Not having had the best weather so far this weekend it was up to Papa Roach to bring a little bit of California with them for their main stage set on Friday. They nearly succeeded too were it not for a downpour early on, which seemed to bother no one in the audience who were clearly there for a good time and, on the strength of latest opus “The Connection” – why wouldn’t you be there?

Opening with ‘Still Swinging’, Papa Roach then wasted no time in busting out ‘Between Angels & Insects’ to the delight of all around, before coming back to newer material in the form of ‘Where Did The Angels Go?’

The band sounded tight and enthused energy throughout their set, which is always enjoyable to see in a band that have been treading the boards for a while and when frontman Jacoby Shaddix announces 2013 sees Papa Roach celebrate 20 years as a band you can’t help but be both impressed and pleased for them.

Papa Roach manage to squeeze a lot into their short set, including ‘…To Be Loved’, ‘Getting Away With Murder’ and, of course, ‘Last Resort’, each song seeming perfect for a festival main stage and Jacoby always being the perfect frontman, be it rocking out on stage, bantering with the audience or getting down along the barrier and smearing mud all over himself just to show that he is just like everyone else.

As the last cries of “PA-PA ROACH! PA-PA ROACH!” ring out across the hallowed grounds, it becomes painfully apparent that anyone considering getting a ticket for the short UK tour in December had better get one quick as it is bound to sell out and be a damn fine show to boot.

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Photo credit: Jessica Gilbert Photography

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