In Review: 110 Above Festival 2021

Credit: Ami Ford

The owners of Gopsall Farm in Leicestershire were recently the proud suppliers of an incredible independent indie weekender. 110 Above is the small yet mighty festival which took place for four days from the 12th of August. This festival provides a much more intimate and exclusive feel than most, largely due to its 1000 capacity limit. This smaller feel however does not in any shape or form make 110 Above feel any less superior, it simply enhances the festival-goers experience.

The impeccable line-up for 2021 showcased some unforgettable performances. The weekend offered headline sets from the likes of Sports Team, The Amazons and Sundara Karma, a-long-side spectacles from Alfie Templeman, Baby Queen, Black Honey and JAWS to name a few. Despite it being very difficult to pick some favourite moments, we’ve had to choose our top few so catch up on some of our highlights below.

Friday’s highlights came in the form of The Mysterines and KAWALA. The prior of which shook The Gopsall Inn to its core on Friday with an angst-fuelled, arena-ready set. Frontwoman Lia Metcalfe’s powerful vocals were heavily backed by a choir of chanting fans whilst singing one of their most notorious hits ‘I Win Every Time’. Providing an electric atmosphere, the band pulled off an accomplished set worthy of much larger stages.

Mere minutes later it was The Commune Stage to be found bouncing. KAWALA’s euphoric, crowd-pleasing performance saw a dance-floor erupt amongst fan-favourite ‘Do It Like You Do’; fashioning the perfect singalong for a Friday evening.

Bringing the day to an unforgettable close, Black Honey headlined the newly added Elizabeth Stage with a hit-filled performance capable of pleasing fans old and new. Loaded with classics including 'Corrine' and 'Madonna', as well as tracks from latest album ‘Written & Directed’; the set saw vivacious mosh pits take place in front of a beautiful pink-tinted sunset. Black Honey.

Main stage Friday headliners Sports Team proved their worth with a spirited performance on The Commune Stage. Hit singles ‘M5’ and ‘Fishing’ continued the day’s theme of raucous crowds as frontman Alex Rice provided headliner persona by the bucketload.

Saturday’s most eagerly awaited performance came in the form of Alfie Templeman. Gracing The Commune Stage with performance and professionalism way beyond his years, Templeman served up an uplifting and energetic performance to blast the camping grog away.

The Amazons rocked their way through their first post-pandemic performance with a mighty Saturday headliner slot. A cleverly concocted set of hits both old and new saw the Reading outfit blasting through ‘Black Magic, ‘In My Mind’ and ‘Ultraviolet’ all of which were welcomed with open arms.

Final day highlights began with the angelic and soulful vocals of Olivia Dean leaving a mesmeric lasting impression on The Elizabeth Stage. Mirroring the great Amy Winehouse with a modern twist, Dean’s serene vocals created the perfect soothing atmosphere.

Naturally, closing headliners Sundara Karma took centre stage of the entire weekend, the indie outfit's nostalgic blend of jangly pop and spirited, show-like swagger offered heartwarming fun by the bucketload. Packing out a high energy, anthem-fuelled set with classic hits including ‘She Said’, ‘Flame’ and ‘Explore’, the band added the perfect closing touch to a weekend of effervescent indie-pop.