THERAPY? @Stone Free, O2 Arena London 18/6/16


Andy and the boys deliver as they headline the Indigo2

“In Ireland they teach this in school” offers up Therapy? Main man Andy Cairns. As the next words out of his mouth are “James Joyce is fucking my sister,” it’s safe to say they probably didn’t. But it is indicative of the frivolous mood that Cairns and his bandmates are in as they are afforded a packed house for this headline spot on the second stage at Stone Free.

The boys from Northern Ireland have been at this game long enough and have enough great songs to deliver on the 45 minute slot at a festival, they neatly prove it here with “Stories” and “Potato Junkie” (the one about Irish authors bumping uglies with Cairns’ female siblings) rubbing shoulders with stalwarts like “Knives” “Nowhere” and Screamager”, while along the way there’s diversions into Michael McKeegan’s death metal band called Evil Priest (he’s the most wanted man in Northern Ireland, apparently) and we praise the Northern Irish football team – it’s that kind of afternoon.

A band that night not quite get the credit they deserve for being genuine innovators, Therapy? Nonetheless can deliver a set that is the envy of most whenever they choose. They evidently
enjoyed doing that here.

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