Review: Empire of the Sun

Emma LeeDancing swordfish, capes, head-dresses, shiny catsuits…Empire of the Sun's performance on the main stage last night might just have eclipsed the Pet Shop Boys from last year in terms of theatricality - and madness.Emma Lee

Empire of the Sun

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Dancing swordfish, capes, head-dresses, shiny catsuits…Empire of the Sun's performance on the main stage last night might just have eclipsed the Pet Shop Boys from last year in terms of theatricality - and madness.

A collaboration between Australian musicians Luke Steele (of the Sleepy Jackson) and Nick Littlemore (from Pnau), they started recording in 2007 - and the resulting album, Walking on a Dream, went top 10 in their home country when it was released.


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A comparison to US duo MGMT was perhaps inevitable - their music is similarly electro pop-py and they too do like a nice cape.

Now Luke is touring alone while Nick works on other projects.

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And what a show it was - I thought I'd somehow accidentally walked in to a psychedelic space disco.

Luke's sartorial ensemble involved a head-dress so tall that someone had to be employed to remove and replace it every time he swapped guitars.

There were pulsating disco beats, costume changes, the aforementioned marine life and, as Luke informed the, his backing dancers were 'space girls from the future'.

Yes, even time travel is possible at Latitude.

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