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Justice, Somerset House, London

The weather might be crappy, but by the end, the wet souls inside Somerset House’s delicately-framed courtyard are too busy dancing to care.

Somerset House

is wet. So wet, in fact, that Late Of The Pier take to the stage not in front of a visible audience, but to a sea of brightly coloured (and, yes, dull) umbrellas. And not in the way one might expect at a Rihanna gig, or even Jay-Z at Wireless earlier this month. No, it’s raining by the bucketload, and as a consequence it’s pretty difficult to make out much of the electro-pop newcomers’ noise.

Well, bar the rather fantastic lyrics during ‘Bathroom Gurgle’, that is, the waistline/bassline/cheap wine rhyme still ringing in our heads - and making us laugh - days later.

The rain just about clears in time for Justice, the duo taking to the stage to slightly less umbrellas, but significantly more people, and some loud classical music. The stage, it should be noted, features not only the duo’s trademark ‘cross’-decorated equipment area, but lots of Marshall amps. If dance music can take it up to 11, Justice are doing this.

And it’s not only in the set-up: a sample of Metallica’s ‘Master Of Puppets’ makes an appearance, as well as Klaxons’ er, klaxons, and of course the duo’s well-known singles, ‘DANCE’, and the Simian-sampling ‘We Are Your Friends’.

The weather might be crappy, but by the end, the wet souls inside Somerset House’s delicately-framed courtyard are too busy dancing to care.

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