I always feel somewhat sorry for the first act on. Playing for a ragtag group of largely disinterested group of early birds must be somewhat disheartening. Mistakes.in.Animation make the best of it, asking everybody to come to the front, we politely oblige, and lead singer Del Noble happily exclaims “that's the best coming to the front we've ever had!”. After some friendly banter, they begin playing; and it's good! Not “yeah I suppose it's all right given what I expected from the first support act” good, but genuinely good. In that I'd go to see them play in their own right. Ok, it's not very tight to begin with, but they're playing at the perfect volume, with just the right amount of enthusiasm, and they rightfully impress the crowd. Their music exists in the happy medium between Johnny Foreigner and Danananakroyd, poppy but forceful, aggressive but tuneful. They've got the great feel of a band who really enjoys playing, all singing together, creating an element of jovial play to their music, but also holding a lot of depth. Scarlett Philips vocals are excellent, Del Nobles screaming is occasionally a little much, but it's within acceptable limits. They certainly all come together to make an a very enjoyable live experience. Maybe one to watch for the future, but it's possible that they've somewhat missed their time, with enthusiasm for bands such a Johnny Foreigner waning a small amount, but time will tell. With the venue filling up, Foals-esque quintet With That Knife took the stage. They put on an impressively sharp show, demonstrating excellent shifts between time signatures, and some fine twiddly bits of guitar work. They also achieved the rare feet of creating actually, not awkwardly, funny inter-song banter. Anyway, they're pretty good if you like that math-rock sort of thing, if I had to criticise I'd say they sound a little too much like Foals at times, but with the rest of their material they've managed to add a level of force and emotion to their music that distinguishes them, and their use of choral vocals is a particular highlight. Grammatics were one of the first bands who career I've followed in it's entirety. Sure it's been short, with just one album, and a EP, but it's been excellent. Their album was the first I ever reviewed, and I truly thought it was revolutionary, and almost unlike anything else I'd ever heard before. Such energy, such drama, Grammatics are a band of wonderful excess, and they were truly exciting, if somewhat divisive. It would seem now however, that they are ending. One more EP, and then they'll be done. There was certainly a feeling emanating from the band, as they starting playing, that this was farewell. If it's possible to have nostalgia for an album that was released a year ago, it was felt here. The tracks from the old album were described (albeit jokily) as “golden oldies”, and there was a definite feel of giving the fans one last show. Lacking a member (who new song “Stalinesque” was dedicated to) the band had to use pre-recorded bits of keyboard in order to play most of their old songs. This went with out a hitch, and they sounded exactly as good as they ever have. However on the new songs, it became noticeable that they were missing an instrument. While they weren't bad as such, they lacked the power and pace which made me fall in love with the band. The new tracks fell somewhat flat, and it was obvious the crowd was yearning for something familiar. I'd only ever seen Grammatics on one previous occasion, at Reading Festival, where they were presumably performing to the uninitiated, yet still managing to be excellent. Here they managed to surpass that by interacting with the crowd perfectly, we sang along at all the right points, and we enjoyed it. Their best moments had us head banging almost involuntarily, the energy with which they played demanding it. Dilemma, Shadow committee and Broken Wing all impressed, the band creating a huge, and powerfully dramatic sound. The centre piece of the set, 'Relentless Fours', hit it's apex perfectly, then managed to surpass it, exploding to an exhausting finale. They finished with 'Double Negative' which rolled perfectly, hitting a infectious grove. Gushing aside, Grammatics put on a great show, jumping across the stage, breaking everything and generally putting a aggressive, but friendly show on. I'll be sad to see them go, but their goodbye was more than satisfactory. My last memory of them will be a good one.