Example - Creamfields 2012 review
'There's going to be a lot of jumping tonight'
Virtual Festivals - 26 August 2012
"Any of you planning to stay awake all weekend?" asks Example
as he takes the stage. Many of the gathered crowd answer in the affirmative and the London born singer/rapper launches into
his opening track ‘Stay Awake’.
The rain, which has been threatening all afternoon, decides this a good time to finally start falling. But a few drops of H2O aren’t going to dampen the enthusiasm of the masses that have been waiting to welcome him to this little corner of dance heaven in Cheshire.
"There’s going to be a lot of jumping tonight" says the main man. And then, true to his name, he sets an example, pogo-ing around the stage like a cockney tigger. The audience follow suit, as requested, ‘from the front to the back’.
The full band set-up makes a refreshing change in an environment dominated by DJs. It gives the set a totally different feel and a visual quality that the audience laps up.
Energy levels, onstage and off, defy the increasingly gloomy weather; remaining high as the set progresses through ‘Watch The Sun Come Up’. The sun doesn’t take the hint, but it was worth a try.
Example whips out his camera phone and starts snapping a couple pictures from the stage, instructing the audience to smile in the way he’s been doing all through the set. But he doesn’t need to bark out any orders as the opening strains of ‘Kickstarts’ fill the air. The reaction proves this a clear crowd favourite and the jumping, leaping and pogo-ing require no prompting this time.
The vocals are a little rough round the edges, but that’s his style rather than any performance issues. Overall it’s an entertaining and lively show.
-- by Claire Elshaw and Mike Laybourne
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