Electric Picnic 2010 - Hurts
Crawdaddy Stage, Friday 3rd September 6.30pm
Describe in a tweet: Slicked back hair, Opera singers and a lot of ego.
What Happened: There's been a lot of hype around Hurts in the past few months. They seem to divide opinion too. Lead singer Theo Hutchcraft carries himself with the arrogance of someone who knows they 1) are good looking, and 2) have the vocal range of a surface to air missile.
Egos and music go hand in hand and Hutchcraft's is worn on the lapels of his pastel grey Saville Row suit.. Not that egos are a bad thing. But it's definitely the main factor in whether you either love this band or not.
There's pomp and ceremony about the performance. The smart suits, slicked back hair and the obligatory opera singer in the corner... Yet for reasons which must have been kept secret from the crowd... he didn't seem to actually sing on any of the tracks.
For this reviewer the music sounded confused. Their single Stay impressively managed to find the unknown middle ground between that naff classic Drops Of Jupiter and East 17's entire back catalog.
But with the confusion comes a few pop gems. Illuminated and Silver Lining hit a high not with the crowd... with a little help from Pavarotti in the corner...
Electric Dreams:The infectious tune Illuminated.
Ants at a picnic: The most cringe worthy dad-dancing this reviewer has seen in a long time.
EP rating: 4/10