Wilco are a national treasure to fans of Americana, alt-country and classic 90s indie however at the handful of times over the years I’ve seen them at festivals – they’ve never quite translated it into “European festival faves”. It’s not to say they didn’t try however – with their set leaning towards ‘heavier’ numbers from recent albums (“Random Name Generator”) than their myriad of beautiful and delicate folky numbers (“I am Trying To Break Your Heart”).
Wilco did, however, have a dedicated group of fans who got there early and staked a claim on some good ground at the green stage – still though – it wasn’t until Wilco were a few songs in that the masses started checking them out. The Minds Of 99 – who basically are designed as a festival band – pummeling drums and spacey vocals – had just rocked the other stage and for many – Wilco was a comedown and a time to get food and find each other.
I might have given this performance more stars had they just chosen a different set and caught the crowd. Wilco seemed adamant on ‘rocking out’ though with plenty of dueling guitar solos and noisy moments – in fact – they often seemed to sabotage the quieter songs with random shots and squiggles of noise – which seemed like these middle-aged men had some serious ADHD – also proved by their impressive array of guitars – sometimes even changing from one axe to another mid song – I mean, Tweedy alone must have had upwards of 1,000,000 dollars of vintage equipment up there….impressing no-one but some gear nerds though…
I think Wilco has it in them to be a great band – just not this summer for the beautiful masses of NS16
"I think Wilco has it in them to be a great band – just not this summer for the beautiful masses of NS16"