Oxegen 2010 - Empire of the Sun
Green Spheres Tent, Friday 9th July, 8.10pm
Describe in a Tweet: Prog-funk space-age spectacular.
What Happened: It's an audiacious move, and it pays off with incredible results. As if descending from another planet, Luke Steel and his band of merry men appear on stage amidst 80s inspired visuals and a quartet of dancers, all clad in exotic headwear. Over the course of the next hour, we are taken on a space funk odyssey, unlike anything else on the planet.
It's pure showbiz, and it takes considerable style to pull it off. Steel prowls the stage, saying little, dressed as some sort of futuristic despot, complete with silver armour and LED shoulderpads. It's a slick perfromance, which threatens to become derailed when Steel's guitar breaks. Amidst an onslaught of electronic noise and pounding drums, he struggles with the equipment failures before taking the offending instrument and smashing it into peices. Before the set is over, another guitar meets a similar fate. All the while, through a variety of costume changes, the dancers continue to put on a dazzling display and keep the show going.
It's one of the greatest shows this correspondent has seen in recent years, and it seems like The Flaming Lips have finally found a rival to their stage show.
Crazy in Love: The dancers were incredible, a constant blur of movement and colour.
99 Problems: To be honest, aside from the equipment failure mid-set, it was pretty darn faultless.
Oxegen Rating: 9/10