Foals played and earlyish set at Open’er festival’s main stage on Friday, but they pulled it off because they’ve got tunes to spare. ‘Spanish Sahara’, ‘Inhaler’ and closer ‘Two Steps, Twice’ could all have graced a headline set.
The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach may be one of the most famous guitar players on the planet, but reviewer Kevin EG Perry would rather listen to Danielle Haim any day. “Maybe if she pasted on one of those beards from the stoning scene in ‘The Life of Brian’ and restyled herself as ‘Dan Haim’ she’d be headlining festivals & appearing in ‘Guitar Fanciers Magazine’ every week talking about open tunings.”
Interpol played a set featuring early favourites such as ‘NYC’, ‘Say Hello To The Angels’ and ‘Obstacle 1’ with tracks from their forthcoming new album ‘El Pintor’.
Earl Sweatshirt legged it from Poland to London to play both Wireless and Open’er.
Daughter played a beautiful folksy set, one of many European festival dates.
Jack White played a furious set bathed, in the turquoise and stark white light of his ‘Lazaretto’ album aesthetic.
Her big moment comes on ‘Never Gonna Love Again’, a proper 80s power ballad, and despite her gloomy stage presence she’s suitably schmaltzy when she tells the big Friday night crowd that she needs to “find a phone to film you, because this is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.”
Metronomy, in matching denim jackets, piled through a disco-heavy party set on the Tent Stage, pumping the crowd with ‘Radio Ladio’ and ‘Love Letters’ before introducing more downbeat numbers like ‘I’m Aquarius’, ‘The Upsetter’ and ‘Reservoir’ and letting multi-instrumentalist Oscar Cash sing a cover of Box Codax’s ‘Naked Smile’.
Mø played a spell-binding set. Look out for her ‘How To Write A Perfect Pop Song’ short film up on NME.com soon.
Phoenix closed the festival on the main stage with a pumping set of epic disco noir including ‘Lasso’, ‘Lisztomania’ and ‘Rome’.
Former Clipse legend Pusha T. You can hear the artist at various festivals around the world this summer.
Royal Blood deliver on the hype with a punch that sits somewhere between Nirvana and early Muse.
The Horrors drew the smallest main stage crowd of the weekend to their opening set, despite Faris Badwan attempts to rouse the crowd by bringing on one of Faith No More’s flower arrangements and throwing it into the crowd. Open’er seemed unimpressed, the crowd dwindling and screens displaying many bored faces as the band wound up their set with ‘Still Life’ and a drawn-out ‘Moving Further Away’.
Warpaint battled early feedback issues to save a set including ‘Undertow’, ‘Composure’ and ‘Bees’.
Kendal’s finest Wild Beast played some wild beats from latest album ‘Present Tense’.