The best performances of Virgin Festivals past
By David Malitz
As we approach Saturday’s Virgin Mobile FreeFest we thought we’d take a look back at the first four years of the festival. I wasn’t at the initial edition of the annual rock bacchanalia (TM J. Freedom du Lac), so these top five performances are culled from the past three years, including last year’s reinvention as FreeFest. Will any of this year’s acts be able to crack the list? We’ll find out on Saturday.
1. Kanye West, 2008
Festivals can be a good place to sample acts you’re unfamiliar with and see bands you’ve always been meaning to see. It’s also a good opportunity to see if the headliners can rise to the occasion and prove themselves to be true superstars. Kanye did just that a couple years ago, making it feel less like a festival and more like a Kanye West show with a whole bunch of opening acts.
2. LCD Soundsystem, 2007
The best live band touring in support of their best album playing in the sweltering late-afternoon sun made for an extremely sweaty and satisfying performance.
3. Underworld, 2008
I was stuck covering Foo Fighters/Dave Grohl almost-comedy hour during this set so I only managed to catch about 30 minutes of thumping dance-rock bliss. But that included “Born Slippy (Nuxx)” and “Moaner,” two of the band's most epic and frenzied songs.
4. Weezer, 2009
For a band that so often seems to exist only to infuriate, Weezer played a nearly-perfect set last year. Lots of hits, no dead spots, overwhelmingly loud and crunchy, done in an hour.
5. Public Enemy, 2009
Chuck D continues to be one of the most commanding figures who takes a stage and that helps keep Flava Flav in check. Mostly. Together, they throw a mean party, but there’s still something important going on.
| September 21, 2010; 1:54 PM ET
Categories: Lists | Tags: Kanye West, LCD Soundsystem, Public Enemy, Underworld, Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Weezer
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