As the sun sets on the last day of All Points East, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds take to the main stage in Victoria Park.
Flood lit in purple, Cave prowls the stage as the eerie sounds of “Jesus Alone” start up. He wastes no time delving into the crowd, his well-tailored suit cutting a sharp figure against the hundreds of outstretched arms.
'Magneto' and 'Do you Love Me' soon follow, each song stretched to the limits for the live setting. The screens broadcast in black and white, something that was surely requested. Warren Ellis is a fiend on the keys, and only more so when Nick Cave joins him … not for the last time this evening.
'I want to tell you about a girl ….' he says, as the crowd roars in anticipation for 'From Her To Eternity'. 'Loverman' and 'Red Right Hand' follow, Nick spending most of his time on the barriers … serenading his audience with that uncomfortably powerful stare of his.
He dedicates 'Come Into My Sleep' to his wife Susie … "It’s her favourite," he says. The delicacy of the song’s recorded counterpart is rather lost in this, usually perfectly suitably, dirge-y set. The jazzy keys soon give way to 'Into My Arms' and the whole of the park melts into a sing-along.
With the audience in the palm of his hands, the words “Ladies and Gentlemen, Miss Kylie Minogue,” ring out. The assumption is, he’s playing with us but there she is … resplendent in a shimmering floor length gold gown and singing 'Where The Wild Roses Grow'. This is the first time they’ve appeared on stage together since 2013 … the rareness of such a treat is not lost on the audience. Hanging on their every word, every interaction. Minogue’s soft, high voice balancing Cave’s low growl.
The guitar winds heavy for 'Jubilee Street' and 'Deanna' brings another sing along. 'Stagger Lee' brings chaos and a full stage invasion. The anger, the humanity and the love on Cave’s face is real … as is his genius for performance. More and more people pile on, each one greeted by Cave with a hug or a handshake, or in one case a “You’re beautiful too” response and a kiss.
“Sit down. Sit Down. Shhh. Sit down” he says as 'Push The Sky Away' begins the end of the set. The stage is so full he can barely hear his band, let alone see them. It’s a beautiful moment, and the perfect note to end a day which saw Patti Smith, St. Vincent, Courtney Barnett, Nadine Shah, Shame and Bo Ningen perform.
“Thank You” he says. And with that, we drift off into the night.