Caoimhe Barry thanks the crowd who have flocked to the Electric Arena to hear Wyvern Lingo. They are the first of an eclectic line-up of acts playing the festival’s second-largest stage on Sunday.Such is the playful nature of the three-piece band as they engage in light-hearted banter with their audience. Just one of the ingredients that gels them as a performance unit is their shared sense of ease on stage. They breeze through their setlist of haunting songs, displaying effortless vocal ranges.
Just one of the ingredients that gels them as a performance unit is their shared sense of ease on stage.It’s obvious how much work Bray-based Wyvern Lingo have invested in this appearance, which is their biggest festival gig to date. In a unique live cover of alt-J’s ‘Left Hand Free’, they juxtapose a bluesy track from a folktronic indie rock band with interludes from ‘Don’t Let Go’, originally by 90s R&B group Envogue. This combination sounds bizarre in theory, but in Wyvern Lingo’s stylised adaptation, it seems like a no-brainer, which is a testament to their creativity. Another highlight is their rework of ‘Fairytale’. The rendition is almost unrecognisable when compared to the original version, taken from 2014’s The Widow Knows EP.Having signed their first record deal, toured with Hozier and recorded an EP all in the last year, Wyvern Lingo are riding a fast-moving tide. It’s plain from this memorable performance that the tide will only continue to gather momentum in sweeping them onwards and upwards to even greater things.
The painstakingly produced tracks are expertly carried from studio to stageThe setlist is predictable, featuring much of the new record as well as the most successful tracks from its predecessors, Innerspeaker and Lonerism. The new tracks, especially those already released as singles, including ‘Eventually’ and ‘Cause I’m A Man’, are extremely well received. The crowd is united in a manically heartfelt yell-along of the band’s most well-known song, ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’, and things get even more rowdy when the colossal baseline of ‘Elephant’ kicks in.The hypnotic visuals for the entire show are projected from the back of the arena, so that the band members, screen, instruments and gear are all part of a surreal haze of dancing colours. Looking back over the crowd, there are thousands of hands raised in worship-like appreciation under the enormous, technicoloured beams. The performance is one of the best at Electric Picnic, and those who saw it won’t be forgetting it any time soon.