Elbow, Brandon Flowers and James Murphy also play Spanish festival
Under cover of darkness, the New York indie heroes played a show spanning their entire career.
Before taking to the stage, they rubbished rumours of tensions within the band by indulging in a group hug, before heading out to the stage with a rendition of early favourite ‘New York City Cops’.
The band played tracks spanning their entire career, including six from new LP ‘Angles’.
The Strokes played:
‘New York City Cops’
‘Taken For A Fool’
‘Is This It’
‘Under Cover of Darkness’
‘What Ever Happened?’
‘Life Is Simple In The Moonlight’
‘You Only Live Once’
‘You’re So Right’
‘Hard to Explain’
‘Take It Or Leave It’
Friendly Fires brought the live music to a close at 3am, with James Murphy taking the festival into the night with a two-hour DJ set.
Earlier on, Elbow attracted a crowd almost too big for singer Guy Garvey to handle, who spent large portions of their evening serenade repeatedly asking crowds to step back, in fear of the front rows getting crushed. But their set came out triumphant, heavy on songs from ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ and ‘Build A Rocket Boys!’, closing with festival favourite ‘One Day Like This’.
Before the Manchester heroes began their performance, Main Stage compere and XFM DJ Eoghan McDermott led the crowd in a cheer to the resignation of disgraced former News Of The World Editor Rebekah Brooks.
Before that, Brandon Flowers mixed tracks from his solo album ‘Flamingo’ with favourites from The Killers catalogue, including ‘Read My Mind’, ‘Losing Touch’ and a raved-up version of ‘Mr Brightside’. Wearing a waitstcoat, Flowers also performed his now-familiar version of ’80s favourite ‘Bette Davis Eyes’ by Kim Carnes.
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