The O2 Wireless Festival went pretty well. I think it was bound to be a step down to be playing to a partially unknown/disinterested daylight crowd, after the fabulous Scala gig where I felt like the hardcore fans were out in force. But the festival was well organised and the crew and facilities were very impressive, and my family had a fun day out. Lily/Harper came onstage with me again for ‘Europa’. It felt good to be playing through a massive sound system. Unfortunately I ran out of time–in the middle of ‘Hyperactive’ I glanced over at Levi (my tour manager for these shows) and he gave me the five minutes sign. That meant I had to ditch ‘Science’, and had zero chance of playing ‘Hot Sauce’ or ‘Airhead.’ I came offstage, down the ramp top the backstage area which was pretty much deserted because everybody was in a big tent watching the England/Ecuador game. So I joined them! If I may say so, they would have been better entertained watching my set instead of England’s dreadful footie performance. (We limped in to the next round 1-0.)
Kathleen, Talia and Graham headed home, but Lily stuck around and she and I watched Goldfrapp and Depeche Mode from the top of a VIP double decker bus. We had a great time. Goldfrapp sounded very cool, definite strains of T Rex, though they didn’t play my favourite, ‘Black Cherry.’ I enjoyed D Mode slightly less than when we saw them towards the start of this tour in San Jose, mainly because this time they were focusing on songs from the new album, and played less of the classics. But as ever, the highlights for me were ‘Behind The Wheel’ and ‘Enjoy The Silence’ which I adore.
So now the tour is over and I’m officially on holiday! Not sure how often I’ll be updating this blog over the next few weeks, but I’ll check in if anything major changes in my life!
Here’s a final pic from the UK, by Gary Lornie. There are plenty more posted on the Forum from Dominik Fusina among others.