VETERAN rock band Simple Minds turned back the years with a stunning performance at the Live at the Marquee music festival last Thursday night.
The Scottish band, who last year celebrated 30 years of live performing, proved they have lost none of the spark that turned them into one of the great 'stadium acts' of the 1980s and 1990s.
Lead singer Jim Kerr and company warmed up the audience with tracks from their latest album Graffiti Soul, all of which were well received by the crowd. However it was the old hits including Alive and Kicking, Promised You A Miracle and Ghostdancing that sent the faithful home with ringing eardrums.
The following night it was the turn of Bell X1 to take to the stage and as expected they gave a finely honed performance with plenty of tracks from their 2009 album Blue Lights On The Runway.
Christy Moore, the only act to play the festival every year since it began in 2005, once again showed why he is regarded as Ireland finest traditional singer/songwriter on Saturday night with a typically stirring performance that had the majority of the crowd singing along.
Still revelling in the success of their 2007 reunion tour, Boyzone took to the stage of the Marquee on Sunday night, giving a performance that showed just why their were one of the most popular acts in the world during the 1990s.
Fold legends Crosby, Stills and Nash made a lot of older people very happy on Monday evening, with a performance that will arguably go down as one of the greatest in the Marquee's five-year history.
American soul diva Anastasia lit up the venue on Tuesday night with her distinctive vocals, while the following night Lady Ga Ga proved to a sell-out crowd exactly why she is one of the most popular performers on the planet. As expected her singles Pokerface and Just Dance proved to be the highlight of the gig, with the crowd almost lifting the roof off as they sang along.
The festival will continue tonight with an eagerly anticipated performance from folk legend James Taylor. Over the coming days the venue will also see performances by comedian Des Bishop, Josh Ritter, Ne-Yo, Rod Stewart, Kanye West, John Spillane and Mick Flannery before rapper 50-Cent brings down the curtain on Marquee 2009 on Friday, July 10.
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