Describe in a Tweet: Quiet and pretty underwhelming. LOOKS LIKE IT'S TOPSY TURVY NIGHT, FOLKS!
What Happened: Good question! This should have been unreal, but it just didn't click.
Firstly - Arcade Fire play to the poorest turnout ATL has ever seen for an Oxegen headliner. It's to the festival's credit they took a gamble and booked the extra act (they weren't able to play sister festival T in the Park, so it was a major, expensive coup), but it didn't pay off. Maybe it's because they're between albums and not on our minds or maybe they were never big enough in the first place. And secondly - it becomes apparent quite early that we're set to hear a lot of brand new songs. A poor crowd starts to dwindle further and the atmosphere is approaching zero. Astonishing for a band who in the past have played genuinely legendary and often discussed (Will references them from the stage tonight) shows both at Electric Picnic and right here at Oxegen.
Crazy in Love: They're still pretty great, mind. 'Laika' is an early highlight, with Regine Chassagne in sparkling form. Will Butler has emptied a bottle of water over his head, soaking himself while declaring 'we're all in the same boat now, so no excuses', which is quite a sweet gesture. 'Tunnels' is still gorgeous and 'Power Out' has lost none of it's sting. And those visuals - like an enormous frame above the band - are suitably creepy, pretty and quirky in equal measures. Of the new songs, 'Modern Man' and 'The Suburbs' are Arcade Fire being Arcade Fire - a very good thing.
99 Problems: It's the hope that gets you, and we hoped for so much more. The blame doesn't lie with the band though - a curious billing, over estimation of their pulling power and (probably most of all) a tired, slightly grumpy and very damp Oxegen crowd all culminated in one of the most underwhelming shows the band will ever do.
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