Cool Britannia 2018 in pictures: Knebworth festival’s Friday night party

The Freak Show at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Freak Show at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The new Cool Britannia Festival opened its doors for the first time at Knebworth House with a welcome party.

The Mariachi's on the Barn Stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Mariachi's on the Barn Stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Our photographer Kevin Richards was there to capture the sights of the 1990s festival’s opening night on Friday. You can see his pictures here.

Before Happy Mondays and Ocean Colour Scene headlined the main stage in Knebworth Park over the weekend, revellers were entertained by a freak show including fire breathers and Circus of Horrors acts, funfair rides and banging dance tracks in the Ministry of Sound Big Top.

Ibiza legend Brandon Block was behind the decks as the inaugural Cool Britannia kicked off on Friday evening.

DJ Alex P also took a turn in the MoS Big Top, with Rozalla and K-Klass joining the late-night dance party.

Rozalla at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Rozalla at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS


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Meanwhile over on The Barn Stage, DJ Jamie Taylor, JG Collection, The Mariachi’s and Britpop Collective performed for first night ticket holders.

Aside from the musical entertainment on offer, there were plenty of street food outlets to satisfy people’s appetites and themed bars, including pub The Rose and Crown, for thirsty festival-goers.

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The Friday welcome party acted as a warm-up for the weekend’s main festivities, with main stage sets from the likes of Dodgy, Cast, Embrace, Razorlight, Toploader, Feeder, Faithless star Maxi Jazz and The Lightning Seeds supporting the Cool Britannia 2018 headliners Happy Mondays and OCS.

Cool Britannia is set to return to Knebworth next year, with dates and 2019 line-up to be confirmed.

Brandon Block at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Brandon Block at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

JG Collective at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

JG Collective at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Freak Show at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Freak Show at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Britpop Collective at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Britpop Collective at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Freak Show at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Freak Show at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Dusk at the entrance of Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Dusk at the entrance of Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Freak Show at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Freak Show at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Steve of Britpop Collective at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Steve of Britpop Collective at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Brandon Block on the Ministry of Sound stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARD

Brandon Block on the Ministry of Sound stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Britpop Collective at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Britpop Collective at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Freak Show at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Freak Show at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Freak Show at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Freak Show at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Freak Show at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Freak Show at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Rozalla at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Rozalla at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Alex P and K-Klass at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Alex P and K-Klass at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

K-Klass at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

K-Klass at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Food stalls at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Food stalls at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Brandon Block on the Ministry of Sound stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARD

Brandon Block on the Ministry of Sound stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Bar staff gearing up for the rush at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Bar staff gearing up for the rush at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Just time for quick beer before heading on stage with Britpop Collective at Cool Britannia Festival

Just time for quick beer before heading on stage with Britpop Collective at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Brandon Block and Alex P at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Brandon Block and Alex P at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Not sure where to go next at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Not sure where to go next at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Main Stage closed until Saturday at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Main Stage closed until Saturday at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

A couple enjoy the Big Top Stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

A couple enjoy the Big Top Stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Brandon Block on the Ministry of Sound stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARD

Brandon Block on the Ministry of Sound stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Brandon Block on the Ministry of Sound stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARD

Brandon Block on the Ministry of Sound stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Alex P and Brandon Block on the Ministry of Sound stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KE

Alex P and Brandon Block on the Ministry of Sound stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Brandon Block on the Ministry of Sound stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARD

Brandon Block on the Ministry of Sound stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Ministry of Sound stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Ministry of Sound stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Alex P with K-Klass at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Alex P with K-Klass at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Fun rides at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Fun rides at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

A couple of locals enjoying the funfair at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

A couple of locals enjoying the funfair at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Mariachi's on the Barn Stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Mariachi's on the Barn Stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Rose & Crown Pub at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Rose & Crown Pub at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Friday night dancing in Ministry of Sound Big Top at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RI

Friday night dancing in Ministry of Sound Big Top at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Ministry of Sound stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Ministry of Sound stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

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

Ministry of Sound at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Indian Food at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Indian Food at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Britpop Collective at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Britpop Collective at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

 Britpop Collective at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Britpop Collective at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

 Britpop Collective at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Britpop Collective at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

 Britpop Collective at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Britpop Collective at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Freak Show at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Freak Show at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Freak Show at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Freak Show at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Freak Show at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Freak Show at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

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

Ministry of Sound at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Legendary Alex P plays for Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Legendary Alex P plays for Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

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

Ministry of Sound at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Rozalla and Alex P on the Ministry of Sound Stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RI

Rozalla and Alex P on the Ministry of Sound Stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Freak Show at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Freak Show at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Freak Show at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Freak Show at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Rozalla on the Ministry of Sound stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Rozalla on the Ministry of Sound stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Rozalla on the Ministry of Sound stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Rozalla on the Ministry of Sound stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Rozalla and Alex P on the Ministry of Sound stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RI

Rozalla and Alex P on the Ministry of Sound stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

K-Klass at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

K-Klass at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Alex P at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Alex P at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Rozalla and Alex P on the Ministry of Sound Stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RI

Rozalla and Alex P on the Ministry of Sound Stage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

K-Klass at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

K-Klass at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Camping at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Camping at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

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