Last night I watched Slowdive return as all-conquering heroes at their show at Village Underground in London. You know, the one that sold out in 90 seconds. I stood watching them (and our very own Younghusband) with Johan from The Radio Dept, Mark from Engineers, Jamie from Fields and Ulrich Schnauss – all good friends I have made through doing Sonic Cathedral for the last 10 years, and all always firm believers in Slowdive. When Johan’s band took to the stage at the first ever Sonic Cathedral back in 2004, last night would have been inconceivable.
Even more inconceivable would have been the night before, when Slowdive played their first show in 20 years at our 10th birthday party in front of that very same Sonic Cathedral banner that always used to fall down at inopportune moments. For once it stayed up all night, alongside sets from Mark Gardener, Ulrich Schnauss and guest DJ Andrew Weatherall; the only things falling during Slowdive’s set were tears. I was reminded of a 2009 blog post by Nick Talbot of Gravenhurst, another believer who was weeping down the front on Sunday night. “Slowdive were treated so unfairly and viciously by the UK music press that it hurts,” he wrote. “But the young generation of fans have grown up and are settling old scores on the band’s behalf. And we will win you know.”
And you know what? We fucking won.
Below are some amazing photos of the party, courtesy of Jonni and Johnny Green, plus the setlist from Dean Bromley. Scroll right down and you can watch the whole of Slowdive’s set, filmed by Andres Vicente.