www.bbc.co.uk May 2005
The summer festival season opener got underway this Bank Holiday weekend
with thousands of people cramming into The Matterley Bowl to party in the
great outdoors for 17 hours.
The al fresco party got off to a shaky start on the weather front with a
brisk wind and the sun firmly tucked away - but that didn't stop the hardy
Homelanders who had clearly left anything warm at home, opting for maximum
flesh exposure in bikini's and hot pants...
...Elsewhere, there were
hundreds of handbags on the floor of Arena 5 for some serious boogying and
hollering along to legendary 80's superstars The Human League.
...The League managed to pull in a full tentful of fans despite being old
enough to be your parents and for just over an hour we took a trip.
Sorry, we didn't finish the last
sentence properly. We meant to say we took a trip down memory lane, of
course we wouldn't want to imply we took any drugs!..
The sun suddenly burst through the clouds as I walked up through the valley
from the coach park to the entrance of We love…Homelands 2005. So the
weather was going to be alright afterall and the ‘sniffer dogs’…a friendly
black Labrador who attempted to lick me to death on passing through the
barriers. A lovely welcome!..
...Despite the poor sound (of
The Streets) I would have liked to have seen the rest of their set as I’m a
big fan and they were thoroughly entertaining but 80’s band Human League
were scheduled at the same time in Arena 5.
So over to Arena 5...it was nice to hear some of their old tunes but I
thought they’d have moved on more from the 1980’s. They were competent and
tuneful but nothing special or exciting...
So, onto the Human League in Arena 5, an intimate (small) tent which filled
up rather quickly once word that one of our electro founding fathers were
due on stage. They kicked off with a compilation of electro-jewels,
transporting me back to the delights of school discos. A portion of the
mixed crowd were surely too young to remember them from the first time round,
but this didn't stop anyone warming and chanting to their eerie but oh so
catchy anthems as if they were engrained on everyone's subconscious
regardless of age. The highlight for me (and seemingly most of the crowd)
was 'Don't You Want Me' which had us all singing along and grinning from ear
to ear. The only disappointment was that they were only on for an hour -
they could have certainly filled a bigger arena for a longer time - but with
just a taster I left Arena 5 and the Human League feeling warm and gooey
inside. A nice feeling.
www.playlouder.com June 2005
says: Monochromatic Parallel Lines
vertically flank the stage for Sheffield's
Human League and they do say that they have a thinning effect. I'm being
needlessly mean actually because Phil, in black suit, and the girls, in
cocktail dresses, look amazing, a good ten years than they are. Anyone
hoping for a modernist trawl through 'Travelogue' and 'Reproduction' is
slightly disappointed however, as they plump for a greatest hits set instead.
This said they still play 'Empire State Human' and 'Being Boiled' as well as
an awesome 'Electric Dreams'. There is an inevitable whiff of School Disco
about this, which is a shame because it detracts from the fact that the
League were once one of the most forward-looking and innovative bands we