Once upon a time Foals could have been accused, on record at least, of being all head and no heart.
It’s not an accusation likely to be levelled at them these days.
Guitarist Jimmy Smith comes on alone to pick out the opening of their new, third, album Holy Fire’s instrumental opener, Prelude. The spindly guitar line, typical of their earlier material, soon builds to a throbbing, riffing, full-band climax.
And frontman Yannis Philippakis is a veritable livewire, from clambering on the speaker stacks, to stagediving and taking his guitar walkabout in the crowd, he’s all over the shop - but never missing a beat.
Recent single My Number is despatched early, and it’s the catchiest thing they have ever done by a country mile - the packed out crowd duly sings back the entire song whilst pogoing away.
Electric Bloom from debut Antidotes closes the main set and sees Philippakis swapping his guitar for stage-front drums, before throwing himself into the crowd at the song’s peak.
Another new track, Inhaler, sporting a breezeblock riff which sends the throng nuts, is the penultimate encore, before support act The Invisible all pile in for extra live percussion on closer Two Steps, Twice.
They’ll be doing the festival rounds this summer, if you’re there, you’d be a fool to miss them.