Radiohead/Bat for Lashes/MGMT: LCC 29th June
Still tinnitused from the previous night we finished off our ‘influential British bands mini-festival but with better toilets’ with the above line-up.
The sun was shining and I was already two pints to the better when MGMT appeared. So much has been written and said about this lot (including here) that I can’t add anything really new. All I know was they were really very marvellous. A short and tight set finishing (I think) with ‘Time to Pretend’ and ‘Kids’, we didn’t get the indoor gig extended (and harshly criticised) twiddly encores – which was a shame. Still, there was enough nu-prog here to keep me happy and have me on one leg flute-miming and hoping for the appearance of the snake-women (a text to BBO London dashed any remaining hopes of this). Really good. Love ‘em.
Bat for Lashes? The effect of toilet and bar queues leaves me with little to say here. What I did hear isn’t my cup of pissy lager. Sorry.
And then the main course – t’head. Ok they were good and at times brilliant. A great set with ‘Paranoid Android’ (still the Bohemian Rhapsody of the 90s to that extent I expected them to leave the stage half way and come back wearing glittery winged ponchos), ‘Bodysnatchers’ (the best of the disappointingly whiney In Rainbows), ‘National Anthem’, ‘Idioteque’ and 3rd encore ‘Lucky’, sticking in the mind. But the event had got to me by that point.
I’m old enough to have been to many outdoor big gigs and thus I’m remarkably tolerant of audiences that aren’t really bothered with what’s going on up there, but on Sunday the general hassle of it all and swathes of nob-heads got to me. The cherry on the cake of annoyance was when we got covered by a chucked pint of shite lager. Said soaking was a moment of epiphany – no more anonymous and detached big gigs for me.
I must be/am getting old.
Radiohead – Bangers n’ Mash (Live, Avenches, Switzerland)
Radiohead – 2+2=5 (Live, Later with Jools Holland)
Radiohead – Lucky (Acoustic, KROQ Breakfast)
MGMT – The Handshake