All signs pointed to an easy win for Foals. The Oxford experimentalists were using the gig to put their Mercury-nominated second album ‘Total Life Forever’ to bed, they were playing the big tent on a rainy night and the only clashing headliner was Paulo Nutini, best known for his songs about shoes.
Unfortunately, the most exciting part of the show was halfway through opener ‘Blue Blood’ when they were forced to stop due to the risk of audience members being crushed. From then on it was a flat formula of falsetto vocal, building background samples and then funky guitar breakdown, rinsed and repeated. There was a moment in which the fireworks going off on the main stage signifying the end of Nutini’s set coincided with the crescendo of ‘Spanish Sahara’, which raised some neck hairs, but unfortunately that was about as close as Foals came to going out with a bang.