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Review: Metronomy headline By the Sea festival at Dreamland, Margate

By Lowri Chant

Festival stalwarts Metronomy gave fans a rare treat when they headlined an intimate venue at Margate's By the Sea festival last night.

The electro-rockers took to the stage in Dreamland's striking Hall By The Sea to play to an eager crowd of 1,500 to bring the second day to a close.

Seamlessly shifting between old and new numbers from their eclectic five albums, the British fivesome kept the audience wanting more - which was evident when they left the stage following their 75-minute set to rapturous cheers and applause.

Frontman Joseph Mount. Picture: Joseph Singh.
Frontman Joseph Mount. Picture: Joseph Singh.

The ovation exploded when they returned to play their biggest hit, The Look, for a hugely well-received encore.

Charismatic frontman Joseph Mount held the audience in the palm of his hand with his enigmatic stage presence, and put his multi-instrumental talents to good use, grabbing his guitar, bongos, rhythm sticks or cow bells whenever the song called for it.

He also swapped places with the world's most infectiously-happy drummer, Anna Prior, so she could lead the vocals for sultry Everything Goes My Way from their 2011 album The English Riviera.

Equally smiley was bassist Gbenga Adelekan, who danced around the stage while pumping out heart-thumping basslines - most notably on 16 Beat from the band's 2016 album, Summer 08.

The thunderous reception was the perfect end to a day that saw a range of artists and acts play stages in the heritage theme park and beyond, with fringe events in Margate's Old Town.

Metronomy headlined day two of By the Sea festival
Metronomy headlined day two of By the Sea festival

It followed a headline set by Mercury-Prize and Ivor Novello nominees Everything Everything on Friday evening, and will continue today, with rockers The Libertines closing the festival at The Winter Gardens this evening.

It is the first time By the Sea - now in its third year - has been extended to three days, demonstrating there is clearly an appetite for live music in this part of the world.

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