Live Review: Lovebox 2009 – Saturday 18th July

By on Sunday, 19th July 2009 at 2:41 am
 

Dan Black (side live)Now in its 7th year, Lovebox has firmly established itself as a key fixture of the London summer festivals. I was fortunate enough to be invited along to check out the first day of this year’s two day event, catching the likes of Dan Black, Frankmusik, Florence and the Machine and Friendly Fires.

After a hideously long journey, I only just made it in time to pick up my tickets, which meant that I’d missed such great bands as The Temper Trap, VV Brown, Rumble Strips and tommy Reilly, all of which I was quite keen to catch. Diving straight in with a trip to the Gaymers stage (or the “other” stage to you and I), I caught Dan Black.

I’ve been raving about Dan for a while now, really loving his unique, accessible electro-pop, so I was keen to finally catch him in the flesh. Ploughing through a tonne of material from his new album, ((un)), both him and the crowd really enjoyed his set, with most people knowing the words to the bigger tunes. After “Symphonies”, Dan joked “right, I’ve done something intellectual – now time for something for your inner thug!” before launching into “I Love Life”. Playfully batting a giant inflatable apple around the crowd, Dan finished his set with “Alone”, commenting that “normally people can’t clap in time to that – I guess you’ve all done music GCSE!”. Well received,

Next I took a trek over to the main stage to catch Florence and her Machine. In fine form, she was doing her usual trick of keeping the security on their toes, running down front of the crowd, and giving it her all. When the heavens opened, she was anything but dampened, if anything it just gave her more energy as the umbrellas came out.

Flitting back to the Gaymers stage, I caught Frankmusik who I last saw supporting Keane at the O2 in London back in February. He’s moved on a fair bit, more comfortable with his songs, more banter – even offering to re-create the video to “In Step” if anyone had a hula hoop he could borrow. Short and sweet, his tunes are perfect pop bliss – danceable yet still fairly intelligent, just how I like my music.

Gang of Four were up next, and frankly I wish I hadn’t stayed for them. A bunch of past-it oldies who think they are still cool led to 50 minutes of shambolic dad-rock. Definately the odd ones out of the festival.

Finally, Friendly Fires headlined the Gaymers stage. My plan was to catch Friendly Fires and then wander over to check out Duran Duran for their last hour. However, yet again Friendly Fires blew me away, with an amazing light show to boot. The crowd was much nicer than the Roundhouse one of a few days ago, lots of dancing and no moshing, which was appreciated by this ageing 21 year old! “Kiss of Life” sounds bigger each time I hear it live, however the highlights are undoubtably Paris and Jump in the Pool, and I think they will be for some time to come.

After closing with Ex-Lover, I dashed over to see Duran Duran. After a so-so rendition of “Ordinary World” that seemed to appeal to the fans of reminiscing, and a front-man that tries a bit too hard to be cool in the shape of Simon Le Bon, I called it a night and headed back to the tube.

After the jump: some setlists, some photos.

Dan Black played:

Pump My Pumps
You and me
Wonder
Symphonies
I love life
Life Slash Dreams
Alone
Yours

Dan Black Photos:

Dan Black at Lovebox Festival 2009

Dan Black at Lovebox Festival 2009

Dan Black at Lovebox Festival 2009

Dan Black at Lovebox Festival 2009

Frankmusik played:
Billie jean beat boxing (!)
Time will tell
When You’re Around (Stranglers cover)
Boyfriend
Confusion girl
Three little words
Done done
In step (morphing into Rihanna’s Please Don’t Stop The Music)
Better off as Two

Frankmusik photos:

Frankmusik at Lovebox Festival 2009

Frankmusik at Lovebox Festival 2009

Frankmusik at Lovebox Festival 2009

Friendly Fires played:
Lovesick
Jump in the Pool
Skeleton Boy
In the Hospital
White diamond
Kiss Of Life
Photobooth
On board
Paris

Ex lover

Friendly Fires photos:

Friendly Fires playing Lovebox Festival 2009

Friendly Fires playing Lovebox Festival 2009

Friendly Fires playing Lovebox Festival 2009

Friendly Fires playing Lovebox Festival 2009

Friendly Fires playing Lovebox Festival 2009

Friendly Fires playing Lovebox Festival 2009

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