Review + Photos by Gili Dailes

The last time I saw Garbage was in late 2015 at the O2 Academy Brixton during their 20 Years Queer tour and already then I remember being impressed by their loyal, die hard fans who follow them around the world no matter the distance.

Garbage at Kew the Music, photo by Gili Dailes (5)

A few years have gone by and said fans naturally made it to London’s Kew the Music festival located in the beautiful Kew Gardens on a sunny Saturday. Competing with other big events taking place in London that day such as BST Hyde Park ft. Florence + The Machine and Lovebox Festival, it is understandable that Kew the Music wasn’t at capacity – however that didn’t take away from the energy coming from Garbage and support bands Sleeper and Du Blonde.

Du Blonde

Du Blonde at Kew the Music, photo by Gili Dailes  (3)

Du Blonde at Kew the Music, photo by Gili Dailes  (5)

Du Blonde at Kew the Music, photo by Gili Dailes  (8)

Sleeper

Sleeper at Kew the Music, photo by Gili Dailes (2)

Sleeper at Kew the Music, photo by Gili Dailes (7)

Sleeper at Kew the Music, photo by Gili Dailes (5)

With an option to bring your own or buy a hamper and have a picnic on premise, there was something very chilled out about the atmosphere at Kew Gardens today with many parents bringing the next-gen Garbage fans to join the ride – something they wouldn’t normally be able to do in most venues in London.

Garbage kicked off their set with Control, with frontwoman Shirley Manson wearing a big shiny diamond-like jacket and mastering the stage from the first second. The Scottish singer walked around the stage like a lioness marking her territory, whilst the band provided us that sweet 90’s rock-pop and sometimes disco sound we know and love. Shirley’s vocals were on point and her showmanship is something to admire.

Garbage at Kew the Music, photo by Gili Dailes (17)

Garbage at Kew the Music, photo by Gili Dailes (25)

Garbage at Kew the Music, photo by Gili Dailes (27)

With the prettiest sunset as a backdrop, Garbage’s set included all-time favourites #1 Crush, Stupid Girl, Blood of Poppies and Vow, building up to the pinnacle with I think I’m Paranoid, Push and Only Happy when it Rains and finishing with When I Grow Up.

Taking the time to thank their die hard fans (‘we don’t always make it easy on you, don’t always play the game’), family members and close friends as well as showing appreciation and gratitude for the female-fronted support bands (90’s britpop band Sleeper and Du Blonde), Garbage don’t seem to take their success for granted. Their set tonight was full of colour, energy, love and inclusivity – just as it has been when they first started 25 years ago.
Being the last week of their European tour, they promised to be back in the UK in a year or so. Make sure you catch them live!

Garbage at Kew the Music, photo by Gili Dailes (9)

Garbage at Kew the Music, photo by Gili Dailes (8)

Garbage at Kew the Music, photo by Gili Dailes (12)

See the full photoset from Kew the Music Ft. Garbage + Sleeper + Du Blonde here.

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