OMD at Butlins (Electric Dreams) 3 December 2016 - by Jane Davies
The decision to play a Butlins gig provoked much debate amongst fans at the time of its announcement. Putting all opinions aside, the event was a mini indoor festival which gave the UK a second fix of OMD this year and essentially reminded non fans of their impressive back catalogue and the fact that the band are still in the studio.
We knew what we were getting; a solid greatest hits set from a two man show. The Centre Stage venue was packed to the rafters when the band emerged to play Enola Gay. The capacity crowd were treated to a stellar set packed with the old faithfuls as well as a couple of pleasant surprises.
From the outset Andy worked his magic animating the crowd. Proceedings upped a pace and we were warned of things to come when Andy urged the ladies in the audience to tighten their bra straps in anticipation of much wild dancing....
History of Modern bounded in, leaving non fans wondering why they didn’t recognise it from back in the day, before Paul returned us to 1986 with Forever Live and Die and even further back with Souvenir which lead into the holy trinity with Joan of Arc and Maid of Orleans, all delivered flawlessly.
The pace temporarily slowed down a notch when Andy asked us to remember the summer and launched into Talking Loud and Clear. Next up for an airing was So in Love, not a UK festival staple, so a welcome change. A homage to Pandora followed ending in Andy kissing the silver screen as opposed to the machine.
The atmosphere in the venue was certainly electric by the time the final song swept in. Electricity left everyone wondering what the encore/s may be...
OMD temporarily left the stage for all of a couple of minutes before they returned and Andy explained that they had exhausted their two man only repertoire. He introduced If you leave by asking us to pretend we were Americans as this was usually only played at US gigs. The audience were not satisfied with just one song and demanded more. A reprise of Enola Gay was duly delivered. Job done. Sheer brilliance. Tumultuous applause. Happy campers all around. What on earth had all the fuss been about?