Monday 19 March 2018

Phoenix rises perfectly to the occasion

Ed Power

Ed Power

Headliners Phoenix are the perfect way to round off a sizzling summer day. Playing material from hit albums 'Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix' and 'Bankrupt!', the band are practically a caricature of broodingly charismatic Frenchmen.

Stepping between happy-sad rockers Entertainment and Lisztomania, Thomas Mars has a warble-like molten liquid and stubble that deserves a round of applause on its own. To show his love he finishes the set in the middle of the crowd.

Also on the main stage, the early evening belongs to Foals, an English indie-funk band (pictured below). Mostly, their music is a triumph of intelligence over passion, though they have one stop-the-traffic moment, at least, in the form of protean single 'Inhaler'.

Earlier, Derry-Glasgow quartet Django Django give a master class in quirkiness. Frontman Vincent Neff and his bandmates gallop through giddy, eccentric tracks such as 'Default'.

At the Heineken Live Project tent, buzzed-about duo AlunaGeorge are working hard to live up to the vast quantities of hype sloshing at their feet. The pairing of Aluna Francis and George Reid is an unlikely one and their music, alas, suggests a marriage of inconvenience.

Next up is Jessie Ware, a soulstress who projects 'big sister' affability even as she delivers retro ballads of tremendous heartache and melancholy.

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