"...Halfway through the set Cole simply stops playing mid-song as he clutches his head turning away from the crowd. A few awkward moments later he turns back wiping away his tears. ‘This is so embarrassing,” he tells the crowd. From this point on and for the rest of the set he barely faces the crowd again..."
Before Diiv’s set I managed to catch main support Ulrika Spacek. Songs from their new record on Tough Love have been getting a few plays on BBC6Music of late, raising their profile enough to draw the crowds in early. Their garagey, psychedelic sound is loud and their confident presence even turns the heads of those only half watching to grab their full attention.
The controversy that preludes Diiv doesn’t take long to come into effect this evening. As the band set up, their seems to be technical issues as Cole repeatedly tells their sound technician he can’t hear anything in his monitors. The band leave the stage and the crew try to work out what’s going wrong. After ten minutes or so the lights go down, Diiv walk back on stage and are ready to go, the crowd cheers, yet Cole still isn’t happy and once again orders the band off stage. The crowd starts to get restless and after more fiddling around guitarist Andrew Bailey enters the stage to check the monitors before giving the thumbs up to which everyone else joins him. Cole’s still not happy, but by this point it’s too late, the band need to do something and as Bailey rips into (Druun Pt. II) Cole’s face bears the expression of total dissatisfaction with the situation. “This venue is fucking amateur hour!” he exclaims.
As I join friends downstairs we discuss the events and all feel like the band played as tight as they could under the circumstances, though the front of house sound wasn’t great. The real shame was that the whole gig was overshadowed by the unfortunate events and Cole’s insistence in complaining rather than simply powering through like a pro, or like an adult at the very least. Five days later the rest of Diiv’s European tour is cancelled ‘due to urgent health issue’…. the controversy continues...
Words & photo's - Robin Chamberlain
*As part of this review we tried to get a statement from Diiv to hear their account of the gig and what went wrong. As of the date of this article, we have heard nothing back.
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