Review: The Waterboys, Wickham Festival

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It was like The Waterboys had conjured the deluge that tipped on to Wickham Festival.

After a largely dry day – featuring Lunasa and Shooglenifty in the line-up – the rain teemed and thunder cracked as the aptly-named headline act took to the stage.

The folk rockers certainly created a storm inside the mainstage’s big top.

In the 30th anniversary year of Mike Scott’s Waterboys, the founder member is in fine distinctive voice and the band delivered an impressive set.

Judging by the thunderous response to The Whole of the Moon, many had been anticipating The Waterboys’ biggest hit.

But Mike Scott slid into the anthem in a business-like manner.

Good as it is, it only represents the crescent of the band’s output, which has earned critical acclaim and legions of loyal fans.

This set included material from the early rock and roll era, the shift to a more Celtic-folk sound and more recent work inspired by the poetry of W.B.Yeats.

With Fisherman’s Blues, Raggle Taggle Gypsy, Mad as the Mist and Snow and Don’t Bang The Drum, the band gave us rocking classics, theatricality, mellow moments and foot-tapping folk songs.

No wonder the response almost drowned out the rumbles and rainfall.