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Latitude Festival 2017: From blistering to apocalyptic – Placebo rock the BBC 6 Music Stage

PUBLISHED: 10:58 15 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:07 17 July 2017

Placebo headline the  6 Music stage on Friday  at Latitdue 2017. Picture: PAUL JOHN BAYFIELD

Placebo headline the 6 Music stage on Friday at Latitdue 2017. Picture: PAUL JOHN BAYFIELD

PAUL JOHN BAYFIELD

You would expect a band with more than 20 years experience to know what they are doing with a festival crowd.

Placebo on stage. Picture: PAUL JOHN BAYFIELD Placebo on stage. Picture: PAUL JOHN BAYFIELD

Placebo delivered a thumping headline performance on the BBC 6 Music Stage with catchy pop-rock songs from throughout their career.

The band seems to have two settings, searingly quick or slow apocalyptic pounding. While the hits from their early-2000s hay day, including Pure Morning, Special Needs and Song to Say Goodbye, brought the most energy from the crowd but newer tracks held their own in the set.

Front man Brian Molko, although somewhat calmer on stage than he once was, can still captivate an audience and the songs seem to have grown up with him.

The performance came to a crescendo with the blistering Bitter End followed by the band’s breakout 1997 hit Nancy Boy. Placebo returned to the stage to complete a masterful set with their epic cover of Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill.

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