Cool Britannia 2018: Sunday pictures of Knebworth’s new 90s festival

PUBLISHED: 20:51 04 September 2018 | UPDATED: 00:12 20 September 2018

Ocean Colour Scene in the green room at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Ocean Colour Scene in the green room at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

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Britpop stalwarts Ocean Colour Scene closed this year’s Cool Britannia Festival at Knebworth 22 years after supporting Oasis at the same venue.

Heather Small at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSHeather Small at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Riverboat Song stars played a hit-laden set to bring a triumphant first Cool Britannia to a climax at the Hertfordshire stately home on Sunday night before a three-minute fireworks display lit up the Knebworth sky.

Our photographer Kevin Richards was at Knebworth Park the whole weekend.

You can see his Sunday pictures here, including ones of headliners OCS, as well as Heather Small, Cast, Embrace, Razorlight, DJ Dave Pearce and Faithless star Maxi Jazz.

After Happy Mondays had closed the main stage on Saturday night, it was the turn of The South featuring members of The Beautiful South to open the third and final day of the well-run inaugural Cool Britannia.

Heather Small at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSHeather Small at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

With Alison Wheeler and Gaz Birtles sharing vocal duties, The South entertained the early afternoon crowd in the grounds of Knebworth House with favourites such as Don’t Marry Her – the uncensored version – and Perfect 10.

There was then a bit of a Liverpudlian theme, with Space and Cast both taking the stage during the afternoon.

Space got the crowd at the front jumping with their hits Female of the Species and Neighbourhood, while Cast whipped up a Sandstorm with their superb set.

John Power and Co opened with Flying and also played hits Sandstorm and Finetime before a rousing Alright brought to an end one of the performances of the day.

Cast at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSCast at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Sandwiched between the two Liverpool bands’ sets was Heather Small, the unmistakable voice of M People.

She belted out M People hits Open Your Heart, Search for the Hero and number two smash Moving On Up, and made the audience feel Proud with her London 2012 Olympic anthem.

Embrace returned to the Knebworth stage having held one of their ‘secret’ festivals at the Hertfordshire stately home four years ago.

Brothers Danny McNamara and Richard McNamara treated fans to tracks from recent top five album Love is a Basic Need.

Cast at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSCast at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

They also delved into their back catalogue with favourites All You Good Good People, Come Back to What You, Gravity and Ashes before finishing with the title track of their 1998 debut album, The Good Will Out.

Razorlight also came armed with their greatest hits, with main man Johnny Borrell racing through tracks such as Golden Touch, Vice, I Can’t Stop This Feeling I’ve Got, Before I Fall to Pieces and finishing with number one smash America.

Next came one of the surprise successes of the festival – an eclectic DJ set from Maxi Jazz on the main stage.

After Happy Mondays vocalist Rowetta had worn a red Aretha Franklin top the night before, Maxi Jazz paid his own tribute to the Queen of Soul by spinning one of her tunes in his DJ set.

John Power of Cast at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSJohn Power of Cast at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Faithless star also mixed Björk’s Army Of Me with tracks by The Police, The Clash and Rage Against The Machine.

Inevitably, he brought a memorable DJ set to a close by performing Faithless’ rave classic Insomnia, sending the dancing crowd wild.

Ocean Colour Scene, Cool Britannia’s Sunday night headliners, evoked memories of 1996 when they supported Oasis at Knebworth Park with tracks from breakthrough second album Moseley Shoals, including hits The Riverboat Song and The Circle.

With frontman Simon Fowler and guitarist Steve Cradock in fine form, OCS also played Travellers Tune, Get Blown Away and Hundred Mile High City from Marchin’ Already – the album that knocked Oasis’ Be Here Now off the number one spot in 1997.

Cast at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSCast at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

OCS finished with The Day We Caught the Train, which was followed by a fantastic fireworks display by the aptly named Fantastic Fireworks.

That brought to a close the main stage activities, but DJ Dave Pearce continued the party in the Ministry of Sound Big Top.

After a successful debut, the festival is set to return next year.

The question is, who will be on the 2019 Cool Britannia line-up?

