T in the Park 2010: Dirty Projectors, Hot Chip and Kele
T in the Park blog
Sat 10th Jul
Hi folks. Your T in the Park blogging correspondent this morning will be Jonny, recovering from an excellent Friday at the festival and ready to recap on the best bands so far.
Starting off, it was a storming set from New York’s finest, Dirty Projectors, in the King Tut’s ‘cave’ as they rather disparagingly referred to it. Perhaps it was the meagre turnout but main Projector Dave Longstreth preferred to keep the banter very much in-house. ‘Angel,’ he said, referring to the band’s keyboard player. ‘Is this your first T in the Park?’ The crowd offered some predictable hooting and hollering. ‘No,’ says Longstreth, ‘I was asking Angel.’ It was her first T in the Park, and she seemed to be having an alright time of it, as they all were, elastically jigging along to their own syncopated rhythms. The rest of the set was made up of Longstreth’s trademark noodling guitar riffs and the (appropriately) angelic harmonising of the group’s three female vocalists. Quite, quite beautiful.
Some beer in my belly and my hair later, I was back in King Tut’s for the mighty Hot Chip who, by the time opener ‘Boy From School’ kicked in, had a large and rowdy crowd. The guy in front of me had gone for the Rambo headband and no shirt look, and was careering into happily dancing punters in all directions. I counted my blessings that he wasn’t sweaty at least, but rather smooth like a baby or a dolphin.
The Chip made swift progress through banging, bass heavy versions of ‘One Pure Thought’, ‘One Life Stand’ and ‘Over and Over’. It was all going swimmingly, but then the music stopped, and all six unexpectedly left the stage. What was the matter? Surely not a tantrum?
I didn’t stick around long enough to see but, apparently, it was nothing more than a short power cut. I heard afterwards that they re-emerged to play the rest of good set ten minutes later, closing with ‘Ready for the Floor’.
I was long gone however, enjoying Kele on the Futures Stage. The Bloc Party frontman, in a well-chosen ‘Choose Life’ t-shirt, was rattling through a collection of tracks from his forthcoming album. Current single ‘Tenderoni’ was the highlight, but there were some good, ravey tunes in his set, all held together by charisma. The signs point towards the success of this solo effort, and a furtherance of all the angsty cries of love of loss we’ve come to expect from his Bloc Party days.
Black Eyed Peas’ robotic dancers and Fergie gyrating on the floor proved difficult to walk past. Credit to them for putting on such a spectacular stage show. Equally Muse were ripping up the main stage, but Echo and the Bunnymen ended my night. As fellow blogger Niki remarked earlier in the day, ‘It’s time people got over the 80s. It wasn’t such a great decade.’ He was, of course, wrong. We owe so much to post-punk, let us never forget.
And that was it for my Friday. Some brilliant bands have already been but some brilliant bands are to come. Broken Social Scene will be unmissable today and Eminem should storm the Main Stage later on. (Rumours that he’s pulled out seem like idle speculation to me – T have already reconfirmed his appearance.) The weather might not be as glorious as it was on Friday, but a bit of rain will just enhance the fun factor. ‘Mon the mud!