Sugarbabes Steal The Show At 2008's House Festival

As the 'most middle class benefit gig in history' continues in Chiswick House Grounds

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Soho House's Nick Jones clearly extended his ‘golden touch’ to the weather yesterday for the second House Festival.

Held in the grounds of Chiswick House, this year’s festival line up included a surprise set from The Hoosiers, Tom Baxter, Sophie Ellis Bextor, a great comeback from Will Young, a truly fantastic set from The Sugarbabes and a fitting finale provided by The Feeling.

The Kooks – well half of The Kooks - played an outstanding acoustic set so good if I were one of the absent members I would be seriously worried!

Goldfrapp were the only band who failed to impress with strops over sound issues. However, it was impossible to dampen the spirits of the 3,000 strong crowd. Though that may well have been down to the complimentary lobster, hog roast, oysters and champagne that was being consumed from the early afternoon well on into the evening.

Celeb spotting revealed that Kylie Minogue, James May and Lawrence Llewelyn Bowen were among the revellers as were Anneka Rice, Matthew Wright, Angus Deayton and Jamie Theakston.

Hosting the event again were Radio One's Jo Whiley and Richard Bacon who was overjoyed that the “most middle class benefit gig in history” was continuing. Judging by the crowd, I’d say he wasn’t alone.

Funds raised from the festival will go towards Chiswick House & Gardens Restoration Project.

July 11, 2008