Yeah Yeah Yeahs made a triumphant return to the UK festival scene yesterday (24 April) rocking The Roundhouse at Camden Crawl.
The New York punks played to a packed crowd at the infamous London venue, peppering their set with new tracks from their new album ‘It’s Blitz!’.
Moving away from their angular indie the group revealed their more dance and electro driven side with ‘Zero’ and ‘Heads Will Roll’ among the most popular tracks of the night.
Dressed in a Star Wars style white, blue and red cloak, Karen O needed to do little more than freeze like a statue through ‘Gold Lion’ to get the hoards going before stripping off to a black and blue PVC dress.
The band, playing underneath an inflatable eyeball, performed an ethereal version of ‘Maps’ before leaving the crowd, including Ryan Jarman of The Cribs and Kate Nash, baying for more after set closer ‘Date With The Night’.
The day’s other headliners The Enemy were forced to pull their set with lead singer Tom Clarke suffering from a bad throat. Idlewild replaced the band in the Roundhouse venue.
Other highlights of the day included Hockey who played a storming set of nu-disco in the Roundhouse and The Virgins who covered ‘Up The Junction’ by Squeeze.
Clapham’s political punks The King Blues’ set in Barfly gave lead singer Itch a chance the air his opinion on the death of Ian Tomlinson who died at the recent G20 summit. “It wasn’t natural causes,” he said to the crowd who had been queuing one-in-one out for a chance to see them, “it was police brutality.”
Elsewhere Peggy Sue told our reporter that their set at The Monarch was “the best show [they’ve] ever done,” Madness played a secret set outside in Inverness Street and The Invisible had a large crowd at Underworld for their midnight set.
Camden Crawl 2009 continues today with sets from The View, Kasabian and The Maccabees.