David Gray woos Wireless, Day Two

United Kingdom United Kingdom | | 23 June 2006

The swooning mum's favourite treated the audience to classics such as 'Sail Away' and 'This Year's Love' plus tracks from his latest album 'Life In Slow Motion'.

After telling the audience how "lovely" they were, he closed on crowd favourite 'Babylon' before returning for a brief encore.

In the lead up to Gray's headline show, KT Tunstall played her last set before she goes to start working on her second album in a studio in Scotland. She was well received by the crowd, who sang along to the likes of 'Suddenly I See' and 'Another Place To Fall'. 

With the style of jeans in Hyde Park more of the boot-cut variety than the skin-tight denims preferred by The Strokes' crowd the previous day, the Thursday at Wireless was a slightly more sedate affair, with the likes of Captain and Miss Higgins warming things up on the Main Stage in the afternoon.

But no one told Two Gallants that in the XFM Stage. The country punk duo tore through songs from their two albums, including the mighty 'Les Cruces Jail', with Tyson Vogel beating the life out of his drums and frequently needing assistance from his roadies to repair his battered kit.

Former Velvet Underground member John Cale was another clear highlight in the XFM Tent with a set dominated by his own material. However he did have time to tease the crowd with the Velvets' 'Venus In Furs'.

Other bands thrilling audiences across the three venues at Wireless included a reformed Violent Femmes, the soulful Ray Lamontagne and the ever-energetic Fun Lovin' Criminals.

After the celeb fest of Wednesday, Thursday was a bit light on backstage glamour, however Daniel Beddingfield was ligging it back there. Armed with a plastic carrier bag he appeared to be doing a spot of festival shopping, though whether he bought a giant faux-velvet top hat with bells remains a mystery 

Stay posted for more coverage of Wireless London.

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Photographer: Sasha Ong

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