Astral Coast is a 'festival' of sorts, designed to showcase the local up-and-coming talent across Merseyside. Liverpool is a city rich with musical talent - and the scousers had their fair share of names on the bill - but the Wirral is too, which was certainly proven on Saturday night.
By the Sea are a band I've spoken about many times, and it's for a good reason. This was actually the first time I'd seen them play live, and - unsurprisingly - the room was packed out for their set. Opening with their latest single, 'I See A Crystal Sky', went down well. They continued to play a good stint of new stuff, which sounds a lot less dream-like than their debut, but excellent nonetheless. 'Endless Days, Crystal Sky' is released on 18th August.
The festival organisers had clearly thought about reducing delays and keeping performances constant throughout the day by having two stages at the festival. This meant that as one band finished on one stage, another began on the next so there was always something to see, and no clashes! Bird were a discovery I made due to this setup, and their music was absolutely mesmerising. Having two female vocalists added depth to their barely-there melodies, giving the sound a Warpaint feel. They occasionally erupted into something more brash and grungey -particularly around the choruses - shattering the peace and livening the pace.