Keeping it low-key and grassroots, your friendly village festival plays host to the slacker king. Hill Farm, Steventon, Oxfordshire (July 19 – 20)More on The Lemonheads
Though still not the fruit everyone’s come to admire. With a missed flight and a cancelled gig already on his account this weekend, pundits are questioning whether Evan ‘Troubled’ Dando is going to make it here at all. Exchanging cigarette for plectrum in one fluid movement, Ev jangles out the first chord of the classic album ‘It’s A Shame About Ray’, which The Lemonheads are here to play in full (minus ‘Mrs Robinson’, natch). Dressed Gap-casual, he looks mainly unaged since the days when he was hanging from the rafters at Oasis gigs. There may be no words beyond two soft ‘thank you’s, but there’s still a powerful authority to his presence. Beneath the blank composure and hair that falls over his often-closed eyes, he offers small signs he’s still with us, like when he changes ‘My Drug Buddy’ to ‘My Truck Buddy’. As they exit, we’re left with two images. One: a great songwriter reappraised and renewed. Another: a performer who’s still uncomfortable with performing. But wouldn’t it be heresy for the slacker generation’s king to try too hard?
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