Orbital, Main Stage
Orbital, Main Stage:
They were the first act of the weekend to use the visual potential of the stage, with graphics, images and lights in perfect synch with the tunes, but ultimately it was about the sounds.
Cynics might suggest that the Hartnoll brothers are just checking their e-mails up there on stage, and that the show is about the visuals as much as the music, but when they hit their stride Orbital are an awesome sight and sound.
Opener Halcyon shot into a mix of Belinda Carlisle, Bon Jovi and Opus III, before a thunderous set of new and old tracks during which Belfast and Chime, especially, brought hands in the air exhilaration.
For a brief few seconds, beats fell over themselves as something, somewhere went awry. Sometimes it takes a misstep to remind you how regularly they border on perfection.