Lightyear – Slam Dunk Festival 2015

Derby ska-punk legends Lightyear once again (for about the third or fourth time now) reformed to treat the UK to a handful of shows.  Amongst these shows, was Slam Dunk festival which meant the crowd were in for a show. As anyone who saw Lightyear play during their heyday in the early 2000s could tell you, their shows were full of antics which included but not limited to excessive nudity, scaling tent towers to do a trumpet solo and on more than one occasion, stalking Ice-T in a pantomime horse costume.

Starting their set by welcoming everyone in attendance to the “over thirties stage”, Lightyear brought out their biggest and best from their past two album, Call of The Weasel Clan and Chris Gentlemans Hairdresser & Railway Book Shop including Nuff Cuts, Thats The Way It Goes Big Nose, Data’s Double Chin and Pack of Dogs. Delighting the crowd to no end but seemingly causing some confusing to American’s backstage due to their wonderfully British lyrics such as “Your mum’s got big hands and shops at Aldi”.

With a very active set, none of the band members stood still for long, especially not front-man Chas Palmer Williams as he was climbing up into the crowd and on top of the PA system, in one instance even took a photographers camera to help him get some crowd shots. Although it is probably a safe bet to say many crowd members (particularly those at the very front) were glad no nudity ensued, Lightyear’s set was not without antics which included trying to determine whether Keith Chegwin (a British television presenter) was in the crowd, a choreographed dance involving hitting big sticks for two minutes or so and a crowd-surfing pantomime horse. Williams revealed plans a few months ago about their hopes to bring a live pig on stage however they had to settle with throwing Sainsbury’s value Ham into the crowd… Taking aim at vegans.

Lightyear were a solid change of pace for festival being the only British band on the Desperado stage which gave those in attendance a good look at what the British ska-punk scene was capable of in it’s heyday as the band gave it everything they had. With a set that even those unfamiliar with the band could enjoy, with the previously mentioned lyrics and perfectly recited quotes from I’m Alan Partridge, the band mixed things up and shone as one of the highlights from the day.

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