hmv.com reviews... The Horrors @ Lovebox Festival
Across the weekend, hmv.com will be down at Lovebox Festival in Hackney's Victoria Park to review all the top artists, next up it's The Horrors...
The Horrors, part indie, part psychedelia, all brilliant. Currently touring their new album Luminous (which you can preview on the right-hand side of the page).
Lovebox Festival, on the West Stage.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
Given the fact that The Horrors are one of the bigger names on the festival's roster, it was surprisingly sparse when they came onstage. It didn't get much better either as the set went on, with the crowd thinning out after only a few rows. Those who were into were really enjoying themselves, but there were far too few of them.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
It was an even split between tracks from their recent record Luminous and previous two efforts Skying and Primary Colours. Kicking off with 'Chasing Shadows', they then vaulted into the trippy 'In And Out Of Sight' before launching into a rocked up 'Scarlet Fields' and a jagged 'Sea Within A Sea'. They followed this with a powerhouse 'Endless Blue' and a stomping 'Mirror's Image' before slowing right down for a serene 'Still Life'. It was the best of everything they have to offer.
Any good between song banter?
Frontman Faris Badwan is normally pretty quiet during the band's shows, but he was in a chatty mood today, joking with the front row a lot and even offering up a few thank yous.
Did they put on much of a show?
A huge video screen displayed suitably psychedelic projections throughout the show, lots of trippy backdrops and shots of outer space.
What was the highlight of the set?
There were a couple of real highlights, but 'Scarlet Fields' had a real bite and swagger to it.
Where can I catch them next?
They've got Reading and Leeds coming up as well as a full UK tour in September.
hmv.com will be reviewing Lovebox Festival throughout the weekend, check back for reviews of the likes of BANKS and M.I.A.