Ernie writes it up much better here, but I wrote a bit on the NME's message boards this afternoon, and may as well reproduce it here:
I was there. Met lots of lovely people. Enjoyed MJ from a bit back in
the crowd. I don't really know their stuff, but realise that actually
they have three tracks I enjoy from the radio and they played them well
as well as having a nice sense of humour.
Was really looking forward to the Scientists having seen them do a small
set supporting Editors last year and they didn't disappoint - their wit
comes across in the banter as well as in the songs - loved the way they
did them all in pairs to pack as much in as possible.
The Monkeys were obviously a huge draw, since there's so much hype about
them. They were pretty good really, but either they're just not used to
the size of the crowds or they find the adulation a bit intimidating or
something, because they just don't have the knack of being very engaging
with the audience to me. Good throw with that trainer back into the
audience mind. My mate Ernie blagged a copy of their setlist through knowing
one of the sound guys.
And Maximo Park were just brilliant, and we were even closer to the
front and less squashed for that since some of the crowd filled
out. Loved the lighting. Love the way he slicks his hair and leaps about
the stage. Real showman there, and some great tunes. Look forward to the
new album. Would love to know what the crowd was like for that further
back - did it really empty out?
And as if that wasn't enough we got straight over the road to the Soul
Tree for the after-party and got to meet the guys from WAS and Maximo
Park - and they were all lovely. We were complete fanboys. Ernie got his
setlist signed by the wrong band and I even got a kiss goodnight from
I'm hungover as hell at work today, and it cost a fortune for the
tickets, but it was worth it a million times over.