Foals play last show for ’18 months’ at Bestival 2014

The band signed off 'Holy Fire' campaign with a headline set on the Isle Of Wight

Foals headlined the Saturday night at Bestival with a hit-strewn set hinting at a lengthy break to come.

“This is the last show for about 18 months,” Yannis Philippakis said during the 75-minute set which included a rare airing for ‘Hummer’ alongside regular live favourites ‘My Number’, ‘Spanish Sahara’ and ‘Two Steps Twice’.

Opening with the instrumental blues rocker ‘Prelude’, the band hit their stride instantly, exuding frenetic energy throughout ‘Miami’ and ‘Olympic Airways’. Following a field-lifting ‘My Number’, Philippakis said “This is a very fucking special night for us,” recalling their last show at the festival in a smaller tent in 2007 and watching The Beastie Boys, describing it as “the weirdest thing in the world.” The band then played the reflective and expansive ‘Blue Blood’.

Philippakis introduced the doomy ‘Providence’ with a cry of “Let’’s get dirty, Bestival,” before ‘Spanish Sahara’ brought an elegiac tone to the set. From there Foals powered through the rest of the set, the frontman announcing “We don’t want to leave” before the atmospheric ‘Late Night’, beating at a drum during ‘Electric Bloom’ and throwing himself into the crowd while still playing guitar during the final ‘Two Steps Twice’.

Earlier in the day, Kate Tempest declared “What a beautiful, fucking messy weekend this is,” and claimed Bestival was her favourite festival at the start of a set that opened with ‘Double J’, the poetic story of a girl working her way around a shark-strewn music industry party and also took in emotional rap tunes such as ‘Lonely Days’ and ‘Happy End’. “This has been a dream I’ve had for a very long time,” she said of playing the festival, tracing her progress from playing in a yurt to this weekend’s set on the Invaders Of The Future Stage. “I’ve had five extremely profound moments since I’ve been here, one is right now.” She also inspired the crowd with a rousing motivational speech: “Whatever it is you do, when you get home from this festival, fucking do it, do it, do it harder.”

London Grammar drew a sizable crowd to the main stage, claiming “I think this is the most number of people we’ve ever played for” before ‘Sights’. The Big Top bill though, despite a surprise guest appearance rom The Kooks, was dominated by dance music, with New York duo Darkside delivering a powerful and atmospheric set of goth-slanted electro rock and SBTRKT drawing a huge crowd for his hour of electro psych soul that included ‘Never Never’ and ‘Temporary View’ as well as tracks from his new album ‘Wonder Where We Land’ such as new single ‘New Dorp. New York’. “It’s so amazing to be back here,” the producer told the crowd, “I’ve played three or four times in this tent – if ever there was a festival to end festivals it’s this one.”

The biggest crowd at the tent on Saturday, however, was for Basement Jaxx, whose audience took up most of the field. The band, fronted by singer Vula Malinga and Sharlene Hector wearing colourful and elaborate costumes, thrilled the crowd with tracks such as ‘Good Luck’ and ‘Red Alert’ alongside their biggest hits. The festival closes today (Sunday) with a headline set from Chic.

Foals played:

‘Olympic Airways’
‘My Number’
‘Blue Blood’
‘Spanish Sahara’
‘Red Socks Pugie’
‘Late Night’
‘Electric Bloom’
‘Two Steps Twice’