Pixies performed a headline set at Eurockeenes festival in Belfort, France on Friday night (July 4).
The band, now joined by touring bassist Paz Lenchantin following the departure of Kim Shattuck early this year, played a career-spanning set on a rain-lashed main stage, mixing fan favourites like ‘Caribou’, ‘Debaser’ and ‘Monkey Gone To Heaven’ with new material including ‘Bagboy’ and ‘Indie Cindy’. Frontman Black Francis was in fine voice throughout, and the group closed their set with ‘Where Is My Mind?’.
On Saturday (July 5), Skrillex followed up his acclaimed Glastonbury performance with a late-night set from a neon spaceship-like console in the middle of the stage. His set took in lurching crunk and hip hop sections alongside his signature sledgehammer brostep beats, and was accompanied by hyperactive computer game visuals in one of the most purely entertaining performances of the weekend.
Among other highlights of the 35,000-capacity event, which only just went ahead after a threatened strike action was averted at the last minute, were Metronomy, whose Joe Mount joked “welcome to paradise” in reference to the festival’s tag line (“Music In Paradise”) as thunderstorms raged overhead on Friday night, and Temples, who played hits from their recent debut ‘Sun Structures’ on the lakeside stage during a rare moment of ceasefire from the weather on Saturday afternoon.
Fat White Family were on rambunctious form early on Friday, with frontman Lias Saoudi just about keeping his pants on during thrilling run-throughs of songs like ‘Touch The Leather’ and ‘Wild American Prairie’. They finished on a rendition of ‘Bomb Disneyland’, after which there were rumours of a fight involving band members backstage which left drummer Dan Lyons nursing a bloodied nose.
Franz Ferdinand caused a stampede at one of the weekend’s best attended shows on Saturday afternoon, with plenty of tunes from the band’s recent album ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action’ helping to overcome the initially underwhelming sound. MIA was uncharacteristically quiet during her set later that evening, save for inviting “hot boys” onstage for a rendition of ‘Boyz’. Jungle also impressed with an early set of smooth R&B and yacht-rock on the Lakeside stage on Saturday.