John Power of Cast at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSJohn Power of Cast at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Heather Small relaxes backstage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSHeather Small relaxes backstage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Frontman Danny McNamara of Embrace at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSFrontman Danny McNamara of Embrace at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Danny McNamara of Embrace at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSDanny McNamara of Embrace at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Embrace at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSEmbrace at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Danny McNamara of Embrace at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSDanny McNamara of Embrace at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Fans young and a little older loving Embrace at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSFans young and a little older loving Embrace at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Razorlight at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSRazorlight at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Razorlight at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSRazorlight at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Razorlight at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSRazorlight at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Razorlight at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSRazorlight at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Maxi Jazz at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSMaxi Jazz at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Maxi Jazz's DJ set at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSMaxi Jazz's DJ set at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Maxi Jazz DJ Set at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSMaxi Jazz DJ Set at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Ocean Colour Scene at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSOcean Colour Scene at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Simon Fowler of Ocean Colour Scene at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSSimon Fowler of Ocean Colour Scene at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Ocean Colour Scene at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSOcean Colour Scene at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Cool funfair rides at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSCool funfair rides at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Crowds gather at the Main Stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSCrowds gather at the Main Stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Heather Small at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSHeather Small at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Heather Small at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSHeather Small at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Cast at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSCast at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Cast at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSCast at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Cast at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSCast at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Cast at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSCast at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Heather Small at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSHeather Small at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Heather Small at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSHeather Small at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Heather Small and the band in the green room at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSHeather Small and the band in the green room at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Embrace at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSEmbrace at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Embrace at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSEmbrace at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Embrace at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSEmbrace at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Embrace at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSEmbrace at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Waiting for Razorlight at the main stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSWaiting for Razorlight at the main stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Razorlight at the main stage at vCool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSRazorlight at the main stage at vCool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Razorlight at the main stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSRazorlight at the main stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Razorlight at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSRazorlight at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Razorlight at the main stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSRazorlight at the main stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Razorlight at the main stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSRazorlight at the main stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Embrace backstage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSEmbrace backstage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Embrace backstage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSEmbrace backstage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Maxi Jazz relaxing before his DJ Set at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSMaxi Jazz relaxing before his DJ Set at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Maxi Jazz relaxing before his DJ Set at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSMaxi Jazz relaxing before his DJ Set at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Razorlight immediately after coming off stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSRazorlight immediately after coming off stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Ocean Colour Scene in the green room pose for pictures at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSOcean Colour Scene in the green room pose for pictures at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Fans enjoy the first Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSFans enjoy the first Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Big crowds at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSBig crowds at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Ocean Colour Scene at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSOcean Colour Scene at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Simon Fowler of Ocean Colour Scene at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSSimon Fowler of Ocean Colour Scene at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Simon Fowler of Ocean Colour Scene at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSSimon Fowler of Ocean Colour Scene at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Ocean Colour Scene at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSOcean Colour Scene at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Ocean Colour Scene at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSOcean Colour Scene at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Enjoying the beer and music at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSEnjoying the beer and music at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Ocean Colour Scene end the festival with a fireworks display at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSOcean Colour Scene end the festival with a fireworks display at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Fireworks finale at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSFireworks finale at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Simon Fowler of Ocean Colour Scene at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSSimon Fowler of Ocean Colour Scene at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Revue on the Barn Stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSThe Revue on the Barn Stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Revue on the Barn Stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSThe Revue on the Barn Stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Revue on the Barn Stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSThe Revue on the Barn Stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Not very 90's as the lighting is controlled by tablet at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSNot very 90's as the lighting is controlled by tablet at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Dave Pearce wows the crowd at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSDave Pearce wows the crowd at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Dave Pearce in the Ministry of Sound Big Top at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSDave Pearce in the Ministry of Sound Big Top at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Dave Pearce in the MoS Big Top at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSDave Pearce in the MoS Big Top at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Dave Pearce in the MoS Big Top at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSDave Pearce in the MoS Big Top at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Ministry of Sound Big Top at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSMinistry of Sound Big Top at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

N-Trance at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSN-Trance at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

N-Trance at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSN-Trance at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

N-Trance at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSN-Trance at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

N-Trance at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSN-Trance at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

N-Trance at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSN-Trance at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

N-Trance at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSN-Trance at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

N-Trance at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSN-Trance at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

N-Trance at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSN-Trance at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

N-Trance at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSN-Trance at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

N-Trance at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSN-Trance at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

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