Oxegen 09 - Little Boots
Hot Press New Bands Stage, Saturday 11th July, 8.00pm
What happened: A mixture of media hype and apocalyptic weather conditions meant the New Bands tent was rightly crammed for Victoria Hesketh's (aka Little Boots) first Irish appearance.
Little Boots came on stage in a bizarre gold cocktail dress and high heels, a welcome or at least refreshing change from the legions of jeans and cardigan clad indie bands that had proceeded her.
The synth setup on stage would have made even the quiet one from the Pet Shop Boys blush, various Korgs and Casios surrounded the tiny singer. But when they kicked in for first song 'Earthquake', the entire tent was stuck in a disco-trance, with the svelte mistress of ceremonies dictating it's every move. And oh yes... it danced and moved as one.
The Eurythmics inspired fast paced single 'Stuck On Repeat' was like an antidote for the absolutely stinking weather on the other side of the canvas.
I'd had my doubts about how without the safety net of world class producers molding and shaping every note, the album 'Hands' would transfer to the festival format. But my grumblings were pretty much blown out of the water a mere three songs in. 'New In Town' is one of those bubblegum throw-away disco singles I usually love to hate, but on hearing the jerky intro kick in I was an instant convert to the Little Boots army.
The tired comparisons to any other female singer with a heartbeat have been thrown about all weekend. Lady Gaga and La Roux seem to fit the same mold, but Little Boots definitely broke it.
This is a high: New In Town
This is a low: Sweaty sweaty Betty in the packed tent. A light mist was starting to appear in front of the stage
Oxegen rating: 8.3/10