Live Review

O2 Wireless Festival, Day Two

We might just have found God. If he’s allowed to be a crazy man with shoulder-length blond hair and black sunglasses, at least.

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seem made for massive stages, and with Hyde Park somewhat sunnier than yesterday, this is proved by them playing on a Really Massive Stage. Meanwhile, it’s a secret set from Dirty Pretty Things over at the O2 stage which seems to be the day’s early-ish talking point, but quite frankly they’re a little bit dull, playing numerous nondescript songs (i.e. album tracks) before a combination of single ‘Tired Of England’ and Didz’ terrible moustache forces us to leave.

Over on the Main Stage, The Wombats’ indie-pop charms a growing crowd, although we’re not sure whether the irony of ‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’ is lost on a set of people about as likely to attend dingy indie clubs as to know just who Joy Division are, but at least they’re not watching The Courteeners. We caught about a minute of them; it wasn’t good.

Beck could possibly be the coolest man alive. Taking to the stage in all black - bar a pink t-shirt - and not removing his Ray Bans throughout the entire set, he flicks through his back catalogue like it’s a Rolodex, contrasting The Information’s percussion-heavy performances with a stripped-down all-out rock set - even ‘Guero’’s ‘Girl’ is LOUD.

‘Loser’ is predictably the set’s biggest singalong, but tracks from new album ‘Modern Guilt’ are also given time to shine, the pick of the bunch being ‘Youthless’, although mention should also go to ‘Gamma Ray’, possibly the first love song about global warming. And, as the crowd shouts along to set closer ‘Where It’s At’, Beck - accompanied, it should be said, by perhaps the festival’s coolest guitarist, who comes on stage wearing a camera - even cracks a smile.

Floating out of Hyde Park - not wanting to let the self-imposed misery of Morrissey lyrically rain on our (and Beck’s) parade, for the cynical agnostic in us, we might just have found God. If he’s allowed to be a crazy man with shoulder-length blond hair and black sunglasses, at least.

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