Anita and Lolita at FIB

Friday, July 21, 2006

Thank FIB it's Friday!

Well here we are on day 2 of FIB. We finally got back to the apartment yesterday way past dawn after a fantastic FIBstart. We made it on to the scene just in time to catch the lovely The Sunday Drivers walking offstage, but boogied to the tune of Howe Gelb - looking lovely in a very gangsta hat - and his choir, Sno Angel, who made us smile. A lot. But truth be told, we were far too excited anticipating the bound-to-be dramatic entrance on stage of... Scissor Sisters. And it was as expected. Paddy Boom was first on stage, in a fascinating black and white striped torero- inspired jumpsuit complete with braces over a white shirt and scarlet tie, soon to be followed by Babydaddy in traditional checked shirt and full beard. Jake Shears and Ana Matronic ran on together in matching outfits in sparkling gold. They opened with Take Your Mama Out, a perfect crowd pleaser, and sooner than not Lolita and me were dancing like mad things. Tits On The Radio was song two, and lots of touchy feely rubbing of chests ensued by Shears and Matronic. The set was jam-packed with hits from their first,self-titled album, like Mary, Laura, and Music Is The Victim, and they declared a love of Cataluña (Think they got a tad confused there!) proclaiming their first FIB concert two years ago (I was there!) to be their Best Ever and Benicassim to be their fave festie of them all. "Backstage has a pool" drawled Ana Matronic. "I love any festival that gets me wet". Cue wolfwhistles galore!
I Don't Feel Like Dancing, their new single, was an instant hit. In fact, we spied a "Temazo" banner floating above the crowds on more than one occasion during the set! After an encore, and Ana Matronic reminding the crowds of Jake Shears exhibitionism last time they hit Benicassim (on the motorola stage) - "Give the people what they want!" (He didn't though) - the band closed with Filthy/Gorgeous, which Lolita and I agreed is one of our top ten get-the-party-started tunes of all time, yelling, "We are your Scissor Sisters!", whilst making some very suggestive moves with the mic around Shears' crotch area.
We left FibStart near the end of a fab set from London's Trash Club's Erol Alkan. It seemed most of the Press had gone home to rest up for the weekend, and we had the whole of the Press seating area to share with two v. silly but hilarious English boy-journalists and two French girlies. As we shook our booties to hardcore electro mixed with rock and rap it was the perfect end to a great night. If only we hadn't had to walk all the way back!!!
Today, though, we have our bikes here, lent to us by the lovely people at Orange Bikes, and could ride here. So far tonight we've seen Babyshambles, The Walkmen, The Ordinary Boys and The Futureheads but have to rush off now to catch Pixies! or we won't get a seat and we won't be having that!
Take care peoples and do as Preston from TOB says - Drink lots of water!
Anita and Lolita

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