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The Future is Bright

With the Futureheads being one of the hottest bands around at the moment, it's no surprise that the NME/Radio 1 tent is seriously spilling over. The crowd are eager and have been warmed up by the Kaiser Chiefs over the p.a, they expect something special and they're not going to be disappointed.


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The band come on to wild applause and waste no time getting straight into their brand of brash, punk edged indie. No matter how many times it's said, there's no getting away from comparing them to the Jam, the vocals and the stage presence are alarmingly similar at times. Futureheads have an intense urgency about them that is utterly infectious.


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Highlights of the set are 'Decent Days and Nights' and 'A to B', that demonstrates tight vocal harmonies and facilitates a huge crowd sing a long. Neither of the aforementioned come close however to the version of 'Hounds of Love', the band facilitate a crowd 'round' for the distinctive intro and the effect is nothing short of amazing. When they play the full song the band needn't have sung a note!


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Critics could level the accusation that after a while they sound a little repetitive, fortunately the songs are strong enough at the moment to carry it off. It will be interesting to see if they can continue the momentum and quality with future releases. A good performance nonetheless and certainly one of the highlights of the day.


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