Festivals

Wilco, they are amazing, again, Beni 'hearts' them

Just got back from seeing the best band I've seen in a while.
Hey it's Wilco - I know we gushed about their set at Latitude last weekend but, wow, watching 20,000 people go mental just now was icing on the Uncut cake.

Sounding like the best bits of Creedence Clearwater in parts, especially during 'Handshake Drugs' - I learnt the word for melt in Spanish - 'Derritir' - that's what Nels Cline's guitar combined with the band jamming behind him made me and thousands of overs feel like.

Wilco, as John said so eloquently last weekend, fucking rock. I lost myself spacily in the proggy guitar sounds, and the vocals, and the swathed in mist, woken up between songs by the crowd chanting 'Ole Ole Ole Ole' - a chant started by Tweedy from the start.

Very similar set to what we saw last week in Suffolk; 'Side With The Seeds', Spiders (Kidsmoke)' and 'I'm The Man Who Loves You' - but with thousands of people dancing, waving lights and flags, the atmosphere is amazing - Wilco deserve a crowd like this - what a difference a few miles makes.

Devo are in the hallway to the press area, all in red builders hats, - very surreal - they are about to do a press conference before playing Benicassims' headline slot a bit later.

Off to see Dinosaur Jr now - saw Mascis again about half hour ago - he still hasn't sorted his set list! Hope there's plenty of 'Bug'!


Newsletter


Editor's Letter

The new Uncut revealed! Arctic Monkeys, Neil Young, Kate Bush and Warren Zevon in new issue


Next month, Arctic Monkeys play two shows at London’s Finsbury Park to more than 100,000 people, which makes it a reasonable moment to look back at the band’s journey from the Sheffield suburb of High Green to their current all-conquering place in a rock pantheon where they are...