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Oxegen 09 - Friendly Fires

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ATL | 14:07 UK time, Monday, 13 July 2009

Heineken Green Spheres, Sunday 12th July, 5.20pm

Describe in a Tweet:  Impossible not to dance. Literally impossible.

What happened: Post-Glasto, there's been a lot of talk of Friendly Fires and their live show. This reviewer got a little over-excited, to the point disappointment seemed inevitable. But somehow they soared above expectation towards the performance of the weekend.

This is a high: Ed Macfarlane's dancing. Impossible to work out whats going on with his limbs but also impossible not to join in. It's great this - his dancing is so ridiculous that nomatter how strange you may think you look when you really get into a band, there's zero chance you look as nuts as this guy. Amazing.

Also, their musicianship. Seems boring to point it out, but these guys can really play. 'Jump in the Pool', 'Lovesick' and 'Skeleton Boy' all sound even better than on record, which is a huge achievement. 'Paris' is the best thing this reviewer saw/heard all weekend.

This is a low: Easy - their set wasn't long enough.

Oxegen rating: 9/10


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