Live review: Red Hot Chili Peppers
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With Radio 1’s Big Weekend and the Isle of Wight festival raging at the same time, it was an explosive weekend for live music. But the best event of the lot didn’t parade itself around on BBC 3. You had to be there. On Saturday 23 June, the Red Hot Chili Peppers essentially put on their own festival. An enormous field outside Stevenage, 80,000 adoring fans armed with wellies, and more dodgy burger vans than you could visit in a year contributed to an experience far superior to your average gig. The band’s support would probably have made an alright festival line-up by themselves, with Reverend and the Makers, The Wombats and Dizzee Rascal all taking to the stage before the main event. Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, no-one really watched the Reverend and his gang, who had to make do with a polite round of applause for ‘Heavyweight Champion of the World’. The Wombats fared better, with most of the crowd mumbling their way through ‘Moving to New York’. The smattering of older, well-known tracks kept the audience listening through the newer songs, and by the end of their set they may well have gained a few more fans.
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