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Tuesday, 27 August 2013 00:00


Live By The Lake, Kenwood House, London NW3
by Indie Purcell

Following on from the likes of Stone Roses, Ocean Colour Scene and Cast, Suede are the latest popular 1990s indie band to burst back onto the scene.

And, despite shorter hairstyles, they haven't changed a bit.

The English Heritage's glorious Live by the Lake mini-festival returns after a year's break and it's the perfect setting for Britpop's posh gods Suede to churn out new, upbeat catchy pop songs from their latest album Bloodsports, as well as throwing in some of the old classics for dedicated fans.

The laid-back, open-air surroundings complement Suede's Bowie-inspired style, sound and energy, which is just as stylish and infectious as it was 20 years ago.

And the same goes for Brett Anderson's piercing but tone-perfect voice.

The band kick off their hour-long set with a stripped-down version of The Big Time, complete with trumpeter. It's a beautiful, slow indie anthem which sets the scene perfectly.

But naturally it's the upbeat classics that really get the old fans jumping up and dancing.

The band belt out the crowd-pleasing gems such as Trash, Animal Nitrate, Electricity and Film Star, which sound as refreshingly good as they did years ago.

And obviously to finish off Anderson belts out the Beautiful Ones, with an energetic Richard Oakes strumming his guitar in the background.

It's now exactly 20 years since the band released their first album, and musically they haven't changed very much at all. But then there are those of us who are quite happy to listen to this stuff for at least another 20 years.

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