Set in the beautiful grounds of Hatfield House, the typically bad English weather threatened to put a downer on the event, which may have been the case had it not been a terrific day of live music.
With just two stages, there was little danger of missing out on much of the delights on offer. Newcomers London Grammar set the bar high by opening up the main stage with a beautifully dark and melancholic set, leaving plenty of time before Jamie xx electrified the crowd over at the Band Stand stage with what felt like not enough late 90's/early 00's dance nostalgia.
Poor time management meant I missed most of Kindness' set, who I was keen to catch as I've been enjoying the Brit's trance-funk electronic album, World, You Need a Change of Mind, for a while now. However it appears that I didn't miss out on too much because from the last few minutes that I did see, he seemed to struggle to translate the energy of the album to a large festival audience.
Minnesota's synthpop five-piece Polica also made an appearance later in the day, delivering a stellar set largely derived from last year's hauntingly moody and critically-acclaimed debut album, Give You The Ghost. Solange followed, uplifting festival-goers with a bit of mid-tempo soul before the main act.
The xx, who come without the baggage of pomp and ceremony are often accused of being on the boring side, but the stage is where they really come to life as they proved the other night. The band were most definitely worth the day-long wait as they breezed through a breathtaking collection of songs including "Crystallised"
The stunningly atmospheric sounds emanating from the stage coupled with a scene-setting and triumphantly produced light show made for a totally thrilling hour-long performance.
What's more, compared with other more overt female pop stars around at the moment, vocalist Romy Madley Croft oozes understated sexuality which meant she owned the show without even trying, managing to convert her subtlety into something extraordinary.
Overall, a flawless return home from one of the most excitingly enigmatic bands of our time.
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