Live review: Queens of the Stone Age & Friends @ Finsbury Park, London (30/06/18)
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On Saturday, Finsbury Park played host to Queens of the Stone Age and friends after taking a hit from the Madchester crowd of Liam Gallagher the previous day. The day kicked off with incredible amounts of excitement from everyone entering the park. People were having pre-drinks in local pubs that clearly had tailored their playlist to the artists that would be taking over the local area. Despite being a day dedicated to the LA desert rockers, the line-up was beautifully decorated with a mass of female acts to settle that ongoing debate about there being a lack of girls at festivals. On the second stage, tucked in the far corner were Spanish rockers Belako who blew it out of the water with their killer set, opening not only the stage, but the entire festival drawing everyone in down to their cosy little set-up. Black Honey opened the main stage, dressed head-to-toe in custom Wrangler denim, they took their positions and provided a perfect, moody performance. Izzy Baxter (lead singer), with her turquoise hair, cowboy hat, killer heels and neckerchief; took to centre stage and indulged us with old favourites such as, ‘Madonna’ and ‘Somebody Better’, along with new tracks ’Bad Friends’ and ‘Dig’, a more mellow yet punchy track. The crowd grew thicker and thicker as the day went on, wandering around the park there was familiar faces, Hinds taking cute photos of each other, Deaf Havana enjoying a lads day out at the park. There was just so much excitement in the air for what was still to come from the day. Hitting us in the face with some of the best angsty tunes was Deap Vally on the main stage. The LA queens put on their best set making sure none of us dropped to the floor; raw drum beats and gruelling guitars filled the park as they smashed through ‘Walk of Shame’. Their sassiness in lyrics is never gone a miss, “the stranger in the bar tells me to smile more, I look at him and I ask, what for? I am happily unhappy, man”, sings Lindsey Troy into a crowd of vibing – yet somewhat melting – Londoners.
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