Loudest – Soul II SoulThis one is easy – they had clearly turned the volume all the way up to 11 – not a big surprised for a collective that had its origins as a sound system. The windows around the court yard where at significant danger at some points – not to mention my ear drums!
Youngest Audience – N-DubzRun away winners – and a good thing too as that meant they where also the shortest audience so I could still get a good view despite giving up my place near the front for a call of nature…
Oldest Audience – Gil Scott HeronIt would be Interesting to see if there was a correlation between the average age on and off the stage – Gil’s audience was definitely the most mature – matching those on stage providing the entertainment.
Early Arrivals – N-Dubz’s AudienceI thought I should get there a little early as it was Sunday and a very “current” headline, it was also a very pleasant walk through the city to get there on a warm Sunday evening – but I didn’t expect the entire audience to be there an hour before the doors where due to open!
Late Arrivals – Not AwardedPossibly because of the very strict 11pm curfew, none of the acts took there time appearing on stage.
Best Opening act – Joint -
Strangest Opening act – Ólöf Arnalds (AIR)I’m not sure what the link is between Icelandic folk and synth based electronica – but it didn't work for me or most of the audience
Biggest Surprise – Divine Comedy (Solo)I’d not had time to do any research on what to expect from this evening – Neil Hannon’s working of and with the audience was superb entertainment.
Best Gig –
Winner – Florence + The Machine – Runner up – Divine Comedy (Solo)This is a close run thing – I had high expectations of Florence Welch and her extensive “machine”, which they still managed to exceeded with the most complete performance of the series. I had no expectations of Neil Hannon – but he delivered a solo performance which I defy anyone not to have been entertained by.
Honourable Mention – The weather
I can’t believe I attended 12 outdoor musical events in a few London summer weeks and there where only a few spots of rain for all of them.
If I’m in London when the 2011 series is run – I’ll definitively be trying to get tickets all the of them again – the musical lucky dip was a wonderful way to spend some glorious summer evening escaping the stress of the office… Somerset House – please offer a season ticket to the event for the musically brave so I don’t have to resort to GetMeIn or the many ticket touts that gather outside the events. And please rebook the weather.