Oxegen 2010 - Frightened Rabbit
Hot Press Stage, Friday 9th July, 21:10pm
Describe in a Tweet: Songs for a lock-in!
What Happened: It's been three years since the Scottish lads were at Oxegen last, and tonight they're determined to make an impression. Thanking those for being there instead of going to Jay Z, there's a roar from the decent but slightly disappointing crowd. But once again Frightened Rabbit's absolute passion for what they do, wins over the tent with songs like 'Nothing Like You', 'Swim Until You Can't See Land' and 'Good Arms vs Bad Arms'.
The crowd starts to fill out as Grant Hutchinson pounds the drums for dear life. It's all matched by his brother Scott's intense vocals, and you can't help but believe every word this man sings. And that's it. These songs are anthems, to be sung back by the crowd, and then replicated in house parties across the land. The vocal hooks and harmonies are infectious and the band clearly enjoy every moment. It all means that if it's your thing or not, they're still a great live band. It ends with Scott urging people to forget about the rain; get wet, drink and have fun. And then they aptly finish the set with 'Keep Yourself Warm'. A mission many in the campsite will attempt and probably fail tonight.
Crazy in Love: The bit of Irish lovin'... They really do seem to love it here, citing the fact that their first ever tour was of this fair isle four years ago.
99 Problems: Definitely expected a bigger crowd. Decent, but worthy of more.
Oxegen Rating: 7/10