Muse - Leeds Festival 2011 review

'It's grand, but a hit or two from being a real season highlight'

Muse - Leeds Festival 2011 review

Photographer:Sara Bowrey

Gavin McInally - 26 August 2011


Against a backdrop of George Bush, smoke cannons and giant balloon eyes being punted across the crowd, Muse dominate the opening night at Leeds with a headline set dedicated to the tenth anniversary of their second album 'Origin of Symmetry'.

With a huge screen and Origin of Symmetry production almost too grand for even Leeds' most prestigious slot, the Devon trio flex their musical might with classics like 'Plug In Baby', 'Citizen Erased' and hit cover 'Feeling Good' being plucked out with aplomb.

However, their second LP is no 'Master of Puppets' or 'Screamadelica' and the lesser known numbers do little to inspire the drenched masses.

With effortless class alone, Muse will triumph over forthcoming lightweight headliners My Chemical Romance and Pulp but compared to a greatest hits setlist - even though the likes of 'Supermassive Black Hole', 'Time Is Running Out' and 'Knights Of Cydonia' with fireworks are thrown in to close the night - this showing is a hit or two from being a real highlight of the festival season.

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