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Frequency Festival, the yearly festival promoted by Skalar Entertainment GmbH, has come to an end for its 2012 edition. Headliners of the closing day, August 18, at the Space Stage, were The Cure.
The infamous alternative rock band from England entertained fans for about two and a half hours, covering its lenghty discography; the band performed some of its biggest hits, such as ‘Friday I’m In Love,’ and many of the tracks from in their 1992 album ‘Wish.’ A long set considering the average at this festival, where most of the bands played a set of something between one hour and one and a half.
Not enough for The Cure though, who wanted to play more. Frontman Robert Smith pointed out the lack of time more than once during the performance, excusing himself to the audience for not talking much in between of the songs, as there was too little time.
The Cure entered the stage in a cloud of smoke and blue lights. There were no elaborate choreography to accompany the show, only the talent of the musicians leading the night. The level of precision in execution during the performance was astonishing. All the instruments were played in such a smooth and harmonic way that resulted in a hypnotic melody cuddled by Robert Smiths’ perfectly pitched voice.
All of the band’s components were able to express in style, their passion for both the music and the instruments. Furthermore the interactions between the band members, although never overemphasized, showed the pure pleasure they took in performing.
The crowd responded well; people from all around Europe and the rest of the world came solely for the enjoyment of The Cure’s performance. The attendees seemed completely ravished by the band’s performance, with front man Robert Smith at the center of the stage. Here is a performer with such charisma, so much persona, accompanied by his theatrical way of expressing the songs, that it gave an additional touch of greatness to an already beautiful performance. He mimed some of the song lyrics and created delicate movements along with the rhythm, all in a very humble way.
The evening ended in a very classy and captivating act which took the music to its highest point of realization. The Cure left the stage after something like two hours of show and then came back for an encore when called by the crowd. They played three more songs without consideration to the fact that the closing time of the festival had already passed. They concluded the night with a happy audience dancing and singing along to the notorious ‘Boys Don’t Cry,’ with an eager Robert Smith saying at the end “We would like to play more, but we can’t. Thank you very much.”
Image Courtesy of The Cure