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Review: Alt-J (Obelisk Arena)

When it came to Alt-J, predictions were correct: they blew the roof of the Henham Park.

Review: Alt-J (Obelisk Arena)

Alt-J

James Gilmore and Santino De Lauri

W!ZARD News Author

There were very few people at Latitude Festival who weren't excited for Alt-J's Friday night headliner - and those who weren't excited slowly made their way to the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage for Jon Hopkins who played a 'wicked' set.

Alt-J's mixed set list (with a variety of tunes from both of their albums) was generally well received, especially their cover of Bill Wither's Lovely Day and final track Breezeblocks which were out of this world.

However, the mix of both of their albums (the first of which is literally 'An Awesome Wave', the second more of a slow tide) made for a conflict of emotions - especially as the band played most of their well-known music first, making the end of the set drag on.

Opening with Hunger of the Pine (featuring catchy Miley Cyrus hook 'I'm a female rebel') may have also been a bad decision, with the song proving too slow to get the audience off at first, but by the time Fitzpleasure had hit everybody was very much in the groove.

One thing that Alt-J cannot be faulted for was their visual experience, featuring amazing lighting and creative graphics appearing through-out their set. If you were right at the front (as we were) you felt very much apart of the experience, but because the screens were reserved for chorus' and graphics, those at the back found it difficult to feel apart of the experience.

When it came to Alt-J, predictions were correct: they blew the roof of the Henham Park.


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