Oxegen 2010 - Stereophonics
Main Stage, Friday 9th July, 7.05pm
Describe in a tweet: Leather clad men do relaxed rock n' roll, with well up for it Welsh banter.
What happened: Donned in leather jackets, Kelly Jones and his band took centre stage with a red banner embossed backdrop, featuring the title of their 2009 album - 'Keep Calm And Carry On'. With a real sense of self-assurance Kelly sang 'Pick A Part That's New' which fans chirpily joined in with, before singing the edgy 'Uppercuts' , which echoed sounds from their 'Performance And Cocktails' album. Seeing gleeful and mud covered crowd surfers Kelly remarked that "only in Ireland would you see a crowd surfer with a bottle of Smirnoff in their hand - fair play to ya!". And this led him to give respect to the fans who were reveling in the rain, and to introduce 'Innocent', saying it was a song about "youth, drinking, making mistakes and SWEAR WORDed it up." Dedicating 'Just Looking' to the late Stuart Cable; the band's former drummer, Kelly endearingly called him "a crazy SWEAR WORD who would be missed for a long time". Last song and cherry on the cake 'Dakota' got everyone in sight dancing and singing along, finishing the set on a real high.
Crazy In Love: Epic songs 'Traffic', 'Local boy in the photograph' and 'Just looking' were all performed as touchingly and felt as relevant as when they were first released.
99 Problems: A little too civilized onstage it felt like a teenage party had been gatecrashed by four dads.
Oxegen Rating: 8/10