Greys, from Ontario, Canada have the task of opening the show tonight, and despite the almost packed house before them, they struggle to entertain. Their front-man asks the crowd “Do you guys like the Stone Roses or are you sick of them?” as an attempt at interaction, but it falls all but flat, and the songs don’t fare much better. The vocals are lost in a sea of noise, and the gap on stage between the bassist and the other band members is a little odd. Their musicianship in general is good, but far from anything special, and the applause they receive after each number is polite at best, with a few more familiar fans leading the cheers. The guitar riffs are what make the band work best of all, at times sounding Nirvana/Sex-Pistols-esque, but that doesn’t stop many people smiling as the quartet leave the stage.
Having been gone from the music scene for a decade, and with their new album ‘The Physical World’ receiving huge praise, DFA are cheered and applauded long before they appear in view. The hundreds who have packed into the venue to see them surge forward as the duo take their places, and from there, the night becomes an utter musical riot. ‘Turn It Out’ sees a mosh pit instantly form on the floor, and for the next 40 minutes or so, it hardly disperses as the band fire their way through material including ‘ Right On Frankenstein’ and ‘Crystal Ball’. At the fans’ insistence, they veer away from their set-list momentarily to play ‘Dead Womb’ – cue mass delight – while the encore they close the show with sees multiple attempts from individuals at crowd-surfing and ‘The Physical World’ itself makes for a great end.