Primal Scream thrilladelica to close Camp Bestival

Veteran rock-legends on hand to close Dorset festival

Primal Scream thrilladelica to close Camp Bestival

Photographer: Sara BowreyJohn Bownas on 01 August 2011

Visually Primal Scream are a band of two halves. Whilst Bobby Gillespie, Barrie Cadogan and Manni all still carry that aura of angular indie-rockers, it’s noticeable that these days, guitarist Andrew Innes, keyboard player Martin Duffy and drummer Darrin Mooney all have a certain dad-lad look about them. Innes in particular has taken to Hawaiian shirts and a cream fedora hat that make him look as if he’s just back from a Saga holiday. 

But then the band has been together in various forms for a remarkable 30 years now. 

As the final headliner at this year’s Camp Bestival they have clearly pulled a sizeable crowd in their own right as the distinctive Screamadelica artwork is emblazoned across hundreds of t-shirts…from baby XS’s to maxi XXXL’s. However they don’t have quite as big an audience as the main stage saw for last night’s Mark Ronson and the Business Intl. set, and although they deliver a solid performance overall, there are moments when the pace flags, and Gillespie almost seems to get exasperated with the crowd when they don’t follow along quite loud enough for his liking. 

Anyone who has already seen a 'Screamadelica' live show will know that the album playlist is rearranged and that the show climaxes with a handful of songs from other eras – usually, as tonight, including 'Country Girl' and 'Rocks'. 

So much has already been written about 'Screamadelica’s place in the rock canon that it’s not worth taking up space here going over old ground. We all know that the album fused genres, influenced scores of subsequent artists and generally holds a special place in most people’s hearts. 

What’s important now is that Gillespie and Co. don’t spoil the magic of that great collection of songs by selling them short on a live stage. They still have the energy and the passion when it counts, but there are a few moments throughout the night where the heat drops from a rolling boil to a gentle simmer. That may be because a handful of the album tracks are naturally less intense, but it’s important that where the tempo drops then the band rally to inject a little more fire and keep the audience fully engaged.

Click here for the full 2011 Camp Bestival review shortly.

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