That was pretty bad in places but it was better than I expected on the whole.
The atmosphere was a bit weird as it was a warm sunny evening which is almost the polar opposite of what I would think ideal for a performance of VU's material. I don't go to big open air gigs as a rule. The last one was a Morrissey gig in Hyde Park years ago. Seeing VIP/Corporate drinking areas and pop-up wine bars with cheese platters available was a bit odd. The site is weird too, it looks a bit like a cross between a venue for a car boot sale and the aftermath of a visit by the Luftwaffe. Being by the Mersey the chance of a breeze in the evening, coupled with a rather weedy looking PA meant that we thought it would sound crap so we stood near the speaker stacks stage right. It was very, very quiet and muddy sounding even close in. Feck know was it was like if you were down the back.
As for the show, there were some low points which verged on being cringeworthy, but in general it was OK. I preferred the tunes where he plays viola (Black Angel's Death Song was great) and the string section sawed along. There were a few tunes that had been heavily reworked with electronic backing tracks. Run, run, run had a particularly good rhythm track. Sister Ray was a glorious mess, which is unsurprising as that is basically what you expect. Proper gig though, no talking to the crowd apart from a 'Hello Liverpool" and a "Thank You" after Sister Ray. No encore either, which I heartily approve of.
Some of the guest musicians were utter shite though. To be honest I've no real idea who was who, other than the bloke from Fat White Family who was a pain in the arse. I took some time to find out who he was so I can actively avoid him in future.
Summary: Thank God I didn't pay £55 for a ticket .