It’s 30 degrees at Citadel Festival, and there’s only one band that could coax tipsy punters out of the few safe shade spaces located around Gunnersbury Park at 3pm, and that’s indie rock quintet The Horrors. Battling the baking midday sun, the band sauntered on stage at the London one-dayer to rapturous applause, before launching into gorgeous, showgaze epic ‘Sea Within A Sea’, complete with an extended introduction. Front man Faris Badwan appeared on stage a few minutes later than the rest of his band, later explaining his delayed arrival saying: “Good afternoon we are The Horrors…I apologise for my late arrival, nobody told me the festival had moved from Victoria Park.”
Seamlessly transitioning into the scintillating ‘Machine’ from their latest album ‘V’, the band are a well oiled machine. Each note is perfectly choreographed, each chord completely in step, and the crowd are eating up the glorious, extended versions of tunes. Next up is the shimmering ‘Still Life’ from the quintets 2011 album ‘Skying’, which soars across the Citadel arena.
But all too quickly, it’s over. Due to late arrival, the band only have time to play four songs. They finish with the cantering ‘Something to Remember Me By’; with its galloping riffs and euphoric chorus being echoed back by the army of sunburnt revellers parked around the mainstage. “I was going to stay, but that’s it” Faris tells the audience, “you’ll have to come see our show!” If the reception the short but very sweet performance at Citadel is anything to go by, the army of punters watching will be first in line for any future shows.
The Horrors played:
Sea Within A Sea
Something to Remember Me By