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Oxegen 09 - The Gaslight Anthem

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ATL | 16:24 UK time, Saturday, 11 July 2009

The O2 Stage, Saturday 11th July, 3PM

Describe in a Tweet: Infectiously ecstatic front man makes everybody embrace a rock n' roll drenching.

What Happened: Arriving on stage 25 minutes later than planned, The Gaslight Anthem don't seem phased by the constant down pour. And neither does the crowd that has waited patiently for this 'band of the moment'.

'High Lonesome' sees them blaze into their set with lead singer, Brian Fallon, grinning like no man I've seen before - and I'm amazed at his ability to sing his lungs out at the same time too. 'Old White Lincoln' broke in the middle with Fallon collapsing to the ground and then encouraging the 'Irish Timing' to clap the song alive again. This man is a stage genius. His energy, enthusiasm and joy infected the soaken crowd who clapped in (semi) unison.

'The 59 Sound' and a cover of Tom Pettys 'American Girl'  where the highlights seeing the punters dance, cheer and clap in pure rain soaked bliss. The Gaslight Anthem ploughed their way through pretty dismal weather to be one of my surprise highlights of this year's festival. I'm converted.

This Is A High: The lead singers endless energy and winning grin.

This is A Low: Rain, rain, rain...

Oxegen Rating: 8/10


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