X&Y Festival 2015 Gallery: Arts Club, Liverpool

Idle Frets

Idle Frets at X&Y Festival

With Hudson Taylor, Amber Run and Liverpool favourites The Hummingbirds heading up the bill, Getintothis’ Simon Lewis and Chris Flack present the very finest of snaps from this year’s Arts Club all-dayer.

Flawlessy organised and loyally attended, X & Y‘s latest Liverpool visit saw the Arts Club alight with fresh-faced energy for one tough mudder of a day.

Set over two floors of the Arts Club, for just about 9 hours, one set after another kept a frantic pace for music lovers quite clearly intent on tasting all the festival had on offer.

This, however, was to be no marathon, rather the best stairmaster session you’ll ever have, a sterling selection of bands meaning that our not wishing to miss a thing had us up and down twice for every set.

Dublin brothers Hudson Taylor‘s anthemic lilts of folk topped the bill in crowd-pleasing style, along with Nottingham melancholy-pop fivesome Amber Run and hometown heroes The Hummingbirds.

Fellow Liverpudlians The Jackobins took their own brief time on the boards with their usual anthemic vigour, as did hotly-tipped teenage Huyton prospect Paddy Clegg, Wirral guitar-pop outfit 23 Fake Street and the hard-rocking Black Diamond.

Also representing the host city were the likes of poised alt-poppers VYNCE, indie starlets Polar States, acoustic singer-songwriter Anna Houghton, alt-rockers The Basement Effect and The Ambition, who warmed up for the subsequent launch of their new EP, as well as newest of the newcomers Cabezudos.

Chester’s Idle Frets were also on hand from the North West, but the night was far from just another local showcase, with south coast outfits Fickle Friends and Blaenavon making the trip up, Scotland’s Fatherson and Model Aeroplanes coming from the opposite direction, and Sheffield’s RedFaces and Londoners Banfi completing a jam-packed bill.

With such a saturation of music on offer, it was probably hard to take the whole thing in, but fortunately our dedicated snappers were on hand to capture the magic, as amply demonstrated in our mammoth gallery below.

Photos by GetintothisSimon Lewis and Chris Flack