Elbow - Reading Festival 2011 review

'An intimately personal style of festival show, even on the largest of stages'

Elbow - Reading Festival 2011 review

Photographer: Sara BowreyChris Swindells on 28 August 2011

Opening with 'The Birds' the Mancunian band have developed a intimately personal style of festival show, even on the largest of stages.

'The Bones Of You' proves that in type as Garvey flits between sweet melodies and audience encouragement like a seasoned stage star.

Every moment of their latest 'Build A Rocket Boys!' carries all the grace and emotionally embellished weight of their 2008 Mercury Prize winning 'Seldom Seen Kid'.

Bass man Pete Turner celebrated his birthday with an ad-hoc birthday sing-a-long, which is hurriedly sidetracked into foot-stomping classic 'Grounds For Divorce'.

Fans of Family Guy would approve of the pair of wacky inflatable arm waving tube men which set off on stage seem gimmicky after a set full of honest home-grown passion and love.

Guy Garvey still takes it back to it's innocent roots, joking "Look at these two drunks," he let's rip on closer 'One Day Like Today'. A fine example of why Elbow are the greatest band in the world when it comes to warming our hearts and snuggling our souls.

Click for more Reading and Leeds 2011 reviews.

We want your Reading 2011 reviews!

Remember, we’re giving you the chance to review all the acts for Reading and Leeds 2011 this weekend too.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and reply to our review posts with your thoughts, insights, opinions and full-on reviews.

Send tweets to us with your reviews or comment on our Reading and Leeds Facebook posts or in the comments section below with your thoughts.

This isn’t about getting nasty if you don’t agree with our journalists, but an opportunity to leave your own appraisals, with the best ones getting published on the site.

So, what are you waiting for? Let us know your thoughts!

Comments

Hide Search Results

Festival Search



Tickets

















All Festival Tickets

Real Time Web Analytics