In the midst of recording a debut album and touring overseas alongside Chvrches, Mansionair added to their rapidly growing repertoire by opening for Foals. Jack Froggatt’s vocals exquisitely dominated the venue. Along with current release ‘Speak Easy’, the trio showcased a collection of new songs and a beautiful down-tempo rendition of ‘Seasons’ by Future Islands (of which the band previously recorded for Triple J’s ‘Like A Version’).
Cancelling their own post-Falls-Festival shows in favour of supporting the Oxford quintet, Django Django were a delightful vision of blue and red tinged silhouettes, with maracas, a giant tambourine and a colossal amount of dance-y neo-psychedelic tracks. It is nigh impossible not to bob along to ‘Default’.
Contrary to Mansionair and Django Django’s chirpy, sunlit sounds, Foals brought with them a heavier tone, reflective of their latest albums, 2013’s ‘Holy Fire’ and last year’s ‘What Went Down’. As the intro to ‘My Number’ commenced, even those in the most distant sections of Festival Hall parted ways with the comfortable brown vinyl seating. Still, there were moments of musical serenity with ‘Spanish Sahara’ and the steadily building, atmospheric ‘A Knife In The Ocean’. Yannis tumbled across the crowd’s hands at any given opportunity, occasionally vanishing only to resurface more defiantly poised. Ending the night with ‘Two Steps, Twice’, Foals proved to honour their high-energy, wild reputation.
Written by Laura Cheshire