Super Furry Animals play Dubai Sound City finale
United Kingdom | 09 November 2009
Super Furry Animals brought the first ever Dubai Sound City to a close as headliners last night (Saturday) after Echo And The Bunnymen pulled their top slot appearance due to Ian McCullough falling ill.
And the band were in sterling form too, choosing to play their bigger hits in celebration of their first visit to the city.
“Dubai, we’re Echo and the Bunnymen from Cardiff, thank you very much,” joked singer Gruff Rhys before the group played ‘(Drawing) Rings Around The World’ much to the joy of one fan who produced a Welsh flag in homage of the band.
Songs like ‘Demons’, ‘Juxtaposed with U’ and ‘Inaugural Trams’ were all included during the hour long set before the group announced their Resist the Phoney Encore campaign by saying, “we’ve taken the pledge, you should take the pledge.” Instead of encoring they ended their set by placing a placard on the drum rider reading ‘The End’.
Earlier on in the evening The Wombats admitted they were on a record attempt during their set. “We’re on a mission to try and be the sweatiest band in Dubai and I think we’ve got a chance of pulling it off,” said singer Murph.
They certainly did as they bounded around the stage for the most energetic show all weekend.
A chaotic ‘Moving To New York’ proved popular, but ‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’ got the best reaction from the crowd before the Liverpool band ended on ‘Backfire At The Disco’. The group will also be “coming to a desert near you soon,” according to drummer Dan Haggis.
Alphabeat were also happy to bound around the stage as they covered Chaka Khan’s ‘Ain’t Nobody’ during their set before a finale of ‘Fasination’ got the crowd dancing with singer Anders SG Nielsen turning a monitor on its side and singing from on top of it.
Although Dan Black only drew a small audience in the afternoon, the singer soon won over the lazing crowd with a hectic performance. Despite laptop problems and admitting they were jetlagged, the group were in energetic form and high spirits.
“What brings you over here?” Black asked the crowd before getting the response, “money,” from one reveller, who then added, “why are you here?”
“For the art and… the money,” admitted the singer to a chorus of laughs, “dignity and music can go hand in hand,” he urged.
Check back for our full review, blogs and photos from Dubai Sound City 2009 as well as an interview with The Wombats.
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