5 lads from Leeds got an hour on the main stage at the V Festival in Melbourne to wow the crowd. Not a band who’ve ever really done much for me in their recorded form, live they possessed an energy that provided a great lead in to the headliners on the main stage, The Killers.
Breaking down the crowd/band barrier, lead vocalist Ricky Wilson launched himself into the crowd and got everyone involved. A fantastic festival set.
Razorlight played a largely uninspiring set on the main stage at the V Festival. Lead vocalist Johnny Borrell has some stage presence but the songs just aren’t strong enough to carry it off a lot of the time. Still, as mid-afternoon festival slots go, I’ve seen worse.
Festivals aren’t really my thing, but for the 4 lads from Las Vegas I’ll make an exception. Whilst I waited and waited for solo shows to be announced, they never were so it was off to the RAS Showgrounds in Flemington to hear the Killers latest album – Day & Age – come alive on stage.
And come alive it did. A far cry from their first two albums Hot Fuss and Sam’s Town, Day & Age is an incredible mix of sounds and styles, still clinging onto the 80s influences that have driven the Killers to become one of the premiere artists in the world.
Opening with the 2nd track off the album – Spaceman this was a show that took off immediately. Mixing the setlist up beautifully, this was an incredible festival set, visually stunning, great sound (from close up anyway) and with a setlist to die for. It was the 4th time I’d seen the Killers, and with the Day & Age songs added, these shows are getting better and better. (more…)