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Oxegen 2010 - Wild Beasts

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ATL | 19:56 UK time, Saturday, 10 July 2010

Red Bull Academy Stage, Saturday 10th July, 19.10pm

Describe in a Tweet: Beats and falsettos draw the hypnotise the crowd in...

What Happened: Wild Beasts really are a stange phenomenom. Their quirky duel vocals wouldn't be the immediate idea of a crowd pleasing band, but it's the beats that Chris Talbot thumps out that makes this tent move with dancing feet. What was somewhat strange but wonderful on record becomes further infused with the idea of dance music live - the guys know how to work the crowd and the songs build up to moments of bass explosions.

They mix in some news tunes, including one which is delving into a Prince-esque funk dance world and, looking at these guys, I can imagine them on a much much bigger stage if they were ever granted heavy airplay on the mainstream stations - being both simultaneously instantly accessible but still rather odd. 'We Still Got The Taste Dancing On Our Tongues' falls a little flat but overall this set is full of energy, proving that Wild Beasts could easily move from hipster indie lovers to more mass appeal if they wanted. Watch this space.

Crazy in Love: Hearing all the men in the tent attempt the falsetto of "watch me" on 'All The King's Men'. And actually not sounding half bad!

99 Problems: The crowd's general disinterest until the drums kick in so they can have a wee dance... 

Oxegen Rating: 7/10

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