Peter Bjorn and John - Fibbers, York
Whistling fans and kids with their fingers on the pulse will have found this band nigh on unavoidable this summer, as the trio's glorious single Young Folks refused to leave the head of anyone who stumbled across it's summer-tinged genius.
So it was an expectant group hanging around on a Friday evening, hoping to have the sunshine poured back into thei lives on a dull cloudy day. And when the perfectly formed pop nuggets did arrive, Young Folks, Let's Call It Off and a wistful Amsterdam, it was close to perfect, and when the three amiable Scandinavians sang the wrong verses and started songs before realising they were brandishing the wrong accordions it only added to the relaxed atmosphere. It's always wonderful to see a band who appear to be actually enjoying themselves, and PB&Js enthusiasm was irresistible. Unfortunately however, the chaps' back catalogue doesn't measure up to the strength of their latest singles (which it's easy to imagine were the only tracks the majority of the crowd were even half-way familiar with) and the set as a whole began to fall flat. Indie-schmindie album filler (Up Against The Wall) and frankly dull ballads (Paris 2004) came to the fore, with a notable exception being a mighty rattle through Big Black Coffin, which is in no way as maudlin as its title may suggest.
Certainly not lacking in charm or the knack for creating a stone-cold singalong classic, the band are definitely one to keep an eye on, but their quirky nature and far-from-perfect set list mean it's difficult to see them breaking through to more widespread acclaim any time soon.