BBC Radio 5 Live’s Big Day Out
Liverpool Echo Arena
June 1st, 2013
606, Fighting Talk, Radio 5 Live End of Season Awards, Primal Scream
When is a radio show – nay, when are TWO radio shows – not two radio shows, despite their being broadcast live to millions? When it is BBC Radio 5 Live’s Big Day Out, of course. Following on from last year’s event held at Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium, this was going to have to go some to match what happened there. Yet, with Liverpool never being a city to shirk a challenge, not only did the 5,000 or so gathered for the footy and sport filled fun fest equal the efforts of those from The Potteries, they raised the bar to almost unobtainable standards for those who must surely follow in its wake.
Neville Southall bringing 606 pundit Robbie Savage down a peg or six was a joy, Colin Murray running into the crowd having scored a penalty in a shootout between the two shows was surreal and Bob Mills, when asked to draw as many boos from the audience as possible, relied on just six words to do just that. Never before have the names of Lady Thatcher, Alan Davis and The Sun newspaper been met with such vitriolic – and good natured – abuse. Well, not collectively anyway.
Yet it was punk / rock outfit Primal Scream who, with a set that lasted over an hour and twenty minutes, who really speared the gathered throng and held them over a fire of intensity so hot it could be felt all the way to the MEN in Manchester.
Bobby Gillespie had been asked to tell the audience to remain seated. No chance and as a new track, 2013, gave way to the more familiar Country Girl, the stewards visibly gave up trying to maintain order and so mercifully went with the flow.
While Swastika Eyes, Loaded and Get Your Rocks Off were all given the Scream treatment both by those on and off the stage and were rightfully received with gusto, it was the unified singing of Come Together which will linger in the mind longest and sent the audience away not only humming, but openly singing the chorus out loud.
A truly special evening – and all for the ridiculously low price of £12.50 – which will go down as one of the best night’s of entertainment that this or any other city will host this year.
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