The Forum offers a beautiful performance space with its art deco design, moody lighting and raised stage, which can be easily viewed from the bar level if too many giants are standing in the crowd at the front. It's a large enough venue for the bar staff to annoyingly decide you can't be trusted with a bottle top when buying water, but still small enough that the band do not feel like they are playing in a different postcode. I was hopeful that MGMT could give us an atmospheric indulgence in such a venue.

To further whip up my expectant mood first up were Guards - an American indie rock band with a grunge twist. Sporting Dave Grohl's haircut from his Nirvana days, frontman Richie James Follin has a convincing stage presence and delivers melodic vocals that blend well with the rockier sounding instrumental accompaniment. The standout indie number for me was 'Not Supposed To', which has a catchy chorus that genially fuses Follin and Kaylie Church's vocals together. This band also know how to go out on a high after blacking out the lights, before then charging the sound back in with an impressive light show.

To usher in the arrival of MGMT a pre-recorded voice loops the band's name on repeat as the lights dance over the audience and multi-coloured patterns are projected on to a screen at the back of the stage. The American psychedelic pop pushers spark-up with their cover of 'Introspection' from their self-titled new album. It feels like a slightly downbeat start, but this opener serves to heighten the contrast when the merry-go-round melody of 'Time to Pretend' kicks in! This early hit is a sure-fire crowd pleaser which animates the whole room!

Soon the tempo recedes again as Andrew VanWyngarden leads the dreamy chant of 'The Youth' which is backed up by the crowd. A graphic of a dove flies across a moon behind the stage and a few lighters are waved through the air in the attempt to reinforce this mellower moment. After this point the gig seemed to me to free-fall into a bit of a wasteland. The reason being that their more recent albums, although being experimental of sound, have failed to produce any hits as well loved as those from their incredible debut. MGMT may have been able to capture our imagination more had they played with any sense of exuberance, but disappointingly it was mostly a lackadaisical performance. They seem to be selling out shows on their reputation and their creative abilities in the studio rather than their capacity to deliver an engaging live show.

There were a couple of moments where the crowd were offered more than if they'd simply stayed at home and played the albums on shuffle. One was when a flamed-haired woman came out to use a giant wooden stick to beat time on an oversized cowbell during the rendition of 'Your Life Is A Lie', which is a single from their current album. The second was when VanWyngarden encouraged the crowd to count down from 5 before giving us the moment we'd been craving as 'Kids' kicked in. The last song of the set was 'Alien Days', where the visuals of a lobster-like creature with an umbrella sticking out of his head detracted attention away from the band who appeared considerably less animated than the cartoon projection.

I will forever be grateful for MGMT for being the soundtrack to my Summer of 2008, but in future I'll be sticking to listening to them on the radio rather than seeing them play without any fervour on stage. The best thing I witnessed actually came from the audience rather than the band, as two young guys dressed in psychedelic tie-dye T shirts and John Lennon shades were throwing wavy rave shapes during the last song of the encore, 'Congratulations'. For the chemically enhanced at least, MGMT still managed to hit the spot.