For 2018, Citadel moved house. Going from it’s original home in Victoria Park, the London one-dayer relocated way out west to Gunnersbury Park for the annual day of wholesome indie tunes in the sunshine. Despite the problems leaving the site, punters were treated to a day of excellent music. Here’s what happened:
NME favourites Shame put on a blistering show on the main stage. Opening with ‘Concrete’, the post-punk quintet rattled through a handful of high octane tunes from their brilliant debut ‘Songs of Praise’.
The Horrors’ Citadel set was a masterclass in compact crowd-pleasing. The band blitzed through a short, four-song set of their biggest tunes, finishing with ‘Something To Remember Me By’.
The slick soulster delighted the audience with a set of his gospel-tinged pop, with the gorgeous ‘River’ being the perfect laidback tune for the baking heat.
The delightful Isaac Gracie treated woozy punters to a charming set. Playing a stones throw away from his home, the local lad ran through a selection of his own tunes, mixing in Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ with his song ‘Silhouettes of You’ for good measure.
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Thundering through their early afternoon set, it was a perfectly chaotic show from the South London invaders.
As the sun started to drop, electronic duo Honne took to the Communion tent. Opening with the skittering ‘Forget Me Not’, they received one of the warmest welcomes of the day from the swarming crowd.
Over on the main stage, Chvrches got the crowd warmed up ahead of headliners Tame Impala. Blitzing through a set of their biggest hitters, they opened with ‘Get Out’, before launching straight into ‘Gun’. Decked out in glitter and a black tutu, frontwoman Lauren Mayberry twirled across the stage like grungey black swan. Joking about the world cup (“I don’t know anything about sports, so sorry about the whole World Cup thing…but you got much further than our nation!”) and gifting young fans in the audience one of her necklaces, she completely charmed the audience.
Walking onstage accompanied by their trademark, psychedelic imagery on the screens behind them, Tame Impala kicked off with ‘Nangs’. “You guys okay” Kevin Parker asked the roaring crowd, before launching into cantering brilliance of ‘Let It Happen’.
‘Let It Happen’ was accompanied by the band’s trademark confetti cannons, raining brightly coloured paper over the enthused audience. The band were on their usual, stellar form. Midway through Kevin brought it back to the World Cup, telling the crowd “I wasn’t gunna do this – I didn’t wanna do this – but I’d be a bad member if I didn’t let Julian who is french have a little celebration” he told the crowd, to a mix of cheers, boos and chants of ‘Three Lions’.
“We were slightly worried nobody would come” Kevin told the crowd inbetween songs, “when you’re asked to headline it’s like yeah, we can do that! And then it’s like oh – that’s a lot!” But the band needn’t have worried, the packed out mainstage were eating up their performance. Finishing with ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’ followed by the soaring ‘New Person, Same Old Mistakes’, Tame Impala’s performance at Citadel was a euphoric success, and the festival slot they have long deserved.