Kimbra, Tokyo Police Club and Foster the People– an amazing line up for The Meadows at Downsview Park last night. The venue became more and more gorgeous as the sun went down that one felt like they were at a music festival in a foriegn country. Foster the People‘s stage was an incredible mix of the psychedelic and Inca, borrowing visuals from their album cover for an unexpected yet cohesive look.
But it was hard to forget the collapsed stage that took a life just days before. It was visible in the distance, still partially standing for the ongoing investigation. Early on in the concert, Mark Foster took the opportunity to remember the events that transpired on the same site before Radiohead. After some fumbling with the names of the deceased and the injured, Foster delivered a touching speech with bravery:
“We’re all extended family- the bands and the crew. We all work very closely together. You know, our crew’s on the road with us. We see them more than we see we see our families. And I know that that was a huge lose and a tragedy. I just want to take a moment and just acknowledge what happened and give them tribute for the work that they did. Safety is the first concern and sometimes things happen. We can’t predict it and life is fragile. And I know that every band that’s playing music, plays music as a celebration of life to bring people joy. We do it for ourselves, to bring joy to ourselves, and we make music to bring joy to other people. I know that’s what Radiohead does. That’s what we do. That’s what everybody does. I’d to love to just celebrate life tonight”.
And with that, they did. Mark Foster took the mic at centre stage and belted out every fan favourite. Without voice modulation, the sound is different than it is on the CD. But still, his voice was powerful with it’s quirky drawl and it’s nice to get something different live. No lip-syncing here! With only one CD out, it was easy to sing and dance along to almost every song. It was a pleasure to hear the remix version of “Pumped Up Kicked” to round off the concert- a bit of the expected with the unexpected.
Foster the People knows how to put on a live show.