The Velvet Underground legend was joined by the London Contemporary Orchestra, Cate le Bon and Actress
In black, the London Contemporary Orchestra sit like a collective who’ve fled North Korean, tentatively grooving to their new freedom. The night belongs to their liberator, a classical player from an isolated and little-understood nation himself, the Velvet Underground provocateur turned trip hop granddad, 76 today. You get glow sticks and instructions for singing happy birthday on your way in.
Mildly feverish goodwill flows from the outset and despite a lavish set up (Actress, Cate Le Bon and House Gospel Choir drift on and off throughout to join the LCO in a high-brow cladding for a central rock four-piece) this ‘Futurespective’ is a loose affair, not slick and over-rehearsed but rather a shoogly hybrid of rock opera, playbook flip-through and jam session.