THERE was a more chilled out vibe to the second day of Basingstoke Live after the rocking start on July 8.

Once again the sun was shining, on Sunday, July 9, as the crowd gathered early to see the musical musings of Alex Middleton and Lily Kyle opening the main stage.

Their take on well-known songs was the perfect tone setter for the rest of the day.

Alex said: “Opening the stage was a bit weird, but in a good way. I’ve never really done a festival like this so it was an incredible experience to step out and see people singing back to us.”

With the heat still unbearable to be in for too long, the Unplgd! Stage was the perfect place for some rest bite.

With Paige Heath entertaining the audience with her ukulele to Steve Donnelly bringing his traditional folk music this was the perfect place for a bit of tranquillity.

Stage compere Ray Harvey told The Gazette: “I think people just want to have an area which is away from the noise and they can sit down and enjoy some music.

“in the early parts of the day we had some young children in the audience so I think it is ideal for them because they can just take everything in.”

From chilled and tranquil, to fast and brutal over at the Amped Stage, where End of Salvation’s thrash riffs got heads banging and a few members of the crowd moshing. There was even a rendition of Happy Birthday for the bands bass player.

Once again the Sunrise Stage was where the party was, with One Step Too Late getting the audience skanking along and Groove Republic getting people singing every word.

Closing out the two-day musical extravaganza, and consequently the whole Basingstoke Festival were big beat, electronica act Dub Pistols.

With the sun still shining, the band closed the festival in the party spirit just as it had begun.