Oxegen 2010 - Paolo Nutini
Main Stage, Sunday 11th July, 7pm
Describe in a tweet: Sunshine radiated with a raw Scottish charm that you can't help but like
What happened: Accompanied by the music from The Godfather, a motley crew of three men on brass, two guitarists and one drummer made their way onstage, with Paolo hot on their heels. Armed with maracas, bongos and a saxophone they instantly made rainy Oxegen feel like a tropical bar on the beach.
Uplifting trumpets ablaze, they kicked off with latest single '10/10' and, being a total natural on stage, Paolo smiled from ear to ear, epitomising the vibe of his 2009 album 'Sunny Side Up'. The beautiful 'Alloway Grove' saw him sing in soulful bluesy tones before having a go on the drums. Then, taking the mic in his hands and talking in a broad Paisley accent that you could just about make out, he called Ireland one of the seven wonders of the world, which was music to the ears of fans.
The super catchy 'Candy', with its brilliant electric guitar riffs, got the crowd dancing along and this was chased up by 'New Shoes' and 'Jenny Don't Be Hasty' from the more guitar-focused first album, 'These Streets'. Finishing off with a slow acoustic version of 'Last Request' Paolo didn't even need to use his voice, as the crowd sang it back to him in volumes.
Crazy in Love: Paolo covered MGMT's 'Time to Pretend' with such passion and depth that it sounded almost autobiographical.
99 Problems: With vuvuzelas being honked in the background, you could not forget that Paolo's set clashed with the World Cup final. BOO!
Oxegen Rating: 8.5/10