We Are Scientists incite Channel Islands rivalry at Jersey Live

Prodigy and Zutons also perform at intimate island festival

We Are Scientists sparked a light-hearted ‘face-off’ incident between residents of Channel Islands Guernsey and Jersey during their set at Jersey Live this weekend (August 30).

The Brooklyn band were performing on the Main Stage at the 10,000-capacity festival alongside The Prodigy and The Zutons when bassist Chris Cain wound up the crowd.

Following ‘Chick Lit’, Cain asked the festival-goers: “How many of you guys are from Guernsey?”


After a loud mixture of cheers and boos from the audience, the bassist joked: “When I asked that question, I don’t think you guys even realised you were standing amongst each other. Let this be a lesson – are you really so different? Really?”

Before performing ‘Lethal Enforcer’ from their 2008 album ‘Brain Thrust Mastery’, Cain said, to laughs from the crowd: “This one’s slow, it’s sensual, and you’re gonna feel it in all of your most important body parts.”

The Zutons headlined the first night of the event, now in its fourth year, performing tracks from their three albums to massive appreciation from the crowd, despite the PA cutting out during part of ‘Why Won’t You Give Me Your Love?’.

The band’s original version of ‘Valerie’, famously covered by Amy Winehouse, drew the biggest applause of their set.

Earlier on Saturday, Foals and The Courteeners got the crowd worked up with proficient sets, drawing from their debut albums ‘Antidotes’ and ‘St Jude’, respectively.

Early in Foals‘ set, frontman Yannis Philippakis said: “We went to the castle here this morning, it was amazing, but one thing – what’s with all the wasps?”


Speaking to NME.COM after their set, the singer revealed his impression of Jersey, saying: “It’s a bit like Oxford but with the sea. We went for a walk down to the town earlier. I like it here, but I wasn’t sure our set was great – maybe we’re too hard on ourselves, though.”

Blood Red Shoes performed early on the first day of the festival, debuting a new untitled song along with tracks from their debut album ‘Box Of Secrets’.

Drummer Steven Ansell attempted to gee up the relaxed crowd at one point, saying: “This one’s for you guys at the back, hanging out and not dancing – it’s called ‘Try Harder’.”

The Prodigy headlined the final day (August 31) of Jersey Live, performing a similar set to their gigs at V Festival and Oxegen earlier in the summer.

With MC Maxim Reality giving constant shout-outs to Jersey, the group previewed a number of new songs including ‘Worlds On Fire’ and ‘Warrior’s Dance’, before ending with the classic ‘Out Of Space’.

Earlier in the day, The Music performed an up-tempo set of dance-rock to the enthusiastic crowd, kicking off with their debut single ‘Take The Long Road And Walk It’.

Vocalist Rob Harvey demonstrated his trademark wild dancing throughout the set, which picked equally from all three of the band’s albums, including this year’s ‘comeback’ release ‘Strength In Numbers’.

Black Kids drew a large crowd to the Main Stage earlier in the day, decking out the stage with balloons. Before ‘Hurricane Jane’, frontman Reggie Youngblood told the crowd: “You live on a beautiful island, you’re very lucky!”

Playing songs from their debut album ‘Partie Traumatic’, the Florida five-piece ended the set with a rousing sing-along version of their hit ‘I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You’.

Cage The Elephant brought a touch of rock and roll spirit to Jersey Live earlier on, with vocalist Matt Shultz spending most of his time down at the barriers being grabbed by the crowd.

The Kentucky group closed their set with a fiery cover of The Stooges‘ 1969 classic ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’.