots, Marina and the Diamonds). Lad rock is dead - try telling that to The Enemy:
Alesha Dixon's 'The Boy Does Nothing' still sounds fresh even with ropey dance moves:
White Lies. Immaculate on record, 'Fairwell to the Fairground' sounds a little tired here:
'Kingdom of Rust' by Doves. Nuff said, these blokes deserve every accolade they'll pick up via their new album:
P.S. Where were Great Britain's best pop band - A.K.A Take That?
Oh, found 'em: