LIPS TRIUMPH

The last minute replacements for the White Stripes dazzle with an eye-popping show featuring tributes and some very appropriate cover versions...

The Flaming Lips stormed a sun-kissed tenth T in The Park yesterday after they stepped up from King Tuts Wah Wah Tent at the last minute to replace the White Stripes after Jack White broke a finger on Wednesday.

In an astounding performance that eclipsed the best efforts of the day’s bands Wayne Coyne’s emotive psychadelians won over a crowd disappointed that their heroes were unable to play. It was even more surprising given that this year’s T boasts its strongest ever bill,

On a stage crowded with dancing animals and a giant sun all robed in the White Stripes traditional red/white get up they opened with a driven, dirty version of ‘Seven Nation Army’. Confetti and balloons rained down. Other highlights included their tribute to Jack, ‘Thankyou Jack White For The Fibre Optic Jesus That You Gave Me’ and a version of ‘Happy Birthday’ with Super Furry Animals and REM’s Peter Buck for Jack White.

At the close of yesterday’s bill comparisons were already being made with Pulp’s triumphant last minute replacement of The Stone Roses at Glastonbury in 1995.

For an in depth report on this extraordinary show and full exclusive interview with Wayne Coyne on how they managed to pull it off, why he felt compelled to do it and how Radiohead and Mars Volta fit into his vision see this week’s NME, on sale Wednesday.