Amazing. Rage against the Machine appeared on BBC Radio 5 live this 9am morning to support the internet campaign to get ‘Killing in the Name Of’ to number one for Christmas. After a few minutes talk, the band played the song live and the inevitable happened…
A couple of years ago, I promised myself I wouldn’t return to Oxegen after a frankly crap year in 2005 and a horrible one-day experience in 2006. This year I returned under different circumstances as part of the State team with the proviso what we would review as many bands as we could over the weekend. It was actually a great experience plus, I got to avoid the campsites and head home to my parents house every night for a real bed and a shower. In the morning, as web editor, I collated everyone’s reviews and James Goulden (sample shot above) and Shawna Scott’s excellent photos into our reviews of the previous days. It was a gratifying job.
There were some clear highlights for me: most I have written about for State such as Aphex Twin, Vampire Weekend, Pendulum and Holy Fuck. However as is inevitable with coverage of a headliner, multiple writers were at the same stage so I never got to chance to write about one band: Rage Against The Machine and their closing set on Sunday’s Main stage.
It was my first time the whole weekend I paid attention to the Main stage. It helped that I bumped into some mates beforehand. From our vantage-point near the IMRO New Sounds tent, we could see a huge mass of people gathered in front of us. The light emanating from the stage highlighted every corner of the field, while in the distance, to the left, The Chemical Brothers with their amazing looking giant visuals juggernaut looked like a spaceship about to whirl off in a dash of lights and colour. I wished I could be at both but then again you only see Rage once, The Chemicals play nearly every year. (more…)