End Of The Road 2009 Live: Fleet Foxes

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Gavin Riley

16th September 2009
At 01:35 GMT

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Ok let's start with the bad. Several hundred people were stopped at one point from gaining entry to Fleet Foxes because of what stewards claimed was overcrowding. What made it worse was that we could see the crowds lazing back in their deck chairs a few feet across a hastily placed barrier.

Show me a petition that bans deck chairs from festivals and we'll all sign up.

As irate as other people were, we were non-plussed. We were just about to go see The Heavy instead when logic prevailed and stewards started letting people in slowly. Unfortunately those plans went awry when those behind us had a mad scramble and pushed us right into the centre of the Garden Stage.

So now we were here, we settled into our position, when a heckler told frontman Robin Pecknold to take the teabag out of his cup.

Big mistake.

"I like to leave it in" he replied to much hilarity and groaning. Cue five minutes of gags and banter about teabagging.

Jokes aside, this was Fleet Foxes shining moment and we were actually quite glad to be there. Listening to 'White Winter Hymnal' and 'Your Protector' sung with a backing band of 5,000 voices was a joy to behold.

At one point Pecknold invited his sister onto stage to perform a cover of live favourite 'Dreams' a song first written by Fleetwood Mac and made famous by brother/sister outfit, The Corrs. There followed a three song encore that included 'Oliver James' and set closer 'Blue Ridge Mountains'.

And that was it for Saturday, we dumped the camera and shot off to watch a DJ Set by Jarvis Cocker and Richard Hawley - a fitting end to a great Saturday.

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