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Electric Picnic review: Sunday
With Lianne La Havas, Lee “Scratch” Perry and Cashier No. 9...
Stuart Clark, 10 Sep 2012
Making her first trip to Ireland – she was down to play the Picnic in 2009 but broke a foot – Natasha Khan is as thoroughly beguiling as you’d hope she’d be, the opening ‘What’s A Girl To Do?’ and mid-set ‘Laura’ the perfect summation of why Bat For Lashes have found such favour with the baroque pop brigade.
“Conas atá tú?” enquires Brandon Flowers in his best Irish brogue as The Killers launch into ‘Somebody Told Me’ on the Main Stage. Preceded by new single ‘Runaways’, it’s the trigger for some of the weekend’s most frenetic front-of-stage bopping. Prone in the past to Ian Brown-style caterwauling, Brandon’s vocals tonight are pretty much perfect and well up to the task of stripping down Van’s ‘Brown-Eyed Girl’. With ‘Mr. Brightside’, ‘All These Things That I’ve Done’ and a dozen confetti guns to call on later, The Killers play with the swagger of a band who know that victory is theirs.