Friendly Fires wasted no time getting the crowd singing along, Jump in the Pool crashing into the set with its flailing percussion battling against the falsetto-heavy chorus vocal hook.
The energy continued for Blue Cassette, before the groove of True Love arrived resembling Talking Heads with the tempo ramped up, vocalist Ed Macfarlane dancing along without a care as they continued onwards with their set.
Meanwhile Metronomy were late on for their competing slot, their set in the Golden Voice Arena shifted back to arrange a hastily arranged extra appearance by The View, and the fallout from that meant they didn’t arrive until a good half-hour after they were supposed to.
It created some audience frustration, though that dissipated as soon as Joseph Mount arrived onstage on his lonesome to begin Some Written, the rest of the band soon accompanying his increasingly manic keyboard stylings and conversely careful crooning.
The Bay followed, a sublime slice of perfectly crafted pop, before the subtly rendered art-funk of Heartbreaker.
It was a shame that Friendly Fires and Metronomy clashed, as both owe a debt to David Byrne and his band mates in Talking Heads – though while Friendly Fires wear their hearts on their sleeve, there's more of a distinctly English reserved air about Metronomy. (Something which actually works in both acts’ favours, in their own ways.)
For this particular quartet it manifests itself into beautifully arranged pop that is usually constructed using the minimal amount of elements, the group appearing to make effortless work of single Everything Goes My Way (from last year's rightly acclaimed The English Riviera), drummer Anna Prior assuming lead vocals.
After that there was an especially raucous and rocking version of early instrumental You Could Easily Have Me – which managed to get the crowd jumping around – before another nugget of magisterial pop in The Look, and a synth-laden Loving Arm brought their beautifully crafted set to an end.