A rainy Saturday night in Margate saw Foals tear the roof off Dreamland, as part of the town’s mini festival ‘By The Sea’.
“It’s been a while since we played a roller disco… We’re going to have a good night.” assures frontman Yannis Philippakis, before tearing through a raucous set to a relatively small but packed space. The rejuvenation of this seaside town has, it seems, brought with it one hell of a venue.
Opener ‘Snake Oil’ provides a clear message of intent. This is the new Foals – a swaggering, self assured, formidable live presence. Philippakis oozes confidence, throwing himself into the crowd at three points throughout the night, expertly whipping them into a frenzy. Older tracks such as ‘Olympic Airways’ and ‘Red Socks Pugie’ have a slick air to them, with the excitable crowd welcoming the old favourites. But in a set that draws from all four albums, it’s the new material that gets the biggest reaction. ‘Mountain At My Gates’ prompts a joyous singalong, with the biggest pit of the night reserved for encore ‘What Went Down’. “You don’t sound ready… Let’s make this place sink.” snarls Yannis to a crowd that needs no more incentive.
Cementing themselves as one of the finest live acts around with one of the best gigs of the year, there was a general feeling that this may have been one of the last chances to see Foals play a venue this small and intimate. There’s only so much longer they can be held in.
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