I've been championing Crystal Antlers for a while now. Ever since I heard their debut EP I've been hooked on their beautiful psychedelic rock. It's a pleasure to see them finally play on, what I believe is, their first tour of the UK. Wasting no time before launching into their first song, an instrumental which I don't recognize so must assume it's from the forthcoming album Tentacles coming out in April. It's a short but sweet song and is a good warm up before they commence Until the Sun Dies (part 2) and quickly follow it up with Vexation. All five members look like they're having a great time. Particularly percussionist Damian Edwards, who spends more time dancing about and smiling than he does actually playing percussion. He reminds me of a cheerleader. Andrew Kings’ guitar interplay with Johnny Bells bass is incredibly tight and is helped in no small part by the almost free form drumming of Kevin Stuart which gives the songs room to grow. They tear through several more new songs, one of which has some very nice poppy organ riff that gets my ass grooving before they tear the house down with a fantastic rendition of Parting Song for the Torn Sky which builds into a wall of wailing guitar noise. Crystal Antlers leave the stage and I still want to hear more songs which, to me, is the sign of a great band. Lucky Dragons are going to find it hard having to follow that. I'd spent the afternoon listening to their indie electonica on myspace and was quite looking forward to seeing them, but felt that they shouldn't have been on top of the bill. My feelings are confirmed as after spending ages setting up various bizarre looking wood instruments and other strange contraptions in the middle of the crowd, which means I can't see much. They start to produce some interesting beats that are interesting to begin with but end up meandering here and there with little or no direction. At one point I feel like I am in some sort of electronic hippie nightmare. When my view finally clears I can see that the strange wooden objects are being given to members of the audience who are using them to create bizarre sounds by waving them around in the air and bashing them together. This gives their set an incredibly improvised feel,  which if both members of the band were doing might have gelled together to create some interesting soundscapes and rhythms, but due to the fact that it's coming from audience participation it frequently grates and explains why a lot of it felt directionless. When they finally finish I am happy to get out of there and feel that the evening would have been better had Crystal Antlers played longer, or indeed last. Words: Andy Devine