What a dream start to the year- catching Foals twice in its first week, the second time around being at their Festival Hall sideshow, with Django Django and Mansionair in tow.
Typically my visiting Festival Hall is an annual occurrence during the first week of January, 2016 being no different. Arriving for Mansionair’s set was one of my better decisions, and one I was not alone in making. A beautiful set of their own well loved tracks was punctuated by their Like A Version of Future Islands’ ‘Waiting On You’, it was proof the Sydney trio has found a home on the big stage. Django Django were next to grace the stage and the UK group were entertaining and energetic as ever. The dancing was certainly captivating and drum-driven music plenty of fun, but each song seemed to meld into one with very little to differentiate them.
The headliners hit the stage to a packed room and deafening cheers, and performed a set with great balance between older favourites and featured tracks from 2015’s What Went Down. Throwing ‘Mountain At My Gates’ out there early to test the vocal talents of the crowd and ‘My Number’ to ensure all those in seated areas were on their feet.
Accompanied by one of the better light shows I’ve seen, the group’s explosive energy proved a great force behind their killer beats. Lead man Yannis was vocally appreciative of the crowd (and distinctly announced the Melbourne room was better than its Sydney counterpart), and- not unexpectedly- partook in some crowd surfing on the pulsating audience. ‘Inhaler’ went down a treat, and an encore of ‘What Went Down’ and ‘Two Steps, Twice’ was an apt way to end the evening.
Foals are genuinely all you could want from a live band and more, and their set list left very few disappointed, although an inclusion of ‘Birch Tree’ wouldn’t go astray…