My brother is sometimes very nice to me, a case in point being last night – some time ago he'd bought us both tickets to see Lemon Jelly at Somerset house as part of the Radio 6 music festival.
Somerset house is an open air venue, so the biggest worry is the weather, despite the Jelly's set including the track “Nice Weather For Ducks” the rain stayed away.
However I think even if it had rained it wouldn't have put a dampener on the mood of the crowd, many of which had brought their own toy/rubber/inflatable ducks, although the venue seemed to be home for to a number of very real seagulls. Before Lemon Jelly came out, we had Phil Jupitus (with lovely assistant Darth Maul) with the “Lemon Jelly, Play Your Cards Right” game. Some poor German girl was pulled up on the stage where she managed to 'win' us all free CDs at the end of the night.
But then came Nick and Fred, better known as Lemon Jelly – both seemed to have great fun playing various instruments, rushing between various station tweaking and arranging their mostly electronic set. Nick in particular had a beaming smile throughout the concert, one that I think was matched by the crowd. Two of the songs they played were a lot darker than their earlier material – reminiscent of Moby when he 'rocks out'. The light show from the stage was especially dazzling and sound quality was great. The crowd were relaxed (and judging from the smell, this may have been due to some 'herbal cigarettes') and at one point during the evening a small woman thrust a bubble blower into my hands so I could blow bubbles over the rest of the crowd.
Special crowd pleasers were an up-tempo “Rambling Man” and the similarly jazzed up “Staunton Lick” – both had the crowd, and myself jumping into the air.
An excellent night, with a free CD at the end of it, and the promise of a new album.