Who: Arctic Monkeys.
Where and when: Virgin Media Stage, Sunday 21 August.
Vibe: Surly, but sure-footed. With stellar support from a tub of Brylcreem (see: Alex Turner’s new teddy-boy haircut).
Banter: “We’ve brought some of that rock ‘n’ roll music for you, get yer dancing shoes on!” Alex makes like a Butlin’s holiday rep circa 1958.
Best song: The electric take on ‘505’. A better set-closer you will not find in all of festivaldom.
Worst moment: No room for ‘From The Ritz To The Rubble’ ‘ Cornerstone’ et al, sadly.
Verdict: After forty eight hours of being instructed to “MAKE SOME FACKIN’ NOOOOIIISE” the Monkeys’ softly-softly approach fails to catch on with some of the crowd. But for everyone else it was a great opportunity to see the band at the height of their live powers.