00.10 (PS) ANATHEMA
Over the last few years, the last band band to play the Pain Stage was usually of the more quiet and melancholic kind – remember the unforgettable shows by My Dying Bride and Katatonia – and the UK’s ANATHEMA followed the same pattern. ANATHEMA is a band that had been on the festival’s wish list for years, and so they delivered a memorable show, but maybe not exactly what the fans had expected. The band led by the Cavanagh brothers presented their more relaxed/funny side, constantly joking with each other to the point of imitating fart sounds! Their shows didn’t seem to be well thought-through either, as there didn’t seem to be a defined setlist, with the band deciding in between songs what to play next. The most intense song on offer was “A Natural Disaster”, where the band was joined by a female singer who caused waves of goosebumps with her voice. There were also a few sympathetic remarks made towards the crowd, who had had to endure four days of camping, and generally speaking hardly anything was the way one would have expected from this band. But this didn’t stem only from the band, as the bouncers played their part as well. Obviously underchallenged during the quiet moments, some of the guys with the red shirts went into the crowd and started crowdsurfing to be pulled back behind the barrier by their colleagues. And after Danny Cavanagh’s invitation to clap along didn’t quite work out, the bouncers were suddenly standing on the barrier forming a commanding clapping front, which was actually obeyed all the way back to the FOH. Visibly impressed, frontman Vincent had obviously never seen anything like it and made a point of thanking the security crew after the show. Then, during the last song, the Pink Floyd cover “Comfortably Numb”, the most bizarre meeting of the festival happened. Destruction’s Mad Butcher came back on stage wielding his axe and had a dance duell with the Anathema singer. They moved around as if in a well-choreographed swordplay scene, Cavanagh did some high kicks and pranced around the Butcher, who in turn delivered an accomplished robot breakdance – completely UNBELIEVABLE! Only at SUMMER BREEZE!!!