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Reviewed: The Boosh band
By Kev Geoghegan
Radio 1 music reporter

The Mighty Boosh
The Boosh band belt out another surreal classic

The Mighty Boosh were introduced on stage by the Moon.

If you have never seen the show, that won't make any sense to you at all.

It is exactly as it sounds though, the Moon is just one of the many surreal characters played by Noel Fielding.

For their live show, nearly all of the Boosh characters make an appearance.

The Moon appeared courtesy of a circular screen above the stage.

And, after a bizarre anecdote about former British athlete Daley Thomson using pole vaults for chopsticks, the Boosh backing band appeared on stage with painted faces.

It featured drummer Dave Westlake, a bass player called Reg and percussionist and first series regular Jay Moose.

As you would expect, Vince Noir, aka Noel Fielding, was the first to arrive - on board a silver pirate ship.

He was tastefully understated in a sparkly catsuit, white knee-length boots, a pirate jacket, cocked hat and a diamante eye patch.

Howard Moon, the alter ego of Julian Barratt, arrived on a rubber dinghy in his trademark conservative pink and blue Hawaiian shirt and cords.

The pair then launched into the first track, the electro inspired Future Sailors.

The Mighty Boosh
Noel Fielding as Old Gregg the funky merman
The 10,000 fans in the audience were treated to a pyrotechnic display to the left of the stage.

Later, Fielding took lead vocals on Electro Boys, with Barratt on lead guitar.

Probably the most surprising element of the whole show was how skilful a guitarist he is, even shredding a bit during one track.

To be fair to Fielding, he doesn't have the greatest singing voice in the world.

He gamely tried to conjure up a cross between David Bowie and Iggy Pop.

But there is no denying he looks like a rock star and comes across as a Mick Jagger-esque figure in a Marc Bolan-esque outfit.

As Fielding left the stage, Barratt was joined by the ageing bluesman Lester Corncrake, played by Rich Fulcher, for a lengthy comedy jazz session.

The mutant people

Like the New Zealand comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, the Boosh songs are as catchy as they are daft. But where the Conchords' lyrics are rooted in realism and reflect the characters' inner thoughts, the Boosh go off on completely surreal tangents.

The Boosh's earlier musical guest Har Mar Superstar then had a dance off with Bob Fossil, another turn by Fulcher, during the Fossil Rap.

The Mighty Boosh
Julian Barratt is an accomplished musician
Both were dressed in matching blue safari suits.

The mystical shaman Naboo and his 'familiar', Bollo the great ape, showed up for a performance of Bouncy, Bouncy.

And before the end of the show, fans were treated to an appearance of The Hitcher for a version of Eels from the third series.

Fielding, in green make up and the trademark top hat nearly came a cropper as he fell off a huge eel prop.

If the festival line up as a whole was a little disappointing, the strength of the reception to one of the first performances of the Boosh band means they will undoubtedly press on with their plans to record an album.

But they were playing to their home fans. Performing to people who have never watched the show and may not get the joke will inevitably be much harder for The Boosh.

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