The Last Shadow Puppets improvise new song about Tame Impala at Open’er festival

Florence & The Machine and Mac DeMarco also play on the first day in Gdynia, Poland

The Last Shadow Puppets improvised a song about Tame Impala as well as covering The Fall and David Bowie on the opening night (June 29) of Open’er Festival in Gdynia, Poland.

Alex Turner and Miles Kane opened their set with a cover of the Mark E Smith-penned ‘Totally Wired’ before playing debut album title-track ‘The Age Of The Understatement’. Turner went down to the Main Stage crowd for ‘Separate And Ever Deadly’, and the Polish crowd loudly welcomed the Arctic Monkeys frontman, with one fan holding a sign that read: ‘Alex You Turner Me On’.

Later in the set they covered Bowie’s ‘Moonage Daydream’, which they also played at Glastonbury last weekend. Under the gathering grey clouds they then apparently improvised a new song with Turner singing: “There’s a storm brewing… there’s a storm brewing in the form of Tame Impala,” for several minutes before adding: “Kevin Parker controls the weather system around here.”

They were followed on the Main Stage by Florence And The Machine after a brief spell of rain. Florence slipped over on the wet stage during opener ‘What The Water Gave Me’ but picked herself for an energetic ‘Ship To Wreck’. “Are you all soaking wet?” she asked afterwards, “I just came up here and slipped right over.”

Before ‘Shake It Out’ she asked the Polish crowd to sing it with her and be her “choir of angels, to absolve us of all our drunken falls of the past, and our sober falls of the very recent past.” For ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’, Florence asked the audience to all put their phones away so they could remember it “with their eyes and with each other.” She waved a rainbow flag during ‘Spectrum (Say My Name)’ before playing her customary cover of Candi Staton’s ‘You Got The Love’ and ‘Dog Days Are Over’.

Mac DeMarco drew a large, boisterous crowd to the festival’s Alter Stage. Making his debut at Open’er, the Canadian played songs from throughout his career including ‘The Stars Keep On Calling My Name’, ‘Another One’ and ‘Cooking Up Something Good’. He thanked the crowd for their welcome, saying: “You guys are very friendly. When you’re coming to a new place you don’t know, but you guys have been very friendly.”

DeMarco also responded to a homemade banner reading ‘Message In A Bottle’ by singing a snatch of The Police hit. However, he and his band struggled a little with the local language. “By show of hands, am I saying it right when I try to say thank you?” asked guitarist Andy White, before admitting: “There are so little hands.”

Tame Impala closed the festival on the Main Stage. Opening with ‘Nangs’ and ‘Let It Happen’, Kevin Parker and his band were backed by a psychedelic, kaleidoscopic light show. After ‘Why Won’t They Talk To Me?’, Parker asked for the house lights to be turned up and told the crowd that after a heavy period of touring he’s starting to lose his voice. He said that festival medics were to thank for him being able to play the show, before adding: “You guys may have to take my position as singer if I can’t.”

Earlier in the day, Skepta made his Open’er debut on the Main Stage. A last-minute replacement for Mac Miller, he was joined by Shorty and DJ Maximum for a high-energy set that opened with ‘That’s Not Me’ and included ‘Konnichiwa’ album tracks ‘Crime Riddim’ and ‘It Ain’t Safe’. Before the final two tracks of his set, Skepta announced: “International worldwide, but we’ve never been at Open’er Festival when it’s shutdown…” before closing with ‘Shutdown’ and ‘Man (Gang)’.

Open’er Festival continues this week with headline sets from the Red Hot Chili Peppers tomorrow, LCD Soundsystem on Friday and Pharrell Williams on Saturday.

The Last Shadow Puppets played:

‘Totally Wired’ [The Fall cover]
‘The Age Of The Understatement’
‘Separate And Ever Deadly’
‘Calm Like You’
‘Used To Be My Girl’
‘The Element Of Surprise’
‘Dracula Teeth’
‘Miracle Aligner’
‘Aviation’
‘Everything You’ve Come To Expect’
‘Bad Habits’
‘Only The Truth’
‘My Mistakes Were Made For You’
‘Meeting Place’
‘Moonage Daydream’ [David Bowie cover]
‘Sweet Dreams, TN’
‘Standing Next To Me’
(Jam: “There’s a storm brewing in the form of Tame Impala”)
‘In My Room’