Belsonic 2010 - Stereophonics
Describe in a tweet: When they're good they're very very good, but when they're bad they're horrid.
What happened: Four Belsonics, four massive crowds. It's kicking off this year, and Stereophonics end week one with a reasonable bang. Strange how this lot have a dodgy enough reputation and are somehow regarded as being very uncool. Strange... and kind of unfair.
Have A Nice Day: It's simple - some of these songs are brilliant. We'd forgot about 'A Thousand Trees' and 'Local Boy In The Photograph' - two absolute gems from what seems like a different band. 'Bartender And The Thief' is arguably the finest tracks played on this stage this week, while 'Dakota' wraps things up nicely.
It Means Nothing: Then there's the other side to this band. The likes of 'Just Looking' and 'Have A Nice Day' are trudging, whingey snooze-fests. And while it's predictable that a reviewer would slag off 'Mr. Writer', it really does seem like the longest, dullest song we've ever heard in our sorry little lives. You'd think these songs would get a little boost when performed live, but they still sound beige. Having said that, they're lapped up by most. Kelly's in weird form too, seemingly going through the motions with nothing vaguely relevant to say to us. Oh, and the new stuff is bobbins.
Belsonic rating: 6/10