Suede – Absolut Big Top – 23-07-16 – Live Review @ the Galway International Arts Festival
Suede were the last band to play the Absolut Big Top, after an impressive run of gigs throughout the festival. This tour by Suede has two parts to each show, with the band playing their new album Night Thoughts in its entirety in the first part of the set, before later returning to play ‘the hits’. The first part of the night was also unusual as the band play behind a screen showing a variety of short films. There is no narrative to the piece, instead it is a collection of shorts or videos for each particular song, directed by Roger Sargent.
The crowd were slow to react to the first part of the night and there was a sense of detachment between the band and the audience, as is often the case when playing behind a screen. The new album is enjoyable but really most of the audience were there for the hits, a return to their heyday of the 90s.
After the interval the screen was dispensed with and Brett seemed energised after quite a controlled first set. The band went through a crowd pleasing set that included Trash, Animal Nitrate and Metal Mickey. They finished the night with the Beautiful Ones before returning for a one song encore in the form of New Generation. The two parts of the set were very different in terms of energy and crowd reaction. Another impressive night from a band that continue to stay relevant and vibrant.
Set List –
Night Thoughts –
When You Are Young
I Don’t Know How to Reach You
What I’m Trying to Tell You
Learning to Be
I Can’t Give Her What She Wants
When You Were Young
The Fur and the Feathers
Hits & Treats –
The Asphalt World