Queens of the Stone Age and Friends, Finsbury Park, London (30th June 2018)

Image supplied by Mara Publicity.

GIGsoup plans to spend a lot of time at Finsbury Park this summer. The north London park now plays host to a whole plethora of events, including the infamous teenage-scrumfest Wireless Festival which will hit next weekend and the house-driven Southport Weekender (check out our review here). This Saturday, legendary rockers Queens of the Stone Age took over the space after being asked by UK events giant Festival Republic to curate their own day festival. The group really need no introduction; they’re a global household name with more sing-a-long-able hits than you can count on both hands. Joining them were a whole host of special guests, including the left-field addition of alternative hip-hop duo Run The Jewels, rockstar legend Iggy Pop and fun pop-rock band The Hives. The music, of course, was to be of the highest calibre

However, it’s been well documented at this point how appallingly long the queues were in Finsbury Park that day With two hour, (yes, you heard correctly) waits for drinks and almost hour queues for the toilets, Festival Republic’s event suffered from an almost 40% staff shortage. It’s a shame that the poor planning and mysterious lack of workers has overshadowed what would have been a really fun festival experience. But, nonetheless, the show must go on.

In the late afternoon, Run The Jewels stormed onto the stage. Set to the sound of their DJ, the pair offered a comparatively striped down audio experience. Between tracks from their most recent album ‘Run The Jewels 3’, the pair chatted with the audience, exploring love, unity and the future of leadership.

Iggy Pop showed that he still has it at 71, dipping and weaving along to his classics ‘Passenger’ and ‘Lust for Life’. Accompanied by his band, he exited the stage by throwing his microphone.

And then there was Queens of the Stone Age; boy did they deliver. Rattling through a range of their greatest hits, Josh Homme and his motley crew showered appreciation on a eager crowd. Opening up with ‘The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret’, the group we as tight and as punchy as they’ve ever been. Chugging guitars, seriously punch drums and Homme’s exquisitely cutting vocals were all present and correct in their two-hour set. There was never a moment that the crowd weren’t chanting along; an electric atmosphere of fans witnessing music they loved.

Homme even took some time to remmanse on their fledgling days play at London’s Garage

“I think back then we played to a room of about 200 people, now it’s 45,000”

On one of the hottest weekends of the year, Queens of the Stone Age brought together a vibrant and varied palate of music to a crowd who were obviously fans. However, the understaffing of the event cannot be ignored as a genuine health risk to the public who attended. Hopefully this will encourage Festival Republic to look at their planning and figure out how to prevent a similar kind of chaos happening in the future.