"Thanks for coming, we didn’t think anyone would be here."
Elbow - Live At Jodrell Bank

Live at Jodrell Bank returns, showcasing some of the best music into one festival weekend and what better to start it off than with Elbow? Jodrell Bank houses the third largest telescope in the world and is usually known for all things science. However, this weekend they opened their doors for something special and put on a spectacular show to 10,000 people.

The day kicked off with the exceptionally talented Willy Mason. Mason’s set was enough to draw anyone in and really got the crowd excited for a day of great music. Other special guests included Lianne La Havas, Cherry Ghost and Field Music.

There were rumors that not many people were going to turn up because of the horrendous weather forecast and an increase in people attempting to sell their tickets online last minute, but Guy Garvey joked as he came on stage saying “Thanks for coming, we didn’t think anyone would be here.” It turned out that the weather wasn’t too bad and certainly not bad enough to ruin this crowd’s day or discourage them. Sadly the same couldn't be said for Sunday's show, with the plug pulled on Paul Weller et al due to the torrential rain.

As Elbow were about to come on stage the crowd’s spirits were high, even as the rain had just begun. Opening with ‘High Ideals’ and creating an electric atmosphere from the very start, it was unmistakable that the evening was going to be something special. Elbow creates an indescribable atmosphere every time they put on a show, which gives the crowd goosebumps with excitement. Looking around Jodrell Bank, the crowd was in awe of Elbow, and who can blame them?

Guy Garvey is well known for his crowd skills and loves to interact, occasionally shouting “hands!” and asking his audience to do various things, which had the crowd in stitches of laughter. As Elbow started to play ‘Grounds for Divorce’ the rain started to really come down but strangely this only added to the power and the atmosphere during the song. ‘Grounds for Divorce’ is a song that gets the crowd going and excitement levels were high; this show was becoming more phenomenal by the minute. Jodrell Bank projected images onto the extremely large telescope of the show, which made the crowd buzz with excitement; there were even a few gasps and “wow!” comments from the audience. They also projected an image of the moon and a union jack flag during various moments of the show. It was fun to see them make the most of the venue they were using, in a unique way.

Upon observing Elbow on stage it seemed clear that they’re very grateful to be where they are today and they don’t seem to take it for granted. They’re a very respectable band with some powerful and certainly atmospheric songs that anyone of any age can enjoy. The combination of the iconic Jodrell Bank telescope as a backdrop to one of the best lives bands around and the unique experience that Jodrell Bank brought to the whole day created one of the most creative and fun live music shows of the year, that not even the heavy rain could ruin.

Words by Caitlin Maxwell
Photo by Duncan Elliott

Click here for a photo gallery of the performance.

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