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Photos: 02 Wireless Festival Day Two

Here are some photos (that aren’t of St Vincent, dun dun dahhhh) from day two at Bella Union’s stage.

Low Anthem

My Latest Novel

Peter Broderick

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Review: 02 Wireless Festival Day Two

With so many things running it was inevitable atleast one thing would go wrong. The first hitch was that Here We Go Magic didn’t turn up for their set. Oops. Oops indeed. Nobody knew where they were, but eventually we discovered that they had a mix up and thought they were on in the evening. It was a shame as I was pretty excited to see them.

The Low Anthem were next, after driving for hours to get to the festival. Technical issues (the generator stopped working in the middle of their set) meant they only did two and a bit songs. Booo. But, what they did do was fantastic. Ben has a phenomenal voice and they really rocked.

My Latest Novel were pleasant. We went to get some food in the catering area. I had a curry. The lady put a whole bunch of food on my plate and asked ‘what else do you want?’ to which I replied ‘I’m allowed MORE!?’. Wowee. Free food. We returned in time for Peter Broderick, who I’ve seen before. I love him, he’s a fantastic performer with some real instrumental skills. He can compose such rich songs by himself and it’s a joy to see and hear. He’s great live, at one point catapulting himself off the stage onto the grass and manically playing violin. The crowd were bemused, to say the least. He was playing Below It when the generator cut out again and he had to end his set early, which was a bit disappointing because I love that song and was thoroughly enjoying his show. Later in the day we were chatting to Peter and I told him how much I love his musical saw and he said he had it with him but didn’t think it would suit this outdoor setting. I think the wonders of the musical saw (my favourite instrument to see/hear live) would have been lost on most people there anyway. I hope to catch him again at End of the Road, check him out. Here is his Myspace.

So, time came for St. Vincent. Imagine an excitable child before Christmas. That was me. She played and it was marvelous. I reviewed it here. Completely charming and talented, I only have good things to write about St. Vincent. Go see her play.

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Review: Low Anthem at Rough Trade

So. Everyone says Low Anthem are amazing live, so I thought they would be more than worth catching at Rough Trade on Thursday night. Because of all the buzz I was expecting the place to be packed out, but it was very quiet. Shame on you, London.

Because nobody was around for wristband collection (and because Rough Trade had run out of wristbands so weren’t giving them out anyway) we headed to, my favourite, NANDOS! I am only two stamps away from a whole free chicken. If anyone wants to come with me on that momentous day, let me know, because I doubt I can eat a whole chicken.

Moving on from that chicken-centric tangent, Low Anthem took to the stage at just past seven. They are a three piece. While they were setting up I was enjoying the look of the instruments. The whole band did some instrument switching throughout their set, which was impressive to watch. All three members are clearly very talented. Jocie had a very cool instrument which made atmospheric noises, I’m not sure what it’s called. It was like a glockenspiel shape, but with metal discs, and to make the sound she ran a bow along them. It was lovely. Singer Ben was able to switch his voice from a gentle, soothing, lullaby-esque whisper to a howl. It was instrumentally gorgeous and the song This God Damn House was particularly beautiful. It featured a whistling part, in which Ben whistled into two phones. Unfortuately it didn’t really work, the phones wouldn’t call each other (no signal in Rough Trade, I know) but it was impressive whistling nonetheless. 

I’d love to see the band again. They more than deserve all of the positive word of mouth, worth catching for sure. Here is their Myspace and here is a video of This God Damn House in which the phone whistling actually works.

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Photos: Low Anthem at Rough Trade

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Low Anthem at Rough Trade

Don’t miss Low Anthem’s Rough Trade instore tomorrow at 7pm.

The band get alot of good buzz around the blogosphere, and I’ve heard good things from pals. I know my friend Chalky over at Terrible Love Songs digs them, lovely lovely Alessi is a fan, and friend, co-worker and The Line Of Best Fit supreme-o Rich Thane caught them yesterday at Union Chapel. Word is that they’re brilliant. Excited to see/hear for myself.

Rough Trade here. Low Anthem here. Go go go!

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