Blissfields Festival, Woodmancott near Winchester

David Cassidy pictured in 2008. Picture: PA

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Thursday night saw Portsmouth’s ‘Road to Blissfields’ winners, Bigtopp unleash their infectious sounds on the Blissfields crowd followed by Six Nation State and Imperial Leisure who finished just in time to welcome in the new day.

Friday morning’s music began with a fantastic bill put together Express FM’s Joel Ransom, who found the perfect balance of undiscovered artists, and rising stars such as the immensely talented Bebe Black.

Over to the main stage and Jake Bugg blew away the gathered Blissfieldians’, before I took a trip to The Bradley Bubble stage to see Gosport band Bear Cavalry, who brought that marque to life.

As evening approached, King Charles took to the main stage with an outstanding set. His Lady Percival performance was one of my weekend highlights.

With the sun setting, the mighty Guillemots got everyone on their feet with a superb set, followed by a quick trip to the marque, to catch some Citizen! before the calming tones of Patrick Wolf.

The sun was beaming on Vicarage Farm as the final day of music got underway with something truly amazing: a rock band made up of children from the ages of eight to 10. Know as The Mini Band, they were incredible.

Following purr-formances from Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons and the awesome Bastille, my family and I joined in with some circus skill to the sublime back drop of The Dub Pistols going all out on the main stage. Another of my highlights was: Charli XCX. Her unique and energetic show really impressed.

Angel-voiced songstress Charlotte Church sent a heaving Bradley Bubble marque wild as the day went on.

With the end in sight, The Noisettes exploded onto the stage and gave an awe-inspiring performance that cemented them as one of the best acts ever to have headlined Blissfields. You really couldn’t have asked for a better ending to a wondrous festival.

NICK COLLINS