Rock in the Bog fans savour a special weekend in Lewes

Rock In The Bog made a triumphant return to Lewes, writes Mark Greenwood.

Last year the two-day festival had to be cancelled because the site was waterlogged, but for 2013 the weather could not have been kinder.

Scott Free, a five piece band aged between 16 and 18, got things off to a great start. They were followed by The Meow Meows, a Brighton-based Ski group who set the stage alight with their electric performance, stunning brass section, and out and out madness.

Speaking of which, the Friday headliners were of course Los Palmas 6, the country’s leading Madness tribute band who emulated the sound and style of the originals superbly.

Elliot’s Sleeping opened the festival on Saturday with a stunning set of their self-written material, followed by Horseface who had also agreed to re-schedule at short notice.

Mark Chadwick of The Levellers fame, took to the stage as a surprise special guest and supplied an hour of classic Levellers songs.

He was followed by Brighton rock bands Liquid Fuse and FitsRoy who both tore up the stage with their anthemic rock guitar sounds, and self-written material.

Bournemouth-based Voodoo Vegas were the main support act for this year’s event and set the scene perfectly for headliners, Kings ov Leon.

In many cases tribute artists can be found to be reasonably accurate in mimicking the real band, but with Kings ov Leon you could shut your eyes and easily believe that the world famous act had come to Lewes.

Perfect musicality, and a lead vocal that you could not easily distinguish from that of Caleb Followill (Kings of Leon) throughout their 90-minute set, brought the 2013 festival to a close, with well-known singalong classics such as Sex on Fire, Use Somebody, Pyro and Radioactive, together with a few lesser known album tracks.