Updated: Sunday, 5th July 2020 @ 5:57am

Review: Foals @ Warehouse Project - 30/12/11

Review: Foals @ Warehouse Project - 30/12/11

By Felicity Robertson

The atmosphere at the Warehouse Project was explosive as the much anticipated Chad Valley, Tom Vek, Jack Savidge - of Friendly Fires fame - and Foals played the night before New Year’s Eve.

You could instantly tell this was not going to be your average DJ set.

The first act, Manchester’s very own Now Wave DJs, were well received by the enthusiastic crowd.

The night switched from mellow tunes from Chad Valley to a booming performance from Tom Vek, who blew the crowd away with his single, Nothing But Green Lights.

Vek’s geeky, Morrissey-esque appearance deceived the crowds as he belted out songs from his album, Leisure Seizure, which oddly led several maniacs to involve themselves in to forming a circle of death in the middle of the floor to this unlikely choice of music for such activities.

Chad Valley sang his way through his melodic, chilled out set whilst fiddling with his synth and sweating profusely under the bright white and blue lights that lit the stage.

This was the time for a toilet break and drinks top up if you needed it as Valley’s mellow tones calmly echoed round the building.

The build-up to Foals is indescribable, the fans are of the indie die-hard variety that battle for a space nearest the front but pretend they don’t care. For about half an hour before the band emerged fans chanted the infamous riff of the much anticipated song, Two Steps Twice.

The crowd were in awe as the band came on stage and played most of the tracks off their debut album, Antidotes, one of the weirdest, most eclectic albums to be released in the last decade that reached number three in the UK album charts.

Foals did not fail to deliver and absolutely blew away the crowd, playing almost all of both albums.

The band were on stage for almost two hours as they played their schizophrenic set that jumped from being largely energetic with songs such as Balloons, to suddenly calm with Spanish Sahara.

I was pleased to see the band pay attention to their early tracks as well as their more recent, well known material such as Miami and Total Life Forever, both of which were hypnotising.

It is this unpredictability and zephyr that kept the too cool for school fans on their toes as they held on to every last word from each song while trying to look nonchalant about the whole thing.

My personal highlight was when they played their infectious song, Electric Bloom and came back on for the encore where they played the anthem of the evening, Two Steps Twice.

At this point the crowd went mental whilst the band repeated the chorus about twenty times more than they do on the album.

I genuinely have never been so sad to see a band finish and feel no shame in admitting I wanted them to play the entire set all over again straight away!