AS THE DJ set kicks off in the parade ring at Goodwood, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re at a wedding reception – all around are smart, tipsy people, dressed to the nines, surrounded by beautiful countryside.
Everyone’s happy, but rather than having witnessed the sacred union of husband and wife, we’ve all been watching the horses. No bad thing, obviously, and there are fewer better places to be on a sunny Friday evening.
But this wedding reception feel is slightly where the 2 Many DJs set falls down. There are long periods of house, with a lot of build, and it’s skilled DJing, to be sure. But when they drop a well-known track in there - New Order’s Blue Monday, for example, or an instrumental version of Don’t You Want Me? by The Human League – everyone noticeably perks up a bit.
It’s still a great curtain-raiser to the Three Friday Nights - and the last sequence, of MGMT’s Kids messed about with and merged into Alright by Supergrass, accompanied by fireworks, is magical.